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Hello from Jacksonville, Florida!!

post #1 of 11
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Hi, my name is Ray. I am not new to Jeff's forums and newsletter, but it has been almost two years since posting in here and i thought I would reintro myself.

I have been smoking meats for about 20 years now and consider myself as pretty knowledgeable. I would never claim to be a pit expert though, as I believe I will always have new stuff to learn.

I make my own sauces, mops and rubs. Occassionaly, I'll use a store bought rub as a measure to see where my rubs stand. Sometimes the price is tantalizingly low as in a sale or clearance and I'll buy and use it then too.

I own 2 Brinkman smokers, both Smoke'n pits, however one is from the 90's. The steel gauge is like 3 times thicker then the ones they make today. I would never part with it, as it has churned out great Q for almost 20 years. It has never been painted or had parts replaced! It is showing some wear and needs some TLC.

My best recipe is pulled pork. I am the one the neighbors come to when we have cookouts. I have had to start asking for donations because it is requested so much and it gets expensive to feed 30-40 people. I mix it with my own finishing sauce and then provide 3-4 BBQ sauces people can pour over it.

I have NEVER done a brisket or a fatty, but I will change that and provide a qview here.

I just did recently start a blog on outdoor cooking and would appreciate it if you fine folks would check it out. (link is in my sig) Let me know what i am doing wrong or right or just provide an idea for an article. I don't do a lot of recipes, as there are lots of blogs that do that. I try to focus on tips, techniques and gadgets.

Thanks for reading and keep smokin!!
post #2 of 11
Welcome back Ray.
post #3 of 11
Welcome back! Looking forward to seeing some qview from you.
post #4 of 11
Welcome back old timer!!!!!
post #5 of 11

Welcome Back Ray, 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 #6 of 11
Welcome Ray...Always nice to see another Jax smoker biggrin.gif
post #7 of 11
Welcome back Ray glad you decided to re join us. Have fun and happy smoking
post #8 of 11
Hi there Ray and it is nice to have yet another jax local here and I think that makes 4 or so. It's nice to have you back with us and I cannt wait for your input and advice for a seasoned smoker like yourself.
post #9 of 11

Welcome back 'Ray'.

Enjoy your stay at
Settle in and have fun.
... and make yourself at home.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone.

I saw the Gator chairs in your sig and knew you were a great guy. I love it here in Jacksonville. NFL, NASCAR nearby... plenty of ops for a tailgate party. If you tailgate, I may show up with camera and pencil and pad and feature you on my blog if your cooking something unique or just flying Gator colors! :)

Again, I can't believe I signed up so long ago and am only just now getting into posting again.
post #11 of 11
welcome back ray!
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