Which Beef for my first smoke?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by torchrider, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. torchrider

    torchrider Fire Starter

    Ok, I am almost ready to do my first smoke and have been reading through many great posts with QView. However, being a newbie, is there a particular cut of beef you recommend starting with? I am smoking with a very heavy steel smoker with side firebox.
     
  2. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    chuckie (chuck roast) for beef to pull.

    top or bottom round, or even a sirloin tip roast for sliced beef
     
  3. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I think Jim has some good advice there for you. Good luck with the first smoke. Share some Qview with us!
     
  4. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    You want a challenge? Go for the brisket. Spend a couple of dollars & get a choice cut from your local butcher store. Save the juice, semi freeze it & throw away the top fat. Great for using on a re-heat.
     
  5. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    Or a tri-tip till medium rare + slice.
     
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Any of these would be a great starter. Even if it doesn't turn out they way you hoped we still learn from that as well. I'm sure it will turn out just fine which ever you choose.
     
  7. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would also suggest going with a chuckie, they are soooooooo delicious and pretty simple to smoke properly.
     
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I would suggest a chuck roast and a sirloin tip you'd have two different cuts with different temps and for me different spices. I'd do the sirloin tip with just salt, pepper and garlic powder and take it to 135-140 and slice it thin for sandwiches. The chuck roast I would use some additional spices and take it to 190 for slicing or around 205 for chopping. I don't pull beef we prefer the chop on beef
     
  9. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

    I would try a brisket, or maybe even some whole chickens, kinda hard to mess up a chicken.
     
  10. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you really want to do beef, get a chuckie or brisket - don't fear the beast!
    If it's your first smoke, I would go with a pork butt - they are ery forgiving.
    What ever you decide on, have fun, take your time, and enjoy.
     
  11. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    +1 .......[​IMG]
     
  12. torchrider

    torchrider Fire Starter

    Thanks Guys. Great info. I think I mat start with a Pork Butt. Ih ave done them before on the gas grill and they came out pretty good.
     

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