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Howdy from North West Iowa

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Howdy all, My name is Fred and I am now from Albert City, Iowa a small town of about 700 people. I am originally from a small town in Texas, Dallas....well actually Arlington but have lived in Iowa now for almost 20 years.


I am married with 3 kids, I do not like the term stepchildren so I never refer to them as step but instead I say I have 3 kids. I also have 6 grandkids with one on the way ages 7 to 1. Oldest 2 are much like how I refer to my kids but they ALL call me grandpa so I love it.


I am a BIG Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan which in some areas isnt that big a deal, but up here I am the only Rangers fan I have found.


I am losing my eyesight due to a disease called ocular hystoplasmosis, it is very similar to macular degeneration. When we first found out about my eyesight it was recommended that i develop a hobby, so my wife bought me my first gas grill and much like any hobby I can never have enough. That was five years ago and now I have a gas grill, 2 chargriller offsets, an 18 WSM and a Big Steel Keg.


I am like a fisherman when it comes to BBQ, I can talk for hours and even tell a tale here and there. Look forward to yapping with you all in the future.





post #2 of 8

Well you picked a great hobby. Welcome to SMF!

post #3 of 8

Hello Fr ed, and welcome to the SMF. Nice to know you have channeled your concerns to happy hours spent with your smoking. It's all good my friend.

post #4 of 8


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 oustanding E-Course...

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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 (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 #6 of 8

Hi and welcome!  You will find this site and its members to be a great help.


I have to note that any male can be a father, but, it takes a real man to be a dad. 


Wish you well with the eye problem, too.


Good luck and good smoking.

post #7 of 8

Welcome Fred

Glad to have you here with us - love to see some of that qview from you

post #8 of 8

Welcome to SMF  Fred Good to have you here

You are in the right place the folks here are help full and knowledgeable.it is a very addictive hobby .

Don’t forget the Qview  


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