• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

doing my first smoke


Joined Aug 24, 2010
i decided i was doing a pork shoulder in my smoker today

on saturday i made a rub and rubbed the shoulder down and wrapped it in plastic wrap and set in in the fridgerator till this morning

i soaked my hickory chips overnight in water

i got up this morning and got everything set up

i think i may have rushed on waiting for the charcoal turn compleatly white before starting or didnt use enough to get started because it took a while to get the temp up

i got this meat thermometer that is wireless from wal-mart (i think it was a good $16 investment)

its been on for about 6 hours now and its up to 157 degrees

i got some pics now and will take some more later


Joined Aug 24, 2010
OK i forgot to get the pics when it was finished, i guess i was in too big of a hurry--lol

i done a 9 pound bone-in pork shoulder and it got to temp in about 7 hours

i let it sit wrapped with foil for about an hour

it was tender but not fall off the bone tender

it was moist and had good flavor

i did learn a few things like i need to watch my water pan( i let it get dry)

i used match-light charcoal, i think i will get a chimney and some regular charcoal

also i think a spray bottle to spray what I'm smoking down

all in all i think i did pretty good for my first time

definitely was a learning experience


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Oct 2, 2007
Sounds like a great success!!  Way to go.


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Feb 20, 2010
If you liked it, it was a good smoke, and it sounds like you learned from the experience. That’s what makes it a good smoke in my book.

 Welcome aboard


Rest in peace. Lost but not forgotten!!
Staff member
OTBS Member
Joined Feb 3, 2009
Sounds like a great smoke.


Master of the Pit
Joined Jun 13, 2010
Great first smoke!  Did you slice it or want to pull it?  You may also want to pick up another probe to monitor your chamber temps.  


Joined Aug 24, 2010
i was going to pull it but it didnt want to come loose so i cut it with a knife

 i was thinking about getting somthing for keeping tab on the temp of the unit

thanks everyone for your coments


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Sep 24, 2009
Congrats on your adventure!!!  Its ok about the pics, LOL I think the mods let ya slide once or twice before they put you in time out. I would go with the regular charcoal instead of the matchlight. JMO.


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Aug 22, 2010
fall off the bone vs slicing. fine line there. if the taste is good, you're splttin' hairs!  they both pork, they both butt, but at the same time, a bit apples and oranges.  had to pull a butt sooner than i'd like the other day, sliced and delicious!  but, for those who could wait until it fell apart, well, different experience but all happy.

Hot Threads

Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.