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bregent

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Well a picture is certainly worth a thousand words. If that's the fire that was going while the food was in there, there's your problem. You want to try to achieve thin blue smoke (TBS) in an offset cooker, otherwise you'll create harsh and bitter flavors. The smoke should be barely visible, not that thick grey smoke. Getting there will take some practice, so be sure to ask if you have any questions.
And welcome aboard.
 

Brokenhandle

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Welcome from Iowa. If you just got your new smoker today did you season it? Or do a pre burn in it with no meat to burn off any oils that might have been on it? Looks like alot of smoke coming from the entire smoker

Ryan
 

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Welcome to the forum and the world of smoking stuff. This is the only hobby where you can eat your mistakes!!

Looks like a lot of smoke coming out of your new smoker (congratulations by the way). It will take a bit of practice, but as bregent mentioned, you want to shoot for a thin, blue smoke. How long after you started the fire did you put your meat on?
 

negolien

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Yup I noticed when I first got mine took a while to settle in after seasoning and burn in too. I also notice that it takes a while to settle in after first getting to temp.
 

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Welcome from Gilbert, AZ, you landed in a great spot! You need some video help on how to manage heat control on your beautiful new offset. When adding a new split to the firebox you want to keep the firebox door open at least a couple of inches until the split catches fire good. If you just toss on some wood and close the door the wood will smolder before catching, that's where that white smoke comes from, and white smoke is what's making your meat not taste so good. I just about always have the firebox door on my SQ36 opened up at least just a crack, sometimes an inch or two, depending on how big my fire is, until I establish the desired temp then try to regulate heat with the side vents on the firebox door. A also like to leave the stack wide open, you never want to close the stack cover more than half way when cooking. Here's a couple of YouTube videos to check out, hard to go wrong learning from Aaron Franklin, good luck! RAY






 

kruizer

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Welcome to SMF from Minnesota. You have way to much smoke. It needs to be thin blue smoke to give that special flavor.
 

CobbWjr

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Well a picture is certainly worth a thousand words. If that's the fire that was going while the food was in there, there's your problem. You want to try to achieve thin blue smoke (TBS) in an offset cooker, otherwise you'll create harsh and bitter flavors. The smoke should be barely visible, not that thick grey smoke. Getting there will take some practice, so be sure to ask if you have any questions.
And welcome aboard.
 

SmokinAl

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Welcome to SMF!
Happy to have you join us!
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smokerjim

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welcome from pa, the other folks have you covered, takes a little practice but you'll get there.
 

HalfSmoked

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Welcome as said you have been covered the only other thing would be the type of wood you used.

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Hello, and a Big Ole Howdy from East Texas

Gary
 

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