Hello All - Happy Holidays

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by chuckwagon44256, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Hello,

    New to the site. Have been a newsletter subscriber for a while. I've been hot smoking for a couple of years now but am just now getting into cold smoking and curing as well as sausage making. I live in Northeast Ohio about an hour from Cleveland. Have already found a ton of great info and am looking forward to connecting with folks. I posted a question about a fresh ham I am doing for Christmas Eve and was very pleased to have already gotten some very helpful responses. from some very welcoming folks.

    Thanks and Happy Holiday.

  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF Family...Happy Holidays to you and yours...JJ
  3. mds51

    mds51 Meat Mopper

    I am also new and have been reading this forum for several months. I left Massillon, Ohio four years ago to start a second career in Oklahoma City. If you want to sample some great sausage and beef jerky to get ideas for flavors and seasoning go to the Westside market in Cleveland and walk around and sample.I miss that place very much and the people are very friendly and will tell you what most of the ingredients are if you ask nicely and maybe buy a few pounds!!  Your weather is perfect for curing and sausage making compared to the hotter Oklahoma climate!!   Good Luck!!  mds51
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF there Chuck. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction
  5. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    This site has tons of info.

    I suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

    Ask questions and use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

    Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

    Have a great day!!!


          Make bacon the easy way!!


  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard, Chuck!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG]to SMF - nice to have you here with us
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]    Chuck, glad to have you with us!
  9. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Welcome, Chuckwagon44256!  Please let us look over your shoulder by sending photos.  We love the photos.  Enjoy, and take advantage of all the resources available.  GOOD LUCK!
  10. mds51 - I know my way around Massillon a little bit. My daughter played Junior Olympics Volleyball for a team down there a couple years ago.

    I love the West Side Market! I have a buddy who lives in Ohio City, just a 5 minute walk from the Market. I turned him on to smoking meats about 5 years back and now he's trying to become the charcuterie and sausage king of Hipsterville up there. We've purchased two whole pigs (one we did on a big rotisserie, the other we did in a Caja China) from the Whitaker Meats stand and get almost all of our fish (what I don't catch myself) and poultry at the WSM. We get together at his place a couple times a month to make sausages and try new recipes. We always start at the Market. In fact we were there just last Saturday getting a few butts for sausage and decided to load up for a cold smoke feed on Sunday. We were there close to closing and got some ridiculous deals on meat & fish the vendors didn't want to have to pack up. Nice folks and very helpful.

    You are right about the weather in Ohio being good this time of year for smoking and curing. But then again I'm one of those rare birds who actually enjoys the snow and the cold.

    You couldn't have picked a much better place than Oklahoma City for quality meat and plenty of bbq/smoked meat enthusiasts. Enjoy. 
  11. Thanks everyone for the welcome and the well wishes.

    Looking forward to gettin' to know y'all. (I'm from Ohio but 10 years in Nashville, TN and a West Virginian wife and you'll get the occasional "y'all" and "fixin' to".)

    I got my fresh ham last night and started the brine. Pictures to follow.
  12. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  13. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Chuck, welcome and Happy Holidays to you also..... Glad you stopped in.... Great stuff goes on here... enjoy the long smokey ride... Dave
  14. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    glad to have you get the camera warmed up we need lots of pics

  15. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF glad you can join us.  We are big on Pics and love to help everyone out.  Remember the only question that is dumb is one not asked.  You will not find a friendlier place to talk Que on the web.

    You are going to fit in just fine.
  16. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member


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