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Been reading this forum for over a year, and finally dove in head first to the smoking world(my wife is not so thrilled)!  My name is Ryan and I am from MN. 

Smoker - WSM 22.5"

Have smoked before with a cookchack smokette, but wanted to go the charcoal way!

I have had a few successful smokes, but I have had some that were very sub par as well! 


I posted in the charcoal smoker section with a couple questions already.  Looking forward to putting some of my own mouth watering Q view on here!!



post #2 of 15

Welcome to SMF. You'll see, the wife will soon change her mind when she tastes the food that comes off the WSM. You made a great choice on the smoker. Have fun with it.

post #3 of 15

Welcome to SMF  I am glad you joint us

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

my advise take the free ecourse you will find it very helpful


Don’t forget the Qview   

post #4 of 15


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!!

The free E-Course is great!!

Have a great day!!!





post #5 of 15

Welcome to SMF from a neighbor to your west!

post #6 of 15


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...

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

post #8 of 15

Welcome to the club.  One question what took you so long to post?

post #9 of 15

Don't worry the wife will change her mind eventually!  and WELCOME!!!

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Welcome to SMF

post #11 of 15

welcome1.gif   Glad to have you aboard!

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You have a lot of co-addicts in your neighborhood.  I am sure they would love to help you along in the new habit.


Good luck and good smoking.


post #13 of 15
Glad you joined us! Where in MN??? I used to live in Rochester
post #14 of 15

Welcome to SMF and happy smoking!

post #15 of 15

drool.gifmy wife was not so thrilled either... Until I named her official taste tester

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