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Hello all,


My name is Scott, I am an Agriculture Education teacher(hince the screen name Teach). I was told about the forum from a member here.  I have been an avid griller for years, and have helped others smoke quite a bit. However I am new to smoking on my own. I have tried a little of everthing, So far I have ruined a rack of ribs, made an ok pork roast, and a couple pretty good briskets. For a smoker I have a Trager Lil Texas Elite. (College graduation present) I love the smoker just wish I knew a little more. 





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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...

post #3 of 10

Welcome Teach,

If you want to learn how to smoke some great Q, You found the right place.


The folks here can smoke, grill, cure, roast............etc.

Just jump in and hang on.

You'll be smoking some great Q in no time.



post #4 of 10

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

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Welcome to smf
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Welcome to SMF - glad to have you here. Do lots of reading and things will get better 

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welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!

post #9 of 10

Welcome to SMF Scott  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      

post #10 of 10

Hi Scott!!



This site has tons of info.

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


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

Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

Have a great day!!!





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