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First time smoking

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by wcassell, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. I've been waiting to dip my toe into the water, but finally pulled the trigger and bought a 30" MB Propane smoker.  Going to season it in the next day or two, and looking to do my first smokes this weekend.  The wife got some turkey legs that are in the freezer that I may start with, but want to experiment with some pulled pork pretty quickly.

    I'm in Virginia, so the weather is perfect "hanging outside with a fire going" weather.

    Love the forum so far.  Been reading for awhile and excited to get started on my own.
  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    :welcome1: to SMF!!! We're happy you joined us! We have over 50,000 members now who just love to share what they know. You've come to the best place on the net to learn and share everything Q!!!
  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

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  4. seenred

    seenred Legendary Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

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  5. gary s

    gary s SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    [​IMG]Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything   .........



  6. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

    First, WELCOME!! Bunch of great folks on here that will help you with about anything, even if not directly related to smokin'! 

    Second, pulled pork is GREAT to "get your feet smokey". Its hard to mess it up. A few things I would recommend: Some sort of remote thermometer, whether wireless or not. A Maverick ET 732 seems to be the remote thermo of choice, although Maverick has come out with a NEW ET-733! Maverick has a great line of thermos, and no, I don't work for them. Cooking to temp is FAR better than cooking by time. However, most any "probe leave in" thermo will serve the purpose. Keeps you from having to open the smoker and lose heat just to check temp. 

    Tip #2. At least at first, foil your pork butt at about 160F-170F. It won't take much smoke flavor after around 140F anyway. Pull at 200F, wrap in towels,put in a cooler for 2 hours minimum, up to 8 hours. Trust me, it will still be hot. Then, pull away, sauce up, and enjoy!!

    Happy smokin!
  7. Thanks Phil,

    I have a ET-732, but wish I would have known about the 733 earlier.  

    Good advice on the pork butt.  Seems to be good advice.  I've been spending some time on the forums, looking at finishing sauces.  Now I'm just hungry.
  8. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    wish I lived in Virginia.  Up here in Alberta, we're getting about 3 hour of +50 weather every other day.  Below freezing every morning when I get up at 4:30