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Hi there... My name's Bryce and I'm from Acworth, GA, which is NW of Atlanta.
New to smoking meats and sausage making. On a trip to Michigan this summer, I got hooked on Snack Sticks and wanted to start making my own since we really don't have them down here other than the mass produced big brands (slim jim, jack links, etc)
We started with a Kitchenaid grinder stuffer and soon found that the grinder is fin, but the stuffer sucks!!!! We recently upgraded to a LEM 606SS stuffer and its so much easier. We made a batch of sticks, brats, italians and breakfast sausage. A second batch of sticks are in the smoker now.
For a smoker, we got the Lowe's Masterforge knockoff of the MES30 GenII. Kinda wish we'd have gone for the 40 now, but we'll make due... I really only plan to make stuff for my family and this'll do for the 4 of us.
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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! Would you mind updating your profile to show the other SMF members where you are located?  Might meet some neighbors!


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Welcome to the forums, Bryce!  You'll like it here... its 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.  Looking forward to your input here, and just ask when you need anything, and someone here will surely have the answer.



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Hi Bryce! 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!
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Hi Bryce,

  Sounds like we are going down the same road together except you are a lot farther along than I am,, I want to start making my own venison sausage, Boudin, andouille  and smoked sausage...


Anyways welcome from a Q brother right up the road...


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