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Thread Starter 
Bought a Cajun Injector gas smoker from cabellas a few months ago. Summer being so bussy for me today was my first oportunity to drink beer all day and watch meat cook. I had some anxiety and went cheap with some discounted pork spare ribs. I shortened up the 3-2-1 method to a 3-1-3/4 because the family was hungry. Diddnt have any apple juice when I wrapped them in foil so one rack got apple slices and orange juice, and the other got apple slices and mt dew (ran out of OJ) No fancy rub, just lawrys seasoning salt and pepper.

Wow! Diddnt even use any barbecue sauce because it would have taken away from the awesome. If even a halfa$$ed attempt without any special spices on old discounted meat turns out like this, how can anyone fail? Family voted it right up there with my brazed short ribs.

Been lurking this forum since I bought the smoker, so I just thought id register and say thanks to everyone here. I feel like I've been wasting meat for the last 15 years.
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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!

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 9

Everything is better with smoke! ;) Welcome and glad it turned out so well!!!

post #4 of 9

good job improvising and making it work! part of the fun!

post #5 of 9

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 #6 of 9
Welcome aboard!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  It sounds like you're on your way...good luck, and I'm looking forward to your input here on the forums.
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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!



post #8 of 9

Hello and,


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'



post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the welcome. Pictures I can do but not of my first smoke. Me and the wife tasted a little when I was pulling them out and imediately got them to the table to attack. I anticipate using this thing often now that I know that real bbq doesn't require a trip down south. This weekend will either be a chicken, or a turkey if we anticipate company.

By the way, kudos to the site administrator. The mobile site is different and pretty easy to use.
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