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Hello from Indiana

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone!

I just noticed this forum yesterday and I can tell I'll have a good time here getting to know you all and discussing a topic that has recently become near and dear to me....smoking meat!!

I just recently got a smoker this last Christmas. When I get around to it I'll post a picture of it in my signature, along with the specs on it. So far I've smoked is poultry...1 chicken, 1 turkey, and a slab of brisket today that turned out to be a disappointment.

Through searching this forum last night, I discovered a thread about a guy who smoked some beef, but then turned it into an Italian beef recipe. That is what I was shooting for today. Last week, the wife and I bought a vacuum sealed "corned beef brisket." Stupid me, I didn't know what "corned" meant, so I thought I'd just be getting a regular beef brisket. Well it turned out to be like a pastrami. I like pastrami, and it has it's place, but it when you're going for an Italian beef style meat, it was a little disheartening. Oh well, lesson learned. Next time I'll have to go with a plain beef roast or a plain brisket "uncorned." Here's how it looked in the smoker today.

I was all excited when I took it off the rack and brought it in. I sliced into it and it was expecting a brownish, to light pink color, but was surprised to find a much brighter red. After smelling it, I told the wife, this smells like a cured deli meat. Sure enough, it tasted like it too. As I said, I like pastrami, but it was a heart breaker when you're expecting Italian beef all day.

Anyway, as you can tell, I've got a lot to learn, and I look forward to sharing the good times on my back patio with all of you. Until next time...

post #2 of 16
Glad to have ya with us @ SMF, Brandon. This is a great place to get your smoke on, and if you want some good start up information, check out the free 5-day ecourse offered through the site.

Other than that, throw those questions out there and someone will be along to help ya! Can't wait to see your qvue!
post #3 of 16
Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. You'll find lots of good info and some great recipes here. Have fun and happy smoking
post #4 of 16
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Awesome, 3 replies in about 10 minutes!!

Gotta love an active board. Thanks for the welcome guys.

post #6 of 16
Welcome from Indiana
It is an addiction
post #7 of 16
Welcome to the SMF Brandon glad to have on board!
post #8 of 16
Hey another Indiana smoker!!!!

Welcome biggrin.gif
post #9 of 16
Good to see another fellow Hoosier!
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Wow! Lots of Hoosiers on here huh?

I'm in Terre Haute, for those of you wondering. Nice to meet all of you.

Yes, I'm already addicted. I've been grilling for years, but smoking is a lot more fun. Already can't wait til next weekend to try again after my little blunder today.

post #11 of 16
Another welcome from a neighbor, an Illinoisan.
post #12 of 16
Welcome to the forum from a fellow Hoosier.
post #13 of 16
Welcome from a Hawkeye.
post #14 of 16
Say Brandon, you made the right move by joining the SMF. It only gets better my friend.
post #15 of 16
Welcome aboard from Indianapolis!
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, I'm becoming more of a "smoking nut" by the day. It's good to know I'm in good company.

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