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What have you gained from SMF?

post #1 of 61
Thread Starter 
Hey Jeff, just wanted to say (once again) thanks for this site!

What a great bunch we all are! Total strangers, morphing into one big happy, awesome family! I have learned more here than I ever would have anywhere else. I have made lots of new friends, really enjoy helping others and sharing recipes and ideas. I love the bantering back and forth and the comradery... I also get excited when a newbie actually "sticks around" and becomes one of the family... quite unlike most sites I've been to.

This place ROCKS!!! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #2 of 61
I never thought I would be able to smoke meat like I can today. And forget ever trying bacon or my own pastrami!! Now I get to show off a little to my friends icon_biggrin.gif and I am willing to try anything now.

The next thing I would love to do is to get together a small competition in my community. Nothing special, just do what you can. I think that would be the most fun, even if I came in last...lol. This site makes it seem possible. icon_mrgreen.gif

This place makes anything seem possible and yes,
THIS PLACE ROCKS!! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

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My Husband has quit telling me I have something black on my face.....lol. I said to him, you can't rub it off when your hands are black also. :)
post #3 of 61
I agree! This place has taught me everything I know about smoking meat. I always loved eating good "Q" but didn't have a clue on how to prepare it. I learn stuff all the time on this site and the folks here are more than willing to share and help each other out. I'm proud to be a part of such a great "community". Thanks to all who make it what it is!
post #4 of 61
oh yes...........

THANKS JEFF!!! and everyone here!!

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post #5 of 61
Well said HawgHeaven, I resemble your remarks !!!
post #6 of 61
What did I gain from smf? Passion. I used to smoke often many years ago. Then I entered the culinary industry. Spent over 7 years in it and during that time I stopped cooking much at home. Living in apts kept me from having a smoker.
Recently I left the industry, started cooking for fun again and found this site. I rediscovered my love of smoking food. Now I just need to find a home so I can get a bunch of smokers and spend my days fishing and smoking ;)

Thanks Jeff and everyone else for inspiring me to get cooking again.
post #7 of 61
he purty much said it all for me.
post #8 of 61
A good 10-15 pounds..icon_eek.gif he he...
But it's all good!

Thanks to Jeff for starting this site, google for helping me find it and the rest of you for supplying tips, info and recipes to keep this party goingPDT_Armataz_01_34.gif.

Now I'm off to the kitchen to make some enchiladas from my left over brisket I just pulled from the freezer.
(enchilada recipe compliments of Dutch)

post #9 of 61
I have actually lost a little weight thanks to this site. I used to eat a lot of fast food and junk food.
Now I'm eatin' gooooood.
I have gained a lot of friends that really know their way around a smoker. Heck, when I first started smoking meats I thought the more smoke the better. I had big white billows of smoke coming off my smoker, and thought that was the way to do it. I def learned how to do the TBS from the fine folk here at the SMF.
Ive also gained some really good recipes.
Thank you Jeff and the rest of the SMF family.
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post #10 of 61
I wouldn't even know where to begin..... All I know is that I'm here and have made so many new friends. I really don't remember how I got here, at times I wonder if I died and this is my heaven. if that's the case then I must have been doing some thing good in my life. I could never ask for a better bunch of people to call my friends. Jeff if you weren't so far away I'd really like to shake your hand and say "Thank You" for having this site. I know it must not be easy doing so many things in your life and putting up with us also. but I belive every one of us would be lost with out this place.
post #11 of 61
As a newbie, I have recieved lots of help, tips, advice, etc., from people who really want me to succeed. Nothing is kept close to the vest as far as helping someone smoke meat properly.
It is unusual to find a site where people aren't bashing one another constantly and every other word is a curse word. People here have a passion for smoking meat, and they want other people to share in it. I just can't wait until I can reproduce some of the great Q I have seen and read about on this site.
post #12 of 61
I enjoy this site greatly! I started out as the "newbie", was welcomed and tutored in the art of smoking. I feel that now I have some acquired knowledge and skills to share. It's great that the "newbies" are still treated as well as I was. The greatest strength of this forum is how inclusive it is. It does not matter if you are a new or established member, your questions, comments and advice are treated like you are a member of the "family".

Hawg - Thanks for starting this thread!

Jeff - Many, many thanks for allowing us the pleasure of using this site.

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #13 of 61
This place will take someone from good to complete excellence, i can definitely tell in my scores. this site has helped me more than the rest combined. and i can only hope i have helped some of you out in the process of learning more my self.
post #14 of 61
Above all, I have learned that I am capable of creating the same great food that I have enjoyed at top BBQ joints in Topeka and Kansas City.

I started out with a Luhr Jensen Little Chief smoker that I still have. I would put as much chips as I could fit into the base and plug it in. Huge white smoke would billow out for an hour and I thought I was doing it right. Even though deep down I thought that my chicken was terrible. Had a hell of a smoke ring though!

I use my Brinkmann cheapo now and really do enjoy using it. I plan on moving up to an offset box style soon. I figure it is time to move on to charcoal and wood sticks.

From this site I learned of TBS. I learned to trust in the slow burning power of chunks instead of the rapid fire flare of chips.

I learned about rubs and how a half ton of mustard doesn't affect the flavor negatively at all.

I learned to not fear paprika and cayenne pepper in the rub!

I learned that cooking right isn't about time, but temperature.

I've learned to tolerate more Cowboys fans than I care to! :D

I have learned that Memphis style, Carolina style, Kansas City style, Texas style can't compare to Homemade style!

This is a great site with great people!
post #15 of 61
Great Friends, laughter which I sometimes lack, something to look forward to each day seeing what has been smoked or what crazyniss is going on. I can't think of a better way to spend my time and there's no bashing so you can just settle in and relax.

Thanks Jeff and all the members
post #16 of 61
Amen to all above and pass the brisket and smoked taters.
post #17 of 61

What everyone else said

Jeff have you considerd running for president?. Hale to the chief da da da da da da da da da da da da. Thgis is truly a great site glad I found it THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
post #18 of 61
I wish there was a spelling checker on here
post #19 of 61
Thread Starter 
Ther is... it's us, but wur so nyce, we don't bug ya'... PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #20 of 61
I've been here since 2006 and I remember when it was just a few of us posting but I've learned a great deal of recipes, met some kool people from then until now!!!

I really appreciate this site!!! OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!
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