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Hey guys,


My name is Brad, I live in southern Ontario, Canada.  I'm a total smoking rookie who's been lurking this forum for a few weeks now gathering info & this past weekend I built a UDS & tried my first smoke! I figured I might as well become a member and hopefully continue to learn lots and eventually contribute a thing or two.  


I'll post a couple pictures of my UDS build in the proper forum but I don't have the pictures on me at this moment. Our first smoke was a nice think cut of beef rubbed with some various spices I had kicking around the house.  Overall it went well, I'd say our main problem was the smoker getting too hot!  It cooked a little quicker than we wanted it to, but couldn't get the temps down below 300F. I may have to rethink the air intake vent we rigged up, maybe there's too much air getting in?  Either way, the beef cooked for around 1.5 - 2 hrs and even though it didn't end up cooking as long as we wanted, we did a achieve a bit of smokey flavor and a nice little smoke ring on the outside of the meat. Needless to say, I'm pumped to try my next smoke!  We're having a party this weekend, so I'm thinking about trying a few full chickens.


As a bit more background, the reason I wanted to get into smoking was because I'm a hunter and I wanted to try making jerky out of the geese we harvest.  I tried a few different goose recipes last year but none of them really tasted overly great, so I was hoping to start making jerky out of some of the geese we get.  I don't know if anybody uses their UDS for jerky or not, but I figured it's worth a try.


Anyways, thats about it. Cheers,



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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 a few neighbors!


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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Hi Brad! 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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Welcome to the forums, Brad!  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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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.

I look forward to seeing your UDS. I'm going to say you have an air leak. I can hold

About any temp above 200° with mine.

Happy smoken.


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