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Just got my first smoker

What should I try first?


LSU-MNCBABY
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brisket or spare ribs


OldSouth
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Get a pack of leg quarters. Poultry seasoning and black pepper. I like hickory for poultry and oak for beef but that's just me. Try to keep it at 225 throughout the process. Then move on to something that requires you to monitor heat AND moisture.

If you screw it up you're only out 5 bucks.


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Grats...did you season it already?


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Kingwood Tiger
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Congrats! First off what kind? Pic?

Do a search on youtube for Franklin BBQ pork butt and follow his directions. You will have some awesome bbq.

Here is the link from when I did it a few weeks ago.
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greenwave
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Get a pack of leg quarters


I agree with this, pork butt, or do some smoked chicken wings.


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austiger
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Pork butt or shoulder with bone-in... relatively easy to smoke. Not tempermental like a brisket, which is the LAST thing I'd start with.

It's pretty much impossible to overcook a pork butt. Just don't undercook it.


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LSUAfro
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Pork butt. Very forgiving and it will allow you to give everything a test run to see how it holds/controls heat/smoke etc.

Electric, propane, charcoal?


OldSouth
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Do a search on youtube for Franklin BBQ pork butt and follow his directions. You will have some awesome bbq.


Definitely watch the franklin brisket video before you even THINK about cooking one.


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Got it for a birthday present. Definitely not the best but its probably a good one to start with. In the process of seasoning it.

Image: http://common1.csnimages.com/lf/49/hash/17746/6587882/1/Char-Griller-Smokin-Pro-Charcoal-Grill-and-Smoker.jpg


Kingwood Tiger
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Got it for a birthday present


Watch the Franklin videos about modifying pits like this. He buys one very similar to this one but shows you how to put another thermometer on it closer to the grates inside, thus giving you a better gauge of your temps.


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I definitely planned on doing this, but will still go watch the videos. Sounds like everyone thinks pork butt is the way to go


CBLSU316
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Franklin is bad ass..............start with a Boston Butt..............they are very hard to eff up. Ribs are pretty easy too.


A brisket can be tricky if you don't know what you're doing.

One thing about smoking meat..............you need to know your grill temp and your meat temp. Especially if you're a rookie.


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htownjeep
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Sounds like everyone thinks pork butt is the way to go

Only because it's probably the easiest and you want to get some confidence under your belt

That is very similar to my first smoker as well. Actually, I probably went through about 5 of em (1 a year roughly) until I finally started making enough money to upgrade. You can cook some amazing food on that pit!


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austiger
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nice smoker... I have something very similar. a new braunfels.

kinda seemed like I needed to smoke meats to really earn my central Texas man card.

speaking of franklins btw, if you're doing a brisked you need to do 2 parts salt to 3 parts pepper to one part powdered espresso. franklin says it's just half salt and half pepper, but I've come closest mimic'ing his flavor adding espresso powder. good luck!


Kingwood Tiger
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espresso powder


interesting......i know that one of his sauces is supposedly an espresso based sauce


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Creamer
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amazingribs.com has a lot of good info for a beginner. I would season it one day, then smoke some chicken thighs one day after work to get a feel for controlling the temp. Thighs only take a couple hours to smoke. Then I would cook a Pork Butt on the weekend. expect the butt to take 1.5-2 hrs/lb.


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feel for controlling the temp.

This is the part I am most curious about. Cook a shite ton and grill but have yet to try cooking something for such a long time at a specific heat.


htownjeep
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This is the part I am most curious about. Cook a shite ton and grill but have yet to try cooking something for such a long time at a specific heat.

You'll get the hang of it. Just takes some time and getting to know your smoker. Mostly just controlling air flow in my opinion.


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Creamer
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once you get the pit warm I would close the top cent to about .25" and strictly use the firebox vent to adjust oxygen flow. Pork butt is very forgiving though, even if the temp spikes for a while it is hard to mess up.


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