• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Smoker Rookie

jack vs

Joined Feb 13, 2011
I have a 3 shelf propane smoker and the first time I used it my beef brisket was dry. Should I use pan to maintain drippings? I am making turkey in three weeks & I am afraid of drying.  SOS - Help.


SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
Staff member
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
OTBS Admin
Group Lead
Joined Mar 22, 2008


Smoking Guru
Staff member
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
OTBS Admin
Group Lead
Joined Jul 7, 2005
Welcome to SMF Jack. We need a little more info on what you did- such as how long you smoked the brisket, what part of the brisket was it (i.e: point, flat or packer) what was your chamber temps, and did you use a water pan.

Fist piece of advice is do not rely on the door thermometer. They are notoriously inaccurate!  Replace it with a tru-temp thermometer or use a dual probe digital thermo such as the Maverick.

Maintain your temps between 225°-250°, make sure that you keep the water pan full and plan on a long smoke. And yes, it perfectly all right to use a pan on the shelf below the brisket in order to catch the drippings. Skim off the fat and serve the au jus along side the meat.

Please stop by Roll Call and introduce yourself to the masses here.

Enjoy the smoke!
Last edited:


Master of the Pit
Joined Mar 31, 2010
Welcome to SMF lots of great people here and lots to learn.. have fun


Smoke Blower
Joined Dec 14, 2010
Hi Jack!  Welcome aboard!  Do yourself a favor and sign up for the 5 day ecourse!  It is full of great information and it will help out a lot with questions you might have.  I know it helped me with my first smoke.  The folks on the forum are very friendly and helpful so don't be afraid to ask questions and don't forget the pictures!



Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Jul 26, 2009
Hello Jack and welcome aboard. Like others have suggested, sign up for the ecourse and learn how to use the search function just under the banner and you will find a wealth of information her to help you


SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
Staff member
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Joined Jun 22, 2009
Welcome Jack & all of the above.


Legendary Pitmaster
SMF Premier Member
Joined Oct 17, 2009
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.


Meat Mopper
Joined May 21, 2009
Welcome to SMF Jack, glad to have you!  I would also recommend that you sign up for the FREE E-Course, I had been smoking for about 6 years when I got it and it helped me out with things I had never though about.  Use the Search Bar and the WIKI section to find particular information about things you have questions about and remember this, the only dumb question that you can ask here is the one that you do not ask!  Again, welcome and come back here often.



Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined May 1, 2007

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


Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Mar 12, 2009

First off welcome Jack to SMF. It sounds like you are not a newbie to smoking so I can't wait to see some of your Q and your equipment too. Now you'll like this place for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anythign that you need. So enjoy and remember this

Welcome To Your New Addiction again 

Latest posts

Hot Threads

Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.