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Another SoCal new guy

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

Just joined today but have been reading Jeff's stuff for months. My wife gave me a smoker over a year ago as a B-Day gift and I just looked stumped at the box and asked her what the hell I was supposed to do with it.

Well surprise, surprise, surprise, it is my new best friend. I use to BBQ everything from Pizza to Turkey but now my BBQ Galore, Capt’n Cook just sits very lonely alongside my new shiny penny Brinkman. Not quite in the league of smokers I see here but we all have to start somewhere. It is a propane Brinkman that is now well seasoned and recently modified to improve smoke flow and allow smoking at lower temperatures. It works for now as I work on my smoking skills and put together my wish list for what I would like to have for the next smoker I buy.

I think I can successfully say I am past the stage of intimidation as I have done countless chickens, ribs and pork butts, a turkey this past Thanksgiving, a ham for X-Mas,(both thanks to Jeff) and have now moved on to brine (pinksalt) curing and smoking for things like pastrami and Anduille sausages. I was happy to see this month’s newsletter on pastrami as I just did my second 5lb brisket (in a month) for a Superbowl party and WOW was it well received (read -gone in minutes). I know that Jeff likes to make things easy by starting with pre-cured corned beef but it is amazing how easy it is to just do it yourself and add whatever flavors you like in to the brining process. But then again, I was surprised at what just smoking a pre-cured ham would yield.

Glad to see so many smoking enthusiasts in one place. I know I am now hooked. My wife just sits back and laughs as I portray myself as some kind smoking knowledgeable person when we entertain as though I have been doing it for the past 20 years.

post #2 of 22
TJ, welcome to the forum.
post #3 of 22
welcome to the SMF
post #4 of 22
TJ welcome to SMF glad you decided to join the party. You'll find lots of good info and some great recipes here. Have fun and happy smoking
post #5 of 22

Nice to Smoke Ya

I just joined but I want to say welcome to another Southern Californian face.
post #6 of 22
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #7 of 22
Welcome to smf!!
post #8 of 22
Welcome Aboard! I'm also a newbie from SoCal. This place is awesome. There is a lot of knowledge and great information here.
post #9 of 22
Good story welcome aboard.

post #10 of 22
Welcome to the SMF!
post #11 of 22
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #12 of 22

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 #13 of 22
Hey Tj welcome to the SMF. Where are you in So Cal ? I am hoping we can put a gathering together in the summer with all the new smokers we are getting here
post #14 of 22
sounds good i'll be in. hopefully everyone goes to the bbq comp in wildomar. i wouldn't be apposed in going in and putting a team together theres so many categories in the event
post #15 of 22
From one newbie socal smoker to another, WELCOME!

Scarbelly- im in for a get together.
post #16 of 22
Howdy & welcome to the SMF!!
post #17 of 22
Welcome from your neighbor, in SoCal.
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the welcomes everyone! We split our time between Long Beach and Lake Arrowhead. The smoker resides in Arrowhead but the smoked goods can be found in either location. Would enjoy a get together...........
post #19 of 22
Welcome fellow Southern Californian. I'm in Corona, CA and have the WSM.
post #20 of 22
First off welcome TJ 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.
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