New to smoking......

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by wrigley, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. wrigley

    wrigley Newbie


      I got a new (Master Forge) charcoal smoker for fathers day. Been interested in smoking for quite some time now. Found this site recently. Not sure where to start or what would be a good "trial and error first smoke". Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF...lots of info and very helpful folks here. Suggest going to 'roll call' to get a proper welcome & sign up for the free e-course which covers a lot of basics for you. The search bar is a very handy tool for anything you want to know. You can type in the model of your unit for tips and mods. Type in any kind of meat/poultry for detailed info from members on the subject. Any type of chicken is a great way to break your unit in and usually cheap....or a chuck roast (chuckie) for beef. We love Q/view so post your pics of smokes. I would suggest you read, read, read posts on what you decide to smoke first and then....just fire it up.
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF!  Start with something simple and inexpensive like chicken or pork chops so you can get the hang of your new rig and see how she behaves.  Get some good charcoal (hardwood) without fillers and binders so you get a good quality smoke going.  Cook by temps rather than time.  And post some pix so we can oooh and aaahhh!
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Beer can chicken is cheap & easy.
  5. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    yep bust out the chicken and get to smoking[​IMG]
  6. wrigley

    wrigley Newbie

    Thanks Willie!

  7. wrigley

    wrigley Newbie

    Thanks for the reply.......I'm going to go out on limb and say "Kingsford" isn't the charcoal I'm looking for? :) I've done a bit of research and have gathered that the most important element in smoking is the ability to maintain temperature? Please suggest charcoal. Thanks

  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  9. alaskanbear

    alaskanbear Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I agree with the chickn and if ya want, brats, hot dogs and hamburgers are a great test of the new feeling.. I did 1/2 lb hamburgers on my very first smoke and havent stopped doing them to this day!!..


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