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Hi From Northern Ohio!

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Seems like a nice place here to talk about BBQ!

I've enjoyed grilling for many many years now, although my talents are pretty limited in an indoor kitchen! Maybe it's because my wife always kicks me out! My brother put together a meal for us that he smoked on a kamado earlier this summer and I was hooked on smoking after that meal!

I picked up my own smoker, a Napolean Apollo (pic below...it's basically a WSM knockoff). The reason that I got this over the WSM is that it is a bit more versatile.

The rings can be removed. Take out one ring, and it gets shorter, making it easier to reach higher temps (although I haven't had that need yet). Take out both rings and make the base and lid into a smaller portable charcoal grill. Pretty handy.

So far, I've done two whole chickens and a pork butt. All three were great meals. I wish I had discovered the joys of smoking years ago!

As a newb, I've been following Gary Wiviot's book "Low and Slow" with lots of success. If you are a beginner with a WSM or Apollo like mine, I highly recommend the book, as he really spells out how to use these cookers very effectively. His writing style is a little off-putting at times, but he does spell it out in a decent way, and keeps the first couple of recipes and methods relatively foolproof from what I can tell.

So this weekend is my first try at smoking ribs along with a pork shoulder, (I have enough confidence to actually invite some friends over for a great meal!) then in the coming weeks I have meatloaf plans, then a brisket, and then......

I'm so happy with how the meals have turned out, I'm already thinking about moving up to an offset like a Yoder Cheyenne or something similar next spring. I'll do my homework this winter, and get ready for some kind of upgrade in the spring...at least that's the plan for now! I'll appreciate learning from this nice community in the meantime!



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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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Welcome to the forums. Brian!  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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Hi Brian! 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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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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Welcome to SMF. I'm originally from northern Ohio, grew up in Cleveland (Parma). Now located in Columbus. This is the place to learn about all food smoked. Don't be afraid to ask questions or post pictures of your treats (Q-View). The E course is really good to get you started. Happy smokes to you.


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Thanks everyone!

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