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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Greetings from the newest of newbies to this forum, recommended to me by a fellow smoke-lover of both electronic and now real-life acquaintance.

I'm by no means a pitmaster but not quite wet behind the ears either. I've had a Brinkmann bullet smoker (charcoal) for a couple of years now, gifted me by my brother when he moved across the country, a promotional item he acquired by the careful collection of proofs-of-purchase from his recently-abandoned Marlboro habit. I started out a bit ambitious with a fauxstrami but switched to pulled pork after that and I think by now I know my way around a butt :) Here is a picture from one of my first pulled pork BBQs, summer of '08

A few more pics, to establish my bonafides. Unfortunately I recently broke my camera so it may be some time before I can provide you with up-to-date Qview

Smoked garlic:

Banana peppers, stuffed with a mixture of raw hot links, aged cheddar, diced jalapenos, bread crumbs and egg, not wrapped with bacon as is standard unfortunately as that would have improved them:

I'm more known among my friends as a homebrewer and appreciator of other fine beers (hence the moniker) but I think my BBQs are gaining appreciation among them as well.

Next up for me, smoked and pickled eggs (probably tonight, though of course I won't get to taste the results for a month or more) and this weekend, smoked brisket with smoked mac & cheese (recipe in my head, will post if it turns out worthwhile).

Let me see, what else? I'm from downstate Illinois, lived on the North side of Chicago the past several years and just moved to the South suburbs at the beginning of the summer. I work downtown as a professional nerd. I weigh at least 30 lbs more than I should. Wife, 3 kids, etc.
post #2 of 16
welcome jim, glad to have you. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #3 of 16
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us. Nice qview!
post #4 of 16
Let's hear more about the home brewing. I want to learn to make my own beer to go along with my ribs and butts.
post #5 of 16
First off welcome Jim to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are a bunch of good folks here that would just love to help you with anything smoked. I see you know your way around a smoker and thats cool because you to can show us something because all of us here are from newbies and out right very good smokers. But we all like to learn and we are bot to good to listen and learn from anyone. You just bring a new set of eyes to look at things and you mite see something differantly then we do. I see you can post th pictures (Qview) as we call it and I'm sorry for the lost of your camera but you'll get a new one someday. So welcome and you no:
Welcome To The Addiction
post #6 of 16

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:

For Step By Step Instructions On Posting Qview Check Out This Tutorial
post #7 of 16
Welcome to the SMF, glad to know you're having fun with that smoker. It's all good my friend.
post #8 of 16
Welcome from a fellow craft beer lover as well. I'll be in Chicago myself next week for Pinball Expo in Wheeling. Going to hit up some of the awesome breweries you guys have over there Friday.
post #9 of 16
you've made a grand entrance! welcome...PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the kind welcoming words everyone!

Excellent! Which breweries do you plan to visit?

If it's not too off-topic maybe I'll start a thread on the subject sometime. I'm sure there must be other homebrewers out there who could contribute as well.
post #11 of 16
Looks great! Welcome to the forum, looking forward to your input. :)
post #12 of 16

Greetings 'Jim', and Welcome to the 'community'.

Enjoy your stay at
Settle in and have fun.
Any questions, plenty of experts... and make yourself at home.
post #13 of 16
Goose Island and Piece for sure. The Ram is right across the street from the Westin hotel the expo is located at in Wheeling, but it's not high on my list. I am also planning a burger at Kuma's Corner during my Friday excursion.
post #14 of 16
Welcome aboard, welcome to the addition.

post #15 of 16
Welcome to the SMF Jim. QVIEW looks good.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Those are some good ones, the Goose Island on Clybourn is definitely a favorite, they always have something on tap there that you won't be able to find in bottles, and I love Piece's brews and pizza both. I have some favorites in the suburbs too (the Ram is not among them, though I've heard that location is among the better instances of that particular chain) but I don't think too many of them are going to be terribly convenient for you if you're staying in Wheeling.

btw you may already be aware of this site, but if you need any assistance finding places to hit, is a great resource.
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