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A BIG thankyou!!

post #1 of 17
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A couple of months back I decided to indulge myself and try 'proper' BBQ and get a smoker.

Some searching on the web found me a small horizontal smoker & this forum, where a lot of people I'd never met took the time to reassure and advise me.

Since then I've done some minor mods to make the smoker more efficient, spent way more than I'd planned on charcoal chimney, digital thermometer, charcoal, smoking wood & meat.

BUT I've had some setbacks, but have also made some (if I say so myself) decent BBQ.

My friend the butcher had a brisket & some ribs (which seemed more like racks of ribs with the belly pork still attached, they were about 3 inches thick) for me at the weekend there, but I was sealing the doors & the join between the smoking chamber & the fire chamber on Saturday, so planned a day's smoking yesterday. The usual Scottish weather all day rain then materialised. Not to be daunted I fired her up in the doorway of the garage with all doors and windows opened, 10 hours of smoking & running back and forth in the rain while the dog sat on the back step & looked at me like I was a nutjob followed. I finished up not even that hungry & only had a couple of ribs.

I just got a call at work from my Dad telling me that the ribs and sliced brisket I gave him were the best he'd tasted & I should go pro. He was so proud of them he took some to a neighbour along with some brisket & was told I should give up being an engineer & just BBQ. PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif

I got a hell of a buzz having other appreciate my efforts & while I pride myself on my cooking, this was the best reaction I've had.

The point of this is I'd not have managed this without the e-course, and without the friendly advice & great recipes on this forum - thanks folks!!!

(Extra special thanks to the 'Brisket Finishing Sauce' thread and Ranger 72's Lone Steer Finishing Sauce recipe, and to the 'Sear or not to Sear' thread - I seared & LOVED it!!).

PDT_Armataz_01_37.gifFolks, you're great!! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #2 of 17
Welcome to the fourm. I found myself here after firing up an electric smoker my Mother gave me 10 years ago. Never took it out of the box. My brother and I had built my Dad a monster cooker for his pig roasts and I had been checking things out on the internet when I came across this place. I've been smoking pretty heavy since last October and I guess everyone who knows me has had a bite of something I've put together. One of the nicest things that has happened.... the other day my Dad called me up for advice and method for smoking ribs. My Dad doesn't ask anyone how to cook anything. He is very well versed in cooking and I've enjoyed his cooking my whole life. It was a compliment for him to seek my advice on smoking some ribs. Simple pleasure but..... lotsa impact. Again..... welcome to the forum.
post #3 of 17
Good to hear that all went very well. Keep up the good Smokes and post Q-views when you can.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #4 of 17
Another satisfied customer! I wasn't able to help you much, but glad things have gone so well.

What do you plan to call your resturant?
post #5 of 17
I don't recall being around for you on the forum, but, glad you found the info you needed to get it done up right.

Sounds like your in for a long and happy journey through the thin blue smoke...enjoy!

post #6 of 17
Way to go RodC.

I am a bit behind you - still working on fire control. I am the true newbie.
post #7 of 17

Good Job!

Hey Rod,

Glad you had a successful smoke. I too have been impressed with the amount of help, advice and inspiration I have received here at the smf.
post #8 of 17

Thats a great success story. Im glad that SMF was here to help you out.

Keep up the great work.
post #9 of 17
Glad the SMF was able to be there for you. Like it has for so many of us.

Welcome to your new favorite hobby. I've all but given up golf now...and I'm not too happy about that, but I just can't control myself.
post #10 of 17
Hey glad to hear you're another happy camper! Welcome to the SMFPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #11 of 17
Congrats on the compliments you got on your food Rod.
Folks on the forum may have helped but you were the one who fueled and tended the fire so you absolutely deserve a pat on the back for a job well done.
Keep up the good smokes.
post #12 of 17
You are right Rod, there is very little that can compare to having people enjoy your food. Food is one of the biggest pleasures that man can share with each other. I have really enjoyed reading everyones stories and advice. I think I will be a permanent resident of this site.
post #13 of 17
That is what SMF is all about!
post #14 of 17
First off congrats on your smoke and the praise that it brought you. It's a nice feeling ain't it that everyone loves your food. I'm glad that some of the great people here could help in your journey to greatness. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #15 of 17
Congratulations on the great Q !!!!!!!!!! I know it is a wonderful feeling to have others enjoy your food.
post #16 of 17
Glad to have you with us.

Be sure to check out Jeff's 5Day Smoking Basics eCourse, you can find it here 5 Day eCourse
post #17 of 17
welcome aboard-glad to have u in SMF.
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