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Old 05-22-2006, 08:13 PM   #1
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Easy things to smoke for a Newbie

I'm a newbie and just got finished with my first smoke. I did a chicken and it came out well but a little dry. Im looking for my next thing to try that is an easy short smoke.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:21 PM   #2
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Water

Are you using water in your smoker? I have had great sucess with making sure that I have enough water below the meat so the whole smoker is very moist. I know that some use sand to stabilize the temp, but I prefer water.
IMHO, that makes for a very moist and dependable smoke.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:35 PM   #3
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Yes I have a Brinkman Gourmet water smoker. I made sure about keeping the water pan full. I think I just cooked it to too high of a temp.
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I did not brine the chicken. How do you brine?
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:41 PM   #5
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perhaps you were right and just took it too high. Do you know what the internal temp was when you pulled it off ?
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:00 PM   #6
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I did not brine the chicken. How do you brine?
Here's a recepe that I have used with great results.
2 quarts apple juice
1 lb brown sugar
1 cup kosher salt
3 quarts water
3 oranges, quartered
4 ounces fresh ginger, sliced thin
15 whole cloves
6 bay leaves
6 large garlic cloves, crushed
vegetable oil or melted, unsalted butter


1. Combine apple juice, brown sugar, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve. Boil for one minute, remove from heat, let mixture come to room temperature, then refrigerate to 40*F.

2. In a large non-reactive container, combine the apple juice mixture with the remaining ingredients and stir. Place rinsed, drained whole bird into the brine. Use a heavy weight to keep the bird submerged, if necessary.

3. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Remove bird from brine and pat dry inside and out. Fold wing tips under the bird. Brush outside surface with vegetable oil or melted butter.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:06 PM   #7
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Pork butt is easy, but not quick.
There's some pretty good suggestions above, but I'll add meatloaf. If you like regular meatloaf, you'll love smoked meatloaf.
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Sausage is a quick and easy smoke...I love Itialian sausageon the smoker
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