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Jun 20, 2007
Hello all. I have been a BBqer for years and am now taking the leap to smoking. Wife got me a smoker for fathers day. It is a char-broil smoker with side fire-box and large smoking chamber. First experince was not good. I tried to smoke pork ribs and not knowing what i was doing made it a disater.

I keep reading about 3-2-1 in the forum but can find out what it is. Is this a secret? The forum will not let me gain access to the site. Any helper out there?


Best thing to do is KEEP ON SMOKIN"! That is how you learn. Do a pork butt, it is easy and hard to kill. Will get your confidence up.
Buy a remote digital meat thermometer (or two) and use it.
Ask about what you need to know, the answer is here.
And post pics of your smoking endeavors. We LIKE pics!
Again, welcome!
Welcome calismoker... You're gonna love it here!

Hey, the first time I fired up my smoker, I didn't know what I was doing or getting into. I had some major disappointments, but learned from my mistakes. So, each time I fired up the smoker, I got better. Then I found this place... what a blessing!!!

Don't get discouraged and most of all, keep trying, you'll get the hang of it soon. Ask what you don't know, share what you do.

And take pictures... we like pictures!

First of all welcome to SMF. Lots of great people here and plenty of good food.

There is a ton of info here and at times it can be overwhelming. Do not be discouraged. You will succeed.

What specifically were the problems you encountered on your first smoke? If you give us some details I am sure we can help.
Welcome to SMF!!!

Once you conquer the ribs you'll find everything else falls right into place.

Looking forward to seeing you and your "Q" here on the forum...
Welcome aboard! Congrats on your decision to join the smoking world. Be prepared it is very addictive! Please ask questions should you have any there ia a wealth of info here, great folks that are always willing to help.

Good luck and keep us posted!
Welcome, I started smoking a year ago and what i did was i found a step by step recipe (like the ones on the smoking meat website) and followed it as close as possible. As time went on i slowly picked up things and started to understand my smoker and the smoking process. Believe me you are going to become verey addicted to smoking and this website. Enjoy it.
Welcome to the SMF Calismoker. The guys (and ladies) are right. The more you fire up the smoker the better you'll get.

Now when u get addicted to it that's when the fun really begins.
Keep us posted on your progress. It will help the people like me who havn't even fired it up yet. Looking forward to getting my smoke on this weekend though!
The biggest problem was trying to regulate the temperature which as time went I could control around 250. Need to get it down a little lower. Also I was cooking with all oak. The flavor was really strong. Is using just oak for a problem? Or is it better to use charcoal and suplement with wood for flavor?
Hi there calismoker!...Welcome to the SMF!...
Glad you joined in with us!...

Congrats on the new smoker!...

Hang in there with it and with all the help available from our family here at SMF you'll soon be turning out some Great 'Q'!...I guarantee it!!

Why not take Jeff's Free 5 Day eCourse?...It'll be of great help to you...and it'll get you started off right!...And the price is right to boot!

It's already been said but bears repeating...If you have ??'s...just ask!...
I mean...That's what we're all here for is to help!!...

Again...Welcome aboard the SMF!...We're glad you're here!...

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