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Hi everyone, my name is Richard and I am from Northeast Texas. 30 years old and the father of two lovely children. My daughter is 11 and my son just turned one on Saturday.

I have been a lurker around these forums for a while and decided it was time to join up.

I have a currently unmodified SNP with the 1/2 lid instead of the 1/4 door versions that most people here seem to have.

My smoking prowess is somewhere between newbie and idiot depending on the day and which way the wind is blowing.

I have smoked 8 pork butts ( mostly using knowledge that I gained here ) which my wife and daughter loved very much every time. So now she is wanting me to create some Rib perfection for her. Most of my rib excursions have been failures, but I guess I just needed to pay more attention and read more so I would have known the magic numbers 3-2-1 and 2-2-1.

For a good story, the first time I smoked I put some baby backs on and doused them with enough mesquite smoke ( via chips ) throughout the cooking that if I would have cut the bones in half I am pretty sure the smoke ring would have made it to the marrow.

We love Pork & Beef.

I use hickory 99.9% of the time since we have tons of them on the property, although when I can lay hands on some Apple I plan on smoking up some butts and seeing if we like that better.

Hmm, not sure what else to say, so that is the end of my intro!

My Basics
Brinkmann Smoke n'pit Split top SFB
- lifted fire grate
Hickory logs \ Apple chips

Updates since original post
  • Tried apple wood. Love it. Can't get it locally but we can get the chips at the local Wal-Mart..
  • Can trim spares St. Louis style and have had a successful smoke that way.
  • Can now smoke spares consistently and the wife doesn't complain about anything.
  • SNP Mod: Raised fire grate up approx 3 inches. Now she is one consistent smoker.
post #2 of 13

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

For Those of you New to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.
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Everyone here enjoys seeing the Qview so be sure to post plenty of pics... Large ones that us old people with bad eyes can see.

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Howdee former neighbor

Was from the DFW area. Welcome, pull up a chair and chaw on a drumstick.

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Welcome RICHARD.I love the apple/peach/pear friut woods.Milder then hickory,but you know it is there....
post #5 of 13
Richard welcome to SMF glad you decided to join the party. Have fun and happy smoking
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glad to heve u here with SMF
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Welcome to SMF, Richard. Glad you decided to join us.
post #8 of 13
Welcome Rich, glad you are having some success with your smokes.
Ribs can be a little hard to master but once you read a bit and get some guidance from the great folks on here you will be smoking great championship style food in no time.
I used to use hickory on almost everything I smoked but gradually began experimenting with other woods, birch, apple, cherry, oak (my standard for fuel now), and peach-I stay clear of mesquite just as a personal preference.
If you get a chance to get a hold of some other types of wood you should give them a try. A great place to look is at a local fruit orchard, they usually carry a few different kinds.
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Welcome to the forum Richard, glad to have you here. :)
post #10 of 13
Hello from Montana and welcome. My first attempt at smoking resulted in a nasty, oversmoked chicken that put me off smoke for about 2 years. I have learned a lot since then. Hope you have fun.
post #11 of 13
Hello Richard, and welcome to the SMF. Plenty of Texans here, so feel at home. Got questions... we've got answers. I'ts all good my friend.
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Welcome to SMF

Welcome to SMF!! I’m so happy you decided to join us.


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First off welcome to SMF there Richard. You'll like this place cause there are alot of good people here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Next if you haven't tried the E-course I would highly recommend it. It's free and very informative and it will give you the basics of smoking. the next thing you do is go grab something to smoke and if you have any questions just post them here and we will help you out licky spilt. Then grab your camera and snao some pictures (Qview here) and let us see what your smoking and what your smoking on too. So go get something to smoke.
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