Hello from Iowa

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by crarcher, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. Hello,

    Just purchased a Masterbuilt 30 digital electric.  I am a rookie to smoking, seasoned the smoker today and plan on filling it full of chickens and or ribs next Saturday.  After I get seasoned myself I plan on doing up a couple boneless deer hind quarters I saved from my January muzzleload deer.

    1st question - what is a good internal thermometer to buy?


  2. I highly recommend a Maverick ET-732. By far the nicest smoking gadjet that I have purchased. Makes smoking a whole lot easier and enjoyable.
  3. Definitely the Maverick ET-732. Come with two probes. One for the barbeque temp. and the other for the meat temp. You can buy them on ebay for $59.95. It will be the best sixty buck you spent.... Remote control let you bring the receiver in the house and reaches 300 feet away.

    Here is the link.......http://www.maverickhousewares.com/et732.htm

    ...Good luck and welcome to SMF...................[​IMG]
  4. John,

    I also just joined the forums, and have the Masterbuilt-30 digital. We took down a dead hickory tree last fall, so I thought if some smoke is good, isn't more smoke better?

    My first smoke was 1.5 racks of baby back ribs. I ignored the you tube videos from masterbuilt and put in about two cups of hickory (over time). For us it was too much smoke.

    Next up I did some chicken breasts and leg/thigh quarters. 1/2 cup hickory and a wonderful result. I'll look up the thermometer I used when I get home (currently on vacation). It has a much smaller probe than the Masterbuilt and has a remote so I can wander around while the meet cooks..

    I expect YMMV. I am keeping a journal (old school, pen/paper) for now recording the meat, rubs, time/temp ....

    Best of luck with your new smoker!

    Don (aka holyfeld)
  5. "while the meet cooks" ... oh dear. It should be

    while the meat cooks. Love my iPad. Sometimes not so much ...

  6. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    Welcome fellow Iowan! I'm running an MES 30 two counties over. Just posted a stuffed loin video from today. Get yourself an AMNPS and get ready to fall in love with smoked cheese.
  7. Thin blue smoke is the way......[​IMG]
  8. Welcome!!!!   The Maverick is the way to go.

  9. I have a Masterbuilt-30 digital also. I have over-smoked a couple of times. I thought the same thing myself. The more smoke the better. Too much smoke makes my meat bitter. I put in some chips in and watch the vent. I don't add chips until I see no smoke coming from my vent.
  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF - glad to have you here 
  11. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Welcome to SMF it's nice to have you. Lots to learn here and great people as well.

    Have fun and happy smoking
  12. Welcome John! I'm here in Linn County as well (Cedar Rapids). I use the ET-732 and it's a great thermometer. I might be ordering a 2nd one for when I'm doing bigger smokes.

  13. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  to SMF . You have come to the right place for smoking info. This site is loaded with great info just use the search bar at top of page to find what you are looking for. If you can't locate the answer just ask folks here are willing to share there knowledge. I suggest you take  the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info. Smoking  5-Day e-Course  
  14. Thanks to all - sounds like I have my therm figured out.  Now I just have to order it. 

    looks like I picked the right forum
  15. I am also in Cedar Rapids, keep your nose peeled on the SW side for good smells soon
  16. Thanks for the reply (and others also) about the smoke, I am going through the forums and the 5 day course and I have seen the smoke issue talked about several places.  Good knowledge to learn before I cook.
  17. Welcome!
    I ordered an ET-732 from Todd a couple hours ago, can't wait to get it!
    Have fun with your new smoker!
  18. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

  19. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard, John!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  20. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member


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