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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
My name is Anthony but I prefer Caveman. Someone here already has that name so I will use my alias, Sircave. I like to play chess, although my endgame is not as strong as my beginning & middle game, I read & I work & play on computers for a living & as a hobby.

My rig is a Char Griller super model 2121. I have been using it for now for about nine to ten months with decent to fair results. Last week, my wife & I added a side fire box for smoking & OMG the results were interesting on my first smoke.

I am a novice smoker, however I have done a lot of research & reading & decided to smoke a 26lb Turkey for Thanksgiving, 2009. Also, last weekend I smoked my first 6 pound brisket, chicken breast & a rack of spare ribs all at the same time just last week. ( I really should have taken pictures.) The week of the 13th of February, I plan on attempting another smoke with a 10lb Brisket, 3 slabs of Baby backs & two whole chickens. ( Having a function at my place with two other couples. ) I will take some pictures this time.

Last time I used briquette charcoal & was only able to keep my temp at 150F. I think this was because of the ash burn. Of course it started off at 225F but then dropped. This time I am going to buy some green egg lump, as cowboy lump charcoal is all they seem to have around here & the reviews were unfavorable & see if I can finish my brisk on the grill instead of in the oven this time.

Phew, that was a lot from a newbie. I hope I can contribute to the forum & learn from some of the other members here & I am excited to be here as I truly feel this is a hobby that I want to "Master" with great skill.

Thank you for having me.
post #2 of 18
Well Sircave, welcome to the SMF. As far as lump charcoal is concerned, Wal Mart often carries the USA version of Royal oak. I highly recommend it. I hope the weather holds out for your weekend smoke. It's all good my friend.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thank You

I was reading your post then noticed you were not to far from me. I am in Lakewood. Yea, the weather better cooperate or I will be a wet smoker. And I have checked with Wally Mart online & did not see anything. I suppose I must walk in? Hmph. Go figure. Thanks for the tips. If they don't have it, then I am headed over to BBQ Galore in Torrance or Bellflower.

Nice to meet a fellow byte man, albeit retired.icon_wink.gif
post #4 of 18
If you have the time early Sat., you can swing by and I'll give you a bag to try out. We're celebrating my wife's BD later that day. Shoot me a pm if interested.
post #5 of 18
Welcome to the forum. With Richoso there to help you out, you can't go wrong!
post #6 of 18
Welcome aboard, lots of good things here
post #7 of 18
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #8 of 18
First off welcome Caveman to SMF. It sounds like you are well on your way to be an outstanding new member of this fine site. 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 Addiction
post #9 of 18
Hello Caveman
Welcome to the SMF. Enjoy your stay!
post #10 of 18
Hello Anthony/Caveman/Sircave, and welcome aboard! Glad you joined us.
post #11 of 18
Howdy & welcome to the SMF!!
post #12 of 18
Welcome to smf!
post #13 of 18

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 #14 of 18
Welcome to the forum. You're going to love it here.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
I truly want to Thank everyone who responded here. I feel so warm & fuzzy inside. icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif I just signed up for a paid photo bucket account so I will post some pics of my rig very soon. Right now we have rain. icon_rolleyes.gif I salute you Acemakr for your duty to our country. You are MY hero PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

Thank you sir. Without you, I could not grill / smoke without the freedom's I have.

Yes, I always Thank a Vet for my liberties, a Teacher for being able to read & write & a Farmer for being able to eat.
post #16 of 18
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #17 of 18

Time-Temp Q's

Just put in 2 butts to total 14 lbs.... smoking with apple and cherry... Rubbed yesterday in Jeff's recipe.... What temp to keep on elec. smoker, and time?? Internal temp to what?? Thanks for reply...
post #18 of 18

Time-Temp Q's

Just put in 2 butts to total 14 lbs.... smoking with apple and cherry... Rubbed yesterday in Jeff's recipe.... What temp to keep on elec. smoker, and time?? Internal temp to what?? Thanks for reply...
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