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Getting started in Minnesota!

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Hi all!

 

My name is Greg and I live in Elk River, Minnesota.  I have been making homemade sausage and jerky for the last 2 years but have finally jumped in with both feet....bought my first smoker last weekend!

 

I found a nice looking vertical propane smoker on Craigslist:  Cabela's stainless steel model, 4 feet tall (looks like they just rebadged Weston's model).  No insulation, but it looks barely used and the price was right.

 

So, I'm a total newbie when it comes to smoking.  But eager to get going.

 

Today I stopped at Cabela's and picked up some wood chips:  hickory, apple and pecan.

 

My plan for Saturday is to try smoking a chicken for dinner with the pecan chips.  And maybe some beef sticks if I can get them made before then (I found a good-looking recipe on this site).

 

I'm amazed and grateful for all the fantastic posts and information here.  The only problem is I keep staying up late at night to read them! 

 

Thanks,

 

- Greg

post #2 of 7

Greg :welcome1:

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.

Will you drop by roll call so everyone can give you a proper SMF welcome!

Happy smoken.

David

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Hi Greg. I only started smoking last fall and know about just starting smoking. This forum has made the experience so much more enjoyable. I have got great advice, found useful information and great members who are kind about answering my newbie questions.

 

You have found a great place to learn about smoking.

 

Disco

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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.  Looking forward to your input here, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.

 

Red

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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!

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!

 

Kat

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Glad you joined us Greg, welcome1.gif from North Dakota!
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