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Jerry Keith Coleman

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Mar 10, 2021
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We have an RV at Douglas Lake in Tennessee. I received my smoker for Christmas and plan to use it there. Any advice as to first time smoking, what I need to buy and what I don't, etc. would be appreciated. I've never used a smoker but I want to get good at it. If anyone wants to suggest a first meal and cooking instructions I'm all ears. As well as what to load in the fire box, etc. Thanks for having me on the forum!
 
Jerry, welcome to SMF. Congrats on the smoker. Sounds like you got a wood-burner. If you could share the maker and model, you'll find someone here with the same equipment to offer advise.

Enjoy the forum!

Ray
 
Welcome to the forums. From North Mississippi myself. First off, tell us what kind of smoker you have. There are all kind of goodies out there that are on someones gotta have list. Will suggest grab some chicken thighs for your first cook. Cheap if ya mess 'em totally up. A decent instant read thermometer.
Jim
 
Welcome to the forums. From North Mississippi myself. First off, tell us what kind of smoker you have. There are all kind of goodies out there that are on someones gotta have list. Will suggest grab some chicken thighs for your first cook. Cheap if ya mess 'em totally up. A decent instant read thermometer.
Jim
Thanks Jim. We actually live in East Ky but have the RV at the lake, and we try to go nearly every weekend throughout the summer. My smoker is a Smoke Canyon vertical smoker, Other than putting it together that's about all I know. And yes, I agree on the chicken first time out!
 

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Jerry, welcome to SMF. Congrats on the smoker. Sounds like you got a wood-burner. If you could share the maker and model, you'll find someone here with the same equipment to offer advise.

Enjoy the forum!

Ray
Thanks Ray. It's a Smoke Canyon vertical smoker
 

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Welcome to the forum, Jerry! Always nice to see another stick-burner here!
I'd start with something like ribs or chicken 'til you get a feel for how your smoker works (chicken cooks pretty fast). Pick up a couple of Maverick remote therms or an Inkbird unit to keep track of what the temp at the grate actually is and the IT of the meat without opening the lid a lot. There are other methods, but I get a chimney of charcoal going, dump it in the firebox and add wood. Wood only from then on. Hickory works for most things (Oak or Mesquite for beef) and I get it by the bag at Home Depot. It fits my firebox. You may have better available and you may have a bigger box.
Just keep in mind that an offset will need tending. You can't just light it up and go fishing...
Good luck!
 
Welcome to the forum, Jerry! Always nice to see another stick-burner here!
I'd start with something like ribs or chicken 'til you get a feel for how your smoker works (chicken cooks pretty fast). Pick up a couple of Maverick remote therms or an Inkbird unit to keep track of what the temp at the grate actually is and the IT of the meat without opening the lid a lot. There are other methods, but I get a chimney of charcoal going, dump it in the firebox and add wood. Wood only from then on. Hickory works for most things (Oak or Mesquite for beef) and I get it by the bag at Home Depot. It fits my firebox. You may have better available and you may have a bigger box.
Just keep in mind that an offset will need tending. You can't just light it up and go fishing...
Good luck!
Thanks my friend. And yes, my intent was to put meat on, go out on lake and play all day, then come home and food was perfect. So much for that idea. I'll get to buying wood and charcoal!
 
Welcome from PA. To load and go fish, would require an Electric, or Pellet Smoker. Their Electronic controllers maintain your temp. It's not uncommon, around here, for guys to learn on a Stick Burner then try other, often larger smokers. Play with what you have to learn how to smoke meat and confirm Smoking meat is something you enjoy. Then you can move on to a Set and Forget Smoker. Enjoy the new toy and when ready, there are a bunch of guys that Smoke Fish here...JJ
 
Welcome from PA. To load and go fish, would require an Electric, or Pellet Smoker. Their Electronic controllers maintain your temp. It's not uncommon, around here, for guys to learn on a Stick Burner then try other, often larger smokers. Play with what you have to learn how to smoke meat and confirm Smoking meat is something you enjoy. Then you can move on to a Set and Forget Smoker. Enjoy the new toy and when ready, there are a bunch of guys that Smoke Fish here...JJ
thanks for the reply jimmy, maybe i'll work my way up. I'll keep you posted!
 
Welcome from Ga. Nice Smoker there. I can see the guys have you covered, nothing to add really. Post pics and info as you begin this most excellent journey.
 
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