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Old 07-19-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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Greetings smokers! Although I am an avid griller, I know next to nothing regarding using a smoker. Just curious how difficult it is to learn to get great results that aren't just "meh". I have a pretty good gift card for Home Depot and was thinking for ease of use, to get a propane smoker with the liquid tray inside. I know propane isn't as good as traditional methods, but it's the best option for my situation.

Thing is, I don't want to get one only to have the results be so-so, so I was wondering if it's easy to master?

Thanks bbq masters!
Jon
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Also consider an electric smoker. That's what we got and I have to say I love the results. I never did like the smoked meats we made on the charcoal grill. Too smoky and too dry. We bought a Brinkmann electric smoker after trying a smoked turkey breast my sister made with hers. It's got a water pan and it stays a constant temperature with the electric element. You add wood chunks at the beginning, which I like because you control the amount of smoke (I've done a second round on a brisket) and also because if you want, you can wrap the item in foil and finish it in a low oven if needed. I did a 9 lb whole turkey for a party a few weeks ago and got lots of compliments (and few leftovers!) but I did have to cook it a good long while at 225 degrees - about an hour per pound. That's the only downside.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Also consider an electric smoker. That's what we got and I have to say I love the results. I never did like the smoked meats we made on the charcoal grill. Too smoky and too dry. We bought a Brinkmann electric smoker after trying a smoked turkey breast my sister made with hers. It's got a water pan and it stays a constant temperature with the electric element. You add wood chunks at the beginning, which I like because you control the amount of smoke (I've done a second round on a brisket) and also because if you want, you can wrap the item in foil and finish it in a low oven if needed. I did a 9 lb whole turkey for a party a few weeks ago and got lots of compliments (and few leftovers!) but I did have to cook it a good long while at 225 degrees - about an hour per pound. That's the only downside.
where did you get your electric smoker? We recently got an electric grill and love it. The only problem, things don't always get the brown criss cross marks but other than that we are very happy. Hubby had a charcoal smoker years ago (when we lived in tX) he loved it, but since has decided he doesn't really like grilling much period. That was until we got our electric grill. I know he would love an electric smoker.

Nita
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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Hmmm, nice tip on the electric smoker, never knew that was an option. See, you can tell how green I am at this! The main reason I suggested propane for myself is that it's low maintenance and I can swap out the propane tank I already have. Electric might be an easy option, I will look into it and report back!
Thanks!
Jon
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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We have a resident smoker...

HW can help you.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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where did you get your electric smoker? We recently got an electric grill and love it. The only problem, things don't always get the brown criss cross marks but other than that we are very happy. Hubby had a charcoal smoker years ago (when we lived in tX) he loved it, but since has decided he doesn't really like grilling much period. That was until we got our electric grill. I know he would love an electric smoker.

Nita
I got it at Lowes. It looks just like the Brinkmann charcoal water smokers, but it has an electric element and lava rocks.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I got it at Lowes. It looks just like the Brinkmann charcoal water smokers, but it has an electric element and lava rocks.
thanks so much. We are having a huge garage sale over labor day. Our granddaughter is adopting a baby and costs to adopt are outragious: one thing that was suggested was a sale. I think we will sell our charcoal bar-be and replace it with an electric smoker.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:59 PM
 
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I was fortunate to marry a Texan that loves his barbecue. We have the small Cookshack electric smoker and it is the bomb! (we were able to buy it wholesale, thank goodness) Cookshack Smoker Ovens for Home Use (http://store.cookshack.com/c-63-smokers.aspx - broken link)
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:15 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Those look great Beretta! I took a pic of this cheapie propane model while chasing Gdaughter around Wally's lawn and garden area..

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Old 07-20-2011, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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We had a Brinkman as well, always worked nice, I just threw out our old model and buying a new one for Hubbys Birthday
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