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Born & Raised Texan, starting to get serious about his 'Que.


Joined Oct 29, 2013
Hi everyone.

My name is Michael, although my family calls me Tommy(very long story).  I'm 46 years old, and living on the east side of Houston.  It's not the best side of Houston, but I'm actually very lucky that my little subdivision is old, established and I have great neighbors.  I'm newly married, as of June 1st 2013, to the little sister of one of my best friends while growing up(another long story). 

I'm actually rather new to bar-b-que and smoking meats.  My father, God rest his soul, wasn't a grilled meat fan, so honestly, I don't think he ever cooked anything outdoors while I grew up.  I love grilled meat, and now that I'm married, and we have a good house, I've started to explore my smoking and grilling adventure.  BTW, she loves it when I cook outside, and I've spoiled her from ordering any grilled/smoked meat from restaurants, as she says mines better.

I have 3 different smoker/grills that I use, from store bought to home-made, and I am really starting to look for things that I can cook on them.

So, I'm finally here, to look over some shoulders, ask some stupid questions, and generally lurk about.  I will pop my head every once in awhile, and then expect a flurry of questions before I retreat back into the shadows.

BTW, the profile picture I have, is of a turkey that I smoked on my homemade concrete culvert smoker.  Yes, it's a concrete culvert like you would see under a driveway or in a ditch.  And, it works great.

so ms smoker

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Dec 20, 2010
  Glad to have you with us! As you look around the site, you will be amazed to find that most anything can be smoked! Be sure to keep us posted with Q-view! Also, congrats on the new nuptials.


bama bbq

Master of the Pit
Joined Sep 24, 2011
Welcome aboard. From the sounds of it, you're gonna like it around here.


Master of the Pit
Joined Dec 25, 2010
Howdy Mike from a Mike and a Texan born in Houston as well.. ..
WECLOME to SmF.. cant want to see some que from ya.

So, I'm finally here, to look over some shoulders, ask some stupid questions, and generally lurk about.  I will pop my head every once in awhile, and then expect a flurry of questions before I retreat back into the shadows. 


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Joined Jun 20, 2013
Hey Michael

Welcome aboard.  Neat concrete smoker.  Ask any questions you want--everyone will answer you (all differently but correctly)


gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 6, 2011
Hello fellow Texan 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   ......... What part of our great state you from?
[/h1][h1]  [/h1][h1]Gary[/h1]


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Feb 9, 2009
Welcome aboard Michael!  Glad you've joined us!  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.



Epic Pitmaster
Joined Oct 7, 2012

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.

Not a thing wrong with a concrete smoker.

Happy smoken.



Master of the Pit
Joined May 12, 2013
Hello Michael and welcome to the fun.  I am originally from Mathis ( near Corpus ) and now live in England.  Daughter now lives in Tarkington.  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  The trial and error method works well.  There are no stupid questions on this site.  What we have are opportunities to help some nice new folks and share some info.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!


gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 6, 2011
Turkey look great, lets see some more



Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Apr 23, 2010
Hi Michael/Tommy,

 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'



Smoking Fanatic
Joined Sep 25, 2013
Welcome- I ask stupid questions to, your not alone... good looking Qview.. Just so ya know and it hasn't been mentioned yet, this site has a kikk azz search engine- just use the bar up ^ There ...

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