Beginner in TX -- but an OKIE at heart

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Original poster
Oct 24, 2013
We are just getting started with smoking.  We live in Streetman, TX -- about 2 hours south of Dallas.  We are big college football fans, and with the fall weather and being outside and at ball games, etc -- smoking sound like a good time!!  Hopefully, over time it will be relaxing.

We love to cook all kinds of foods and all kinds of ways (grill, rotisserie, indoor dutch oven, shrimp boils, etc).  We have been reading on the forum for a month or so now and have purchased a smoker and some accessories.  So far the forum and Jeff's "Smoking Meat" cookbook have been invaluable.

So here is what we have purchased so far -- we have been seeing our UPS man A LOT recently:

- Landmann GOSM 3895GWLA -- it is the 38" tall with the wide body and 2 drawers at the bottom (1 for wood box, 1 for water)

- Maverick ET732 thermometer with remote

- Thermoworks Thermapen

- Rib rack

- Gloves

- Various wood chips and pellets (hickory, peach, apple, oak)

- Have a A-Maze-N tube and pellets on order -- very excited about the potential for this one !!

We got the smoker last Friday, got it put together and did an initial smoke to season it.  We did an initial cook over the weekend.  For our first time, things turned out all okay and we learned a TON cooking:

- ABT's

- Chicken legs brined then dry rubbed

- Chicken legs injected with Hooters wing sauce

- Country style ribs brined with Dr. Pepper/Salt then dry rubbed

We have some questions on the temperature for our GOSM at the various knob settings (e.g. Low, Medium, High).... and will place a separate post to get some feedback.

Thanks in advance for all the terrific insight from the forum members!!

P.S. -- I grew up in Oklahoma and went to school at Oklahoma State -- GO POKES !!


SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
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Mar 22, 2008
Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. Congrats on all the new goodies they should be a great start. Ask any questions you have and we will certainly try to get you answers. When you get that new Amazen Smoker don't forget to smoke some cheese


Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Oct 31, 2012
Canadian Rockies
Welcome from Canada.

Sounds like you're off to a great start! It also sounds like you have already got the addiction.

I only started smoking last year and, with the help of this forum, I am having a blast and am totally hooked on smoking.

I look forward to seeing your posts.



Master of the Pit
Group Lead
Jul 23, 2012
Metrowest Boston , ma.
I love it that a Texan from Oklahoma can get welcomed by a guy from Canada and Boston in the same post. Is this a great forum , or what? Hey , good luck fella. Look forward to seeing some of your cooking.


Master of the Pit
Mar 12, 2013
Midwest City, Oklahoma
Welcome aboard! An okie gone south to the land of brisket? Niicee!! I brought it back up here to OKC. I consider this North Texas anyways...lmao. Look forward to seeing some qviews from ya. Good luck and have fun.


Epic Pitmaster
Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.



Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Aug 1, 2008
Central California
Welcome aboard.

If I live long enough, I would love to get back to Texas, a place where people are still somewhat free.

Many years back?  Those dam Texans were very kind to the people in the service.  Even if they were Dam Yankees?

I will never forget that, and a bit of my heart is still in Texas.

Good luck and good smoking.

gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
Jan 6, 2011
Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything   ......... We won't hold it against you for being an Okie, at least you are in Texas now, We will speak S L O W L Y so you can understand.  Again welcome
[/h1][h1]  [/h1][h1]Gary[/h1]


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Feb 9, 2009
N.E. Oklahoma
Welcome aboard!  You'll find there are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who genuinely enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.



Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
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Apr 23, 2010
Prince George, Va.
Hi Texasjet,

Sounds like you are loaded for bear!

 to the SMF, the best BBQ site on the web.  Whatever you need to know about the fine art of BBQ you can find it right here, from recipes to technical knowledge.

One thing you need to know about us is that we like to see pictures of your creations and your gear.  We call it Q-View and its basically the 

So, don't just talk about your food, show it!  Otherwise you may get a gentle reminder, like this...

  or this...

Good Luck and Get Smokin'



Original poster
Thread starter
Oct 24, 2013
WOW ! Thanks for such the warm welcome. Look forward to lots of great interactions.

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