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Hello from Chico

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My name's Chris and I've been lurking for several weeks and have gotten a lot of useful information from the site.

I'm new to smoking, and low and slow, but not grilling by any means.

I recently bought a horizontal offset from Sears and I've smoked ribs, a small butt, a beer can chicken and of course ABTs..

All good, none perfect, but I'm learning more each time out. I'll be doing my second rack of baby backs today, and I anticipate excellence..

A little buyers remorse over the smoker I chose, as there weren't a lot of choices in my immediate area and

I wish I would have done more research beforehand and spent some more money and at least got a bigger one.

I'm already wanting to upgrade and I've only had it for 3 weeks.. icon_smile.gif

Anyway, this is what I have..

Look foreword to everyone's advice, recipes, and photo's..

post #2 of 16
Hello Chris, and thanks for the introduction. You'll find plenty of help from our friendly members. Remember that most of us change/upgrade/swap smokers somewhere down the line. It's all good my friend. So, welcome to the SMF.
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welcome to the smf. love eddie in your avatar. used to be a big iron maiden fan
post #4 of 16
Welcome to the site Chris.
Most of the time no matter what smoker you have you always want bigger.
You could always use rib racks to minimize the space they take up on your grates.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the warm welcome guys.. Quick question..

Due to some time constraints, I'll need to cook the ribs this afternoon and have them sit for a couple of hours before serving.

I was going to pull them off once they got up to around 200 degrees internal and then wrap them in foil, towel, and store them in the cooler.

Then when I'm ready to serve, put them on the gasser and paint with sauce for a few minutes on each side.

The question I have is, how much do I need to worry about them getting into the danger zone during the time they are in the cooler?

Will ribs stay warm enough for that period of time, or is that method normally reserved for butts?

and how long can you safely keep meat warm that way?

any advice is welcome..
post #6 of 16
Blackened, Welcome to the site, I'm from Willows not to far from you. I would think the ribs would good for 3 to 4 hours at least in the cooler. Nice looking smoker, I built a UDS style smoker
post #7 of 16
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Thanks for the info ratdawg.. Nice UDS! I've had my eye on those for a while..

Any idea where I could get a good drum in the area?
post #8 of 16
First off welcome to SMF. You'll like it here as you know that there are alot of really good peole here. You have a good start on the smoking by the sounds of it. The one main thing I see is Qview of your food you have a good smoker like fire said we here are always looking for bigger and better. That feeling thats urging you for bigger smoker is onlty the beginning. Don't woory it's not a bad thing but it's coming up behind you quickly.
Welcome To The Addiction
post #9 of 16
Welcome to SMF, Chris. Glad you joined us.
post #10 of 16
Welcome Chris...glad to have you here..
post #11 of 16

Welcome Chris, Glad to have you with us. This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly members.

Be sure to check out Jeff's 5Day Smoking Basics eCourse, you can find it here it's "FREE"...5 Day e Course

Everyone here like seeing the qview so be sure to post plenty.
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Welcome to SMF. I think you'll like it here. I'm just about 30 minutes away from you.

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Welcome to SMF from 3 hours to the east of you in plumas county. Glad to have you here.
post #14 of 16
Welcome Chris.I was front row for three straight tours of maiden at the old capital centre near washington d.c. in 83-86......
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You can buy used food grade barrels from Smuckers on speedway off of midway for $5.00 each, but you do need to burn the liner out of them. That is where I get all mine from. I do have one left from a recent build that I could sell. PM me if interested, but I bet you good build one yourself, you can also build them without doing any welding.
post #16 of 16

Welcome to SMF

Welcome, glad to have you here at SMF!
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