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New guy saying hello from WA state

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Hi folks-


I'm brand new to the world of meat smoking.  My wife bought me an electric smoker for Christmas, and so now I have another toy to learn how to play with.  


I've run the smoker through the manufacturer's "seasoning" process.  I've picked up some pecan chips, and some kosher salt.  Looking for a nice tasty 1st timer's recipe to break in with.  Any suggestions will be most appreciated.


A litt bit about me -  I'm married, with 3 teen aged daughters.  I work as a Software Engineer for a consulting company in Seattle.  (Like many in this area, I spent more than a few years at that "large sofware company in the Redmond, WA area").  :D  I'm an old Army guy, graduated from West Point back in the '80s but did my time and got out before all the *#(&^ hit the fan.


I kinda have a bad habit of taking hobbies "over the top".  Back in 2002, my wife's sister gave me a little plastic "Mr. Beer" kit for Christmas. Fast forward 9 years, now, I'm a BJCP certifed Beer Judge holding the rank of Master (I actually run a class to teach other beer judges) and am only a few points shy of making Grand Master. (See http://www.bjcp.org if you are interested in that kind of thing.  )


Thanks for the site and looking forward to learning and sharing once I come up to speed. Also, anybody has any beer or homebrewing related questions, I'll be glad to help with them, too.




North Bend, WA


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First off welcome to SMF there Steve. 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

post #3 of 9

Welcome and X2 on the E-Course.....There are a few brewing junkies here as well...all good folks.


post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks, guys.


The smoker is a MasterBuilt 20070511.  Black front, no window.  30".  Not sure about the heating element wattage.  The booklet doesn't say and even the web site doesn't list that model, which I find extremely weird. The temp control goes up to 275F.  I'm going to assume it's a 650 watt element.



post #5 of 9

welcome1.gifto SMF - sounds like you have a lot of great knowledge to share 

post #6 of 9

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 take  the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info.Smoking Basics 5-Day eCourse

post #7 of 9

smf.gifAnd happy new year

post #8 of 9

welcome1.gif  Glad to have you with us!




post #9 of 9


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!!!



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