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Hello From Tennessee

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Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and thank everyone for their wonderful posts. I am located not far from Chattanooga TN and LOVE to cook. I own and run roughly 40 websites from food sites to community sites. I also do photography from time to time, network and computer administration and in my free time I volunteer 40 hours a week as a reserve officer serving my community.


With that said I now have purchased my very first smoker! I originally had a commercial char-broil gas grill but someone decided they liked it better and unbolted it from my front porch during the middle of day and off they went. We recently moved and I needed a new grill but really wanted to try smoking. The end result was an American Gourmet Deluxe (Char-Broil) which came with free accessories for $179 and was in my starting budget range.


I plan on, if all goes well, to smoke two pork butts this week. I look forward to doing many of the mods I have found here and trying some of those tasty sounding finishing sauces, rubs and dipping sauces.


Looking forward to many posts and chatting with everyone in Qland!



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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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Thanks! I just finished putting together my American Gourmet Deluxe Smoker! Had a few hiccups along the way but nothing that can't be fixed. Grill racks in SFB were bent badly and paint missing where they were bent. Warming rack (which I am assuming I probably won't be needing?) is bent fairly bad in the middle and the SFB lid hinge had a gap but I don't think it shows once closed. Nothing a quick tac won't fix.

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Welcome, Tommy...This is the place to be if you are  new to the smoking experience. There are quite a few "GODS OF SMOKE" here and never forget the Qview pics, " Lest the God's smite thee and cast thee into the Pit of Despair!" Or at least Razz you about it.  th_nopicsye3.gif  It's a great group...JJ

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Thanks! It's 2:30 in the morning and I can't stop looking at all the awesome threads, which in turn is making me hungry! Looking forward to my first smoke Wednesday! Need to buy a better thermo by then since mine just says ideal :( Can't wait to start making mods for my smoker.

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welcome1.gif    Glad to have you with us!

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Called Char-broil and my new cooking rack is on the way. Took less than 5min! Off to prep my butts. Pics tomorrow!

post #10 of 16

Tommy- from a former reserve officer and Military Policeman to a current reserve officer, let me say Welcome to the best Smoking Site on the Web.


One thing that I found out about Char-broil is their customer service is one of the best I've dealt with.


Enjoy the Smoke!



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welcome1.gif Glad to have you with us Tommy.

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welcome1.gif Aboard, glad to have you with us..



post #13 of 16

Welcome aboard!


Good luck and good smoking.

post #14 of 16
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Well the butts are injected, glued and rubbed. I just got back inside from starting the process to season my grill when I realized I am broke out in hives from head to toe! Must be the oil or the oily substance from the smoker maybe? Oh well back to the smoker!

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Your prolly just allergic to smoking. Hope u get better and welcome aboard.
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I think it was a mixture from the oil and what ever oil based substance was on the grill when I put it together. benadryl fixed the problem :)

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