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Unread 06-13-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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Hello guys and gals. I am fairly new to BBQ'ing. The wife bought be a Brinkmann gas grill last Summer which is where my interest started. Just this past March, for my birthday, I got the 22" Weber charcoal grill that I had asked for. Since March I've been using the Weber a bit as a smoker, with some good success and some not so great success. Up until a couple weeks ago, about all I q'ed was pork ribs (I am partial to Carolina-style first, then memphis, then KC style). I've been getting reasonably good at them.

Most recently, I smoked my first brisket -- a flat (didn't even know the difference between packers and flats until a couple weeks ago). Thankfully, between a combination of Steve Raichlen's book and reading about how to make brisket on amazingribs.com, it turned out pretty awesome. Awesome, as in cut-with-a-fork tender. That is actually what led me here, since I am now hooked. I guess that's what they say about golf (not that I play)... all it takes is one good shot that you hit and you are hooked.

Due to space concerns, the wife won't allow me to get a dedicated smoker, so I've been looking for easier and better ways to use my kettle as a smoker. That led me to read about various automatic temperature control devices and learn about a device called the smokenator. Searching for reviews of the smokenator, led me here, where I saw people talking about the "fire brick method" and the "minion method" which is now what I am going to try the next time I BBQ (probably this weekend)! See, you guys even helped me before I was officially a member.

I even asked the guy at amazing ribs about it on his face book page and he thought the fire brick method sounded like a great idea and a cheaper option than the smokenator (which he rates pretty highly as an accessory). Anyway, I look forward to learning from all of you and sharing my experiences and successes and failures (and everywhere in between).

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Unread 06-13-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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Unread 06-13-2012, 04:11 PM   #3
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Unread 06-13-2012, 05:18 PM   #4
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Thanks George and Bluetang.
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Unread 06-14-2012, 05:37 AM   #5
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Unread 06-14-2012, 09:47 AM   #6
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Unread 06-14-2012, 10:09 AM   #7
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Welcome aboard Matt; your cooking will get better over time, so just remember ... low and slow produces the best smoked BBQ.
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Unread 06-14-2012, 06:27 PM   #8
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Unread 06-14-2012, 07:01 PM   #10
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Welcome neighbor!! You came to the right place matt!! Bottom of page. Search brisket. You should find lots of info on it there.

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