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Got a Masterbuilt smoker for Christmas/Now I have to learn how to use it. Greetings to the group


Joined Dec 31, 2016
My son thought I needed a smoker just because he has one. I'm Chris from the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania. I've been a mechanic for over 50 years; my wife does the cooking. Actually I hate cooking but I love eating, so I'm going to try my skills with my new Masterbuilt 30" smoker. And I need alot of help!

My first smoke was pork loin using planer shavings of apple wood. It seems to be a desired wood and I happen to see an old apple tree in my father's orchard. I'm going to advise him that I need the wood and he's too old to climb it.

My next smoke will be a 4# brisket and I'd like to do it right the first time. It was $30. So I'm hoping that one of you nice people would guide me to a good step-by-step recipe and some advice. Thanks for allowing me to be in this group and to soak up some knowledge.


Master of the Pit
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Joined Feb 7, 2015
Welcome to the site Chris!  Bearcarver has awesome step by steps with using your smoker.  The search engine is also very useful.



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Joined Jun 22, 2009
Welcome to the forum!

Glad to have you with us!


gary s

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Joined Jan 6, 2011
  Good morning and welcome to the forum from a rainy day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people          with tons of information on just about everything.



Joined Dec 31, 2016
I smoked the brisket today after applying Jeff Phillips secret recipe last night. It took 7 hours to reach 200 degrees and I wrapped it in blankets for 2 hours until company came. There were 8 of us and everybody was complimenting the delicious taste of the sauce and tenderness of the meat. No additional sauce was necessary.

I followed the directions on the 2009 newsletter and the secret sauce and it was the most delicious brisket I've ever had. Thanks Jeff!

My next project will be ribs.

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