New forum member, New-ish to meat smoking

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by mccumath, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. mccumath

    mccumath Newbie

    My name is Ryan, and I live in Idaho. Was smoking meat in an old bullet smoker (Cookin' Cajun Grill/Smoker) that would sit on top of a double propane burner. Worked great, smoked some awesome meat on it. Then I received a Traeger Junior from a family member, and have been trying to learn the ins and outs of my new pellet grill. My results have been pretty good, and I am very happy with the results as of yet. I am definitely a beginner meat smoker, and am educating myself every time I cook. All of this in addition to my other hobbies (i.e. beer brewing, hunting, fishing, etc.).

    Looking at doing a couple mods to my Traeger in the future (i.e. fire bricks, second grate, possible higher stand for the smoker/pellet storage, etc.). Have found some great ideas in the forum so far; seems as though there are many very knowledgeable people here.

    Thanks for all the great information! If anyone has any advice for me, I am all ears!

    Ryan
     
  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Hi Ryan! :welcome1: to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

    The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

    We have an ”Articles” section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

    You might want to check out ”Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course”, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!
     
  3. mccumath

    mccumath Newbie

    Thanks for the info, I will check it out. I have a week long business trip coming up, will have some time at night to do some reading. May check out the 5 day course then.
     
  4. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hi Ryan, and welcome to the forums!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Good luck with that new Traeger...if you're interested, stop in and join our pellet smokers group:  http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/groups/show/33/pellet-smokers-group

    Red
     
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi, Ryan. This forum has helped me greatly and I notice you have already found some of the helpful information on the forums. I have also learned a lot here. I hope you post your projects and join in the community.Disco
     
  6. mccumath

    mccumath Newbie

    I just joined the group! Be interesting to hear about others' previous experiences with their pellet smokers! Any additional information is always helpful!

    I plan to hopefully add good information to the site in pictures and write-ups/tutorial type posts. I have been pretty active in beer brewing forums, and have posted some of my projects in said forums. Will see what modifications I can come up with!
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013
  7. mccumath

    mccumath Newbie


    Here is a pic of tonight's smoke. Meatloaf! Tasty with a 1:1 mix of hickory and apple pellets. Very tasty indeed!
     
  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice, I need to try a meatloaf.
     
  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Stunning. I love meatloaf. Of course, you are planning on meatloaf sandwiches from the leftovers.

    Disco
     
  10. mccumath

    mccumath Newbie

    No doubt on the meatloaf sandwiches. Some things are just better the second time around (especially when cold - I feel the same about Thanksgiving turkey - the sandwiches the next day are my favorite!).
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Obviously, you appreciate the better things in life!

    Disco
     
  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 We all have our own taste.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  13. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG]to SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

    We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a Kindle Fire, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.

    If you didn't read the "Terms of Service" notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums and some guidelines of how to interact within the forums. Off site links are not allowed here at SMF per Jeff. Not that you have done anything wrong....just a little bit of FYI for new members!

    If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!

    Kat
     
  14. mccumath

    mccumath Newbie

    Yeah, I was already naughty. But I am ob the straight and narrow now. Thanks!
     

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