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Well just picked up my very first smoker yesterday even though after more reading I'm not as optimistic about it as I was when I bought it.


Starting out I didn't want to spend $200-$300 on a smoker. I was originally going to get the simple little Brinkman "Green Gourmet" smoker but came accross the Brinkman Square Vertical smoker that looked like a better option. Has adjustable intake and vents, real thermometer instead of the cheap one, and two nice big doors to access the fire and meat seperately.


After reading some folks responses about this smoker I'm regretting the fact that I don't have a couple hundred to fork over on a smoker. Oh well, this guy will have to do for now. I plan on smoking some TriTip for my first attempt this weekend.


I'm getting into smoking as I know a person who is turning out some great stuff on his smoker that just tastes delicious. My setup won't be nearly as nice but hopfully I can get meat close enough to the quality.


I will let ya'll know how my first smoke went this weekend hopfully. :)

post #2 of 10

Welcome. You're in good hands here. Lots of good folks with tons of info. Don't worry about that smoker, I have a cheaper model and it still turns out good Que. It's all about getting to know your smoker. Remember to have fun with it.

post #3 of 10

First off Welcome JRod to SMF. you'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.


Welcome To Your New Addiction

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

I just picked up a nice TriTip today after work. Its about 3.25lbs but .25 or so has to be the nice thick fat cap. I'm curing my smoker now as we speak but can't wait to get this TriTip on tomorrow.


With that said, should I apply rub to the TriTip tonight an leave it in the fridge until tomorrow or just apply the rub tomorrow and let it sit until room temp?


Thanks for the warm welcomes.

post #5 of 10


Welcome jrod,

Maybe this will help:





post #6 of 10

Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.

post #7 of 10

Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by meateater View Post

Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.

I will try to remember and get my Camera to document my first smoke.

post #9 of 10

Welcome SMF.  You will love the tri tip.. My 9 yr old asks me about every other day when I am smoking one again.

post #10 of 10

Welcome to SMF - glad to have ya here with us


Here is of Santa Maria TriTip style rub ( This area is famous for some of the best TriTip anywhere)

Seasoning Salt Mixture:

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 6 tablespoons salt

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl.


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