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newbie in Tulsa

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by wkenton, May 27, 2006.

  1. My husband and I got a smoker today. Nothing fancy. It's a Char-Broil upright electric water smoker. Just starting out. Would appreciate any tips and/or ideas, since neither of us have ever smoked anything before.

    We live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  2. Welcome wkenton, you will find lots of help and ideas on this sight. Lots of friendly folks will answer any questions that you may have. I sugest that you take Jeff's smoking meat course as a starter.
    Again welcome.

  3. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yo wkenton dude and dudette.

    your in the big boss's home town.
    [tulsa jeff]

    i use the same model you have.
    it gives me fantastic results.

    THE first thing you need is a digital instant read thermometer
    check meat temps to cook safely and thoroughly

    use the high position on thermostat

    i pre heat smoker for a hour before placing
    chips and meat in smoker.

    i put the smoking chips in aluminum pie pan
    directly on burner.

    i only put 3 quarts in water pan.

    top rack gets a little hotter.

    i use 2 pans of chips per smoke.
    both pans are done by 3 hours..

    cut meat and poultry and sausages take at least
    3 to 4 hrs .

    brisket and pork butt are easier than you might think. they are great

    chicken and turkey are FABULOUS.

    see my SOON TO BE FAMOUS chicken breast
    curing and smoking thread.

    i wrap in aluminum foil any thing that
    goes over 4 hrs smoke time.

    SLOW AND low is how this unit cooks.

    my unit max temp is 246 degrees.
    thats on summer day.

    i put up wind break and got to 220 degrees in 25mph wind and
    35 degree temp .

    i hope this helps.

    with the electic water smoker---
  4. Well, I sure wish you guys were in Tulsa. I could use a hands-on lesson, as I am a blonde. :roll: I do okay with my charcoaler, but that's easy. I've never tackled anything like this before. Neither has my husband.

    Looks like I came to the right spot for help with this.

    I'd love to make something for tomorrow's celebration, but I am not sure if I can tackle it in time (or know what to make etc).
    We'll see.
    The only thing I am really good at is brownies. My brownies are so good! Everyone that tries them say they are the best they have ever eaten. (I'll give you my secret to that if you want.)

    I am gonna do some more reading and see what I can come up with for tomorrow. Who knows? Maybe I can figure this thing out before too long.
  5. joed617

    joed617 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi Wkenton, Umm brownies eh> would they be "Blonde Brownies"? <kidding>
    Welcome to SMF, hope you find something soon to smoke!

  6. Dutch

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

    Welcome to Smoking Meat Forum, wkenton. For starters, you may want to do a beer can chicken. They're relatively easy to do and you'll learn the quirks of your smoker. As mentioned by bluefrog, check out tulsajeff's Smoking Basics eCourse. If you have plenty of time, pork butts are really forgiving for a beginner and I haven't had anyone turn down my pulled pork sandwiches yet!
  7. vulcan75001

    vulcan75001 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member


    Welcome...I too am new to this site and to snoking..
    You can count on getting all the help you need here..great bunch here..