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What's up people! From Bristol, England, UK.

dirtyd89

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Hi there I'm Joe.

I've recently bought the 'Grillstock BBQ Book' and now I'm hooked on cooking. I've been cooking everything inside on a gas hob and fan assisted oven as I didn't have a smoker.
MASSIVE SIN RIGHT THERE I KNOW... I'm Sorry!

I've just ordered myself a Brinkmann 810-5301-C Smoke-N-Grill Charcoal Smoker and Grill which will be arriving at some point next week.
Any advice on mods I'll need to make so I can cook some bad ass meat?
 

smokin monkey

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Hi Joe, Welcome to our "Family" and "Addiction"

Plenty of good folk on here, ask any questions you can think of, and you will get your answers.

Please take time to look at the UK Smokers Forum,

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/3161/uk-smokers

And introduce your self on the UK Roll Call
http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/229926/roll-call

We have had our 3rd UK Smokes weekend, where members attend and cooked over the weekend, planing has are already in place for 2017. Please use the link below to view the website.

http://www.uk-smf.co.uk

Smokin Monkey [emoji]133660013031[/emoji]
 

wade

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Hi there I'm Joe.

I've recently bought the 'Grillstock BBQ Book' and now I'm hooked on cooking. I've been cooking everything inside on a gas hob and fan assisted oven as I didn't have a smoker.
MASSIVE SIN RIGHT THERE I KNOW... I'm Sorry!

I've just ordered myself a Brinkmann 810-5301-C Smoke-N-Grill Charcoal Smoker and Grill which will be arriving at some point next week.
Any advice on mods I'll need to make so I can cook some bad ass meat?
Hi DirtyD and welcome to the group.

There is nothing wrong with cooking the meat in an oven. You wont get the smoky flavour but many of us have had to resort to an oven at some time. The oven is fine too if you need more smoker space once you have foiled your meat.

The Grillstock book has some good recipes in it but also take a look at the recipes from folks on here.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/245228/smf-recipe-collection-update-for-june

I do not want to appear negative but is it too late to change your mind on the Brinkmann? Without several mods it is very hard to control their temperature as there is no bottom air vent control. Without this you will struggle to produce the "bad ass meat" that you are looking for. When smoking most meats it is important to be able to control and maintain low cooking temperatures of around 110-150 C for extended periods. I think that you will struggle to do this on the Brinkmann. For around the same price you could get a 57cm Weber One Touch Kettle that will be much more controllable and much more versatile.

http://www.riversidegardencentre.co.uk/weber-one-touch-original-57cm.html

To set the scene... At Grillstock every year we see Weber 57cm Kettles and WSMs in use by almost all of BBQ teams however I cannot ever remember seeing a Brinkmann there. Here are some team photos from Grillstock this year




Here are some photos from the 2016 UK Smokers weekend too



If you do decide to stay with the Brinkmann then we will do whatever we can to help you achieve your goal but I think you will find the journey quite a frustrating one.

Wade
 
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SmokinAl

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Hi & welcome to the forum!

Glad to have you with us!

Can't wait to see your new smoker in action!

Al
 

dirtyd89

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Hi Wade,
It looks like I'm in for a frustrating journey then! [emoji]128514[/emoji]
It's arriving today as well as a new temp gauge and a chimney starter. I plan on doing a few mods that I've seen on YouTube videos. So fingers crossed this will improve the smoker. I'm looking forward to getting started though. I've got a 1.5 kg whole brisket in the fridge ready and waiting so that will be the first test.
I can see from your photos that the other smokers are popular. So maybe that'll be one for the future!
 

wade

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I've got a 1.5 kg whole brisket in the fridge ready and waiting so that will be the first test.
That will be a good test and I am sure you will make a great job of it. Don't forget we like photos on here 
 

smokin monkey

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As Wade said, we like plenty of photos.

Hope it all turns out great, but we are all on a learning curve!
 
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