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Unread 01-24-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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Hey All,

After stalking around here for the past couple of years, i'm finally in a position where I can spend a little money and get my first smoker. So once tax money rolls in I'll be getting a 22.5 WSM.

But here is my quandry, I know that I will have a huge amount of space to work with here, but I don't also want to get into something to difficult on my very first smoke.

What should I do for my first meal? Pork shoulder? Ribs? Beer Can chicken?

Any suggestions are welcome, i'm diving into the deep end here.

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Unread 01-24-2012, 10:31 AM   #2
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Pork Butt.
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I'd go with a pork butt until you learn how to use the wsm, butts are very forgiving and taste great. Chicken is great, but is very easy to over smoke and requires a higher cooking temp. Start with a butt and practice getting a good clean burn, with light smoke at 250f, master that and you can cook anything. Good luck, let us know how it's going.
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Nate,

Should I put in the fatty to help season the WSM? Or just because they look freaking awesome?

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So I wasn't too far off on thinking Pork butt myself. Looks like I'll be going with that.

Thanks for your help.
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There you have it... pork butt and fatty. You couldn't get better advice if you paid for it. Great choice on a first smoker. Wish I had one of those to when I started (or now).
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Pork butt was my first cook in my UDS. If you follow the great advice on this forum, you cant go wrong. It gets better with practice.
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Pork Butts and Fatties.

Can't go wrong with a combination of both.
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Not sure how my wife will feel about the fattie. She's a "picky" eater who is more inclined to veggies, but i'm hoping that the Que will convince her otherwise.
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OH dont worry about that. She will be one of the converted. My wife is.
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You can do veggies on the WSM, just be sure to add them toward the end of you cook, and don't hit them too much smoke, they will absorb it like a sponge.
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Start out with a naked fatty (or 2). Easy and soooo good. Just buy a breakfast sausage log, unwrap it and smoke to 165 internal.
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If it will make you feel better send me $20.00 and I will send you the secrets to fatties and pork butts.
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