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  • Ehaaland
    Former Member
    • Jul 2020
    • 2

    Crystal, Minnesota (West of Minneapolis) checking in!

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a real newbie to smoking. I received a Smoke Hollow Electric Smoker as a gift last year and am only recently starting to use it.

    I have smoked pork chops and a spatchcocked chicken and both were wonderful. I am smoking ribs for the first time tomorrow.

    ​​​​​​Do any of you use an electric smoker like I have? What are the benefits of different styles of smokers?



  • Elton's BBQ
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 2390
    • Saltnes Norway
    • Genesis 320 Limited
      Weber One Touch 57cm
      Weber Smokey Mountain 47cm

    #2
    Welcome to the Pit!
    Cheers from Norway

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    • jharner
      Club Member
      • Jan 2016
      • 1120
      • Louisiana - North West but a coon ass at heart
      • Cookers

        Camp Chef DLX Pellet Grill
        Weber 22.5 Kettle
        Brickman Box Smoker

        Accessories

        Slow N Sear
        Tube Smoker
        Turkey Cannon
        Rib racks
        Weber chimney starter

        Thermometer's

        Maverick ET 735
        Tru Temp 3619n
        Thermapen mk4
        Thermapop

        Favorite Drink

        Free beer
        Coors Light
        Windsor ( Canadian blended whiskey )

      #3
      Welcome to the Wikipedia of BBQ. Have not used an electric smoker myself but you will get responses from those who have. I manly use my Camp Chef pellet grill and my Weber Kettle. You are at the best place to up your game.

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      • holehogg
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 2398
        • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

        #4
        Greetings from South Africa

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        • MBMorgan
          Club Member
          • Sep 2015
          • 6241
          • 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

          #5
          Welcome from Colorado ...

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          • DavidNorcross
            Club Member
            • Nov 2017
            • 1607
            • Virginia
            • Rec Tec RT-680
              Coleman RoadTrip LXX
              Javelin Pro Duo
              More Cast Iron than I care to admit

            #6
            Welcome from Virginia!

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            • Skip
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 3373
              • Blue Earth, Minnesota
              • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

              #7
              Welcome from southern Minnesota. I don't use an electric but here's a link for some good reading for you.

              https://amazingribs.com/searchresult...tric%20Smokerst

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              • LA Pork Butt
                Charter Member
                • Dec 2014
                • 5418
                • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                #8
                Welcome to the Pit from Dallas!

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                • Texas Larry
                  Club Member
                  • May 2017
                  • 1483
                  • Wilson County, TX
                  • Kamado Joe Big Joe 2
                    Weber 22” Premium/SNS
                    Weber Jumbo Joe/SNS
                    JoeTisserie
                    Thermoworks Smoke
                    Thermoworks 2K Thermocouple
                    Thermapen
                    Thermapop
                    Thermoworks Dash
                    Too many gadgets, accessories, and tools
                    Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

                  #9
                  Howdy from south Texas!

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                  • HawkerXP
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2016
                    • 5629
                    • Virginia
                    • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
                      Thermopops
                      Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
                      Slo n Sear
                      Cold beer

                    #10
                    Welcome to the Pit! Nothing electric here other then my personality.

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                    • HouseHomey
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                      And his doghouse

                    • FireMan
                      FireMan commented
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                      And his fence.

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                  • Donw
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2017
                    • 3121

                    #11
                    Welcome from Maryland. I understand that they have dropped the Shamrock from the name, but the Crystal Shamrock airport was where I hangered my plane when we lived close by many years ago.

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                    • Jfrosty27
                      Club Member
                      • Mar 2020
                      • 863
                      • 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
                        Weber Smokey Joe
                        SnS Deluxe
                        Vortex
                        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

                      #12
                      I have a Smokin-It model 2 electric. It was my first true smoker and I used it exclusively for smoking for about 5 years. Works great for all types of low and slow cooks. I even have a cold smoking kit for it that also works great. I got a big pellet cooker a little over a year ago and so don’t use it as much as before. But it still has a place in my group of cookers!

                      You will Usually not get a smoke ring on an electric. Also, be careful how much wood you put in there. Easy to over smoke if using too much. Lastly, mine has a max temp of about 250 average. But the temp will swing widely just like it does in a kitchen oven. But once you get to know your unit, they can turn out some terrific food.

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                      • HouseHomey
                        Club Member
                        • May 2016
                        • 5309
                        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
                        • Equipment
                          Primo Oval xl

                          Slow n Sear (two)
                          Drip n Griddle
                          22" Weber Kettle
                          26" Weber Kettle one touch
                          Blackstone 36” Pro Series
                          Sous vide machine
                          Kitchen Aid
                          Meat grinder
                          sausage stuffer
                          5 Crock Pots
                          Akootrimonts
                          Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
                          cast iron pans,
                          Dutch ovens
                          Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
                          The help and preferences
                          1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
                          KBB
                          FOGO
                          A 9 year old princess foster child
                          Patience and old patio furniture
                          "Baby Girl" The cat

                          Erik S.

                        #13
                        Huntington Beach welcomes you.

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                        • ofelles
                          Club Member
                          • Jun 2018
                          • 2079
                          • Brentwood CA
                          • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
                            Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
                            LSG Insulated Cabinet
                            Jumbo Joe
                            VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
                            FireBoard and Pit Bull fan
                            Thermoworks Signal
                            Thermoworks Dot
                            Thermopen Mk4

                          #14
                          Welcome from the California Delta.

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                          • RonB
                            Club Member
                            • Apr 2016
                            • 12831
                            • Near Richmond VA
                            • Weber Performer Deluxe
                              SNS
                              Pizza insert
                              Rotisserie
                              Smokenator 1000
                              Cookshack Smokette Elite
                              2 Thermapens
                              Chefalarm
                              Dot
                              lots of probes.
                              CyberQ

                            #15
                            Welcome to The Pit. There are lots of types of smokers available. Each has it's advantages and disadvantages. Skip gave you a good place to start.

                            After going through that, we can answer any questions you might have. And if we don't know the answer, we will make something up...
                            Last edited by RonB; July 19, 2020, 10:36 AM.

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