Eager to get Started!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by nicholas2335, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. nicholas2335

    nicholas2335 Newbie


    My wife and I just bought a MES 30in for our anniversary. My first smoker but I wanted to dive in right away!

    I smoked two pork tenderloins already twice. They were not quite as tender as I was expecting but no telling what I did wrong. 

    Also, I think my wife and I are still finding out exactly how much "smoke" taste we like. I used hickory chips and then I read that generally the hardwoods give a stronger smoke flavor than the fruits and nuts so I will try that on my next smoke. 

    Of course I have all sorts of questions but I have been reading this forum for a couple of days now and I think I have a strategy

    for my first Boston butt smoke!

    Thanks ahead of time for all the help! Happy to become part of the addiction!
  2. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Welcome aboard Nicholas.  Congratulations on your new smoker.

    Best luck on your butt smoke.
  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  4. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome to the forum. You and your wife got a smoker for your anniversary? Wow, she's a keeper! Good advice from Tropics above. Good luck on future smokes, David.
  5. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the board! Use the Search to look your smoker and see how people use them.

    I suggest you experiment with smoking chicken pieces because they're inexpensive and relatively quick to cook. That way, you can learn what smoke(s) you like the best, and the quirks of your smoker.

    Many here suggest that you keep a log book of your methods and circumstances, so if you hit on a combination that you love, you'd be better able to duplicate it.

    Pork loin tends to be a dry (lean) cut. Pork butt has more juice but you need to cook it sufficiently - look up "the stall" to get an explanation.

    Have fun learning!
  6. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum.  We are all anxious to see smoke coming from our new smoker, it is fun and exciting.  Now is the time to learn what is happening while you are doing your cooks.  

    Take some time and learn the basics and you will be able to answer many of your own questions.

    The following with the accompanying links will help you get off to a good start.

    New to smoking or have a new smoker? -- "How to optimize your smoke"

  7. [​IMG]   Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a cloudy and drying out day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

  8. nicholas2335

    nicholas2335 Newbie

    Thanks for the welcome and the advice. Good idea about the log.  
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2015
  9. nicholas2335

    nicholas2335 Newbie

    Yep! Relatives always bragging about their smoked meat. So, we wanted to learn ourselves! [​IMG]
  10. Congrats on the smoker Pork loins are real lean They will get dry pretty quick, you have to watch the temps and not over cook.

    A pork Butt  will be a longer cook, but hard to screw up, and Pulled pork is one of my favorite things

  11. One other thing, You don't want the relatives showing you up   Set the bar high

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