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Grill Savy - Smoke Newb from Troutdale, OR

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Hello all,


Glad to have found the site, find alot of the conversations and sharing to be so engaging that I have been losing track of time in the evenings!


From Troutdale, OR just outside of Portland.  I am a HS Football/Basketball Coach that is back in College getting a teaching degree.  Avid bowler and I also own a few sports related websites.  Wife and 1 son.  


I was given a Char-Griller 5050 Duo for my Birthday in May and have yet to do too much on it other than basic grilling based on our schedules.  I am debating the Side Fire Box attachment but not sure about how much smoking I will end up doing. 


Can cook just about anything on gas.  A whiz on the Coleman Dual Fuel and Backpacking stoves and pretty decent on a backyard propane grill setup.  Very little experience with smoking and charcoal other than doing some small game in a Little Chief Smoker back when I was single or cooking on an old Weber with my dad as a kid (lighter fluid bombs and all).  


Getting ready for a season of my chargoal/wood side today weather permitting (rain - hey it's the Pacific Northwest).  Will likely be looking for info and help as I get ready to do some indirect smoking-cooking with that side of the Duo.


Love the grill by the way.  A top notch piece of equipment and looking towards doing some mods on it when time permits

post #2 of 10

Glad your with us,

Just us the search for anything your interested in.


If you have any questions about a specific smoke you wan't to try, just ask and we'll be glad to point you in the right direction.




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Welcome to the club, I live just the other side of town from you near Multnomah Village. If you are looking to do smoking definately get the firebox attachment for your Duo, otherwise the chamber is to small to do indirect heat cooking very well. Also use the searc bar up top and do a search for "chargriller mods", there are a couple of very easy and cheap mods that make the chargrillers work a lot better when it comes to smoking.


Holler if you got questions.... and I'm sure we will get some sun one of these days! lol

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Welcome to SMF  I am glad you joint us

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

Don’t forget the Qview   

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First off Welcome to SMF. You'll like this place for here are alot of really good folks here that would do anything that they can to help you with just about anything to do with smoking.


Welcome To Your New Addiction


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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. icon14.gif

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welcome1.gifnice to have ya.. Have fun and Happy smoking

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Thread Starter 

Thanks Everyone for the welcome and suggestions.  


I have the first burn going on the charcoal side right now.  Experimenting with the Weber Chimney Starter and the lump briquettes from Trader Joe's and the heat temps.  Really surprised at how hot things got so fast.  Doing some bakers on the gas side with some sausages.


Will start saving the extra change and work towards the SFB and begin to post pic when I get something rolling

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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

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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. Don't Take Chances, Always Follow USDA Safety Guidelines When Handling Meat.
  13. If you are wanting to get into curing meat, there are many members here more than happy to help and give good advice.

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

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welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!

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