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Hello from Seattle

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Happy Holidays everyone from wet and windy Seattle.


I discovered the difference between BBQing and grilling about 8 years ago and have been in love with the products of the former ever since. Heralding from Britain I hadn't a clue how to use an outside grill and a smoker was a social outcast relegated to the last carriage on the tube. Imagine my surprise to find BBQ wasn't code for burnt!


My early attempts at BBQing involved gas grills. The less said about those sad affairs the better. Fortunately I soon came across references to the Weber Smokey Mountain in various "How to Cook Ribs" books and decided to give it a try. Well that was an eye opening experience which firmly established my love affair with smoked food and DIY smoking. I've had that WSM for 8 years now and smoke with it year round come rain or snow. The only complaint I have with it is the lack of insulation. To compensate I built an insulated box which folds up when not in use to take up less space. It's ugly but turned my WSM into a practical year round smoker. A couple of months ago I came across the insulated, 30" Mastebuilt electric smoker in Lowes and decided to give that a try as a neater and lower maintenance solution for those wet and sometimes cold and windy days we have in this part of the world from November through March. Smoking on the MES isn't the same as on the WSM but I've been able to make some great Q. Clean up time is about the same on both, which was a surprise, I thought the MES would be less messy. Temperature control is easier on the MES (as expected) while the WSM produces more traditionally tasting Q. At least in my hands to date. I've a ways to go before being dialed into the best ways to use the MES so that could be the sole cause of this difference.


Right now I'm working my way through the recipes in "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book". Pineapple Sweet Ribs tomorrow (p193) with Stuffed Red Bell Peppers (p109) and Chicken with 30 Cloves of Garlic (old french recipe). It's a gathering with friends and I expect we'll be cooking and browsing all day.


Life can be good :-)




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welcome1.gif   to SMF! Glad to have you aboard!


Would you go to your profile & add a location, Thank-you.

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Glad to have you in the SMF Family



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welcome1.gif to SMF. You have come to the right place for smoking info. This site is loaded with great info just use the search bar at top of page to find what you are looking for. If you can't locate the answer just ask folks here are willing to share there knowledge. I suggest you check out the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info. Smoking Basics 5-Day eCourse

post #6 of 10

Welcome aboard!


Good luck and good smoking.

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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!!



post #8 of 10

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.


Great Story we all fell in love with smoked meats differently I love when people tell their stories.


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First off welcome to SMF. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.


Welcome To Your New Addiction

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Thanks for the welcome folks and for pointing me to the e-course. How cool is that!





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