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post #1 of 10
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Well, I've been a lurker here for awhile now and finally decided to join. Name is Alex and I'm from Minnesota. Even though I've been a long time fan of indirect grilling, I just started smoking meats this year. I guess it was just a matter of time before the smoking bug bit me, and bit me really good.


My gear is probably some of the worst around. I started out with an old gas grill that I converted to a stick burner. It actually made very nice spare ribs but considering the size of the grill I had to do 1/2 a rack of ribs at a time. No good. So I managed to find a 55 gallon barrel that had a lid, but the bottom was missing and rusting out a bit. After minimal work with the help of my 5 year old son it's now my primary smoker. Sometimes charcoal, sometimes only wood, sometimes both. Since the bottom is missing, I control my air by shoveling sand around the bottom and changing the size of 'sand holes'. Pain in the butt for sure, but it smokes very nice and it will have to do until I can get my hands on something else. I'd love to make my own offset one day but right now I'm just keeping my eyes peeled for a better barrel to make a little more efficient/convenient UDS.


So far I've done several spare ribs, beef plate ribs, beef back ribs, a 3 pound pork butt, chicken, some venison and lots of smoked eggs (for potato salad, or just smoked deviled eggs). I'm saving the brisket until I can get a new cooker that I don't have to goof around with so much, but so far everything has turned out wonderful on my old rust bucket. Eventually I'll get some pictures of it posted, and actually start taking pictures of the food!


Everyone in my area loves to eat BBQ, but nobody (that I know anyway) seems to like actually doing it so I thought I'd join the forum to be able to visit with people who share the passion. Well, that's my intro. Looking forward to meeting some new people!

post #2 of 10

Welcome to the forum Alex!  You definitely have the passion if your controlling the temps with "sand holes"  :icon_eek:  Glad you joined us!



post #3 of 10
Also a new guy checking in been smoking on Texas elite for 2 years from north dakota
post #4 of 10
Welcome from SC. It's really good to have you here on this great site.
post #5 of 10
Welcome, Alex! You'll be a force to be reckoned with once you get a rig with actual vents! Glad go have you here!
post #6 of 10

Hi Alex!


:welcome1:  to SMF!


Glad to have you aboard!



post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the welcomes! :biggrin: Yeah, my UDS is a needy beast. Working on some small modifications and I'm hoping to get some beef ribs smoking next week. My hair hasn't been saturated in smoke for about 2 weeks and I'm about ready to lose it!

I'll be sure to get some pictures to post when I fire it up.

post #8 of 10

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





post #9 of 10

hey betaboy - I'm SW of Minneapolis.


if you ever need a drinking buddy and somebody to smell the smoke with (and maybe a sample of the goods) - I'll bring the beer!

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'll keep that in mind! :)

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