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post #1 of 13
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I'm Joe from northeast Ohio and this is my story:


It all started earlier this summer when my buddy came home from basic training and his family put together a nice coming home party.  After plenty of alcohol with little food I found myself in the kitchen talking to his dad.  He was telling me how the "brisket" was almost ready.  I had no idea what he was really talking about to be honest.  It was after he set it on the counter and gave me the first slice that I instantly fell in love.  


I absolutely had to experience that taste again.  But when it came to smoking I literally had zero idea about anything at all that involved it.  So I decided to watch some videos of guys smoking their own briskets.  Just watching those made my mouth water. I began looking online for how expensive smokers were and came across the Brinkmann Smoke N Grill for only $49.99!  Now I'm only 18 years old so my budget wasn't too high.  After making a couple mods to it, I tested it out with no meat and everything worked well.  


After having the confidence of being able to smoke a brisket and not completely ruin it (or throw $50 down the drain!!)  I bought a 6ib brisket on Saturday and smoked it on Sunday (last week).  All together it came out pretty good.  Shortly after on Tuesday I smoked some pork chops and they also came out well.  There is certainly room for improvement though!  


I wanted to thank everyone from this website as well as all the guys on Youtube for sharing all this information.  It took me hours and hours of research to actually dive into something so complex and give it a shot. This Sunday I plan on smoking some ribs.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated, thanks guys!

post #2 of 13

Hello and Welcome to our addiction.  Many good folks here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have, and pictures help a bunch.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  Check out Jeff’s 5 day smoking E-Course ( link below ) that will help you get started.  Couple other good threads to help you get started included.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!






post #3 of 13

:welcome1:Welcome Aboard!


you think you put in time.....you know you are addicted when you sit down on Saturday for a minute for quick information and the next thing you know it is Thursday and you now have a list longer than you started with of things to try :biggrin:



post #4 of 13

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



post #5 of 13

Welcome to the site Joe.  Congratulations on your first brisket smoke turning out edible.  Figure out what type of ribs you want to smoke,  (Spare's or Baby backs, or beef ribs), and post a question about that specific type, or do a search on the site.


Either way you'll get plenty of info.

post #6 of 13

Congrats on the Brisket    Brisket's are a little harder to get right   Good job



post #7 of 13

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.

post #8 of 13
18 and all in. That's great. You have a long life of good cookin ahead of you.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
So I ended up smoking prime rib today and not the ribs. It came out good, gonna post a thread with the pics tomorrow
post #10 of 13
Originally Posted by kolesar75 View Post

So I ended up smoking prime rib today and not the ribs. It came out good, gonna post a thread with the pics tomorrow


Prime rib is good too.  :drool


Looking forward to your pictures.  110.gif

post #11 of 13

I'm in on the pictures   Love that prime rib



post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Here the link to the post, thanks for checking it out! 

post #13 of 13

I checked out your linked post.  Good job on the smoke.  If you made the family happy your doing good.  Thumbs Up

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