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Greeting Everybody. I've been lurking for a number of weeks, gleaning what I can before I did my first slow BBQ the other day. I live in the country in central Oregon, on a high plain on a hay farm. My interest in BBQ and smoking is new, and came about because we moved into a cabin with no oven...I could only eat so much boiled, braised, fried, and steamed food...


I inexplicably carved bbq and smoked food with an intensity I've never had...but, operating on a fixed income of sorts, buying a smoker seems out of the question for now. So, I dug a bbq pit! Picked up a used charcoal grill (a char-boil 22 inch CB model) which I've been using for some smokey slow BBQ, which I love. Hard to maintain heat though, I live in a cold and windy place.


My plan for the bbq pit is to do some smoking! I dug three holes: one is a hole that matches the length and width of the top of my charboil grill, with some stones to support the grate. Another is a two foot deep, one foot by one foot square, and at the top a tunnel goes into the big hole. I made a similar, but larger hole on the other side, it is a little larger and deeper. The idea: an in-ground offset smoker! It will have it's first fire soon. I've not yet figured a way to put tuning plates in, but I don't know if it is needed yet.


I'm mostly interested in Hot Smoking, Cold Smoking, and Slow bbq, but I grew up in Michigan, where direct grilling is king! So, I still love that flavor...particularly on chicken. I'm also interested in learning to preserve and cure meats, but that may be a little down the road yet.


So, I am a noob, even to charcoal grilling, I've only fired up the grill three times now, I'm loving every second of it!


Thanks for all the tips.




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Welcome to SMF glad you can join us.  We are big on Pics and love to help everyone out.  Remember the only question that is dumb is one not asked.  You will not find a friendlier place to talk Que on the web.


You are going to fit in just fine..


Smokers don't have to be big and expensive.  You will find alot of us smoke on simple cheap designs and turn out great meals.  You are gonna fit in just fine here.

post #3 of 16

welcome1.gifto SMF - what an interesting story. This is going to be a lot of fun to follow and please share some qview with us.

post #4 of 16

Welcome to SMF Pete. Glad to have you aboard.


You will find all the info you need on here to be sucessful at smokin or grillin.

And there are plenty of folks here to help ya on the way.


Happy Smokin'



post #5 of 16

Welcome to SMF Pete! Were real happy to have you join our group!

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Welcome to the forum! If you are at all handy and short an funds I suggest you build yourself a UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker), there are lots of folks here that have made them for very little money and they work real well!

post #8 of 16

Welcome to the SMF Family...You Build sounds interesting...Post some pictures some time...

post #9 of 16

Welcome aboard, Pete!


Good luck and good smoking.

post #10 of 16


This site has tons of info.

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

Ask questions and use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

Have a great day!!!



      Make bacon the easy way!!




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Welcome to SMF!!
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Glad to have you with us Pete

You can learn all about the smoking process from these masters.


Looking forward to seeing some pics of your pit

post #13 of 16

Welcome aboard. Love your state.


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post #15 of 16

Welcome and thanks for joining us here at SMF !

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