Hello from California

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by valanze, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Hey there,

    My name is Russ and I am from the Central Valley here in California. I work in the manufacturing field. I am extremely new to smoking. Just bought the Camp Chef Smoke vault 18". 

    I have primarily used a grill for my our door cooking but I have always enjoyed smoked meats with the exception of turkey. Smoked turkey taste like ham to me and I am not a big fan of ham.

    My first smoke was on Saturday and it came out phenomenal. I did a lot of reading and followed all the suggestions. I smoked two racks of ribs and two whole chickens. I used a combination of hickory and apple wood chunks. It was a huge success and by Sunday morning none of it was left.

    I am looking forward to learning a lot from the experienced here.
  2. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

    Welcome Russ! :welcome:
    Congrats to the new smoker. Be sure to post pics and recipes.
    - Ryan
  3. [​IMG]   Good evening and welcome to the forum, from a cloudy and warm day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

  4. I work with a guy who is from Texas he speaks of it in extremely high regard.

    Plus it's home to my Cowboys! I hope to visit and see a game one day.
  5. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the site Russ.  Sounds like your off to a good start with your new smoker.  Sounds like your hooked already.
  6. I am 100% hooked. My family really enjoyed the meat and wife has already bought more meat to smoke. Guys at work think I am crazy spending 6 hours on a smoke but I really enjoyed it.
  7. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

     Smoking can be a great reason to slow life down and take it easy for a while.  It is great to have enthusiastic folks behind your efforts.  Congratulations.

  8. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I hear that as well! One guy at work asked me one day " you spend 60 to 70 hours every week cooking and on your one day off what do you do but cook some more?" I've since cut my work schedule down to 50 to 60 hours a week and still try to smoke something on my one day off...

    It's a lot more fun cooking at home because there's beer involved!
  9. I enjoy cooking very much and this was very laid back plus my wife loves the smell. So its a win win. Even got my older boys to come outside for a bit and hang out with dad. Which is a feat in itself when your competing again iPads and PS4 games.
  10. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Sounds like a real winner too me.  [​IMG]
  11. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

  12. Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
    About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
    and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
    We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
    Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
    because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
    Happy smoken.
  13. That is a good sign to me. 

    Which gives lots of options until you settle on one you like or even better come up with one of your own.
  14. I live in Oakland, but lived down in Hanford a bit south of Fresno. Central valley is great for the fruit wood and nut wood selection
  15. Agreed. 

    Cali has its fair share of issues but I still think its the best.
  16. Hey man, in my backyard with smoke in my face, the only issue cali has to me is the Raiders.😶
  17. Agreed, with PASSION!!! I am not a Raiders fan at all. Some of them burn things down when their team wins....

    I am 100% Cowboys and I have lived in Cali more then 90% of my life.
  18. So my dad's from San Antonio! Both grandfathers and most of my family are Cowboys fans. Why I do this to myself, I'll never know man!
  19. Your family sounds awesome. My whole house is Cowboys although my sister-in-law is a 49ers fan. It is better than being an Eagles fan at least.
  20. Dude I've been trying to get my boys interested in the art of smoking. Tried teaching them how to start a fire. They are interested in the art of eating smoked meat.

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