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Hello from Michigan

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Hello everyone! My name is Ryan and I am from a small town nestled in between the wonderful cities of Flint and Saginaw, Michigan PDT_Armataz_01_36.gif. I am new to the art of smoking, but already it has grabbed me by the ankle and will not let go. The only cure seems to be more smoking. Anyway, a couple of weekends ago I came a across a GOSM on craigslist. The guy wanted $60 bucks for it, which probably isn't that bad of a deal, but personally I am a big fan of bartering. So, I offered the guy three cabinets that I had just gotten free from my neighbor and $25 on top of that. Bingo, it turns out the guy was looking for cabinets. So, for $25, i got a smoker. Check it out. It is charcoal and came with six racks. For the price, I couldn't pass it up.

My birthday is Friday and what better way to celebrate it than doing my first batch of jerky in the smoker. So, I started the prep tonight. I went to the local meat market and snatched up a rump roast that looked quite splendid. I cut it all up and weighed it. I am working with almost 5 1/2 pounds exactly...wish I had a bigger scale though...mine maxes out at a pound.

I threw together a brine and put the meat in. I will let it cure until Friday. Here is a question. What is better than 180 pieces of twizzlers in a bucket? How about a twizzlers container full of jerky. Mmm

I hope it turns out. I will not post the recipe until after I try it. I wouldn't want to mislead anybody incase it is terrible. This is turning out to be the best birthday yet.
post #2 of 17
Welcome to the SMF Ryan! What a great deal on your GOSM and I love your enthusiasm!
post #3 of 17
By the way, I hope you have a happy birthday, too!

post #4 of 17
Welcome Ryan. Great to have you with us. You certainly scored on the smoker, what a good deal. Well if the smoking bug bit ya, you ain't seen nothing yet. Your in for a long fun ride. Welcome again and make sure you take some pics of that jerky when its done, we wanna see.
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Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
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post #7 of 17
Hi Ryan.

Welcome aboard from Warren, MI. And Happy Birthday!!!
post #8 of 17
Welcome to the SMF, from Canton,MI..The addiction has gotten ahold of me also..Good luck with the Jerky
post #9 of 17
Welcome to the SMF, Ryan. Good score on the smoker.
post #10 of 17
Welcome to the forum, happy birthday and good deal on the smoker.biggrin.gif
post #11 of 17
Welcome from Lowell.

I have to ask, what little town between Saginaw and Flint. I grew up in Mt. Morris and graduated high school from Clio.
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Congrats on the smoker. I live in Fenton and am pretty serious into making sausage, lunch meat, snack sticks, ribs, pork, chicken, beef whatever. If you have any questions I'd be glad to help.. Happy B-Day and good luck.

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Welcome to the forum from Pinckney, MI.
post #14 of 17
First off welcome Ryan 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 anything to 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 Addictio
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
This has to be one of the most welcoming forums I have ever joined. You people are all just super nice aren't you? Thank you all for the warm welcomes.

It's nice to see there are some fellow Michiganders here. I live in Frankenmuth. For those of you who are not familiar with Frankenmuth, we are known for our famous Zehnder's chicken dinners. Don't think for a minute that I haven't already thought about getting some Zehnder's chicken to throw in the smoker for a short time. Give it a little something extra.
post #16 of 17
And don't forget Bronner's. As if you could living there.

My sister used to live south of Frankenmuth.

Welcome again!
post #17 of 17
Welcome to the SMF. Nice setup you got there.
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