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Hello all,

                My name is Chris macharelli and I live in Watauga, TX. I’m a BBQ Novice and hope to learn a great deal from you guys! I know the very basics of BBQ and am familiar with the lingo for the most part. I have grilled on open flame for many years but have always been interested in low and slow over a true, clean wood burning fire. There is something very cool and appealing to me about not getting sleep, having your clothes reek of smoke, and meticulously attending a slow fire in the middle of the night to be able to serve your family lunch the next day.


A little about myself; I’m 30 years old, married and have a 2 ½ half year old son named Carson. I’m currently serving in the Air Force and have been for the past 11 years. I served 6 years active duty then decided to honorably discharge and serve the remainder of my career in the Texas Air National Guard. I have been with the 136thAW in Fort Worth since 2007 and have loved every bit of it. I turn wrenches as an aircraft Pneudraulic mechanic on the C-130H. I have seen Germany, England, Iceland, Romania, Kuwait, Afghanistan (Twice), and Scotland.


Recently I graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S in Aeronautics and as a result my parents bought me a good first novice smoker: The Kingsford Sierra Smoker. I have seasoned it properly and have 1 cook under my belt on it. I’ll post the pictures of the smoker and my first cook (2 four pound yard birds) smoked at 265 for 2 hrs with a simple marinade and rub.















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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! Thank you very much for your Service! usa.gif


You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it has great information to use no matter your skill level!


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!



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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.


Looks like you got a lot of great toys.


Happy smoken.


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welcome aboard brother! its good you came in from the wild blue yonder to share some Q with us! tons to learn and ideas to spark interests in the forum. have fun and good luck. btw, im a AF vet also, Propulsion's the name of the game for me.
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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 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!
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!

Thank You for your Service! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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Hello and welcome to SMF! Congrats on the degree and the new smoker!!! Those birds look very good.


Thank you for your service!

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Welcome, Chris!  Just holler if you need anything...



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