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A True Newbie

post #1 of 25
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Hi I'm Carl.

I'm a 22 year old student at the University of Maryland. I grew up helping my father burn the hell out of steaks and burgers at our town house in Western Maryland. We never slow cooked anything, or parents weren't as interested in food as I am and they never had the time. We would eat at Famous Dave's from time to time and I would wonder why my dad could not make ribs like that (it was probably because he microwaved the meat before putting it on the grill).

I started looking into smoking about a year ago. I used my father's webber kettle grill to try a little indirect heating/smoking. It didn't turn out well, in fact I never got the ribs cooked well enough to eat. So I have continued tinkering and trying new things. As of right now I'm still using a webber grill to do my smoking but I'm looking into buying a vertical smoker. I sure I will be posting with a lot more questions then answers for a few years, but I'm excited about learning.

I'll see you guys around the forum.
post #2 of 25
hey Carl welcome ,you came to the right place ask and read you found the smoking encyclopedia.

post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
perfect, thanks man.
post #4 of 25
Welcome Carl. glad to have you join us!
post #5 of 25
Welcome aboard cstott glad you found us, check out Jeff's 5 day e-course its free and full of info to help get you started. Jump in with both feet and don't be afraid to ask questions someone here will have the answer.
post #6 of 25
Welcome aboard the SMF!! This is the best place on the net to learn the art of smoking meat. You will be cranking out some great "Q" before you know it! I recommend the 3-2-1 method for ribs. http://www.wyntk.us/food/3-2-1-rib-method.shtml
Remember, we also like the q-view!
post #7 of 25
WOW, I just went to my first Famous Dave's last month in Yuma,AZ. while dove hunting. Outstanding Q!!! I recently joined this site with no knowledge what-so-ever, and now I can Q up a storm. Great folks here with vast amounts of knowledge. Use the 3-2-1 method and you can't go wrong
post #8 of 25
Welcome to SMF, you couldn't be in a better place to learn the art of smoking meat. Ask lots of questions and start looking over the endless pages of information here and soon you will be making your dad jelious. Since your dad uses a microwave to make ribs I don't think it will take to long for you to show him up......LMAO

See ya in the forums, and have fun.
post #9 of 25

Glad you started young

I wish they had the net when I was your age and could find all this great info.This is a great forum with a lot of good people,have fun and dont be afraid to make mistakes ask questions they have the answers here
Good Luck and Good Smoking
post #10 of 25
Hey Carl, new to smoking myself and have learned more than I ever thought I could from this site. Welcome.
post #11 of 25
Welcome, Carl. I'm pretty new around here too. You will be amazed at the stuff some of these folks come up with... at least it's things I never would have thought of. You'll find more info here than you'll know what to do with. Glad to have you aboard!!
post #12 of 25
Welcome to SMF Carl. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like, and someone will be able to help you out. Glad you found us.
post #13 of 25
Welcome, Carl! microwave, eh? Heh- Mighta just been for entertainment value... they would kinda dance around in there after about a min or two I'd imagine.

My bud's wife used to boil the tar outta the poor things. Best natural imitation of vulcanized rubber I have ever seen! two slabs and re-tread the snow tires honey! I took her pot of leftover juice once and added a head of cabbage and some veggies and made a passable soup... "Hmm so that's why my ribs seem so bland..." Oy Vey. icon_rolleyes.gif
post #14 of 25
Welcome Carl, you have landed on the greatest smokin' site on the net! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

You'll never touch a microwave again... biggrin.gif
post #15 of 25
Welcome to SMF! Check out Jeff's 5-day ecourse on smoking basics while you are poking around.

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #16 of 25
i agree take the 5 day ecourse. Welcome to smf. Prepare to eat better then you ever have.
post #17 of 25
welcome to smf. glad to have ya w/ us.
post #18 of 25
Welcome to the SMF Familyicon_exclaim.gif

The years of learning you speak of will turn into months if not weeks if you pay attention to the posts & ask lots of questionsicon_wink.gif

I also recommend Jeff's 5-day ecourse. Lots of good info to start with therePDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #19 of 25
Welcome to the forum Carl. I am not far from western Maryland in the Eastern Panhandle of WV.
post #20 of 25
Welcome Carl -

You'll all all the help and guidence you need here! Enjoy!
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