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Howdy from Berzerkeley

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Greetings fellow smokers!

My name is Geoff. I hail from Atlanta, GA, and I now reside in Berzerkeley (aka Berkeley) CA temporarily until I finish my PhD.

I've been grilling for about 4 years now, but I have no experience as a smoker. I own a barrel charcoal smoker with a side firebox (horizontal) I bought for $20 on CraigsList. It works great for what I've used it for thus far, but I think the time for me to graduate to the more elaborate (and time consuming icon_cool.gif) art of smoking my favorite meats.

This weekend, I plan on having friends over to watch football, smoke ribs, and play poker, so I was looking for some pro advice on how to get started. Plus, my experience has been that folks who know how to grill are the best folks, so why not make some friends in the process?

I like pork meats and beef tri tip steak (thank you, west coast), and Carolina-style sauces with red wine vinegar, but I'm open to any and all recommendations. I usually buy my meat at Costco.

Looking forward to hearing from y'all!
post #2 of 9
Hello Geoff, and welcome to the SMF. Sounds like you're ready for some TBS and Q too. It's all good my friend.
post #3 of 9
Hi Geoff, welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
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First off welcome Geoff to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anythignto do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
Here's a link to photobucket it's free and easy to download pictures. Then if your really new to smoking Look up the E-course.
It's also free and it will give you the basics of smoking. So after all of that you just need to go grab something to smoke and if you have any question just post them here and we will answer it quickly so you don't have any mishaps with your smoke.
Welcome To Your New Addiction
post #5 of 9
Welcome Aboard.Feel free to ask/advise etc........
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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.
Click Here it's "FREE"... 5 Day eCourse

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.

When you uploading to Photobucket I always use the Large IMG setting, 640 x 480 it is a nice size...

How to post Qview to Forum:

post #7 of 9
Welcome to the jungle. biggrin.gif

My recommendation is to beat feet out of Berzerkeley as soon as you get that PhD. The more exposure the greater the effect. PDT_Armataz_01_05.gifrolleyes.gif
post #8 of 9
Welcome to the SMF. Smoking is so much more than grillin that you're gonna love it.

For your upcoming event try some of the suggestions and links in this post.

Remember to take some pics of your first smoke, it only happens once and it would be a shame to miss it. Besides that We love qview. ( pic of anything to do with smoking meat )
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Welcome Geof, you're sure to love the site and get tons of useful information and help.
May I also suggest attempting a fattie to go along with your first smoke? They are delicious, unique and extremely impressive to folks who have never tried them, would be great while watching the game.
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