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Offline Superman in Training

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1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« on: June 28, 2005, 04:28:29 pm »
I just seasoned my brand new Original Bradley Smoker and I can't wait to get started. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should try first?  I want something that will be a little on the easier side but will still blow everyone away!

Someone also told me that the meat might not taste right until you use it a few times. Is this true?  I understand that the more you use it the better it is, but the does this mean that the first time I smoke something that I shouldn't serve it to guest? Maybe wait until I smoke a few things first?

Anyway if someone has an idea for my first meat to smoke it would be appreciated!! [8D]

Offline MallardWacker

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2005, 05:31:33 pm »
Man of SuperSmoker,

The two things that are always mentioned are Boston Butts and Chicken.  Brisket aren't(isn't) bad either.  I would try these first.  Forget the "meat might not taste right until you use it a few times" thing, you be very happy with your begining results.

I would choose a butt, it's cheap and almost fool proof with a Bradley.....and it makes you look good in front of the little women and somewhat takes the edge off of "you spent how much?" line.

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2005, 09:55:42 pm »
The first few things you smoke will taste horrible.  Send them to me and I will dispose of them in a fitting manner, only because I'm a nice guy. [:D]

Offline Phone Guy

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2005, 12:19:03 am »
Anything pork.

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2005, 03:19:08 am »
Superman(in training) Another easy one is chicken breast wrapped in bacon.Marinate the chicken in some italian salad dessing and wrap in bacon.Put in preheated smoker and cook to an internal temp of about 180f.Use only about 3 or4 pucks and it will turn out great.

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2005, 03:50:41 am »
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">The first few things you smoke will taste horrible. Send them to me and I will dispose of them in a fitting manner, only because I'm a nice guy. <hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote"> You want to watch that psdul07-he's an especially tricky fellow!

Offline Superman in Training

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2005, 05:03:54 am »
lol  good one psdubl07!!

OK I got a 7.5 pound pork shoulder!! I am excited to get started. I have looked in the recipe forum, but I am wondering if anyone can post a recipe here for me?

Thanks again for everyones help!!

I ordered some bubba pucks last night too!!

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2005, 08:27:55 am »
Well, I did some more searching and I answered my own question. I am going to use the pulled pork recipe! I can hardly wait. I made the rub and the monster shoulder is now in the fridge!I will let it sit for 48 hrs

I will update my progress... [8D]

Offline Phone Guy

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2005, 04:28:30 pm »
Over night or 24 hours is enough time.

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2005, 10:18:23 pm »
I have started to put the rub on when I pull the meat out of the refrigerator, an hour or so before going into the smoker.  IMO the rub won't penetrate the meat by sitting on there longer (not significantly anyway), but the salt in the rub will pull moisture out.

Either way Clark Kent, you'll be OK.  Just follow the recipe/instructions, give it about 4 hours of smoke, change the water, and let the Bradley do its thing.  Let us know how it turns out. [8D]

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2005, 12:52:40 am »
Yea Clark,
I would agree with psdubl07. I have applied the rub and it sat long enough to get the Bradley fired up and ready then into the smoker. It came out just as good as any other. When I stated that over night or 24 hours was long enough, I meant that there is no reason to leave it that long. I am not an expert yet but I have done a lot of smoking in a short amount of time and I could not tell the difference in the taste.

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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2005, 06:27:12 am »
Work doesn't allow me to cook it today or tomorrow so looks like I will be waiting 48hrs anyway.. thanks for the tips though next time I wont have to worry about trying to preplan so far ahead.




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Re: 1st timer needs help. What should I smoke first?
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2005, 03:55:13 am »
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Superman in Training</i>
<br />Work doesn't allow me to cook it today or tomorrow so looks like I will be waiting 48hrs anyway.. thanks for the tips though next time I wont have to worry about trying to preplan so far ahead.




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Just be sure to allow enough time for that bad boy to cook--about 12-14 hours I would say . . . remember, low and slow!

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