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Hi all. This is a family account for myself, my younger brother and father. We are all new to smoking and are looking for a place to pick up some good tips and advice. I recently bought a Brinkmann split door charcoal smoker for my dad for fathers day. We have attempted to smoke a bunch of stuff some successful some not. We have made some basic mods to the smoker which include adding a secondary thermometer to the door and experimenting with different charcoal pits. Our main problem is we can't get the internal temperature above 150-160. We plan on signing up for the 5 day email course but any other quick tips would be greatly appreciated. 

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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!
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Welcome Duff. You'll fine more info then a you'll ever need on here....and that's a GOOD thing! Looking forward to seeing more from you and your family. Take care.

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Howdee Duff.... This is the Howdee-Do page, its where the Guru's that's the folks with either a Moderator or a OTBS (Order of the Thin Blue Smoke) tag come and help you with a smooth transition in the boards. BUT were I looking for an initial place to start, I start withe the search engine. Its bustin apoart at the seams with good stuff. Be specific too. Try looking for your particular smoker and what folks have to say. Its a good start.

 

Then when you decide what you want to cook next, research it. Look especially in the search engine for tutorials with Q-View, man these are the berries for learning. Then if ya still have questions either ask your favorite Guru or start a discussion. Just do all this ahead of when you are going to cook.

 

MY biggest suggestion, get a pad, notebook, journal, cardex, whatever you can dedicate strictly to smoking, and take notes. The test will be how good your smoked food become. Write down what you cooked how it was preped, how long, what kind of wood, temperatures, brines, injections, cures, rubs, sauces, etc etc etc.... then after the cook, what you liked and didn't. Then come and research your didn'ts and see what you'd like to tweak next time. Kind of like a snipers kill book. In no time you'll have the neighbors offering to mow the yard and wash the truck for food.

 

Remember that smoking is about patience and NO Stress, its a rule, there is definitely no stress allowed.

 

Looking forward to seeing your achievements and hopefully you'll inspire others with your successes.

 

Have fun and enjoy the smoke.

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Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.

David

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

 

We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a kindle, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.

 

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 and some guidelines of how to interact within the forums. Off site links are not allowed here at SMF per Jeff. Not that you have done anything wrong....just a little bit of FYI for new members!

 

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

 

Kat

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Welcome to SMF!

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Welcome to all of you!  You've found a great place to share ideas on our favorite pastimes...smoking and grilling great food!  There are plenty of friendly and knowledgeable people here who really enjoy helping one another.  Any time you need help, just ask and you'll get plenty!

 

Red

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Hi Duff,

 

welcome1.gif to the SMF, the best BBQ site on the web.  Whatever you need to know about the fine art of BBQ you can find it right here, from recipes to technical knowledge.

 

One thing you need to know about us is that we like to see pictures of your creations and your gear.  We call it Q-View and its basically the Rules.gif!!!

 

So, don't just talk about your food, show it!  Otherwise you may get a gentle reminder, like this...

 

worthless.gif  or this...th_What_NO_QVIEW.gif

Good Luck and Get Smokin'

 

Bill

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