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Hey all, i'm new to the boards and to smoking. it looks like there is some awesome information here and i'm excited to get started. I first got interested in getting a smoker when i visited a highschool buddy in Texas. the food blew my mind and i have been wanting a smoker ever since. I'm a big hunter and understandable my wife did not let me budget for a smoker along with all the other toys i'm constantly buying... however just this week she bought me one for our anniversary. so now i'm reading as much as I can before i get started. thanks for all your participation on the boards, there is lots to learn it looks like.

post #2 of 12


This site has tons of info.

I would suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

Then use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!


Have a great day!!!



Also,,, Sign up for the E-Course...it's free and wonderful!!


post #3 of 12

Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. Congrats on the new smoker. Have fun and happy smoking

post #4 of 12

Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.

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First off welcome to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are alot of really good folks that would just love to help you with anything to do with smoking. Now we like having new folks here to give a new prospective on some of the ways we do things around here. Now if you are really new then I would suggest that you sign up fir the 5-day E-course it free and it will give you the basics on smoking and a few recipes too. Here's a link to it:


then you will have a method to your newly found madness and believe me it will be a madness. Then when you start smoking things you will have to learn how to post the pictures / Qview 

here. So here's a link to a tutorial on how to post your Qview so we can see what your doing.


Now the next thing you have to do is run out and get something to smoke. Then just smoke it and if you have any questions just post  them here and we will answer all your questions that you might have. Oh yea there's no stupid questions we were all there in the beginning and we just really like to help others enjoy the fabulous smoked foods that we do. So again


Welcome to Your New Addiction 


post #7 of 12

Welcome to SMF and were glad to have you aboard so join in and share your experiences, have some fun and don’t forget to post our favorite.


The Qveiw




Happy smoking……


post #8 of 12

Welcome to the SMF family !

 lots of hunter /gatherers here and a few smokers too.

post #9 of 12


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 (A Name We Can Call You) 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 #10 of 12

Welcome to the party - I'm just down the road from you.

post #11 of 12

Welcome to the SMF


12 year Ephrata resident now located in NEPA.


No dumb questions here on anything. We all started the same at one time. Lots of smart folks here.


Beer-B-Q has some great tips like tip #9


If you get liquid into the probe where the cable goes into the meat....IT'S SHOT.

Get some PLASTI DIP and brush on the area where it comes together. Do this before you use the probe or the dip will not adhere.


Watch out for nepas #3....He can be a smart @$$.................DOH


post #12 of 12

Welcome to SMF  Good to have you here

You are in the right place the folks here are help full and knowledgeable

Don’t forget the Qview


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