For me it was the discovery that there any many of you out there that share my interest in Q, curing and sausage making. I really didn't think there was that many. Then once signed up and reading, seeing what everyone was doing I found out how much I really didn't know. Smoking has gone from a hobby to a passion.
I found this site by surfing the net. Lurked for a little while and could almost feel the sincerity of the forum. I just thought I could smoke/bbq meat. Man have I ever learned alot since then. You people are the reason I keep coming back. Like what was said before; this place is family. THANKS to you all.
I bumped this thread up because there have been so many new folks lately... but actually, it's soo much fun to read because of the different reasons and motovations folks have/had...all to get to pretty much the same destination... great smoked foods!
I found this forum because my grill ran out of gas, and it had the old style bottle. I decided to build a smoker- with no clue what I was doing really. I read all I could here, and asked questions, and gave me ideas. Built my smoker and been at it since. I stayed because of the help I got and all the nice people here.
For me it was how friendly everybody is. And the amount of topics discussed on this forum is unbelieveable. Then the q-views...wow...mouth watering....everyday at work there is a hugh puddle of drool on my desk top LOL.
I found SMF while searching various sites to try and learn how to use the new smoker I got and the amount of info for a newbie was just amazing and obviously the great people with their expert advice, tips and help definately got me got me hooked! I need to look no further and will be here often! Cheers!