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Hi everyone. Just joined the site today while I'm smoking about 8 lbs of beef jerky. I did 4 different types. A standard recipe with brown sugar and soy sauce. A BQ recipe using Sweet Baby Ray's BQ sauce. A recipe using cinnamon and chipotle and a recipe with Mesquite marinade. Soaked them over night and they've been in the smoker for just over 2 hrs at 150-175 degrees using apple wood and pear wood. If I can figure out how to upload pictures I'll post our smoker that a friend made and give to us. Its made out of 2 55 gallon barrels stacked with a pipe connecting them. Re-rod grate for the wood cradle with a wood stove door and air vents. Has a grate that is 32" long and about 16' wide made of angle iron and diamond grating. Under the grate is a 6" wide by 32" long iron channel with holes cut in the sides to help even out the smoke flow. He used an angle iron frame work welded to the barrels, then welded stainless steel sheet metal around the outside to cover the space between the barrels. And also put 8" wheels on it. The handle for the lid is made from a tow chain welded. Today is only the 2nd time I've smoked anything at all. 1st time I did ribs and they turned out really good.
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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.


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Hi Greg! 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!

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 aboard, Greg!  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.



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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!



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