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New guy from Minnesota

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Hi everyone. Chris from St. Paul, MN here.

I've got some friends who smoke competitively, and after tasting the ribs, loin and and pulled pork they've made on their rigs, thought I needed to get in on the fun myself.

I picked up a Brinkmann Gourmet water smoker last night on sale at Lowe's and plan to perform a couple of mods and give it a run this weekend with some ribs and some ABTs. I thought the Brinkmann would be a good intro to smoking.

My girlfriend is a little apprehensive about another hobby (cigars, golf, craft beers, etc ...) but she'll come around if the product is good icon_mrgreen.gif

I think I've compiled all of the gear I'll need to get started, so, wish me luck!
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First off welcome Chris to SMF. 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
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Welcome Chris to smf, You're gonna learn alot here, and I think this will become the one hobby of yours that your girlfriend, won't complain that your doing too much of.
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Chris, Welcome from another Minnesotan. Glad you found SMF!!!
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I do wish you luck. But with the experts here on SMF your in good company. Your girl friend will notice supple changes at first and the she will realizes your doing all the cooking and will be all for it. Welcome from Monticello MN.Bill PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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Welcome to the SMF chris, 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

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Welcome friend
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Welcome from Austin, TX. You're gonna love it here.
post #10 of 14
Welcome to SMF, Chris. Glad you joined us.
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Savage, MN

No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

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Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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Welcome to SMF, look forward to your posts and hearing about what you have on the menu.
post #14 of 14
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
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