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Master of the Pit
Original poster
Jun 11, 2013
Monroe, NC USA

  My name is Aaron and I am new to SMF! I thought I would do my Roll call hello and tell everyone about myself. My handle on here is phatbac and that is an old nickname from when i was in highschool it has a somewhat funny story about it which I will not tell now (PM maybe i will share) and is now tattooed on my arm. You can call me Aaron or phatbac either way is fine.

  I have been smoking meat for about 1 1/2 years with an actual smoker before that i started smoking with a propane grill with wet wood chips (nothing low and slow about that) but it still made good burgers. At first i was smoking with what i think is referred to as an ECB. it is a $40 R2D2 looking thing.

   A month and half ago my wife bought me a char broil deluxe off-set smoker for our anniversary which i have been using ever since. Since i got that smoker i have been doing more research on how to use it when i discovered these forums. i have been reading them for about a month and learning all kinds of things i have been doing wrong with my smoking. As a result my food has gotten immediately better!  i thought i would join these forums to learn more and become better at the hobby i so enjoy.

   As for me, I live in Pulaski Virginia and work a small nearby college. i develop web based software for the college and really enjoy what i do. I live with my wife and our two cats. I enjoy smoking (and eating of course) i also enjoy cooking in general and playing all kinds of board, card and role playing games.

I look forward to talking and learning from all you guys and gals out there in the SMF. I will share what i know and my experiences and soon hope to get a decent camera so i can some Qview! Until then i will be mostly reading all of your input and looking at your delicious QView.
Hi Aaron! :welcome1: to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 900,000 posts describing it!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

We have an Articles section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!
to SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

If you didn't read the "Terms of Service" notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums.

If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!

Welcome to the forums, Aaron!  Glad you've joined us.  You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastimes...grilling, smoking, and curing great food!  There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another.  Just ask any time you need help and you'll get plenty!

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