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month old smoker from long island, ny

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Hello fellow smokers. I go by the name John Oogatz.I'm an Italian-American guy from Long Island, NY. Not exactly your smokers capital of the world (more like pizza and bagels), but I have wanted to smoked since I was a little kid. Finally, my sister bought me a little vertical smoker. She is just as passionate about food as I am. I first started out grilling and then learning how to cook on the stove top, but I always was obsessed with the idea smoking meats. Especially when I traveled down south and to the midwest. They know how it's done.Over the past two months. So far I have made pork loin, double smoked ham, whole chicken, shrimp, bacon wrapped corn and stuffed mushrooms. I am literally becoming obessesed with the amount of foods I can smoke. Great hobby, smoke food for my family, pound beers and listen/watch the game.....hours later a bunch of hooligans fighting over the last drum stick. I love it. I have been lurking on the forum for a month or so and finally deciding to sign up due to the knowledge I would like to receive from my fellow smokers.

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Howdy Johnoo.... glad you finally signed up. Think youll like it around here on SMF...
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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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Hi John! 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!

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, John!  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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Welcome to SMF!  Glad you joined up!

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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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"month old smoker from long island, ny"

A month old and already using a smoker? Wow...


Sorry, I couldn't help it. Welcome to the forum John.

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Welcome, John. I'd warn you that you might become addicted but is sounds like I'm too late.


This is a great forum with a lot of information and help. 



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Thread Starter 

Thank you for the warm welcoming.

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Originally Posted by wjordan52 View Post

"month old smoker from long island, ny"

A month old and already using a smoker? Wow...


Sorry, I couldn't help it. Welcome to the forum John.

I was thinking boy they start em early back east.


Welcome John. Sounds like the bug bit you hard.

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welcome1.gif From Boston , there , johnny! Good to meet you. When you say vertical smoker , do you mean brinkmann bullet type or electric cabinet type or ....I guess what I'm askin is....what kinda smoker you got , man?grilling_smilie.gif
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