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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hello from Texas, just moved here and figured to be somewhat accepted in the state I needed to own a smoker! I've actually been interested in it for a while but never dove in. I did some poking around on here for reviews and thoughts before I bought, thanks for all the great posts - they even helped me troubleshoot my gfi issues. Smoked my first ever rack of ribs last weekend that came out hard enough to stand on! So I bought a digital thermometer for the smoker and found that the one on the smoker was off by about 100degrees - when the digital says 225, it says 125 - probably helped turn that rack to wood! Trying my second rack right now and everything looks good so far. Thanks to everyone for all the great posts, very helpful to a newbie like me.
post #2 of 12
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!
post #3 of 12

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.


post #4 of 12

Welcome aboard, RJ!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Just ask when you need anything, and someone here will surely have the answer.



post #5 of 12

Glad we could help. You'll have no problem getting answers here, we like to share.


 I do mine Naked (no foiling)


700 Cook to the Crack test(appox. 5.5hrs).


 and bite through tender ( not fall off the Bone ' soft.


Have fun and send us some Q-view of it back , or you'll get a trip to the pb.gif, we have Rules.gif you know...ROTF.gif.


Have fun and good luck on the Smoke,meanwhile...

post #6 of 12

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!



post #7 of 12
welcome1.gif from up north! My brother moved to Texas in the 70's and now he's a bona fide BBQ expert! This forum is real helpful. You will be cookin like a pro in no time. Good luck , man. grilling_smilie.gif
post #8 of 12

Welcome RJ, glad you joined.

Nothing like learning to smoke good foods.

Love the site and all the folks here. They were very

helpful right from the start.


Happy Smokin'



post #9 of 12

got to agree, I have talked with some nice people here, all willing to share bits of info, Have I mentioned how much I love smoking things. im new at it, but man is it fun, all about the smoke rings...... but my brisket came out tough yesterday, kinda upset about that

post #10 of 12

Im here from MA. where r u from Up North

post #11 of 12
Originally Posted by Richard Cabral7 View Post

Im here from MA. where r u from Up North

Oh! You mean me? I live in newton!
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks all, very happy to be here! Second batch turned out better, they were edible at least but a far cry from some of the best I've ever had and definitely not q-view worthy. I'll keep working at it and will post some more as I get better.
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