an addict from Illinois

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Fire Starter
Original poster
Sep 29, 2010
Richmond, Illinois
Hello, my name is Brian, and I'm addicted to barbecue.

I've had this sickness for as long as I can remember, and it feels good to finally say it!

After years of paying good money for the sub-par BBQ that is found in northern Illinois, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make it my self. Last year I bought a Brinkmann vertical smoker and have been using it on and off to satisfy my cravings for brisket and ribs. But now my normal "fix" just isn't doing it for me anymore and I am forced to try new and exotic things. This weekend will be my first time making pulled pork. I'm a little nervous and really excited about the prospect of adding to my repertoire. While I'm at it, I will also be smoking a fatty just for something for everyone to munch on. Their first taste is free, and hopefully I'll get them good and hooked on the smokey goodness that I'm am learning to make.

I will continue to read all the posts and post questions as needed. Hell, if I feel that I have anything of value to add, I'll respond to a few topics too. However, I feel that my limited experience pales in comparison to the Masters on this board and I would be stepping on toes by offering any advice....

So, please keep posting the great recipes and help me keep my addiction alive and well!


Smoking Fanatic
Feb 20, 2010
West Liberty, Iowa
Welcome to SMF and congratulations on admitting your addiction.

Be careful with it, I read somewhere in these postings “the fastest way to a double chin is to buy a smoker"


Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Mar 12, 2009

First off Welcome Brian to SMF.  You'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.

Welcome To Your New Addiction  


Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
Jul 26, 2009
Hello Brian. Welcome to SMF. Glad to have you here with us  


Meat Mopper
Apr 8, 2010
Red Hill, PA
Welcome Chowderpants. There is a wealth of knowledge here and there is always room for more. Don't worry about stepping on toes though.... I think we all know that there are different ways and techniques to do everything. It's always good to to have options. I'm still pretty new and I throw advice in from time to time and sometimes I'm corrected, but then I learn something new. No egos here friend.


Meat Mopper
Jul 19, 2007
Van Buren AR
Welcome!!!!  We dont care for the term "addict" we much prefer "enthusiast"  LOL Addict refers there is a problem, and I got no problem, my smoker works just fine

Browse the forums and feel free to ask questions, there are some extremely accomplished Q'rs in here
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Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
Feb 3, 2009

 Welcome to SMF!

 If ya got something to say, just chime in. We don't bite. (well squirrel might).

 They don't cotton to drama on this site at all. If you give advice or get advice from someone that may not be the norm Someone will correct you or them.

 If you can smoke ribs and brisket , You should be able to do a butt in your sleep. ( and YOU WILL have time for a nap.)

Any questions ,please feel free to ask. As the only stupid questions are the ones never asked.


Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
May 1, 2007

Welcome Brian 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 eCourseE


Legendary Pitmaster
SMF Premier Member
Oct 17, 2009
Hendertucky, Nv.
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.


Meat Mopper
Sep 16, 2010
From Vandalia Illinois
Hello Chowderpants and welcome to the forums!  I am new myself to the forums!  You will find some great people here!
  I am also from Illinois, I live in Vandalia the middle part of Illinois! is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.