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Hello from beautiful Oklahoma!

post #1 of 17
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I'm 31, married with one son, just started learning about smoking meat. Currently on my first smoke, 2 slabs of 321 pork spare ribs in the MES 30 right now.

Before this, I used the grill a lot. I have a nice backyard with an inground pool, patio, and spend most my time there during the summer, so it will be nice to be able to have some meat on the smoker while goofing in the yard or pool. I also like to make deer jerky in the dehydrator from the deer I harvest, but never even thought about smoking, thinking it would be too tough to learn on my own. Then a couple of guys at work were talking about their Cookshack and MES electric smokers and how easy it was, and it got me interested. I bought the more reasonably priced MES, and started researching the internet for tips, and this was the first site I found. I haven't needed to go anywhere else. This site has everything I need to get started.

I think I might have a new hobby. I've already started thinking about having friends and family over for supper, but I think I'll wait until summertime when I have a better feel for it.
post #2 of 17
Welcome to SMF lots of good info here. And welcome to your new addiction.
post #3 of 17
Welcome aboard, Jeff! You've definitely found the right place to learn the craft of smoking.

Sounds like you have a growing interest, and as you mentioned about having folks to dinner, you'll know when you're ready...the main thing with smoking is not to rush anything...low & slow is the way to go. Don't rush your own confidence in your skills, either...just let it happen.

You'll find lots of folks here more than willing to help with anything you need advice for, so don't be shy. Remember that there are no "stupid" questions here.

Enjoy your new found hobby, and SMF!

post #4 of 17
Jeff may I suggest if you're going to have friends over to enjoy your smoking, learn the art of smoking ABTs as they are just about always a hit as an appetizer and you can never make too many.
post #5 of 17
Welcome to the SMF, and thanks for the introduction. It's all good my friend.
post #6 of 17
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #7 of 17
Welcome from Enid, Jeff!

I don't want to start anything, but do you have a prediction for the first game of the Big 12 tourney?PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif
post #8 of 17
Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
post #9 of 17
First off welcome Jeff 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 #10 of 17
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 #11 of 17

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 #12 of 17
Howdy, welcome to the SMF!!
post #13 of 17
Welcome, your not going to believe how much your about to enjoy your new hobby.
post #14 of 17
welcome to the smf, you've come to the right place to learn to smoke all kinds of foods.
post #15 of 17
Welcome to SMF Jeff! I agree that ABT's are a real crowd pleaser. They are easy to make and forgiving to smoke. Pulled pork is good also very forgiving if needed, just allow plenty of time to get up to temp!!
post #16 of 17
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the welcomes everyone. I can't believe how friendly everyone is. My kinda people.

Dirt Guy: I'm an OU alum, class of '03, so even with as bad a year as we're having, I'm still trying to keep the faith. But just between us, Pokes by 15.icon_rolleyes.gif
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