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I guess in terms of smoking meat, one could call me raw. I can cook meat...but I've never made my own jerky or sausage or anything like that. 

 I have, however, had the pleasure of eating lots of those goodies. Everything from homemade (thank you Native American powwows) to stuff from a local butcher (thank you deer hunting uncles!) 


 I have a husband and a 9yr old son. With the amount of protein (esp red meat for some reason) we have found we need to ingest in order to be at our healthiest, we've found out we need another option than simply going to the store and grabbing a pound of hamburger or steak. That's just too expensive to do anytime the mood strikes.

 So we've got a couple of problem solvers..


 -Took up hunting. Yes, it takes a while to get good at hunting where we live (Western WA), but we like the outdoors and such anyway, so it's time well spent as far as we're concerned. 


 -Make jerky for snacking (and anything else that can be munched on without doing a full blown dinner). Both good for game meat and a way to take advantage of sales in the store where you can stock up a bit.



 But smoking meat is not something you want to go after haphazardly...since screwing it up can kill you. So I started googling and found this forum! Hopefully I can get some good pointers and start making my family some healthy protein rich snacks! (Yeah, yeah, salt and "nitrates" aren't "healthy" technically, but they beat getting botulism! :P )

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Howdy! and welcome to SMF.Read and ask questions . The good thing about what we do is that you can eat most of your mistakes!

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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!

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 to the forums!  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.  Looking forward to your input here, and just ask when you need anything...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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Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone!


 I'm already getting some great advice and replies in my thread about jerky! :D

/read the TOS too, thanks!

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