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Hello, my name is Bob and I live here in Central Florida near the Space Center. I have been involved in Smoking food since the mid 90's shortly after I left my stint in the Army. I joined a friend who was already catering parties on the side of his regular full time job.


He started with a trailer from an old pull behind camper that had an offset wood burning smoker on top of it as well as a propane burner for heating water or boiling corn and so on. The trailer had a 2x4 floor that we stood on when working the meat on the racks. Eventually that one saw its last cook job and we retired it to the local dump. Just prior to doing that he had a 750 gallon underground propane tank given to him by the local fire dept and that became our next smoker. We had a friend who took a welding course at the local community college and he asked if he could build our smoker as his class project/final. He passed !!!! Since then we have cooked Pork butts, ribs, brisket, fish, turkeys (smoked and deep fried), sausage, whole hogs, burgers & dogs and many other things as well as all the sides needed to provide full meals for wedding receptions, highs school reunions, and a host of other events. Our largest was 1200 people for a Safety Day on the Space Center. We cooked pork butts for 4 days straight to have enough to feed everyone. That one was big enough that we had to enlist the help of a buddy who owned a local restaurant and also catered.


Recently I acquired a grill built approx 20 years ago and was used by a local politician to his election parties. I have another thread somewhere here with pictures.


That's it for now, See Ya In The Forums !


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Hi Bob! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you joined us! We have over 50,000 members now who just love to share what they know. You've come to the best place on the net to learn and share everything Q!!!

You might be interested in attending our 3rd annual SFL Gathering, just a bunch of good people hanging out at a State Park smoking up some good Q and sharing stories and having a good time. Here is some more info about it:
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Welcome to SMF Bob and were glad to have you aboard,,,,,Thank you for your service and good luck with your smoker



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Thanks guys, Happy to be here and have already gotten into reading a few interesting threads. Looking forward to reading more.

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grew up in satellite beach,  love the area,   I got a brother lives up titusville     real nice , beach closeby indian river to go on orlando is close

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Bob.. welcome to your new addiction (the forums).... We are having a gathering in Sebring in Nov. you, family, and friends are more than welcome to come join us...

check it out here
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Welcome to the forums, Bob!  You've found the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks here 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! 


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!



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texas.gifHello, and Welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of good information and great people.




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Welcome, Bob! I know you will find any information, tips, recipes and more to be of great help in your new (addictive) hobby! Everyone here is more than happy to help you with any questions you may have! I highly recommend purchasing Jeff's Naked Rub and Sauce recipes! They make any smoke a success! Happy smokin'!

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welcome aboard! :)
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