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kenmorrison

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Hi good people,

I have recently relocated to Sunny Florida from England, and thought I had found eutopia when I was introduced in to Deep fried Turkeys.....man I love DFT..... so to expand my skills into the outdoor cooking life i have watched the food channels and discovered Smoking, Well I went out and bought a Smoker from the depot ( Propane) and started to try it out, I seasoned it as per instructions, tried to some some chicken and Sausage and did not do a bad job nice and juciy but no flavor, tried some pork and jeez it has been the worst thing i have ever cooked ...... I have fairly good cooking skills and i am now in recoil on how bad a job I have done and feeling like i have no confidence in smoking, can some please help out with a basic beginners step by step fool proof recipe and instructions, please......

looking forward to learning and developing smoking skills from a very experianced collection of forum members

Thanks for your help in advance

Ken
 

pineywoods

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Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. Congrats on the smoker purchase it won't be long and you'll be producing some fine food with it. I would suggest signing up for Jeff's 5 Day Ecourse it has some great info and it's free here's a link

http://www.smoking-meat.com/smoking-basics-ecourse.html  

You will also find lots of good info and some great recipes here on the site. Oh and how about a Smo-Fried turkey, Smoke it for awhile then fry it. Have fun and happy smoking
 

les3176

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welcome to smf!!! lots of info here,if your looking for a certain thing you can use the search feature to find tons of info!!! good luck!!!
 

tyotrain

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welcome to SMF lots to learn here.. great group of people..
 

scarbelly

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Welcome to SMF - be sure to take the ecourse for sure. Then spend a few hours reading on the methods used here - at the top of the page is a search bar - use that to find your smoker and read about the modifications and how folks are using it
 

virginiasmokesignal

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Welcome to SMF, you have come to the right place to learn how to produce some of the most delicious food you ever ate!  I agree, start with the free e-course, Jeff, the sight owner and master cook has done an excellent job on it, read it all even if you think some parts do not apply to you they will come in handy sooner or later.  I also suggest that you go to the WIKI page, select the A's and make yourself a copy of the Acronyms, this will keep you from wandering what they are talking about.  Then just read, read, read and read some more.  I find the wiki's is a great place because it answers so many questions and gives you so many ideas on Smoke Cooking. Ken, the only dumb question here, is the one you do not ask!  So jump in and ask questions, read the post and before long you will be smoking thing fit for the Queen.   Glad to have you my friend.

Barry

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First off welcome Ken to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are alot of really good folks that would just love to help you with anything to do with smoking. Now we like having new folks here to give a new prospective on some of the ways we do things around here. Now if you are really new then I would suggest that you sign up fir the 5-day E-course it free and it will give you the basics on smoking and a few recipes too. Here's a link to it:

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/list/127

then you will have a method to your newly found madness and believe me it will be a madness. Then when you start smoking things you will have to learn how to post the pictures / Qview 

here. So here's a link to a tutorial on how to post your Qview so we can see what your doing.

 http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/82034/how-to-post-qview-to-smf

Now the next thing you have to do is run out and get something to smoke. Then just smoke it and if you have any questions just post  them here and we will answer all your questions that you might have. Oh yea there's no stupid questions we were all there in the beginning and we just really like to help others enjoy the fabulous smoked foods that we do. So again

Welcome to Your New Addiction  

GO GATORS      
 

jjwdiver

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Ken - welcome to SMF!  Glad you could join us. I too was a mess when I first joined and realized that what I thought was good food was actually pretty bad. I spent hours and hours in this forum absorbing all I could and then set out to improve.  Got a neighbor willing to be my test subject and we both started gaining weight as I worked on my rubs, techniques, and finally got fairly good at it, but it took practice and time.  I am still learning and in fact having to re-learn with a recent move.

Good luck to you and let us see your progress with q-view!

John
 

SmokinAl

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Welcome! Congrats on the move to Florida, great to have another Florida boy on board. Like everyone else said, take the e-course and ask questions. Were all here to help!
 

larry9247

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Hi Ken  Here's what I can offer.  One secret to pork success (and chicken and turkey) is to brine it overnight.  1 cup salt  and 1/2 cup brown suger per gallon of water.  Or better yet use stock instead of water.  You can also add herbs and other flavorings to the brine.  This will keep the meat nice and moist while smoking.  Second thing is to invest in a wireless remote temperature gauge.  I have one put out by Weber and you can put it in your pocket and keep and eye on things from anywhere in the house. One last thing.  Make sure you are well stocked on beer for smoking day. Smoking is thirsty work!
 

Bearcarver

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Welcome Ken !

You'll love it here!

Bearcarver

Larry-----Welcome to you too, but you & Ken should go to "Roll Call", and introduce yourselves, so everybody can give you a proper Welcome!

Thanks guys,

Bear
 

beer-b-q

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Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.
 


This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.
 


For those of you new to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.

Click Here it's "FREE" ... 5 Day eCourseE
 

meateater

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Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
 

richoso1

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 Welcome tot he SMF. Jerry has given you some very helpful advise. It's all good my friend.
 

kenmorrison

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Guys....

many thanks for the warm welcome, I will take the e course and i will learn the fine art of smoking and will absorb all the great tips on this forum,

looking forward to learning,

Go Steelers....Superbowl Sunday smoke out.....gotta love the American way of life,

Smoking

Frying

Beer drinking

Friends

& more beer

Ken :)
 

SmokinAl

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Sorry bout dem Steelers!  
 

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