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Newbie From Spain, But Coming Home Soon.

post #1 of 18
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Hi, all:

I've been lurking SMF for awhile, but this is my first post.

I've been living in Spain for the past eight years. About three years ago, I started having serious Q withdrawals and decided that drastic action was needed.

I searched high and low and decided that I wanted a GOSM gas smoker. The only problem is that they don't use propane in Spain; they use butane. Butane has a different fitting.

So I bought a GOSM and gave it to my brother in Illinois, so that we'd always have access to Q when I visited the family back home.

I then bought a WSM from Amazon and mailed it--at great expense--to my home in Spain. Yes, they do sell charcoal in Spain.

I've since been smoking meats in Spain for three years. Quite possibly, the only person smoking meats in Spain.

Whenever I fire up the WSM, the neighbors gaze out the window--dumbfounded. One neighbor admitted that at first glance, he thought I was burning the trash--but it smelled too good to be trash.

I will soon be moving back to the US. And guess what. I've already bought my own GOSM from WallyWorld.com. It's sitting in my brother's shed (still disassembled in the box), right next to the GOSM I bought him three years ago. I didn't have the heart to take my brother's. The two of them have become quite attached.

Between my WSM and my bro's GOSM, I've smoked the following: pulled pork; brisket; spares; chicken; apple-brined turkey; salmon; leg of lamb; one sweet potato; chorizo sausage; and...a coconut. The coconut was...well, it was different.

I look forward to participating and learning with the rest of you on these forums.

Smoke till you croak,
Fat Sal
post #2 of 18
Welcome aboard Sal, glad you came out of lurk mode to join us! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #3 of 18
LOL A coconut?!? Phew~~! Welcome to the best durn smokin' site I have ever seen ANYWHERE- SMF!

That's pretty funny 'bout the neighbors too grin... bet they loved the 'Q' tho!
post #4 of 18
Welcome aboard! Glad to have ya
post #5 of 18
Welcome to the SMF Sal, Glad you decided to join in.smile.gif
post #6 of 18
Glad you could join us Sal. Welcome.
post #7 of 18
Welcome! Did you pass on the smoking ways to the spaniards?
Sounds like you got some nice trash burners.PDT_Armataz_01_09.gif
post #8 of 18
Welcomw to the SMF, the hottest smoke joint on the web. Looking forward to sharing your smokin' stories and Q Views.
Buena Suerte Mi Amigo.
post #9 of 18

Welcome to the forum. We are all real glad to hear that you decided to join us. Sounds like you have some great experiences on that WSM and I'm sure you will be breaking in your new GOSM before too long. Have a safe trip back to the states and be sure to share all your smokes with us.
post #10 of 18
what they said...........

welcome.........and have a safe trip home

post #11 of 18
Welcome to the SMF Familyicon_exclaim.gif

When you come "home" where is home in the USAicon_question.gif
post #12 of 18
Hey Sal, welcome. smile.gif It seems like your brother would be nice enough to at least, assemble your new GOSM for you icon_question.gif Throw a good guilt trip on him. icon_biggrin.gif
post #13 of 18
LOLOL.........thats what i was thinking big arm..........good point..........

post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks, everyone.

John D., "home" is Chicago's western suburbs--around the Naperville/Batavia/Oswego area.

Big Arms, my brother said he'd leave it in the box so that he wouldn't be tempted to break it in. But I'm all for having him break it in...especially if he spares me the effort of seasoning it.

I'll be heading back no later than New Years. Ron50 is right. My WSM served well and taught me a lot about managing a fire. I'll definitely keep it around. But to be honest, I'll probably use the GOSM almost exclusively in the future.

Wood, charcoal or propane--it's the end result that matters.

Thanks again, guys.
post #15 of 18
fat sal.........did you turn any spaniards onto the smoking craft?

post #16 of 18
Welcome aboard Sal, you found the best place for smokin information on the web..............SMF Rules!!!!!!
post #17 of 18
Yeah, he should also cure it and have meat and "Cold Beer" waiting for when he gets homePDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

Oh, I forgot, Welcome to the SMF
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Walking Dude, you asked if I turned-on any Spaniards to smoking? Well, not really.

I had one family over for a lunch, and they were...well, polite.

Another time, I brought a sample of pulled pork with vinegar sauce to my local butcher. He had been asking what I did with all the "strange" cuts of meat I'd been requesting. [Note: I had to print-out a USDA pig chart and show him which part of the pig I wanted. It worked, but I wasn't so lucky when it came to brisket.]

The following day, I stopped by his shop. He handed me back the empty Tupperware container, but didn't comment on the pulled pork at all.

Bottom line: The only spice that Spaniards seem to like is salt.

But here's the real reason that few Spaniards tasted my Q--a family of six from Pittsburgh live two blocks away. At the first whiff of smoke, they line-up at my door holding plates.

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