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Hey fellow Cookers; my screen name is "Shark180". I'm a scuba diver and love diving with Sharks and I'm retired from Law Enforcement, "180" was my badge #; hence the screen name Shark180. My real name is Craig. As the title says, I'm in Channelview, TX; a small semi-rural suburb about 15 miles east of Houston, Tx. My other interests include our small zoo (2 horses, 9 cats, 3 medium sized dogs, 2 geese and last but not least 2 small aquariums). I also enjoy  HAM Radio (call sign K5CAP), Underwater photography, firearms and flying. Obviously on a retired cops income I can't do justice to all of my "interests". I dabble in most of them when finances permit.

 

As far as "smoking & grilling" goes, I have just recently purchased an Old Country, Wrangler Off-set Smoker. I got a great deal on it at Academy Sports & Outdoors ($215 discount) due to a poor finish on the top of the main box. After burning in the pit and using it once, the finish has mostly self corrected itself. My first cooking experience on it was great; the temperature adjusted easily and the hickory wood  burned nice and slow.  Years ago I was on a competition cooking team (Attitude Consultants Law Enforcement Cooking Team) but I was not involved with the cooking end of the team. Other than that I am basically a rookie to this "grillin & smokin" stuff. I look forward to getting good advice from the experts on this site.       

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Hi Craig! 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!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

We have an Articles section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

Would you do us a favor and add your location to your profile, it helps others to know where you are when they offer advice, Thanks!

You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!
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Welcome to the forums! 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!

Red
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welcome1.gif , Craig. Hope you enjoy your visit and hope you decide to stay.  Keep us satisfied with plenty of Q-view  , Rules.gif , and input , we'll be happy...ROTF.gif.

 

Have fun and . . .

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Hello my TX. brother and welcome to the fun.  I am in England now but from Mathis.  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  The trial and error method works well.  We will try to help you keep the errors to a minimum.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

 

If you didn't read the "Terms of Service" notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums. http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a/terms-of-service

 

Off Site Links are not allowed here at SMF....just a gentle FYI! biggrin.gif

 

If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!

 

Kat

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Welcome from New Braunfels, TX

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