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post #1 of 17
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Greetings everyone!

I kind of found this site by accident (how can accidents be an accident if they are loaded with good stuff is beyond me) and wanted to give my hello's to everyone from here in the First State - Delaware. I've been a pretty much lifelong BBQ'er, but only very recently (like two weeks ago) ventured into the world of SMOKE! My life has been permanently altered by the smell of Mesquite, Hickory, Oak and Apple wood as it slowly escapes ever so majestically from this little H2O smoker I came across on clearance.

In the past two weeks since finding this little cylindrical wonder, I have smoked six racks of pork ribs, three pounds of Sweet Italian Sausage, one chicken, two pounds of choriso sausage, eight red potatoes, two large sweet Vidalia onions, and just today, a 10-hour session with a five-pound beef brisket that was fall-apart wonderful!

All I used was a very simple rub recipe on the meats that I found on another web site, followed by an overnight stay in the refrigerator (the meats ... not me.) The rub: salt/black pepper/sweet Spanish paprika/Thyme and dark brown sugar.

I need to keep this smokingitis (I think that's what I would call this affliction) small, but I do have my eye on a Great Smokey Mountain Smoker (actually two of them - one purely for wood, and the other that's propane fueled.)

My wife knows how much I love to cook -- when we bought our home, I told her the kitchen was mine -- so she wasn't surprised at all when I began smoking everything in sight!

Today was "The Best" ever. Four of my neighbors walked into my yard (the smoke that came through their bedroom windows at 7 a.m. kind of woke them up) and asked what I was burning. Well, I showed them and guess who showed up for dinner? Two of them went out today and bought smokers. I think I started something!

Well, this was a very long "Hi everyone" on my part, so thanks for letting me type away here. I most certainly will make appearances here as time marches on.

By the way, my beautiful propane grill has sat languishing in the shadows, hoping it might be lit one more time before I never use it again. Well, maybe I'll drag it out in the winter months when I want a quick steak or burger.

Yes, I am a retired Air Force guy (20 years, two weeks, one day and 6 hours of active duty - but who was counting) and I had the best possible job in the whole Air Force -- journalist, newspaper editor, photographer and, oh yes, all the public affairs stuff I could handle. I loved it!
post #2 of 17
That a boy OAFG. I have a little H2O as well. It is amazing that a guy can pump out good smokes with these little things. I just love my to death. Keep that smoke a rolling. I like what you have done with the neighbors.
post #3 of 17
Nice intro. That is cool about the neighbors buying a smoker. Tell'em the SMF will steer them correctly! Welcome.
post #4 of 17
Yes, I am a retired Air Force guy (20 years, two weeks, one day and 6 hours of active duty - but who was counting) and I had the best possible job in the whole Air Force -- journalist, newspaper editor, photographer and, oh yes, all the public affairs stuff I could handle. I loved it!

that explains the lenghty gramatcaly correct introduction..LOL...
glad you found the smf and enjoy your stay. there is a lot to learn.and have you done a fattie yet..don't wait and miss out on those treatsfrom the smoker.

welcome to de club..
post #5 of 17
Welcome to the forum. Its full of knowledgeable people that are always willing to lend a hand for advise, tips and tricks.
Enjoy it.
Don't forget to post pics so we can see all your smokes.
May all your smokes be thin and blue.
post #6 of 17
You've found the best site there is for info on smoking anything OldAirForceGuy. Anything you need to know, there is always someone here at SMF that is willing to help. Probably the friendliest site I have found in years.

I can relate to the neighbor thing though. My nearest neighbor is about 800' away and they were going out of town and wanted me to keep an eye on the place. It was a nice evening and instead of calling they decided to walk over. There I was in the yard, no shirt, a pair of ratty old cutoffs, flip flops, a beer, and taking pictures of food. I could tell they thought I was crazy. The chow was just coming off the smoker so I hooked them up with a couple of plates. Within 15 minutes, his wife was asking about the different spices used and he was checking out the camera and suggesting better camera angles. Turned out to be a great evening, and as they were walking away I heard her say to her husband, "Your getting one of those for Christmas".
post #7 of 17
welcome to smf OAFG, cant wait to share some smokes!!!
post #8 of 17
Welcome to the SMF air force guy, great to have ya aboard.

Yard dog, great story!
post #9 of 17
I have a beat up old H2O myself. The thermostat died and the waterpan has holes in it, so my tax rebate present to myself will be a new one. Great story about the neighbors.
post #10 of 17
Thanx, havent seen any TBS from them yet, but I'll bet they dont wait till Christmasbiggrin.gif
post #11 of 17
Welcome to SMF! Enjoy the forums!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #12 of 17
Wecome to the forum!! I'm a H20 fan myself....have done a few mods and then converted to gas. Great little smoker for the money!!
post #13 of 17
Welcome to the forum.
post #14 of 17
welcome and thanks for your service. Old USAF myself.
post #15 of 17
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for the great intro. I look forward to sharing ideas and stories with you.
post #16 of 17
Welcome aboard, looking forward to some good qview and ideas.
post #17 of 17
Welcome to SMF OAFG Alot of answers if u have the Questions, Also sign up for Jeff's 5 Day E-Mail course and buy his Recipes for sauce and rub, the money helps support the site.
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