Newbie from NE Ohio - just getting started

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by tdgray, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. tdgray

    tdgray Newbie

    Been lurking for a couple of weeks...maybe a month while I was doing research on which Smoker I should purchase.

    I made a decision and ordered an MES for my first smoker. Contemplated the Big Green Egg but decided that if I really liked this hobby I would make the plunge a little later this year.

    I did my first smoke last Saturday with some spareribs. I used the 3-2-1 method and thought they turned out fairly well. They were very tender but a little too smokey. I think I had the damper closed to much. I am going to try some pork this weekend and maybe a fattie for munching.

    This is a new hobby for me and I am just settling in. I bought two books... Peace, Love and BBQ and Smoke and Spice. I am just starting to go through them.

    My other hobbies include Golf, British cars (I have a 60 MGA and a 74 TR6 currently) and working around the house (put in a pool and patio last year and finishing the walkout basement this year).

    I love food and cooking so I am certain that I will like smoking after I get the hang of it.

    Thanks for all the tips so far and I look forward to sharing my experiences with everyone
  2. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Us Florida (SEC) people love you Ohion's. [​IMG] So you are more than welcomed aboard. Look forward to seeing some qview from ya. Oh yeah, stay warm up there.
  3. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum Todd! Glad to have you aboard.
    I used to own a tr spitfire...loved it.[​IMG]
  4. brianj517

    brianj517 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum, Todd! Its always good to the our fair state well represented. Prior to my divorce, I lived in Green/Uniontown for five years. I'm in Canton, now, but literally just minutes down the road. If you need any help getting started just give me a shout, I'll be glad to help any way I can.

    Since you're in U'town, I imagine you are familiar with Pressler's Meats. If not, I recommend that you check them out...good people. I get my packer briskets from them.

  5. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF from a fellow MES owner !!!
    I would suggest when applying smoke always keep your top damper wide open and let the heating element control the heat.
  6. Welcome to SMF Todd,you'll get lots of advice on smoking here from all the friendly members.[​IMG]
  7. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the site. Great place here.....

  8. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    WElcome to the site Todd.
  9. charles1056

    charles1056 Meat Mopper

    Welcome to the SMF, Todd
  10. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard, this place is awesome. You'll love it here. There is a ton of people with the world of knowledge.
  11. smokeys my pet

    smokeys my pet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome Todd to the smf. May your smoke run thin blue and best of luck with all you do!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to th3 SMF, glad to have you around. What MossyMo said is right on the $, don't want stale smoke chokin' your chicken...
  13. pduke216

    pduke216 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    The guys and gals in this forum rock. I did the same thing you did (lurking) thinking that everyone would just ignore you because you are a neewbie. Don't be afraid to ask questions (even the ones you think are stupid) because to the best of their knowledge they will help you along. Welcome!

  14. Welcome Todd. I am down in SE Ohio near Marietta. Went to school with a guy from Fairport Harbor and have hung out on the lake some. Ribs and Walleyes? [​IMG] Feel free to fire away with the questions. These folks are great![​IMG]

  15. kratzx4

    kratzx4 Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome to the SMF. from Southwest Ohio a little east of Cincinnati. Your going to enjoy this place. Lots of good folks with a lot of experience in smokin.
  16. crockadale

    crockadale Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome Todd, I had a MGB 1958 I think, it was like driving a roller skate.
  17. tdgray

    tdgray Newbie

    Thanks for all the warm welcomes.

    Brian... yes I am familiar with Pressler meats, I will have to check them out for a packer when I get that brave.

    Dale if it was a 58 it had to be a MGA same as I have... yes it is a bit like driving a rollerskate.

    Let the games BEGIN... nother smoke coming up this week and I will keep the damper all the way open.
  18. g3automotive

    g3automotive Newbie

    welcome todd ... i bet im 2nd closest to you. i live in medina ohio and run a automotive repair shop . been smokin for about 4 years and got real serious last spring when i built my first smoker . its a reverse flow offset (lang 60 clone )and has cooked some of the best Q around !!!lol in my opinion . i also have been making my own lump charcoal with great success . this web site will teach you so much you will be a smokin pro in no time . jerry from ohio .

    ps. what starts as a hobby turns into a bad obsession !!! i think about bbq 24 -7 and im oline reading about it every day !!!!

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