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Gifted new to me master built electric smoker Thank you for this forum, From New Hampshire


Joined Jul 31, 2016

I've owned this smoker as a previously enjoyed smoker,  A gift from a friend.  I really don't have a problem with chicken.  It works out the best for me.  Beef on the other hand is never good.  I"m hesitant on trying some of the more complex pieces.

Ribs are hit or Miss.  Never perfect like on the pitmasters.

There are so many variables and I haven't mastered anything other than whole chicken and that is still a gamble.

I've downloaded books and searched rubs but I need more advise and talent when it comes to this ART form.

I hope I can learn from this forum so I don't end up with crap dinners, Indigestion, and am able to produce something worthy of serving to someone other than my wife.  She is not so fond of what I've cooked and sometimes I am completely disgusted myself.

I can't seem to produce a good flavorful tender beef anything.  

I've tried wrapping and the cooler.  I've tried just removing and resting.  I've tried injection with all of the above.

I can't seem to find a good sauce for dipping or basting for finishing or during the cook.

I need help and I want to learn.

My real name is Chris

I"m in So. NH near Nashua south of Manchester,  NH.


Master of the Pit
Joined Apr 6, 2015
Hello Chris and 
 to you.

Stay calm and smoke on.

First thing is do you have a good thermometer, if not you need one.

The ones in the smoker are notoriously inaccurate.

Next go up to the search bar and type in bear steps, look for bear's step by steps.

There are dozens of recipes in there with rubs everything will be there.

Follow it exactly the first time, see how your family likes it, then tweak to suit your tastes.

I would put up a link to it but that doesn't work for me.

At first follow what someone else has tried that has worked for them.

Remember pictures of your smokes are good things.

Have fun with it all.



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Joined Jun 22, 2009
Hi Chris!

  to SMF!

Glad to have you aboard!


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