Due to the huge number of emails I receive on a daily basic concerning different aspects of smoking meat, I have put together a basic course which covers most of the things a person new to the smoking arena or maybe even those who are somewhat proficient but would like to brush up on some of the things that they do but don’t really know why.

Regardless of the reasoning.. this 5-Day eCourse is a great way to tune up your smoking skills.

Fill in your name and email address below to get started.. you will receive one installment per day for a period of 5 days.

As always.. I promise to keep your email address secure from those who would seek to use it unwisely. I will never rent, sell, lend, or give your information away to anyone, anywhere, for any reason.

Download the Smoking Basics eBook

If you are impatient or just in a big hurry and would like to get the entire course in PDF format within minutes from now then you can do that by subscribing to the Smoking Meat Newsletter using the form in the right sidebar of this page.

Just as soon as you subscribe, the eCourse will be sent to you as an attachment in an email.

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84 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Travis Osburn January 20, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply

    5 day E-course please

  2. Jarid January 17, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    I would love to take the e course

  3. Brian December 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to receive this.

  4. Bill November 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to your smoking expertise in the 5 day e-course.
    Thanking you in advance.

  5. nike November 28, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Dear Jeff,I have just subscribed to ur 5-day training in smoking. However pls advise. I want to set up a plant for whole smoked chicken on commercial basis. I alraedy have a chicken processing plant. WHat do I need for the plant? Hw do I smoke the birds- 50 birds at a time. Thanks

  6. Randy June 11, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Hey Jeff!
    Thanks for everything on your website. The recipes are great! Especially the Honey Barbecue Smoked Chicken Wings from the March 5, 2015 newsletter. Have made them twice!
    I have used a lot of your tips from the newsletters and recipes have turned out great!

    Have you ever used pecan wood for smoking? I personally feel it is the best! It is tastes great on all kinds of meat. It’s a lot like hickory only milder.

    • chris October 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      jeff already a subscriber and would like a pdf version if you could email me the link. thank you very much. Also thank you for the bone in rib eye. Did that for my 31st birthday and the family has never had steak like that before it was delicious!!!!

  7. Rick Green June 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    I’m a subscriber and would love the PDF course emailed to me. Thanks Jeff

  8. Rich March 22, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Thanks for doing this. Can’t wait to get started.

  9. Josh January 30, 2015 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    I am getting a new trailer smoker and was thinking of seasoning it with coconut oil instead of peanut oil. Thoughts

    • Micah March 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      I am by far no expert on seasoning, I’ve only done two pits, but I used old fashion cheap veggie oil on both and they both came out working great for years, So I cant imagine there being much difference in the oils as far as that goes.

  10. Josh January 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I am getting a new trailer smoker and I am thinking of seasoning it with coconut oil instead of peanut oil. Thoughts

  11. Lou Adams January 1, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Jeff, before I sign up, I would like to know if your course tells how to prep your grill. In other words, how much charcoal to use and how to keep the flames to burn for 5 hours. My biggest problem is keeping the fire burning. I have to keep adding charcoal and I can never keep an even heat it’s always to hot or to cold.

  12. Willie Muller December 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Hi There,

    Looking for a good quality smoker or smoker trailer in South Africa. Also interested in the E- course

  13. Dave Ligman November 21, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I just bought a Backwoods Smoker and would like to learn more about smoking meat and cheese. I have done a little bit of smoking on my Weber Kettle Grill. Please sign me up for the 5-day e-course and newsletter. Thank You

  14. Randal Hodges September 10, 2014 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Thanks!

  15. ron Abramson September 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I could not find where to signup for the ecourse. I am a current newsletter subscriber. Please sign me up for the ecourse.

    PLUS
    If I am smoking (3) 10lb briskets at 250degrees how long do they smoke. Total weight is 30lbs but everyone says smoke @250 1hr per lb. Do I smoke 10 hrs, 12 how long?

    • Jeff Phillips September 6, 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

      I will sign you up for the eCourse right away.

      Regarding brisket, the heat is working on all of the briskets at once so it does not matter how many you have. The brisket will most likely take 10-15 hours depending on how cold they are when they go in, how many times the door is opened, how consistent your temperature is and how accurate your thermometer is.

      It is possible that your smoker will take slightly longer than usual to recover once you put all of that cold meat into the smoker but it is usually a fairly insignificant number as long as you keep the lid/door closed as much as possible and especially during the first few hours.

  16. Andrew Stephenson September 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Jeff, i am what i would call moderately experienced when it comes to smoking. We have a group that cooks every weekend. I would love to see your course and see if i can refine my techniques. Thank you.
    Andy

  17. Mark Wollner August 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Thank yoy

  18. Ken Weaver July 24, 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I’m 79 years old and more than a little tired of my smoking and BBQ efforts going to the extremes of fantastic to disasterous; especially if I try to get just a touch “fancy”, they end up the most disasterous.
    If I can learn how to brine something as thick as a chicken I will be a happy smoker; and with that sentence I just told you how little I’ve learned about smoking in my 79 years. lol
    5 day course please.

    Thank you
    Ken

    • Ken Weaver July 28, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Hi Jeff;
      I may have missed it, but when should I expect the 5 day course to begin? I signed up 4 days ago and I have no idea if I should have received the first lessons by now or not.
      Please forgive me If I’m just being overanxious.
      Thanks again for this offer.
      Ken

      • Jeff Phillips July 29, 2014 at 11:17 am - Reply

        Ken, I was not able to find a subscription under the email address that you submitted here so I signed you up again. If you don’t get something today, check your spam filter then let me know if you can’t find it and I will take care of it.

  19. Tony June 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Hello Jeff,
    I have not received the first two chapters of the ecourse, will you please resend? I’m new to smoking, and acquired an older Brinkmann smokin pit. Will this be enough to suffice, to start off, learning to smoke? Where can I purchase/find, different woods, to use to smoke with? I’m located in El Paso,TX. Any leads by you, or anyone else, will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! Tony

  20. Craig Dixon May 15, 2014 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Hey Jeff, i would like to sign up as well! would be much appreciated

  21. Jason Spragg April 7, 2014 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Can I enrol for the 5 day E-Course please Jeff.

    • Jeff Phillips April 7, 2014 at 11:21 am - Reply

      You are signed up and should get the first chapter very soon.

  22. Rafael March 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Would like to get the e-course, thanks for putting this together. Getting ready to get an MES 40 gen II and a Maverick Et733 (or two). A couple years ago I got a propane smoker and I’m in a windy area and have problems keeping the thing lit for low and slow so I’m hoping this smoker will work well.

  23. Banjoe December 14, 2013 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Many thanks for this fine effort to help us all out. Much appreciated. 

  24. Tracy October 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I have an old Brinkman charcoal (R2D2) as I call it. I modified but looking to upgrade to a larger unit.

    Can anyone help me with the pros/cons of the following smokers:

    Propane/Wood Chips

    Electric/Wood Chips

    Charcoal/Wood Chips

    Wood Only

    • stebie July 14, 2014 at 4:40 am - Reply

      never use ANY other wood other than Mesquite. There a huge waste of money.

      • anthony pardon June 27, 2015 at 12:21 am - Reply

        I’ll have to disagree with you a little… I’ve tried cherry or apple when smoking chickens and each wood gives the poultry a unique flavor

  25. Kevin September 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Hey, sign me up please. Sounds like good educational material. 😉
    Thanks

    • Jeff Phillips October 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      Sorry I missed this previously.. I have signed you up and you should start getting the eCourse right away.

  26. Dean Hengel August 6, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

    confirmation of interest in e-course.

    Thanks.

  27. Michael July 15, 2013 at 6:15 am - Reply

    E course please. Tx

  28. Deborah Bode July 14, 2013 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I would love to have the e-course sent to me!

     

  29. EagleTRL57 July 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I would love to sign up for the 5-day ecourse.

    Thanks

    • Jeff Phillips July 10, 2013 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Done.

    • sandy McBee July 11, 2013 at 12:49 am - Reply

      would like to sign up for 5 day smoking program

  30. Sandy McBee July 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Please add me to your 5 day smoking ecourse

  31. Bob June 28, 2013 at 4:38 am - Reply

    5-day e-course enrollment –

    Thanks!

  32. Fay Cox June 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Jeff, for some reason I have not received my Chapter 4 of my e-course.  I have received each of the others, but not 4.  Please re-send.

    Thanks, Fay

  33. William Sanders June 25, 2013 at 10:22 am - Reply

    I did not receive 1st chapther of Free 5 Day eCourse,email again please, thank you

    • Jeff Phillips June 26, 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply

      This has been sent to you via email. Have a great day!

  34. Andy June 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Would be great to get the 5 day course!

  35. Mark L.(bigboi) June 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I am a newbie to this forum and to smoking meat. I would love to recieve your 5 day course. thank you.

  36. Ellen Enns June 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Would love to receive your 5 day email course. Thanks so much.

  37. Eros June 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Hey Jeff, I’d like to try that ecourse as well. Beginner/amateur smoker here!

    • Jeff Phillips June 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Eros, I have signed you up for the eCourse. You should receive it in your email inbox shortly.

  38. Mark Horner May 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    trying to get on the website offered 5 day course

     

    • Jeff Phillips May 21, 2013 at 11:52 am - Reply

      You have been subscribed.. have a great day!

  39. Robert Domulevicz May 16, 2013 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I have been smoking meats the past two years but I am always interested in becoming better at it so please sign me up

  40. Tim May 11, 2013 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Hey Jeff, I just paid to have it delivered all at once (I have some free time on my hands today). How do I download it?

    Thanks,

    Tim

  41. Scott May 2, 2013 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Thank you Jeff!

  42. Travis April 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    5-day (or 30 day) please sir.

    • Jeff Phillips May 1, 2013 at 1:34 am - Reply

      Travis, You have been added and you should start getting the eCourse right away. Enjoy!

  43. Fred Belli April 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Jeff, great site you have here.  I own a Bradley and just love it.  Right now I have a corned beef brisket on.  Can't wait to taste it.  Anyways, I didn't get your first 2 installments of your 5 day ecourse.  Is it possible for you to resend it to me.  Thanks

    • Jeff Phillips April 29, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Fred,

      I just sent this to you via email.. if you don’t see it, check your spam/junk folder. Have a great week!

  44. Ron Lambert April 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Jeff is it possible to get the E-course emailed to me again.I lost mine on an old computer that crashed.Thank You

    Ron Lambert   P.S. I got your rub and sauce recipe from my wife for christmas and they are now all i use. I also have your book. Thank's for everything you do on this site! (:

     

     

    • Jeff Phillips April 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Ron, I just emailed this to you. Let me know if you don’t see it pretty quick. Have a great day!

  45. Howard Pachman April 3, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    THANKS !!

  46. Jeff Phillips March 26, 2013 at 8:20 am - Reply

    All of you who have asked for the eCourse over the last few days, I have set you up for it. Also the self-signup form is now working again so you can put your name and email address in the box above and it should start sending you the 5 chapters (one per day) right away. If you don't see it, check your spam filters.

  47. Daniel Agren March 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    5-day e-course please! Thanks!

  48. Sean March 25, 2013 at 9:43 am - Reply

    I'd like the 5 day e-course please.  Thank you!!

  49. Keith Graeve March 25, 2013 at 9:28 am - Reply

    5 day e-course please.  Thank you!

  50. Melanie Mowery March 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    5 day e-course please. Thanks!

  51. Randy Crites March 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    I'd like the 5 day eCourse please

  52. Mark March 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    E course please

  53. Richard Aldrich March 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    5 day course please.  thks

     

  54. Todd March 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I'd like the e course please

  55. Jeff March 24, 2013 at 8:13 am - Reply

    5 Day e-course please!

  56. Tim March 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I'd like the 5 day e-course. Thank you.

  57. Robert Jay March 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    5 day e-course, Thanks in advance!

  58. Courtney Thompson March 8, 2013 at 9:55 am - Reply

    5-Day eCourse please.

    • Jeff Phillips March 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      You have been subscribed.. you should receive a chapter each day for the next 5 days. If you don’t see them, check your spam filter.

  59. Bill Neff March 2, 2013 at 8:49 am - Reply

    5 day eCource enrollment. Thank you.

  60. Lou Aiello February 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    5 – day course enrollment!

  61. Ric Seley February 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Perhaps you should think about binding your 5 day course and selling through your site for parcel post delivery.  I for one would buy it.

  62. Forrest Peterson February 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks

  63. Matt Hillson February 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Thanks!

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