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New guy from Illinois

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Hello all! My name is Charlie and I am from Antioch in northeast Illinois. I live on the shores of the Chain of Lakes. I have been smoking meats for over 30 years and up until recently have been using one of those Brinkman upright cylindrical units with the electric option as my cooker. But recently I upgraded to a Masterbuilt propane fired smoker unit to replace it. What got me onto your site is that one of the local grocery chains has pork loin on sale this week and I figured I was going to pick one up and give that a go on the smoker. I was googling for different angles to smoke one of those and I stumbled across your web site. So decided to join up. Lookin' like bacon wrapped is the way I am going to go for starters and still mulling over other options. Monday will be the day. I am guessing you will be seeing me poking around on the site every now and then.
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Hi Charlie! 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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Hello Charlie, and welcome to the forums! 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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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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