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Checking in from Arizona

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
So new I haven't picked up the smoker yet! Been a freelance outdoor writer since High School. Of course, I have done the "backyard BBQ" thing, but am excited to get a smoker and learn some completely new things! As for my "bill-paying" job, I am a Facilities Manager with an AZ University.
post #2 of 24
Welcome to the SMF. Take your time in selection a new smoker, and try to get one that is larger than what you think you'll need. Mo is better.
post #3 of 24


Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us. This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

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This thread will tell you basically everything you need to know and the man explaining it is
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Here you can get the 2009 USDA Food Safety Guide from his site.
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Large ones that us old people with bad eyes can see.



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post #4 of 24
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #5 of 24
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #6 of 24
welcome aboard desertrat glad u found the SMF-zonie from the tucson sector here.
post #7 of 24
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks here and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 24
Ok, welcome aboard!.. What part od az ya in?

Have you got a smoker picked out already? If so, what kind/brand is it? What kind of smoking are you wanting to get into to start with?
post #9 of 24
Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you here.
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. I am in Queen Creek, about 40 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix.

I got a good deal on a (very) entry level smoker: http://www.azsj.org/forums/showthread.php?t=18216

Thought I would dip my toe in the water and upgrade once I got my bearings...
post #11 of 24
Welcome from another eastsider. You will learn alot here.
Good luck.
post #12 of 24
welcome!!!!!!!!!!!
post #13 of 24
Welcome aboard. You know you will be addicted as soon as you give it a try. It is like crack for most of us. Can't get enough.icon_smile.gif
post #14 of 24
First off welcome Rat 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.
http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...ad.php?t=58920
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.
http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...play.php?f=127
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 #15 of 24
Howdy & welcome to the SMF!!
post #16 of 24
Welcome.

I'm in AZ as well. Casa Grande
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks all
post #18 of 24
Welcome Dessert Rat - the smoker picking adventure is a fun journey but once you have it the real fun begins -
post #19 of 24
Welcome to the show DesertRat. Jump on in, the water's fine.
post #20 of 24
Welcome aboard the SMF!! Lots of great info, recipes, and ideas here for your reading pleasure as well as a friendly and helpful group to answer all your questions. Enjoy your stay.

 
Don
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