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In Reply to: What do you change first when a change is needed? posted by George G on September 26, 2013 at 18:51:01:
Before you start changing any of the variables I would encourage you to first check/test all your current variables.
Check and calibrate your thermometers, is your wood/charcoal good or did it develop a mold/fungus.
How are your various ingredients? Are they fresh and full flavored or did they somehow get contaminated or been sitting on the shelf too long.
How's your smoker? Look at it with fresh eyes. Do you have creosote that's built up on the interior, especially the interior ceiling. When it gets warm and moist that stuff drips on to meats.
Check/test/question everything you are currently doing/using and verify to yourself that all your current variables are what you think they are and are performing as they should.
Then, if everything checks out OK, the hard work starts... change and document one variable at a time.
I'd start with chicken as its the most affordable and cooks the fastest.
Maybe also consider some classes taught by someone using similar equipment.
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