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Hello fellow barbeque enthusiasts! My name is Bill Greene and I live in Prince George County, Virginia.
Cooking and grilling have been a passion of mine for years, and I have been making my own rubs and sauces for quite a while. I started playing around with smoking last year using my big charcoal grill that has a separator piece between two rather large grates. I would place the meat, mostly pork shoulders, on one side and the coals and smoking wood on the other side. It was pretty difficult to maintain the temperatures, but I managed.
I recently purchased a CharGriller smoker with the side firebox and quickly discovered many short-comings with the unit. I have made a few simple modifications to take care of the heat distribution and heat control problems and I wish I had known about this website before I started using the smoker.
My first smoke was ribs, and since I had temperature control issues, they were tough. Since then, I have learned a few things that really helped my results. I have had perfect results on both ribs and boston butt every time since that first smoke and I attribute the results to the items below.
1. All natural lump charcoal provides better temperature control and produces less heavy ash. It’s worth the money!
2. Use some type of baffle or tuning plate to help alleviate the hot spot directly adjacent to the firebox on the CharGriller. This increases available cooking surface.
3. Add a coal grate just above the slide out ash dump try so that you can dump ashes during those long smokes, like with a boston butt.
For mother’s day, my mom and mother-in-law were our guests of honor and I smoked ribs. They were PERFECT. The whole family agreed that this was the best meal they had eaten in years. My wife fixed a fantastic macaroni salad, squash and potatoes, and I fixed up some green beans to go with our ribs.
I can’t believe anyone would actually BOIL ribs! I love my little smoker, but I am looking forward graduating to a nice Klose or Lang smoker soon.
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Welcome to sir, I am in Culepeper Va as well.
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Welcome to SMF!
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Welcome to the SMF Bill, We are glad to have you onboard
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welcome to the club,
Sounds like you are well on your way to meat nirvana.
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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.

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post #7 of 12
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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First off welcome Bill 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
post #9 of 12
Welcome neighbor to the forum I live accross the river in northern Henrico, great people here and also good information.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks Alan. I've been a fan of the site for quite some time and finally decided to go ahead and join the forum.
I heard so much talk about Jeff's rub recipe that I had to get it and compare it to mine. Not bad at all! Great on baby backs, just so you know.
How long have you been at it?
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Welcome to SMF!! Lots of good folks and information here... PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
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Bill, I have been smoking about 2 years, I have a ECB with mods and a Brinkman upright gas can't do any big smokes but for us it works out fine. Jeff's rub and sauce are very good.
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