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Newbie from ND

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by broken oar, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. broken oar

    broken oar Newbie

    Hello fellow smokers. I'm Clay from Bismarck North Dakota. I was lucky enough to recive a Master Built electric smoker as a Christmas gift from my Mother-in-law. She's a great lady. I am new to smoking and am just starting to learn. I tryed a couple FATTYS last night. They weren't that great - way to dry. I think I smoked them to long (3 hrs?). My true love is Walleye fishing but I can't do that ALL the time so I hope smoking will be my second love. I just found this forum Tues. the 26th. I snooped around a bit and decided to join - looking forward to learning from you all.
    My your mug always be full in the new year.
    Broken Oar
  2. mohntr

    mohntr Smoke Blower OTBS Member

    Welcome Broken Oar!!

    I think you will enjoy it here. I've found a wealth of info in this group.

    I'm bettin' you did smoke the fatties too long or your temps a bit high. I have smoked a couple since finding this place and they turned out great. I kept my heat at 225 f. You could check with a meat thermometer - I wanna say 160 f internal. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.


  3. broken oar

    broken oar Newbie

    Go Fish
    Yah - it gets cold up here but it keeps the riff raff out. It's been in the 30s and 40s most of the winter so far - mild for ND.
    My MB is new but there is no vent on the top. I saw a post in electric smokers about adding a top vent. I may do that. It's a kool little smoker - vent or no vent. I just hope I can learn to smoke some decent ribs with it.
    Broken Oar
  4. Welcome fellow smoker and fisherman.
    Boy, Santa sure was generous to the smokers this year.
  5. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome Broken Oar
    Wishing you many successful smokes with the Masterbuilt.....Go to the thread about our smokers and ask away if you want our experiences!!
  6. ultramag

    ultramag SMF Events Planning Committee

    Welcome to SMF Broken Oar!!! Glad you joined right up instead of sneaking around in the shadows. ;) Be sure and sign up for TulsaJeff's 5-day eCourse if you have not already done so.
  7. broken oar

    broken oar Newbie

    Thanks for the welcomes - guys.

    GoFish - I had the water pan about 3/4 full and added about 5 chips of hickory every 30mins. I had the temp set a 225. I think 3 hrs was just to long. I have since purchased a didgital meat thermometer and will pay more attention to meat temp than time for my next smoke. I plan to attempt baby back ribs with mapel chips on New Years day. Will use the 3-2-1 method but will back time off to 2-1.5-1 and take the meat temp to 160 - 165.

    Illini - I have been to the electric smoker thread and have foud it very helpful. Thanks for the info. It's snowing big time here today so looking for a project. I think I will do your top vent and door latch mod.
    Have a great day
    Broken Oar
  8. welcome aboard I am also from ND. Larimore which is about 30 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2. I have had a charcoal smoker for a couple of years and just got a gasser for Christmas. I am now smoking a couple of pork butts on my gasser {first one) I have used my charcoal one a number of times and love it. A great site is the Virtual Weber Bullet site. Just type it in and you should get the site. It is also loaded with a ton of information. I have benifited greatly from these sites. Everyone is very helpful. Hope you enjoy this great hobby.
  9. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Broken Oar, welcome to SMF. Sounds like you did oversmoke those fatties. I very seldom smoke mine longer the 1 1/2 hours and sometime not even that long.