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Greetings from SC PA

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Hello all,

I'm a new guy here...just found the site. I'm relatively new to smoking, but my dad was really into it. He made a fabulous brisket! Unfortunately, he lost his battle to cancer in Feb. 08 and I inherited his smokers. I now have 2 ECB's, a vertical and a horizontal with a sidebox. Dad always used RO lump charcoal and apple for smoking, but without the mods, these ECB's just gave him, and now I, fits controlling the heat. I can't wait to do the mods suggested.

As I said, I'm relatively new to smoking, but eating has alway's been my favorite past time! Dad was into beef. I prefer pork. Nothing like a good NC style pulled pork butt. I'd also like to learn to do ribs the right way. Dad's always came out dry. I guess he didn't know about the 3-2-1 or 2-2-1 methods, which I'm also anxious to try.

I'm from Gettysburg, PA and we're just now starting to get favorable weather to do some smoking. Last week I fired up the vertical and did a couple small pork loin ends. Sorry, no Q-view. I didn't know about this site! I used a McCormick pork rub you buy in the store and I did the meat to about 205*, in foil the whole time, and it literally fell apart. I finished it with my great uncle's NC style finishing sauce, sugar, vinegar and red pepper flakes. It came out great, but just a little dry. I attribute that to the meat not having nearly enough fat in it, being it was a loin, not a butt. Just yesterday I found pork butts on sale at the store and promptly picked one up for our next cookout!

I found this site by Googling for ideas to build my own custom smoker. I'd really like to do one made out of concrete block, and faced with faux stone to match my house. The better half and I are enlarging our patio and installing an outdoor kitchen, which is going to have to have a smoker included.

I'll keep checking in. The ideas I'm getting are overwhelming! Dad would have truly loved this site!

post #2 of 11
Welcome to SMF. Glad you found us. smile.gif
post #3 of 11
Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. Have fun and happy smoking
post #4 of 11
Hello Squirt, and welcome to the SMF family. Glad you found us. You'll like it here, lots of good people with friendly advice for the askin'. It does my heart proud that you are pickin' up your father's tradition. Good luck and happy smokin'!PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #5 of 11
Welcome to the SMF Squirt. Sorry about You losing your Dad. Its too bad he didn't get to use this site. Its good to see that your carrying on his legacy though. I'm sure He would be happy to see that his smokers are being put to good use. You will soon be turning out briskets to be proud of. The few mods I have made with info gleaned on this website have sure helped me in my smoking I'm sure the same will be for you.

Here’s a few links to some helpful threads to get you started.
The last link, Dutch’s wicked baked beans is a favourite of the SMF crowd.
I highly recommend them.

Brisket smoke.

Finishing sauce for Beef

Basic Pulled pork method.

And a Finishing sauce for Pork.


Dutch's "Wicked Baked Beans"

Remember to take plenty of Q-View ( pictures of BBQ ) this makes us all very happy and will help to stave off the q-view police with the dreaded message……no q-view ….didn’t happen sign.

Happy smoking.
post #6 of 11
Welcome to the SMF Squirt.
post #7 of 11
welcome, these guys and gals can help you get all your dad's smokers sorted out and cooking great.
post #8 of 11
Welcome to the SMF. Sounds like you're fired up and ready to start your way to some great Q and a fun summer. It's all good my friend.
post #9 of 11
Welcome to the forums Squirt.....glad ta have ya aboard!
post #10 of 11
Welcome Squirt. Glad to have you here.
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From one newbie to another welcome to the group
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