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Hello everyone,


My name is JR. I'm new to smoking. I have a Char-Broil 430 offset smoker. I have smoked 2 weekends in a row now. Pork butt the first weekend that came out ok. Family thought it was great, but I saw room for improvement. Last weekend did spare ribs with the 3-2-1 method and they came out perfect. Going to try chicken and maybe some ABT's this weekend. Looking for any advice I can get. Thanks.

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Hey JR. Welcome to SMF, this sight is awesome, I am a long time cook, but a rookie smoker and there is a wealth of great info. and great teachers on this sight. When I do my ABT's I tuck a piece of fresh pineapple in with them, we like it around here. The other advice I would give is to start charging a cover at the door to help cover the cost, of all the great food. On a personal side note I miss scrapple, and thrashers french fries from O.C. Happy Smoking Rick
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Howdee Jr

First like me tell you welcome. Kinda late now but there will most decisively be some smoke Guru's around soon or on the 'morrow to properly introduce you and show ya around.


I have gotta tell you, I started laughing when I read your post, LOL..... you definitely belong here, its your home that you didn't realize you had. Three smokes in three weeks, friends loved it but I thought I could do better, LOL Yeppers you belong. Its an addiction.


Lets see, the search engine to cram packed with info about everything, good solid tried and true info. that gets way too specific to its answers. Guru's are always cruising around and helping explain or just visiting about this or that. Well not so much in the middle of a weekday night. But normally! The people are totally awesome, everyone contributes, everyone shares, none of that competition whispering around here although there are quite a few competitors present. Everyone seems to inspire others to greater deeds of smoke, then they want pictures, not so much to critique but to see if they need to attempt the same adventure.


But before I get all carried away, this is the hello area, so I will say howdee. Just a suggestion in parting that a wise Guru passed to me. Get a notebook, a cardex, a journal, a flash drive and record your smokes so that you know what you did, why, what you didn't like, what to research or talk to a Guru about, and how you'll attempt it the next time. That way you'll know where you are going and where you've been. It would be terrible to get lucky and do the perfect smoke as a beginning smoker and not know how to achieve its glory again, right?


I'm usually around if I can help you, remember don't get too caught up in it, smoking is about relaxation not stress cooking.


Have fun and enjoy the smoke.

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Hi JR! 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 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

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!

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, JR!  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 to the forum from Kent Island Md

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welcome1.gif to 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. Rule #11......"Off Site Links are not allowed here at SMF" is something new. There are other simple guidelines for all of us to remember as we interact here.


If you need any help roaming around here in SMF....just give me a shout.  Happy to help any time!



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