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Glad to Be Here


Joined Nov 2, 2013
Hello everybody.  My first post!  This is a great community and I'm glad to be here.

I live in Virginia, but am originally from Texas, so I gotta love brisket and mesquite.  The first time I saw chopped pork, I didn't even know it was supposed to be BBQ.  Now I love it, especially eastern NC style, with the vinegar based sauce.

When I was a kid, my dad would smoke bottom-round beef on his charcoal grill, and I loved seeing the bright red ring in the meat, though I had no idea why it was there.  He used charcoal and soaked hickory chips, and everybody loved the flavor.

I smoke all kinds of meat, but like pork and beef the best.  And jalapenos!  I'm a capsaicin freak.  I just smoked some cayennes and made a chipotle sauce with them.  Wow, is it good.  I've never done any cold smoking but am eager to learn.

I've had two smokers - an offset and an electric vertical.  I burned out the cheap offset, and don't much care for the electric, so I'm gathering supplies to build a vertical smoker.  I will soon take delivery of a freebie 250-gallon water tank, and am praying it's not epoxy-lined.  I wanted to build a reverse flow offset, but I'm thinking a tank this large would almost require a trailer rig, so I've chosen the vertical style instead.  I welcome (actually, I'm begging) any guidance you might have. 

I like to tinker, so in addition to a regular firebox, I'm thinking about an auto-feed hopper for charcoal or maybe even pellets, though I've never cooked anything with pellets, and don't really know the pros or cons.

I will post pictures of the tank as soon as I get it.

gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
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Joined 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   ......... 
[/h1][h1]  [/h1][h1]Gary[/h1]


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Joined Feb 9, 2009
Welcome to the forums!  Glad you've joined our group.  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.


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