Just joined the forum. Not sure why I haven't been here the last 20 years, but at least I found it.
I'm a long-time hunter in Nebraska and I helped start the Sportsmen Assisting Nebraska's Disabled Sportsmen program for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
I've hunted deer most of my life and in the last dozen years, been exclusively bow hunting deer and turkeys.
I started smoking meats with my dad when I was a little kid. Mostly smoked salmon back then on a little Chief smoker. I still can't smoke fish like my dad did!
I'm usually smoking ribs or pork butts, but around the holidays, I do turkeys for anyone who wants one, as long as they give me the turkey.
I really enjoy making sausage. Just about anything. I make andouille every year for the Tangier Shrine. My daughter (11) and I can crank out 25 pounds of sausage in a couple hours.
She and I made some beef jerky not too long ago. It must be good when I come home and the kids have eaten all my jerky!!!
Made some beef sticks a few years ago and was adding some red pepper flakes. The top came off and I added the whole bottle. After a few choice words, I thought it was ruined. Tried to scoop the pile back into the bottle. Long story short ----- best darn stix I ever made!
I have a MES30 (see, I'm using the abbrev.) and I just ordered my ANMPS to try it out. I can maintain temp, but not smoke. Hopefully this will help.
Anyway, we're big Husker fans. Dog is even named Husker.
Looking forward to revising my bacon skills and maybe upping the sausage game, too.