Newbie looking forward to good food

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by mxman005, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. mxman005

    mxman005 Newbie

    Been lurking for a while and have been wanting to learn as much as possible.  I finally found what I want on Black Friday for the price I wanted to pay. Proud new owner of a MBE 30 Gen 1. 

    I guess I'm fairly smart when it comes to cooking. Not classically trained in any fancy institutions but mostly self taught.  I've been told I make some of the best food people have ever eaten.  I figured it was time to break down and try something new and broaden my horizon and try this smoking thing out.

    I'm lucky and married into a family where my father in law has been in a kitchen for 35+ years and has started his own line of spices and sauces.  Basically I get free spice rubs and bbq for the rest of my life or until he kicks the bucket. He has a Espresso Pork Dust to die for.

    The first weekend I had it I attempted my first smoke.  Got a small Pork Butt for a casual football party and was aiming for a delicious pulled pork.  Learned a bunch that weekend and I hope to continue to learn.  Had a great first 4 hours or so of smoke but then I hit the dreaded plateau at around 160.  I started to get to hungry too quickly and was lookin and not cookin.  I smarted up, shut the door and got it to 175 about 30 minutes before serving time.  I pulled it and let it rest for 30-45 minutes and just did a simple chop.  Even though I didn't get the pulled like I wanted, the chopped was to die for. 

    Well this weekend im gonna do a few smaller items for a holiday party.  I'm thinking Jeff's pulled chicken, 2 dozen ABT's, and a new thing I found yesterday called Moink Balls.  Maybe i'll do a Qview if im feeling confident.

    Wish me luck.

    Happy Smoking!
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mxman005, welcome to SMF!  You'll take to smoking naturally with all the cooking skills and instincts you bring to the new process to transform protein.  That was evident in your pulled pork adaptation to chopped pork.  Lots of folks wouldn't have thought of that.  Nice job. 

    Have fun with the holiday party and yes, we'd love to see some pics and hear how it turned out.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]To SMF this is a great sight a great bunch of guys here and the only unanswered question is the one you haven't asked. To help you navigate the sight on Home page there is a article Initial Greeting it contains a lot of helpful info. Enjoy the sight.
  4. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome from SC. There are lots of good folks on this site that love to share their ideas and tips. Just ask and the answers will come.

    Good luck, Joe

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