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Hello and Thanks!

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New member here.  Live in Wis. Rapids, WI.  Bought a MES 30 several weeks ago.  Have made a pastrami on St. Patricks day which was great.  Also made some smoke chicken breasts tonight that were wrapped in bacon and those to also turned out great.  Just got done curing some pork bellies(about 22 pounds) and will start smoking them later this afternoon. 


Have 0 experience smoking before I started doing this and the MES is very nice to have with the digital display. 


Here are a couple of pics of pastrami and chicken.




post #2 of 7

  Welcome to the forum. Looks like you are off to a great start.



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texas.gif   Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   Everybody has their first smoke, some turn out good some not so good, but all productive, because you learn. I tell every one no matter what type of smoker you have "get to know it" after you start getting comfortable try more things, longer cooks, before you know it, It will be second nature. Looks like you are off to a good start.



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Welcome to the Smoking  forum.   You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have.  Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right.  LOL.   Don’t forget to post qviews.  Food looks great


post #5 of 7

Welcome aboard flewellen1!  Your qview looks delicious!  



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Welcome to the boards! This place does contain boundless amounts of info which is really easy to find.


The biggest requirement for smoking is patience, common sense helps too! Think about it any time you are cooking and it takes in no case less that 3 hours and sometimes as much as 20 to 24. A 5 break to think something thru is a pittance. Just don't sweat the small stuff, now if your smoker catches fire and set the eaves on fire.... maybe. LOL Smoking is an awesome flavor, its healthier food, and its just damn full.


Remember when you smoke to write down your recipes so the next time you'll remember what you did, what you liked, disliked, and what you'd like to change. It does help.


Again, its a pleasure meeting you and look forward to seeing all the inspiration you bring to the boards.

post #7 of 7

Foamheart's information is spot on, For beginners writing things down is invaluable . When I first started smoking I wrote everything down until it becomes second nature. And even now I still take notes. I learned to be patient, good Q takes time. My #2 is still learning that, always in a hurry, and tries to hurry up his smokes, he's getting there. Keep it simple, don't over think it and most of all have fun and enjoy.


Gary S

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