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Hello from San Jose, CA

post #1 of 24
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Howdy all,

So i have been lurking around this site for a couple weeks and I have finially found the time to try my first attempt at smoking. So let me introduce myself, my name is Matt, I BBQ year round, spend much of my free time in the ocean SCUBA diving, and Hunting for fish. I have a nice little Char-Broil Offset smoker. nothing big or fancy but it does what i need it to and since i am an apartment dweller, space is at a premium on my deck.

This weekend i am going to give the Pork Butt recipe a go, using some hicory chips on top of mesquite charcoal. Figure a few beers, a nice cigar, and a warm and sunny California day will be the prelude to a great dinner. I look forward to many more smoked dishes, especially some fresh fish.

post #2 of 24
Welcome to the forum! If you have any questions about smoking, just ask. There are a lot of knowledgable folks here willing to give you a hand. Keith
post #3 of 24
Welcome aboard .....Glad to have you here...........
post #4 of 24
Welcome to SMF. My sister, and niece live up your way.
post #5 of 24
Welcome to the SMF.
post #6 of 24
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Thank you for the welcomes, i look forward to asking many questions in teh quest for a better BBQing experience and hopefully being able to add my $0.02 now and then!!!

post #7 of 24
Welcome aboard! Let us know if we can help with info! Remember, we like to see q-View!
post #8 of 24
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and as a newbie, my first newbie question is, what is q-View?
post #9 of 24
Welcome to SMF !!!
q-View is posting pictures of your smokes and the final product from the smokes !!!
post #10 of 24
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thanks for the explanation. I hope to have pictures to share.
post #11 of 24
welcome Matt,boy I sure don't miss stevens creek Blvd.good folk here with lotsa help-glad to have ya.
post #12 of 24
Welcome to the SMF!! Youll find lots of friendly folks here!!
post #13 of 24
Welcome to the forum Matt!smile.gif
post #14 of 24
Welcome Matt. Used to do a little Abalone diving up at Bodega Bay when I lived in Sacramento. On the Gulf Coast now. You'll find this forum great for smoking recipes and help when you have a question. Enjoy!
post #15 of 24
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I'm looking forward to the Ab season, only another few weeks away!!! BTW, have you ever tried to Smoke an Abalone?
post #16 of 24
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So I spent a good 6 - 7 hours on Saturday working the BBQ as i enjoyed a nice warm CA day. and ended it with a great dinner!!!! I followed the directions pretty much as is, and didn't deviate much at all. and gosh, it worked great. Only problem i had was that the temp on my smoker didn't stay warm enough, but by the end i had good heat management going on. Had my temp closer to 200 than 250 but oh well. Next time I'll do better with that.

Here are some pictures -
After marinating in Stubbs BBQ Dry rub over night -

On the Smoker -

During the process -

After it is all done and ready to be pulled-

post #17 of 24
Mighty fine plate of vittles indeed!
post #18 of 24
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Thank you. Yeah, my sister, and neighbor had no complaints with their plate!!! And I'm going to be forced to have pulled pork sandwiches for lunch for a couple days....aw shucks!!!
post #19 of 24
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Oh, one question. So the thermometer on the grill ran hot, becasue of warnings i saw elsewhere not to trust it, i didn't. i bought a $5 from Bed Bath and Beyond. however, by the time I was done BBQing that guague was covered in smoke. i got most of it off.

But is there some thermometer for inside the grill that is good and won't allow a build up of smoke on the glass?
post #20 of 24
I bought an electronic one from Wally World. Many places have them. Has a needle you put in the meet and a 2 ft cord runs to the thermometer you can set on something next to your smoker. Works pretty good. Course some have it really good and have a wireless one you can lay on the kitchen counter or clip on your belt.
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