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Hi everyone,

I'm Stu from Berkhamsted.

I bought my first-ever smoker this weekend – a ProQ Frontier Elite –and have been getting stuck in!

Seasoned it on Saturday, then tried slow-cook pork shoulder yesterday. Didn't start with enough fuel, as struggled to get beyond 225˚, even with all vents open – a lesson learned!

Bought a cold smoke generator, too, as I fancy doing some smoked salmon and a few other bits.

I've watched plenty of stuff online, from the likes of Baby Back Maniac and Aaron Franklin, and the amazingribs website – I clearly have a lot to learn, but I can't wait to get stuck in!

Thanks,

Stu.

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Hi Stu and welcome to the forum. I have a ProQ frontier as well. What temp were you trying to reach to cook your Pork Shoulder. Maintaining 225F is what I usually aim for when cooking Lo&Slo?

Cold Smoke Generator works well with the ProQ. Just microwave the dust in a bowl for 30 seconds before adding it to the generator, removes any moisture that might be in the dust

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1 hour ago, sotv said:

Hi Stu and welcome to the forum. I have a ProQ frontier as well. What temp were you trying to reach to cook your Pork Shoulder. Maintaining 225F is what I usually aim for when cooking Lo&Slo?

Cold Smoke Generator works well with the ProQ. Just microwave the dust in a bowl for 30 seconds before adding it to the generator, removes any moisture that might be in the dust

Hello! I thought I should get it at 275˚, at least for a few hours, but it wouldn't go above 225˚, and hovered between 200-225 after 4hrs or so. Was on for 7hrs in total, but I guess it needed another 3-4 easily. But I put nowhere near enough briquettes in to start with, which would explain things. And if the water pan was too full, would that affect it? I used cold water, too, rather than hot (probably another rookie error).

Thanks for tip re dust!

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Water will defitely keep temp down (which may be desirable of course) as when it eventually evaporates the temp rises. Number of briquettes too.  In WSM i use minion method so lots of briquettes. Also consider sand in bowl. There are threads on this in this forum. 

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