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Smoker seasoning? - first smoke

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by otis857, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. otis857

    otis857 Smoke Blower

    Well, I have my new Masterbuilt XL modified and its about ready for its first run. Pardon my ignorance, but I read somewhere that you should "season" a smoker for the first time before putting any meat in it to cook.
    What do you guys recommend to season a new smoker?
  2. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    There should be instructions with your smoker that explain how to season it.  If not, just spray the interior (racks and all) with cooking spray such as Pam.  Fill the water pan, add wood chips and let it smoke for two or three hours.  This should kill off any nasties that are in there from the manufacturing process.  Hope this helps.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep what Bassman said.
  4. otis857

    otis857 Smoke Blower

    Thanks, that does help. I was surprised there was no mention of seasoning the smoker in the instructions. Only assembly and some recipes. Do you heat this up to normal smoking temps of 225-250 or crank it up Higher (say 300-350) ?
  5. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would go on the higher side 300-350, for an hour, then drop er down to 250 for a couple of hours.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I think I worked my way up to around 350 when I was seasoning mine. I ran it at around 250 for an hour or so then worked up to 350 so that if there were any bad things in there they would be burned out in case my heat got away from me when I wasn't paying attention. I normally smoke at around 250-275 so if I seasoning it up to 350 I know I should be good as I should never be that high unless something crazy happens.Oh and once it is seasoned to your liking throw something on there to eat. No sense wasting that good heat.