Tom from Vegas noobie

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by tom 178, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. tom 178

    tom 178 Meat Mopper


    I'm Tom from Las Vegas NV. I got a Masterbuilt electric smokehouse to see if I like the idea of smoking food. I got a cheaper analog one first to try it. I now wish I would have gotten the digital one for the removeable bottom pan, digital time and temp settings, and the load the wood without opening the door. I bought the rub and sauce recipes from Jeff and I'm going to make them today. I made some fatties that were way too salty with store bought rub. I am also diabetic so I will try to go light with the sugar and molasses. The Texas rub should be good for me. Later today I will try some spiral cut hot dogs and some hamburgers (Jeff's recipes). Tomorrow I'll do some beer can chickens if they have some good ones at the store.

    I'm a 56 year old fat guy trying to lose some weight which is really hard with all these great food choices for the smoker. :)

    I work as an electronic technician and have since 1979.

    I have had some good and some not so good stuff smoked so far. The brisket was not to good, needed to be more moist and tender. The pork loin was too dry. The tri tip was awesome and the chicken was too. The mac & cheese and the first fatties were great. Second fatties too salty. The beans were very good but spiked my blood sugar :(

    Anyway I'll probably be asking many questions from you pro pitmasters :)

  2. Hello and Welcome to our addiction.  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have, and pictures help a bunch.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  Check out Jeff’s 5 day smoking E-Course ( link below ) that will help you get started.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

  3. Hey Tom, hello and welcome to the forum from a hot East Texas

    Gary S
  4. smoke slinger

    smoke slinger Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome to the forum, this is one great site for help and great recipes. I have enjoyed it over the last two years and I have gotten much help when needed. Don't be afraid to ask.

  5. tom 178

    tom 178 Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the welcome guys! I think I am getting addicted, I have been using it every weekend except one since I bought it.
  6. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome from Canada, Tom.


    Too bad about the addiction. I am in the same boat. The bad news is there is no cure. You are doomed to making better and better food for the rest of you life. Sorry to be the one to tell you.

    I am a fat old guy also. Since I retired and started smoking I have lost 40 pounds so there is hope. I am still fat but now I am just a mere shadow of a mountain.

    I look forward to your posts and remember, we love pictures!

  7. tom 178

    tom 178 Meat Mopper

    Last edited: Jul 25, 2014
  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congratulations on the loss so far! You should be proud of that. It is an accomplishment. As for the kilos, thanks for the conversion but I am old enough to have been raised with Imperial measures so I am conversant with all the major measures.

    I saw the tri tips. I am still salivating!

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