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Floridian here who has never done any smoking.

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So I am a newbie as you may have guessed. After I got out of the Army I bought a new CharGriller Duo. About a month after doing so I saw the Side Firebox being available. So I got that also because I figured it would be decent enough and I'm still learning anyway so why not. Anyways I have no idea what to do next. I understand the basics and principles but don't really know what I'm doing.


So here I am awaiting enlightenment lol.

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welcome1.gif You are in the right spot to learn if there is something you would like to try just type it in search and it should come up. I it does not then there are alot of people here ready to give a hand. ENJOY


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Welcome to SMF. Check out the 5 day ecourse. Lots of information to help you out.

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Welcome to the family! Hang out for a while and soon you'll be doing just fine....
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Welcome to SMF. There are a lot of very friendly & knowledgeable folks here to help you. I urge you to sign up for the free E-course. It will give you the basics, & even if you are an experienced smoker you may learn something new. Then start asking questions. Good luck & glad to have you aboard. Don't forget we all love Qview!   

post #6 of 26

So what you cooking first?  Going to try something nice and easy like a precured ham?  How about a meat loaf or some smoked hamburgers.  Maybe dive right into the king of Smoking some nice pulled pork?


Get using it, make a couple of mistakes and ask lots of questions, we'll help the best we can. 


Welcome and Thanks for your service



post #7 of 26

Welcome tillsb !


And thank You very much for your service.


As was already said, we'll help all we can.




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post #9 of 26

Welcome To SMFwelcome1.gif  Good  to have you here.

.you are in the right place the folks here are nice and help full


post #10 of 26

Take the 5 Day Course and you'll learn a lot.




No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

post #11 of 26

Welcome and thank you very much for your service for our country !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

post #12 of 26

Welcome aboard from a fellow newbie!


I can tell you first hand that there is a plethora of information and help on this site. You can check out my Q-view to see how well my first ever smoke went thanks to the info and help from these fine smokers. (It's in the poultry section)



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Welcome to SMF. So much to learn here. Search Char-griller and you will find tons of info. I own one myself and have very good results with it.You will need to make some modifications to it to make it a good smoker though. This is what I did to mine.



post #14 of 26

Welcome to SMF its nice to have ya.. Have fun and Happy smoking

post #15 of 26

May I suggest trying some pulled pork. Very easy to do, although it takes a long time. That's what I did on my first smoke, and even if I had a hard time controlling the temps and had no idea what I was doing, it came out delicious.

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Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

Many of our members have years of experience in smoking meat.  They are more than happy helping Newbies learn the art.

We have members who cure there own Bacon, Hams, Jerky, Snack Sticks, Make Their own Sausage, etc. if you want to learn,
this is the place. 

Don't be afraid to ask questions of them and follow their advice. You won't be sorry, you will be making great Q in no time at all...

Just remember, when curing your own meats follow the instructions included with the cure to the letter, this is not something to experiment with.  

Never use more cure no mater if it is Tender Quick or Cure #1 or Cure #2 than the manufacturer says to use, this can be very dangerous.

Tender Quick and Cure#1 or Cure #2 are not interchangeable, neither Cure #1 interchangeable with Cure #2 or vise versa


Tips For New Members.

  1. Go into your profile and Under Location put where you are.
  2. City & State or Area & State will do. This will help members when answering your questions.
  3. Go to ROLL CALL thread and tell us a little about Yourself and Experience & Equipment.
  4. Do Not Post  your other questions and smokes in the Roll Call Forum.
  5. Post your questions and smokes in the Proper Forum, Beef, Pork, Sausage, Electric Smoker, Charcoal Smoker etc.
  6. Use the Wiki Section, many of our members have posted great tutorials and instructional threads so take advantage of them.
  7. When you can't find an answer ask plenty of questions, we have some highly experienced members willing to help you.
  8. When posting about your smokes be sure to post plenty of Qview (Pictures) Our Moto, "No Pics, Didn't Happen".
  9. Get a good Probe Thermometer, Don't Depend on the Built in Thermometer in your Smoker (They are notorious for being off).
  10. A good choice for a remote dual probe thermometer is the Maverick ET-732
  11. Remember, We Always Cook by Temperature and NOT BY TIME...
  12. Sign up for Jeff's 5-Day eCourse.  Click Here
  13. Don't Take Chances, Always Follow USDA Safety Guidelines When Handling Meat.
  14. If you are wanting to get into curing meat, there are many members here more than happy to help and give good advice.

  15. If you are unsure of a procedure ASK, don't ASSUME, It will make your Smoking experience much more pleasant...

post #17 of 26

Hello, and welcome to the SMF. For starters, read the different forums for great ideas and tips. The rest will come along on it's own. Save the planet... it's the only one with Q

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welcome1.gif  I'm also new to smoking and have found this site to be filled with the "How to's".  Take time to look around the forums.  You can always post a question and these people will quickly respond.

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the guy's are right you are in the right spot I have been smoking for a month or so and I started here have learned a ton here everyone is friendly and willing to help welcome and enjoy

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