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Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Re: Dumb Question
« Last post by JustChillin on Today at 04:54:47 PM »
I have a #2 and typically cook for two but I have cooked for as many as 30. I know people love their larger units, but the #2 has served me well and takes up less space on my porch.
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Sauces / Re: Bourbon BBQ Sauce
« Last post by Cook_in_Colorado on Today at 02:22:39 PM »
I use this recipe too.

I have tried it with many bourbons and the husband likes (demands) the "bite" from a middle of the road bourbon, like Knob Creek, and I like the smoothness of the sauce made from Woodford Reserve.

Yesterday, I used Benchmark, thinking the bourbon choice wouldn't matter to us, but the sauce seemed flat.  I also used my own ketchup which is not as sweet as Heinz; so I think that contributed.  But I added StaggJr - maybe 4 tablespoons and all was good.   

Now that I have a low temp smoker, I am going to smoke garlic and use that in the sauce. 

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Introductions / Re: Also new to Smokin-It
« Last post by LarryD on Today at 02:00:48 PM »
Welcome to the family, Deb!
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Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Re: Dumb Question
« Last post by LarryD on Today at 01:59:50 PM »
Thanks to all, 90% of the time it would be 3 or 4 adults. 6 to 8 several times a year. The only thing I have ever smoked is some trout and that was in the 80's.


I labored over the same question (#1 or #2).  Of course, as soon as I decided the #2 was the answer I had to also settle the internal debate of the #2 vs. the #3 or the 2D.  :)

I ultimately did go with the #2 and have been extremely please with the choice.  I started out making for four, but my daughter is off to college now.  I could easily make for 6-8 with the #2.  Depending on what you're making, you could also pull that off with the #1 though it may take a little more effort and creativity.

If I had it to do over, I'd get the #2 again.  The price difference isn't that much, but you get a lot more smoker that still fits into a pretty small space.  The only reason I would personally consider the #1 is if I had a specific place that needed it that much smaller and/or I wanted it to be 'portable'.

I did NOT get a cabinet or stand when I got the smoker.  I ultimately decided that was a mistake and got the stand.  In retrospect I would get the cabinet instead.  I love the additional height, but the stand is pretty much worthless beyond elevating the smoker.  (No useful storage and I never use the shelves as they're just not that convenient.)
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Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Re: Dumb Question
« Last post by Hank R on Today at 01:39:02 PM »
Thanks to all, 90% of the time it would be 3 or 4 adults. 6 to 8 several times a year. The only thing I have ever smoked is some trout and that was in the 80's.  We like Pork Ribs and have BBQ them 6 or more times a year.  Have done a BBQ smoke thing but that was a waste of time. So that brings me here. Never had a Brisket, I need to learn more about meet cuts so I have a lot of reading and learning  before I purchase a smoker.
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Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Re: Dumb Question
« Last post by TX Gent on Today at 12:49:28 PM »
Howdy Hank and welcome to the forum!

Great question sir, but I'll ask you a question first. How many people will you cook for 80% of the time when you smoke? You see it's based on volume of meat smoked for the majority of uses. Two, four, eight or more folks? The number 1 can handle most 10-14lb briskets and pork butts which will feed 6 or 8 with maybe left overs depending on normal intake and side dishes served. A number 2 will handle about 20/25% more meat and cooks/smokes the same as the number 1. I've owned both and they are mostly interchangeable with maybe $200. difference give or take initial cost plus accessories.

So as a first timer my choice to feed around four/six folks give or take the majority of the time would be a number 1. Quality wise they are built to the same standards.

Hope that helps guide you to the starting line. Others might offer additional insight and or opinions but ultimately it's your decision Hank.

Let us know what you decide and all the best to you Hank.
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Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Re: Dumb Question
« Last post by Lonzinomaker on Today at 12:41:31 PM »
Tell us what you want to smoke and for how many.
I debated between a 2 and 3. Very glad I got the 3 as a whole rack of ribs fit without having to cut in half. As many others have posted, you can always cook less than full capacity, but never cook more than capacity.
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Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Re: Dumb Question
« Last post by Joe on Today at 12:40:29 PM »
Assuming you will get hooked immediately on smoking, I recommend the #2 if you can spare the extra change.  I started with #1 and while it was great, recently moved to a #2D.  If nothing else, you'll enjoy the extra space of the larger unit.

Cheers!
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Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Re: Dumb Question
« Last post by Grampy on Today at 12:38:34 PM »
Welcome from Southwest Arkansas Hank! Around here there is no such thing as a dumb question. All the folks on here are glad to help and offer advice. I own a #2 and it is perfect for me and my family. My 2 cents worth is go with at least the #2 it is worth the $150 difference between the #1 and #2..
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Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Dumb Question
« Last post by Hank R on Today at 12:21:49 PM »
Having never smoke meat before would I be smart to start with a Model 1 or save up my money and get a larger model?? I guess I am asking how many wish they had a 2 instead.  As I am sure the Mrs. is only going to approve 1 purchase. ;) ;) Thanks
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