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Good morning.  My name is Chris and I reside in Covington, GA - USA.  I received my first smoker (Brinkman Smoke'N Grill) from a buddy at work via trade for a backgammon board - yeah, I know, very weird.  Anyway, I smoked my first pair of Boston Butts for my oldest daughter's first communion about 3 years ago.  The meat was out of this world and I have been smoking ever since.  I received a Brinkman "Gourmet" smoker as an anniversary gift from my employer last year and found that it retains heat a lot better than the original Brinkamn I started with.


I have smoked Boston Butts, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, Chicken WIngs Whole Turkeys, Standing Rib Roasts, and Pork Loins.  I have not ventured into brisket at this point.


I am gearing up to start catering and eventually open up a restaurant.  I never imagined how much of a pain it would be to get this whole thing off the ground - permits, equipment,etc...


I want to purchase a higher quality smoker for this venture but am just not sure what to get and how much to spend.  I see smokers from $500.00 to $25,000.00.


Any insight on smokers and websites where I can do some research would be much appreciated.


If there is anyone here that has gone the catering route with any success; your insight would be appreciated as well.


Looking forward to "chewing the fat" with all of you.




Chris Smith

Peach Pit BBQ

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Hi Chris! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 900,000 posts describing it!

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Welcome to the forums, Chris! Glad you've joined us. You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastimes...grilling, smoking, and curing great food! There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another. Just ask any time you need help and you'll get plenty!


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Welcome , Peachpit. Glad to have you on the scene, and hope you come to call it home biggrin.gif for all your BBQ needs.


This might be a better suggestion than it was for me...An old time BBQer told me to get a Smoker bigger than what you plan on...you never know icon_exclaim.gif


Have fun and send Q-view...

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