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First Time BBQ/Smoker: Suggestions?

Mike CP | Nov 23, 200911:24 AM

This coming weekend I will attempt to use my new bbq/smoker I bought a month ago off craigslist to smoke something for the first time. I have used it many times for normal grilling, but I have yet to bbq/smoke anything. I understand the concept of smoking, but does anybody have any first-time suggestions?

- I will be using charcoal (Kingsford) as my main source of heat/smoke.
- I have an oven thermometer that I will be using to monitor the internal temperature of cooking chamber.

- I have yet to decide what to make. I've heard that whole chicken is a good way start, but I do not have the fridge space to properly brine. Is this an issue? Shold I do something else? I feel comfortable finding a good recipe once I decide, but I am unsure what I should start with.
- I have yet to practice controlling the temperature of the smoker, so I am unsure how much charcoal I would really need to create enough smoke for however many hours I may need to cook for.

Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions!

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