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Checking in from NY

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey folks, I'm Jeff and I love smoking meats.

Yup, standard new guy into here.

My wife and I bought a house in November of 2008. Within a week of moving in (from an apartment that didn't allow grills), I found myself at Lowe's buying a Char Griller Duo. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

I've done a few racks of ribs, 1 pork shoulder, and 1 brisket. The shoulder and brisket need some work (I need to learn to time things better), but at least the flavor's good!

I've done a couple mods to my Duo:

1) added the side fire box for indirect heat/smoking
2) made a charcoal basket so i don't have to fuss with the charcoal as much

In the future, I plan to add a couple more, higher quality, thermometers, as well as work on getting the fire box and main chamber to seal better.

I'm currently learning the best way to get the temperature under control, as I fight temperature spikes. Slow, steady progress is coming there.
post #2 of 14
Welcome to the forums neighbor, You're going to like it here.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Since I'm new, I've still got a LOT to learn. hoping to get some "experience" under my belt by reading other people's experiences.
post #4 of 14
Welcome to SMF, Jeff. Glad you joined us.
post #5 of 14
Howdy, welcome to the SMF!!
Displaced NY'er here.
post #6 of 14
Welcome to SMF where you will learn about brisket and pork stalls , ABT s , ECB s Qview , the 5 Day eCourse , Fattie s , MES , EVOO and all kinds of neat stuff . My name is Buddy and I am a smoker . I live in Texas .PDT_Armataz_01_36.gif
post #7 of 14
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #8 of 14
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 #9 of 14
Hello Jeff, and welcome to the SMF. Good to read that you're working on temp control, it will be worth the effort in your future smokes. It's all good my friend.
post #10 of 14
Hi Jeff,
Welcome to the forum, and its a small world ain't it ?

I'm in Camillus. (near Syracuse)

"Where's there's smoke......there's MEAT" ( I hope)
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
I've been itching to do some smoking lately, but with this nasty weather, and my relative noviceness, I'm hesitant to do much until the weather warms up.
post #12 of 14
Try it, I did some beef ribs on Super Sunday. It takes a little extra work but if your're a die-hard, do it !

I'm looking to start competition cooking. I'm gonna enter the RocCity Rib-off in Rochester in May. (memorial day weekend)

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
That's cool. Keep me posted on that. I'd like to stop by and check things out if I'm around (we usually start going up to the Thousand Islands around that time).
post #14 of 14

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

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