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Good evening.  Found this forum a while back, but just getting around to registering.


Been smoking salmon and venison for years.  Big Chief and Little Chief smokers were what I used from the time I was a kid.  


Wife and I have had a Smokey Mountain gas stainless smoker for about 8 years.  Done a lot of stuff on it, but we could never get it to smoke consistently below about 220 degrees.  We were going to buy another Big Chief, but after seeing how they had gone up in price, decided to splurge and get the MES 30" with window and remote.  Sure happy we did! (wish we would have got the 40' though).


Done a bunch of venison jerky, summer sausage, and chicken since Christmas day. Everything has been great; the remote control is pretty awesome.  


The only issue we have had is the amount of fat/grease that builds up inside the summer sausage casings.  Smoking the sausage, getting them up to 160 degrees over 3-4 hours depending on size, then doing a ice bath.  All that seems to do is make a mess; the water gets inside the casings and really makes a mess.  Got a lot to learn there!!


Doing steelhead right now, and have a turkey in a brine tonight for smoking tomorrow.  Wife is getting a little tired of the constant smoke smell that seems to sneak into the house...but she's the one doing most of the smoking, so I'm not too worried.


Lots of information here, thanks to everyone who shares it!!

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Welcome to the forum.  The search bar at the top of the page is a great resource.  Feel free to post any questions you have and someone will be along shortly to help you.



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



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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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