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Thread Starter 
Finally got into smoking after years of sitting on the sidelines! I bought a propane smoker from Lowes on a Labor Day sale and am hooked! Hopefully I will be able to work out the bugs after a few tries and have some quality Q on the table. I live in Louisiana, so smoking should be year round. I have been homebrewing beer for the past 7 years, so the two should mesh nicely. Nothing like smoked brisket and homebrewed beer on a Sat evening!

I am a Major in the USAF and have been flying B-52's for nearly 10 years. I enjoying riding my Triumph motorcycle to BBQ restaurants both near and far from home station at Barksdale AFB, LA. Here are some of my favorites:

Favorite style: Texas Beef Brisket
Favorite Restaurant: Cooper's Pit BBQ in Llano, TX
Honorable Mentions:
Dreamland Ribs, Tuscaloosa, AL
Hamond's Chicken, Outside San Antonio, TX
Hard 8, Stephenville, TX (also has Dublin Dr. Pepper made with pure cane sugar on tap!)
Favorite motorcycle road: Highway 337 in the Austin hill Country of TX.
Favorite Tex Mex: Beef Fajitas at Superior Bar and Grill in Shreveport, LA

Thanks for any advice you can give on making better Q!

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WOW....I missed it..FIRST OFF Thank you for your service! Thank You. The FlaGriller family appriciate you and all service people keeping us safe..

Welcome to the world of "Smoking!" Glad you found us, people here are great and love to share info.

Now..tell us about your new smoker...we all want to hear!

At ease...carry on..PDT_Armataz_01_42.gif
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Welcome to SMF the best BBQ site on the neticon_exclaim.gif
Be sure to check out the 5-day ecoursewink.gif lots of info there.
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Welcome to SMF! As stated above, Jeff's 5-day ecourse is a great place to start. Ask lots of questions, the friendly folk here will make answer.

Take care, have fun, and do good!


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Welcome to the forum. It is nice to have you with us. You will find plenty of friendly folks here eager to share adventures and answer questions.
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Welcome aboard the SMF!! Glad you joined us!
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Welcome, glad you found us, lots of great info, and great people.And as FlaGrller said ,THANK YOU!!
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First off, thank you for your service to this great country. Because of you and all the others, currant and retired I being one of the retired, we are able to be members of forums such as this one. May you return safely from any and all you future missions.
Secondly, Welcome to SMF, friendly folks here so ask any and all questions you may have. The folks here also love pics of your equipment and the results of your cooks. Hope you have time to visit us regularly.
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First off, another big thank you.

Lots of great reading here and if you browse through the archives here you'll find tons of great info and new ideas to try.

Stay safe.
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Bob and Tom Fan

Hey our you a Bob and Tom Fan Just thought I would ask Glad you are aboard a lot of good people hear looking to see some good pics
Good Luck and Good Smoking
post #11 of 17
Welcome Dave -

Nice to have you aboard! I brew also! Nothing like a good homebrew to go with your Q! Now you've got it all ... good Q, god brew andf good friend to share it with!
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Welcome Dave.

Low and slow and thin and blue. Your favorite Q will soon be made by you..........

You have found one fo the most helpful sites on the web Congrats and good luck starting out.

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Welcome to SMF ,and hello from Canada...soon YOUR Q will be at the top of your favorites list PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif ,see ya in the forums .
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welcome to SMF.... i spent most of last spring and summer working LA last year....one of the best years i have had... lots of good eats and lots of wonderful people
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My family thanks you for what you do to keep our country safe! Welcome aboard the SMF!!
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks, all, for the great welcome and your support of our military! I will definitely check out the e-course and try to learn everything I can about my new smoker. It is a BBQ Grillware vertical gas smoker with a good size chip box and water bowl. Made a great chicken the other night, but there's definitely room for improvement. I'm sure it's a skill that continues to improve over time! I think I will try another chicken tomorrow. They just don't seem to last very long...

I started out with a Sunbeam gas grill and bought a Charbroil LP grill last summer. Makes a great piece of meat. Also have a turkey fryer that doubles as a beer boiler. Wife doesn't care for the growing number of cooking implements on the back porch, but at least they are not in the kitchen. "Honestly, honey, this will be the last thing I need..."

Good hearing from everybody and yes, I am a Bob and Tom Fan. Those guys rock.

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welcome to smf & thank you for your service. also,enjoy your growing "collection".PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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