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Hello all, new to site,old on Q

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Welcome all, great site and looks like some great (obsessed) people to boot. I’ve been fortunate to have been around BBQ all my life, taught to me by both my grannies. From the banks of the Monongahela in Appalachia over a fire brick pit with an old wash tub for a lid , she Q’ed venison to varmit. We would scavenge various hard and wild fruit woods from fells and she showed me how to work the hots as she called it. She was a tough ol’bird but fair, she’s with me every time I use her cast ware. Nothing like my grannies homemade applecider vinegar mopped rabbit stuffed with ramps and some baconfat.  The other from an island on the Jersey coast where my uncle had a seafood business. My Granny showed me the in’s and out’s of all seafood, from tuna to skate and various shellfish done either on a oil tank smoker or in a pit with rocks and seaweed. On the mainland was a pig farm where all the garbage scraps went from the island, that’s when, thru her, I fell in love with pig. From cheap scrap cuts to homemade scrapple and I swear she even smoked the oink. It was a love of hers and she passed that on to me with pride. She cherished Q’ing a pigs head for a big family party and I still,to this day, think it’s the best of the animal. I attended college in the Lehigh Valley of Pa where Amish farms surrounded the area and weekend markets were always filled with fresh meat, so-trashcan smoker time-make do with what you have. Was always a hit at Frat parties. In the Late 80’s & early 90’s hooked up with a friend doing Grange Fair type cookoff’s and personal type rib and whole hog cooks. His rig is what you here call an UDS but on a large scale trailered with everything,(wood, tent,coolers,etc.). Mainly prepped and tended fire box and of course cleaned up to bug out. Thru this time at home I was using moded out Brinkman bullets for my smoking and a Char Griller 2828 w/o sfb for my grilling that was a gift from family in GA. Reason for no sfb, it wouldn’t fit in the car to make the trip. In 06’ at 46 I made a career change which led me to 7 days a week of work and away from BBQ. Several months ago I can now relax to 5-6 days a week which brought me back to my CG and BBQ. When I assessed the CG ci grates and looked at putting a sfb on it, found out things have changed. Mine from the mid 90’s has the pendulum type air inlet damper where you would remove it and bolt on the sfb ( no football K/O). OK , so I search the web for info and that’s how I ended up here. Saw some mods done on my style of smoker(coal basket, chimney ext,sealing,etc.) and some great tips that has me back with a passion. Would anyone by chance still have or know of the CG I am using from the mid 90’s. Using it weekly now and will be looking for another smoker come spring 15’ , Plan on keeping this one (all that seasoning) as is or finding a sfb application for it. Love the tips and they worked-can hold 225+/- for over 3-4 hours W/O touching the lid(could never do that before), reason for using bullets. Have tried some recipes and they been big hits, and am planning more. Great info from what sounds like great people with one common goal, for your guest to say “Damn,that’s the best thing I’ve ever tasted”and just think, you made it! Thank ya kindly. Sea Ya,Wimpy.

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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...
Happy smoken.

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Hello and welcome to SMF from another hot day in East Texas. You will find lots of information here in the different forums and threads. And members willing to help and answer your questions.  I like your story, what memories 


Gary S

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