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    Default Newbie--need help with temps, types of meats, etc..

    Is there a generic list of how to start smoking meat? Type of meat including wild game, temperature to start at, how long to smoke, what the internal temp should be when done, etc?

    New smoker and would appreciate some help with general instructions.
    Thanks!

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    I'd recommend starting with a thorough read of the appropriate ST manual, and then a search of the forum based on the specific type of meat you wwant to smoke. Personal preference has some bearing as well.
    As a general rule:
    Re: woods, less is better, chunks are better than chips, strong meats usually call for strong flavored woods, but taste figures in, don't discount mild woods like apple, though.
    Re:temps, 225 is usually a good start, but internal temp is where it's at, and that will depend on what you're cooking and what you're doing with it. Pulled pork needs 200 internal, sliced pork shoulder 190 is fine.
    Get a ntebook and track everything. Wood types, temps, settings, rack position, and results. Sometimes knowing what you DON'T like is more important.
    Be active on the forum and ask. We want to help, as others have helped us. It can be a long learning curve or a short one if you get help. Short is better. Don't get discouraged.
    And, by the way, Welcome to the forum!!! and happy new year!
    I believe in catch and release fishing. I don't want to EAT 'em all, I just want to GREET 'em all!

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    Here is the best time & temp chart I have ever used, I din't pay much attention to the time but the temps are spot on.
    Copy it & keep it handy.
    http://www.deejayssmokepit.net/Downl...emperature.pdf

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    Thanks billy b and bigwalleye!

    Both of you nailed it
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    billy b,
    Thanks for that post! I've never seen that before, but it's about the most thorough list I've ever seen!

    Also, happy belated birthday!
    I believe in catch and release fishing. I don't want to EAT 'em all, I just want to GREET 'em all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwalleye View Post
    billy b,
    Thanks for that post! I've never seen that before, but it's about the most thorough list I've ever seen!

    Also, happy belated birthday!
    Glad to share it, don't know why I hadn't but it up before, & thanks for the birthday wishes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy b View Post
    Here is the best time & temp chart I have ever used, I din't pay much attention to the time but the temps are spot on.
    Copy it & keep it handy.
    http://www.deejayssmokepit.net/Downl...emperature.pdf
    Thanks - that is a great reference list. One question though. On the Bacon instructions; how does one cook at 100 and cook to an internal temp of 140? Is that a typo?

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    Question Can't access this time and temperature chart posted Jan/2014

    There was a link to a Time & Temperature chart posted by billie b back in 2014, but I can't access it:www.deepjayssmokepit.net/Downl...emperature.pdf. Can anyone help me find a copy?

    Thanks

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    Question Can't access this time and temperature chart posted Jan/2014

    There was a link to a Time & Temperature chart posted by billie b back in 2014, but I can't access it:www.deepjayssmokepit.net/Downl...emperature.pdf. Can anyone help me find a copy?

    Thanks

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    It is important not to put cold meat into your smoker... Not sure if this is old news, but it sure helped me!!!

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