What are some useful tips for someone who is new to smoking meats?
Tip #1 – get a reliable smoker. You need a smoker that you can maintain the correct temperature with, you also need it to have some sort of smokebox, and a way to have a water pan placed in the smoker.
Tip #2 – get a reliable instant-read thermometer like the ChefsTemp Final Touch and get a roasting multi-probe digital cooking thermometer like the Smartro ST54. These will help you maintain perfect cooking temperatures.
Tip #3 – use good quality meat, the better the quality of meat, the better the final product will be.
Tip #4 – do not get in a hurry. Smoking meat is a long process, rarely under two hours, usually closer to ten, so get relaxed, set aside the time needed, and settle in, it is going to take a while, and getting in a hurry will only make for a bad experience.
Tip # 5 – get some good reference charts for cook time, smoke time, and cooking temperature.
Tip #6 – you are going to need good knives, good cooking utensils, heat-resistant gloves, meat claws, and refrigerator space. A lot of smoking requires marinading overnight, wet and dry brining overnight, and cold curing.