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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
There. Me in a nutshell.

Been a lurker, posted a couple times before, but avoided doing roll call since, well, I'm lazy. Sort of. When it comes to writing extemporaneously about myself, I am.

Noticed that guys sort of run in like-minded packs. I know this is a all-genders board and that's a huge generalization, but hear me out. The same sorts of guys that like vintage VWs also seem to like home brewing beer, electronics (specifically radio), and stringed instruments. And, I'm thinking, we also like BBQ/grilling and smoking. Am I wrong here?

Or that could just be my narrow view. Comments welcome. Just be gentle.

One thing I thought I would toss out there is the idea of a "trading post". To wit: I live in an area where tri-tip is king, closely followed by linguica. There are many many MANY local spice rubs, marinades, and tools devoted to the 'tip. On the other hand, a lot of you folks in areas where the real BBQ wars rage have access to similar local goodies that promote the predominant trends in your area.

What about an area of the BB where folks can trade stuff for stuff? For instance, I would love to try some Yuengling beer. CA allows interstate shipment of alcohol, but good luck finding a place that carries it on the eastern seaboard that would be willing to send you less than a pallet all the way to the left coast.

Anyway, to the point, I have a MES and made my first batch of beef ribs last night. Used the instruction sheet recipe and slightly modified it. With some hickory chips (which burned really completely I found after this morning's easy cleanup) and a lot of pacing, I had a winner. Tomorrow is pork butt.

So that's my wordy intro to you all.
post #2 of 26

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post #3 of 26
Welcome to SMF from Southeast Louisiana. The only difference I have compared to your thread title is my sting instument is a piano. I tried Yuengling beer for the time this past weekend. I will be putting Budweiser and others on the back burner, it is a good beer.
post #4 of 26
First off welcome Air Cooled 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 #5 of 26
Welcome Aircooled, de N3imf Da, dit- Dit, dit, dit, da, da- Dit, Dit - da, da - dit, dit, da, dit.
CQ Dx CQ Dx de November 3 India Mike Foxtrot
Yes and I come from the land of Yuengling beer. I live about 30 miles from Pottsville, Pa. and about 15 miles from Lebanon and about 20 miles from Hershey Pa.
And I make my own Lebanon Bologna
post #6 of 26
welcome aircooled, KB3GHW here and i am also from Pa. don't do the drinking anymore but i just had a neice leave for Hemet 2 days ago but the yuenlings probably wouldn't have made it to the Ohio border.

anyways your gonna like it here lots and lots of info...73's
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welcome to the site from south Louisiana.
Allways was a high powered (3000+ watts) outlaw CBer and wanted to become a ham . Just to dang lazy to learn the morse code.
I admire what the hams do in any emergency or natural disaster.
Smokin is my relaxation since the salt water fishing sucks w/ all the oil down here.
post #8 of 26
Welcome to the forums. We already have the trading post you talked about in your intro. It's the exchange program at the top of the classifieds. Just start a thread there about what you have or what you're looking for.
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the welcomes, all! And there is a huge amount of information here - both on the site and the board- and believe me, I've needed all I can gather. Just got my last installment of the eCourse a couple days ago.

Been finding it hard to be at home long enough lately to use the MES like I'd want ... but will do a Qview when it happens.

And eman, you'll be pleased to know that the Morse Code requirement has been dropped! Just a quicky (well, sorta) test, and you can get your tech license. Check out http://www.selarc.org/ ... they may be able to steer you in the right direction.


post #10 of 26
Welcome to the smoke train friend PDT_Armataz_01_42.gif
post #11 of 26
Yea the F.C.C. kinda just gives the Ham licience away now. All you need is a large microphone and 110% modulation and your set. I made dxcc the hard way. I did it with morse code. Sure it was hard to learn, but the way I figured if all the hams had to learn english plus translate it to morse, then the least I could do is learn the code.
I really think us Americans are getting fat and lazy.
post #12 of 26
Welcome to the SMF forum, Aircooled. Glad to have you here. No, I don't do VW's, Yuengling beer or Guitars. But I love me some smokey goodness BBQ. Enjoy your stay & have fun while you're here.
post #13 of 26
Welcome, for close to 20 years I have been at N9NQK, Same as the license on my van, before that I was KTG4246.
post #14 of 26
Welcome from KD0AID. I've done all of the above with the exception of beer making, but I've drank enough of to fit in with those that do make it :)
post #15 of 26
Welcome...You will enjoy it here...drinking a yuengling as we speak...
post #16 of 26
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
post #17 of 26

All but the VW

N4APO Here, all you stated is true of me except VWs just never been a fan of them plus they aint four wheel drive (lol) 73's welcome
post #18 of 26
Hey Now Aircooled!

Welcome aboard, you're in a great place for learning to smoke up some meat!

I loves me some tri-tip too. Smoked two of them last weekend. I'd love to hear how you do yours up. I usually make a rub of salt, pepper, granulated garlic, granulated onion, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. How do you do yours?

I've fiddled around with guitars, but nothing really gets me off like laying down some thunder with my bass. I love how I can crank up my amp, thump that E string and actually feel my whole body vibrate!

I was raised here in Kansas City, but lived in California for a number of years. I was in the Navy and on a aircraft carrier home ported in Alameda. Met my wife in Berkeley; she grew up in Merced. After I was discharged we lived way up North in Eureka for three years. Now we're back in K.C.

Anyway, glad to have you aboard.

post #19 of 26
Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
post #20 of 26
Figured VW has to be from CA.

I'm a transplant, moved 18 years ago away from CA, sold the bugs, and smoke meat, fish and brew beer.

Yep, another one of us.
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