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Newbie here with a brand new pellet grill

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  • Duckman_OK
    Club Member
    • May 2020
    • 40
    • Oklahoma

    Newbie here with a brand new pellet grill

    Hey Guys!

    I've been a long-time fan of the website and to be honest, my brother signed me up for the forum. After clicking around, I should've signed up forever ago.

    I recently won a Traeger Tailgater 20 at a Ducks Unlimited event and it just arrived! I still need to assemble it and fire it up. I haven't smoked much meat and usually do my steaks sous vide.

    Any suggestions for a total newbie? What should I try first?
  • LA Pork Butt
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 5639
    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

    Welcome to the Pit from Dallas!


    • Jfrosty27
      Club Member
      • Mar 2020
      • 1283
      • Muskego, WI
      • Current cookers:
        Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
        Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
        Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
        Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
        Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
        Onlyfire rotisserie kit for 22" kettle
        Weber Smokey Joe
        SnS Deluxe
        The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
        Blackstone 17" griddle
        Joule Sous Vide circulator

        Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
        Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

      Welcome. It’s got to be ribs!


      • RonB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 13504
        • Near Richmond VA
        • Weber Performer Deluxe
          Pizza insert
          Smokenator 1000
          Cookshack Smokette Elite
          2 Thermapens
          lots of probes.

        Welcome to The Pit. I suggest you start with either a pork butt or a chuck roast. They are cooked the same way and both are very forgiving. Recipes for both are on the free side. With either one you should dry brine over night if possible using 1/2 tsp kosher salt per lb of meat.
        Last edited by RonB; June 4, 2020, 08:01 PM.


        • Donw
          Club Member
          • Jul 2017
          • 3483

          Welcome from Maryland. I always suggest a pork butt as a first cook. Easy to cook but takes long enough so you get to know your cooker well. I like to cook them at 275.


          • BFlynn
            Charter Member
            • Oct 2014
            • 950
            • Third Coast

            Pork butt is a great first cook

            Just be sure to practice those ribs before your brother visits.


            • Duckman_OK
              Duckman_OK commented
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              You know.... That Tailgater is made to be portable. Maybe we could play with it at Momma's house...
          • MBMorgan
            Club Member
            • Sep 2015
            • 6503
            • Colorado
            • > Weber Genesis EP-330
              > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
              > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
              > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
              > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
              to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
              > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
              > Thermoworks Smoke
              > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
              > Thermoworks Thermapen
              > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
              > Anova sous vide circulator
              > Searzall torch
              > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

            Welcome from Colorado ... and I’d suggest pork ribs (specifically “Last Meal Ribs” from the free side of AmazingRibs.com).


            • ofelles
              Club Member
              • Jun 2018
              • 2582
              • Brentwood CA

              Welcome from the California Delta. I'm going to jump on the butt wagon. Easy and forgiving.


              • Duckman_OK
                Club Member
                • May 2020
                • 40
                • Oklahoma

                Thanks Guys!!! Sounds like I'm gonna start with a Pork Butt!


                • willxfmr
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2017
                  • 479
                  • Fondy

                  Welcome from Wisconsin. Glad you could join us!

                  I'm going to suggest steaks for your first cook. Smoke them at 225-250 until they are 10 degrees under whatever your desired finish temp is, and then sear them off just like you would after the water bath. The one thing to be careful of is that you want your steaks to be at least 1 1/2 inches thick for this. This article explains the process pretty well. https://amazingribs.com/more-techniq...-cook-low-slow

                  I too used to exclusively sous vide my steaks, but ever since I gave the reverse sear a try, the water bath only gets used if I have more steak to do than will fit on my smoker. My S.O. likes them so much that it is the one thing I make that I am forbidden to tinker with.


                  • holehogg
                    Club Member
                    • Nov 2017
                    • 2582
                    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

                    Greetings from South Africa


                    • holehogg
                      holehogg commented
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                      Glad you enjoyed your visit. At the moment looks like the local hunters are trying to get things opened up for them but nothing yet.
                      If you don't have a biltong box I'll give you a simple effective designed one and we start there.

                    • Sweaty Paul
                      Sweaty Paul commented
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                      holehogg what is a “biltbong” box? I’m getting the MCS tingle

                    • holehogg
                      holehogg commented
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                      Sweaty Paul check this thread out it's just a dehydrator Beef Chili Sticks https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...f-chili-sticks
                      Last edited by holehogg; June 6, 2020, 12:53 AM.
                  • Schwyy
                    Club Member
                    • Nov 2019
                    • 113
                    • Andover, MA

                    welcome to the club! my recommendation will be a bit different, i recommend Anything but brisket! too much time and things going on for a first cook.

                    i did baby backs as i wanted something relatively quick!

                    good luck, ive had so much fun with my smoker and this site!


                    • Skip
                      Founding Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 3693
                      • Blue Earth, Minnesota
                      • LSG Adjustable Grill/Smoker, MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

                      Welcome from Minnesota. I'd suggest pork butt also for a first cook.


                      • tenphases
                        Club Member
                        • Nov 2016
                        • 327
                        • Jersey City NJ
                        • Fast Eddy's Cook Shack PG 1000
                          Humphrey's Pint with Fireboard + Pit Viper
                          Hasty-Bake 256 Gourmet Dual Finish
                          Camp Chef DLX pellet pooper/sear burner/jerky rack
                          Broil King Keg Kamado
                          Charbroil Kamander
                          Original Pit Barrel Cooker
                          Barrel House Cooker
                          Akorn Kamado with cart
                          WSM 22 with Flame Boss
                          WSM 18.5 with Flame Boss
                          Weber Kettle Performer (with Slow n Sear/Drip n Griddle)
                          Weber Jumbo Joe
                          Weber Smokey Joe
                          Weber Q gasser with stand
                          Blackstone Griddle 22 with stand and lid
                          Blackstone Griddle 36
                          Akorn Kamado jr

                        Cook a butt and then go to Harbor Freight and buy a cart so it won't be such a pain in the arse to move around. Welcome, and enjoy! (There are cheaper ones than the one pictured)
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                        • Duckman_OK
                          Duckman_OK commented
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                          That's a really good idea. I planned on getting bigger casters/wheels to put on it, but may just grab one of those instead.
                      • Texas Larry
                        Club Member
                        • May 2017
                        • 1745
                        • Wilson County, TX
                        • Kamado Joe Big Joe 2
                          Weber 22” Premium/SNS
                          Weber Jumbo Joe/SNS
                          Thermoworks Smoke
                          Thermoworks 2K Thermocouple
                          Thermoworks Dash
                          Too many gadgets, accessories, and tools
                          Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

                        welcome from south Texas!




                        2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled

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