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hello from a rookie

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hi there all,


i'm from michigan and new to the food business.  bought into this business a year ago and have a southern pride 500 mobile smoker and a 27 foot mobile food kitchen.  the kitchen is more of a drain and i think i should be maximizing on the use of the smoker. 


i can certainly use your help in guiding me to the profitable utilization of this magnificent smoker.  i've been doing pulled pork and beef briskets.  these products are quite time consuming  to make and i don't feel that selling our sandwiches at $6 or $7 each from the trailer is the best way to go.


recently i was encouraged by a friend to begin selling smoked turkeys and other roasts for the thanksgiving and christmas holidays.  


i'm open for whatever advice you may have for me.  



post #2 of 13
Howdy Doug. ... Welcome to smf. .. ill take 3 turkeys.
post #3 of 13

I am the worst person to comment on business practice. However, when it comes to restaurants and food, good quality food always brings me back. Welcome from Canada.



post #4 of 13

Welcome to the forums, Doug!  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.  Can't give much business advice...but I wish you luck in your food business!  Thumbs Up


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Hi Doug! 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!
post #6 of 13
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thanks lots!

post #7 of 13
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thanks red.  doug

post #8 of 13
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thanks disco. dmd

post #9 of 13
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thanks.  3 turkeys coming up!

post #10 of 13

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 TulsaJeff. 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!



post #11 of 13

Welcome and congrats on the new business venture. Lots of information on this site. Post some pictures of your smokers and some cooks.



post #12 of 13

Welcome to SMF!

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