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Just a Dumb Ole county boy from Little Rock, Arkansas signing in for the first time...

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My first smoker, a MES 30, arrived 2 days ago and I was able to get it assembled and burned-in for the required 3 hours before the rains came. The rains will quit tomorrow night and I'll be ready for me first smoke early Wednesday. I'm about as excited as I get about such things, it will be a new adventure.





While I've never smoked ANYTHING yet, I do know a bit about food. I managed a number of different restaurants from New Orleans to L.A. during the first half of my life. Then I became a Registered Nurse and spent a career delivering babies in a high-risk labor & delivery unit of a university hospital.


I have several health issues that will limit how fast and how long I can work at a time, but I'm sure I'll be able to work around that with proper scheduling.


I love the science of cooking and have developed several untested theories that, if they work as expected, could bring significant changes to a few of the accepted methods. I'm sure I'm the only raw beginner that ever thought he was going to teach the pros a thing or two thumb1.gif. But then, I may be eating quite a bit of crow with my ribs.


I've read a lot in the last few weeks as I was deciding on equipment and such, and this seems like a great group to grow with and learn from.Thank you for all of your informative posts.


I'll check in within a fews days and outline my successes and failures.


My first act after joining this site was to purchase Jeff's rub and sauce recipes. Even if I never even try them they are a bargain. I am currently a web designer and I know the kind of work and expense that goes into creating a site like this. Any money contributed is well deserved and an inexpensive investment in maintaining this wonderful site. I plan to purchase the recipes again every few months.





Edited by obmitch - 12/22/14 at 11:32pm
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Welcome to SMF Lots of good info on here. All the people are very friendly and helpful. Check out the MES Group they have a lot of good info in helping to make the smoker work better

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Welcome, from southern Ohio, to the best forum on the internet if you are looking to learn how to BBQ/smoke/brine/cure/inject. Well you get the picture if you can do it to something you put on a plate to eat then someone here has probably done it then smoked it.

Use the search bar at the top of the page and you will be led to the answer to most every question you can think of. If you don't find the answer there then just post it and someone will chime in with their opinion on the subject.

Here is a link that provides another way of suporting this site. I have not become a premier member yet but intend to after the first of the year when finances allow it.

Always remember the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask!!
Keep Smokin!!!
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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...

I'm just across the state from you. As said above you can become a premier member.
Happy smoken.

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texas.gif  Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a windy, rainy and cool day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.  



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