How to Season a Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) Smoker

Some folks will say that you don't really need to season the Weber smoky mountain (WSM) smoker but I think you should season any smoker when you first buy it if it is new and has not been used. Seasoning a smoker is easy to do and simply makes sure that there are no left over oils, residue or any other unwanted chemicals or substances on the walls or grates of the smoker. To … [Read more...]


Big Green Egg Instructions

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The Big Green Egg is one of my newest smokers slash cookers slash grills and while I am not hung up on the brand name like some folks, it does exactly what it was designed to do and it does it well. I have a feeling that all of the ceramic cookers do a pretty good job regardless of the brand name. The folks at the store tried hard but were not able to talk me into the absolutely necessary stand … [Read more...]


How To Use a Charcoal Chimney Starter

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There are many ways to light the charcoal for your charcoal smoker but I highly recommend using a charcoal chimney starter when performing this task. If I can go a step further, allow me to recommend the ones made by Weber as they are larger and more durable than most of the other brands that I have seen available. You can find these at amazon.com or you might also be able to find one at … [Read more...]


Smoking Turkey on a Brinkman Water Smoker

Ok.. smoking turkey on a Brinkmann water smoker may not be your thing but for millions of people it is. And probable half of those million have problems maintaining a proper fire and turning out a good piece of meat on that 39 dollar hunk of metal. I have recieved email after email that could be correctly labeled cries for help and folks.. I have heard your cries and am going to … [Read more...]


Smokehouse Plans

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Smokehouse plans are hard to come by sometimes.. We are happy to say that Ernest, a member of the forum, graciously sent in some pictures and info on his home-built smokehouse that he built in his back yard. I know there are some of you who have thought about doing this but don't know where to start or are unable to find some good plans. These are not plans as you would normally see them but … [Read more...]


Propane Smokers – Good or Bad?

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Propane smokers Vs. Wood has been a source of contention for many barbecue enthusiasts as long as I can remember. Some feel you just cannot get the same flavor using gas as you can with wood. I try to think of myself as a fairly level headed guy and with that in mind I went to the local department store and bought a Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain gas smoker nicknamed the "Big … [Read more...]


Propane Great Outdoor Smoky Mountain (GOSM) Instructions

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I am assuming that you have already put the Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain propane smoker together and seasoned it following the instruction manual that ships with the unit... I may write a short tutorial on seasoning a new smoker soon but until then I will start with the point of being ready to smoke up something. I am also going to assume that you have properly prepared some … [Read more...]


How to Modify the Brinkmann "ECB" Smoker

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For any of you who are not familiar with the ECB.. this is a nickname given to the cheap bullet shaped smokers found for 30 to 50 dollars at various department and hardware stores. The one that most folks are familiar with are made by Brinkmann and thus the name is born.. El Cheapo Brinkmann or ECB for short.   What the ECB Looks Like The setup is … [Read more...]


The Minion Method on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker

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Many of you new to the craft may be asking, "what in the heck is this minion method you are talking about ?" while you long timers may know what it is but just haven't used it or experienced what it can do for your cooking especially if you are using the Weber Smokey Mountain cooker or a similar unit. The way I understand it, Jim Minion was competing at a barbecue … [Read more...]


How to Modify the Brinkmann ECB

Hello and welcome to the July 2008 edition of the Smoking Meat Newsletter. In this months edition we are covering a question that comes up a lot in any given month and that is "How to control the temperature in your ECB smoker". I have complete instructions below that will show you how to get the most out of your Brinkmann charcoal water … [Read more...]