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Greetings to you all.


I am a lover of smoked meats.  Few things make me smile like the texture, bite and flavor of a well done rib (dry rubbed preferred).  I grew up with a father that grilled often, but smoking was mainly for fish in my household (salmon mostly), but I knew the flavor smoke can give and the look of satisfaction of being able to give that to your family my father had.  My husband is not much of a cook and grilling and/or smoking is not really something he enjoys.  Struggling through sub-par purchased smoked meats from restaurants and such, only finding that distant memory at cook-offs and competitions I finally decided I needed to learn this mysterious smoke alchemy for myself. 


We have a gas grill (because my husband will use that occasionally) but it is small enough that I deemed it unable to "second" as a smoker as any meat would be too close to the low flames to achieve the "low and slow" I wanted, even with wood chips added for smoke and an attempt at indirect heat.  I began searching for smokers.  In reading reviews online I found references to this forum.  I stumbled in, peaking around the corner like an intruder... fearful I would somehow be sniffed out as the "hen in the roosterhouse" (I know, backwards)... but as I read the threads here I realized I really had much less to fear than I had thought.  I found great information, a real lack of elitism or aggression towards "frequent/newbie questions" and a general welcoming feeling.


I have, through searching and reading here, decided that I needed the convienience of an electric smoker with my work schedule, and settled on a MES.  The information for the generations and which models were most reliable I was able to find led me to my smoker of choice - a 30" with BT gen 2.5 from Home Depot.  If I knew anyone with a Sam's Club membership and one were closer to me (They are not yet popular in the CA Bay Area where I live) I would have gone with the 40" for sale there... but with a small family of two at home and my extended family nearby as my test subjects, I mean audience, the 30" will likely be large enough even if I have to cut racks of ribs in half.


Today is the day - I will be heading to Home Depot to get, clean and season the new... somehow calling it just a smoker seems lack luster.  Something with the power to transform raw meat into the joy that is good smoked meat... it really is a transformation to  my mind.   From sustenance to satiation.  Perhaps I need to name it appropriately.  What do they use in alchemy... how about crucibles?  My smoker will be The Crucilble!  Much more appropriate - especially as I work in a science industry. 


All nerdy tenancies and flowery musings aside - Thank you to all of you who have worked to build up this wealth of information for people like myself to find.  It is invaluable and really made this a much less steep hill to climb.  I promise to search first before asking the same newbie questions you hear 100 times... but as I make my first steps you may hear a few from me. 



The condensed version: (tl;dr)


I live in the CA Bay Area - new to smoking.

Getting my new smoker today - 30" MES w/ BT gen 2.5

Thank you to all of you for this amazing resource!

post #2 of 5

Welcome to SMF!


Congrats on the new smoker!


Lots of MES owners on here to help you get going.


We love to answer questions, so don't be afraid to ask.



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Thank you!  The new smoker is indeed in house and should be cleaned and seasoned by the end of the weekend.  Picked up some ribs and a butt to do Monday if I can put together enough time tomorrow (husband might object) to get it ready to go!  Excited to give it a try.

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The smoker has been cleaned, seasoned and is ready to go.  The first smoke will be ribs... just has to be a night when I have 6 hours after I get home to tend them, or Sat!


The anticipation... *chuckle*



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texas.gif  Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a warm sunny day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.




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