A BIG thankyou!!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by rodc, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. rodc

    rodc Smoke Blower

    A couple of months back I decided to indulge myself and try 'proper' BBQ and get a smoker.

    Some searching on the web found me a small horizontal smoker & this forum, where a lot of people I'd never met took the time to reassure and advise me.

    Since then I've done some minor mods to make the smoker more efficient, spent way more than I'd planned on charcoal chimney, digital thermometer, charcoal, smoking wood & meat.

    BUT I've had some setbacks, but have also made some (if I say so myself) decent BBQ.

    My friend the butcher had a brisket & some ribs (which seemed more like racks of ribs with the belly pork still attached, they were about 3 inches thick) for me at the weekend there, but I was sealing the doors & the join between the smoking chamber & the fire chamber on Saturday, so planned a day's smoking yesterday. The usual Scottish weather all day rain then materialised. Not to be daunted I fired her up in the doorway of the garage with all doors and windows opened, 10 hours of smoking & running back and forth in the rain while the dog sat on the back step & looked at me like I was a nutjob followed. I finished up not even that hungry & only had a couple of ribs.

    I just got a call at work from my Dad telling me that the ribs and sliced brisket I gave him were the best he'd tasted & I should go pro. He was so proud of them he took some to a neighbour along with some brisket & was told I should give up being an engineer & just BBQ. [​IMG]

    I got a hell of a buzz having other appreciate my efforts & while I pride myself on my cooking, this was the best reaction I've had.

    The point of this is I'd not have managed this without the e-course, and without the friendly advice & great recipes on this forum - thanks folks!!!

    (Extra special thanks to the 'Brisket Finishing Sauce' thread and Ranger 72's Lone Steer Finishing Sauce recipe, and to the 'Sear or not to Sear' thread - I seared & LOVED it!!).

    [​IMG]Folks, you're great!! [​IMG]
  2. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the fourm. I found myself here after firing up an electric smoker my Mother gave me 10 years ago. Never took it out of the box. My brother and I had built my Dad a monster cooker for his pig roasts and I had been checking things out on the internet when I came across this place. I've been smoking pretty heavy since last October and I guess everyone who knows me has had a bite of something I've put together. One of the nicest things that has happened.... the other day my Dad called me up for advice and method for smoking ribs. My Dad doesn't ask anyone how to cook anything. He is very well versed in cooking and I've enjoyed his cooking my whole life. It was a compliment for him to seek my advice on smoking some ribs. Simple pleasure but..... lotsa impact. Again..... welcome to the forum.
  3. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good to hear that all went very well. Keep up the good Smokes and post Q-views when you can.[​IMG]
  4. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Another satisfied customer! I wasn't able to help you much, but glad things have gone so well.

    What do you plan to call your resturant?
  5. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't recall being around for you on the forum, but, glad you found the info you needed to get it done up right.

    Sounds like your in for a long and happy journey through the thin blue smoke...enjoy!

  6. bdougt

    bdougt Newbie

    Way to go RodC.

    I am a bit behind you - still working on fire control. I am the true newbie.
  7. tacman

    tacman Meat Mopper

    Hey Rod,

    Glad you had a successful smoke. I too have been impressed with the amount of help, advice and inspiration I have received here at the smf.
  8. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Thats a great success story. Im glad that SMF was here to help you out.

    Keep up the great work.
  9. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Glad the SMF was able to be there for you. Like it has for so many of us.

    Welcome to your new favorite hobby. I've all but given up golf now...and I'm not too happy about that, but I just can't control myself.
  10. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey glad to hear you're another happy camper! Welcome to the SMF[​IMG]
  11. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congrats on the compliments you got on your food Rod.
    Folks on the forum may have helped but you were the one who fueled and tended the fire so you absolutely deserve a pat on the back for a job well done.
    Keep up the good smokes.
  12. jimvans

    jimvans Fire Starter

    You are right Rod, there is very little that can compare to having people enjoy your food. Food is one of the biggest pleasures that man can share with each other. I have really enjoyed reading everyones stories and advice. I think I will be a permanent resident of this site.
  13. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That is what SMF is all about!
  14. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First off congrats on your smoke and the praise that it brought you. It's a nice feeling ain't it that everyone loves your food. I'm glad that some of the great people here could help in your journey to greatness. [​IMG]
  15. dexter

    dexter Smoke Blower

    Congratulations on the great Q !!!!!!!!!! I know it is a wonderful feeling to have others enjoy your food.
  16. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Glad to have you with us.

    Be sure to check out Jeff's 5Day Smoking Basics eCourse, you can find it here 5 Day eCourse
  17. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    welcome aboard-glad to have u in SMF.

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