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Hey Y'all... A few years ago I developed a passion for BBQ. I'm in my mid 30s with a beautiful wife and a wonderful little boy. 

 

I served in combat as an infantryman in the 101st airborne during the initial invasion of Iraq, and now I pastor a church in Troy, Michigan.

 

I love God, love my family, love my country, and I love low and slow cooking.

 

My favorite part about BBQ is the process (don't get me wrong, I love the eating)... but there's something special about stoking a long hickory fire while the smell of bbq pork fills the air. 

 

I've only been at this a couple of years, and I have a lot to learn. I am hoping to glean some wisdom from you fine men and women out there who know what you're doing... I've learned a lot already on here.

 

About three years ago I built my first pit out of cinder block. It's about 4' x 4' wide and 5' tall. I have an open hearth in front. I used old oven racks to build multiple-layered shelves inside. I call her Roberta. I've spent a lot of time with pork, brisket, and ribs. All open fire - All hickory, cherry, apple and mesquite. 

 

Last year my wife bought me a Smoke Hollow 3500 charcoal/propane grill and smoker from Home Depot. I've started to use it for small cooks... She's pretty, but she's no Roberta.

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Welcome to SMF Jaredwizner!  Sounds like you've got some great equipment and like always, just can't forget your first love Roberta.  Sounds like she still gets a workout now and again.  Post some pics of her if you don't mind. 

 

Having the gear for those small smokes makes life quick and easy too.  

 

We're glad you're here, a big thank you for your service, and we're looking forward to seeing you around the board!

 

Ray 

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Welcome, sure glad ya joined us ! Let us know if we can be of any help... THANK YOU for your service ! See you around the forum !
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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.
David

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

 

Gary

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Jared, first of all-thank you so much for your service! And welcome to the forum. You'll find the people here to be friendly and helpful. Post some pics of your smokes so we can enjoy them along with you! Happy smokin', David.
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Belated greetings from Shelby Township. Be sure to check out the MI members group (link below). Got a gathering coming up this summer, we'd love to have you!

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Welcome to SMF! welcome.gif
We're glad to have you here. The search bar at the top is your most valuable resource here. This forum has been around for over ten years, so there is a good chance that any questions you may have, have already been answered (they may have 10 different answers, but you'll get an instant response non the less).
Please be sure to post your smokes along with your process and recipes. We will be glad to help you along the way and we may also learn something new ourselves in the process. Also, don't forget the very important Q view! (We're mad for pics on here 😁)
Always remember to have fun because it's not fun if you have to work at it. Thanks for joining,
- Ryan
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