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New in Michigan - Me Too, on the West Coast

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Looks like a great BBQ forum here.

I'm in Muskegon Michigan. That's northwest of Grand Rapids right on Lake Michigan. Been smokin for 5 years and have had many Q get togethers with family and friends. I make my own rub and BBQ sauce and my kids don't like and won't use store bought anymore. Been smokin on a Char Broil Silver smoker and it finally bit the dust. Decided to go high tech and high quality this time around and got a Stumps Prince with a BBQ Guru Pit Minder. I have been wishing for a Stumps for 4 years and finally got me one. Got it the first of December and did 7 cooks on it in two weeks in 20 degree cold. Not a problem for the Stumps. I'm a happy guy! Can't wait for warmer weather though.

I am a Race Timer. I time and score 5K, 10K, Half Marathons, Marathons, etc... Races hire me and I give them the results as the finishers are coming in and after the race is over. Great work, alot of fun and great people to work with. I like to Scuba dive and usually go on a couple dive trips a year. High points were Papua New Guinea and Cocos Island. Nothing like diving with dozens of Hammer Head Sharks. Nothing!

Future Q equipment list includes a Weber Ranch Kettle and building a roof/enclosure over my Stumps to keep the snow and rain off it. It does have a cover (that I swear could stop a bullet) but really a nice open enclosure with shelving and places for Q things would be great.

I have a great wife (Lisa) that lets me spend big money on things like BBQ smokers and doesn't mind that I like to cook. Two great kids, oldest Lauren is married to Jared and both are teachers in the Chicago Public Schools system and our youngest Jessica is in her Junior year at Grand Valley University.

I like good beer that the local Brew Master (Old Boys Brew House, Schmohz Brewery) provides but will drink a Miller HL if nothing else is available.

Favorite Q food - Ribs, St. Louis style, ABT's, Pizza (in the Stumps)

That's about it...

RibRib (Derek)
post #2 of 14
Welcome, nice bio, thanks.
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Welcome to SMF, 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

I Would Highly Suggest Reading these posts on Food Safety by bbally.

This thread will tell you basically everything you need to know and the man explaining it is
both a ServSafe Instructor and a HACCP Instructor.


Here you can get the 2009 USDA Food Safety Guide from his site.

How to post Qview to Forum:

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

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.

For Step By Step Instructions On Posting Qview Check Out This Tutorial

post #4 of 14
Derek - Welcome to SMF. Nice bio. Glad to have you with us
post #5 of 14
Nice to see someone with some real desire to up his smoking time. Welcome to the SMF. It's a;; gppd my friend.
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Hello Derek.
Welcome to the SMF. Enjoy your stay!
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Welcome to SMF, Derek. Glad you joined us.
post #8 of 14
Welcome aboard. Sounds like you will fit right in. Looking forward to some Qview.
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Hello Derek, and welcome to the SMF family! Congrats on your new smoker, that sounds like a great setup. It's good to have you here.
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Welcome Derek, from Warren, MI
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First off welcome Derek 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.
Welcome To Your New Addiction
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Howdy & welcome to the SMF!!
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Thread Starter 
Great welcome, Thanks to all. I will be looking around for a while cuz there is so much here. I will be doing a fattie the next time I turn the smoke on. Haven't done one yet but you guys seem to have it down pat.

Here's a picture of me and my Stumps Prince:

And a few cooks:

post #14 of 14
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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