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First Post & First Fire Tonight! (with pic)

post #1 of 16
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I've been a long time BBQ fan, and very fortunate to live near plenty of excellent BBQ joints in Kansas City, so I'm not sure why it's taken so long to take up getting the smoke on myself.

As a surprise a couple of weeks back on my birthday, my wife and mother enrolled me in a smoking class with a chef who also happened to be an American Royal Grand Champion. Add to that being a huge fan of BBQ Pitmasters on TV, and here I am two weeks later with a kitchen counter strewn with rubs, thermometers, rib racks, and whatnot!

Tonight, my oldest son and I fired up our new smoker to season it and practice regulating temps. It's an Oklahoma Joe that we bought yesterday for $399.00 at Ace Hardware. After looking at lots of smokers along with some used ones on Craigslist, I'm very happy with the quality and size of this one. Temps were very easy to maintain, even with a somewhat cool ambient around 45°.

Here's our new baby, looking forward to learning a lot here!
post #2 of 16
Good smoking to you!!! Enjoy the time with your son.

post #3 of 16
Welcome to SMF. A bunch of great people here with lots to share. Just ask.

Congrats to the new smoker. I know you will enjoy this obsession as much as the rest of us do.
post #4 of 16
Welcome to SMF and congrats on the new smoker. I'm gonna move your thread to the roll call section where you can get a proper SMF welcome
post #5 of 16
Welcome aboard!
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icon_wink.gifWelcome to your new addiction!icon_wink.gif
post #7 of 16
Welcome aboard !!!!!!!!!! You are in for a good time and so is your son !!!
post #8 of 16
welcome to SMF and nice looking smoker
post #9 of 16
Welcome to SMF... enjoy the smoke!
post #10 of 16
Hello from Indiana, welcome to SMF
post #11 of 16


Welcome to smf, this is a great site, that's full of info, great people, and great looking bbq. I'm new also, and I'm sure you'll soon be joining me and stand up and say " Hi, I'm ( insert name ), and I'm a smokeaholic!" PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #12 of 16
Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
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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 16
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #15 of 16

Nice choice on your smoker, your among meat smoking friends here at SMF. Looking forward to some pics of your Q off the new smoker...

You have gone and done it now! Stumbled into a whole nest of grazed smokers. Next thing you know you will be getting funny looks from your family while you snap pics of the excellent Q you just smoked.

USDA Kitchen Companion
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Awesome - and welcome PDT_Armataz_01_42.gif
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