Hi there My name is Jared, I am totally new to the smoking world. A friend of mine's Dad always used to smoke trout and I fell in love with it then. However that has been 17-18 years ago, I recently decided that I wanted to get into smoking so, I went out looking and found a smoker. It is a brinkman vert smoker I read that sell for around 89 bucks, I picked mine up for $25.00.
It has been cured and used twice, its in awesome condition!!! I know this is a cheap smoker but my wife doesn't want me to spend to much till she can see that I like cause I know I will, but se doesn't.
Anyway she has never had smoked anything, and I really hope to impress her so that I can talk her into letting me buy a better one.
Now down to the brass . . . . . FIRST SMOKE, this weekend I will be pursuing my rise to fame and glory, haha?
I have already made the rookie mistake of inviting some friends and family over. But I hope that is the last I will make!!!
Tonight I have decided (via help from a post i made here yesterday before I saw roll call) to take a test run, 2 pork loin steaks.
I hope by doing this I learn how to keep the temp where it needs to be and all the do's and don'ts of my rig.
CAUSE . . . tomorrow, I will be smoking 2 Tri tip's for clan. I have done a shload of prep and research for the event and I really really hope I can pull it off. Tomorrow is a state holiday for us here in utah called pioneer day, ya know fireworks, friends, family and BEER!!!
Any hoo let me give you some of the details.
. . . well it looks just like this one any way. Im sure this is the cheapest rig one could find but . . .
second as per the advice of some of you awesome Smoke Jocks I have purchased a real thermo to put in the smoker.
Still not sure where I will be putting it but I was thinking in the middle of the keg just below where the handle sits about 2-4 inches. The only reason for that is I kinda want to have a decant reading from both grills (top & bottom) and I'm thinking that if I put it there I would get an all right reading for both racks. ???????? what do you think???????
Third. have heard of people throwing a wool blankie over their smokers to help keep in the heat, do you recommend this????
Thanks and anything else you can add will help fosho