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greetings from down under

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by markh5000, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. markh5000

    markh5000 Newbie

    Hi all, and greetings from Australia.  Following a visit to Virgil's in NYC on a trip not so long ago - first proper bbq ever - I rushed home, joined the forum, bought the secret recipes, did the recommended "courses", generally lurked about and read with great interest the thousands of years of accumulated experience on the forum.  I have now bought a vertical gas smoker, and can I just say I'm lovin' the Q!!!

    Having been reared on a diet of Australian-style grilling masquerading as bbq, like everyone else in this fair land, I had no idea what we were missing out on.  Pulled pork?  How could you guys keep THAT a secret from the rest of the world!?!? Lawdy!

    Anyhoo, thanks again for all the inspiration and for opening the door into this astonishing world.  I know I haven't earned the right to ask too many questions yet, but the family and I are planning a trip to the USA for about april - may 2012, and I am itching to go to a bbq competition (just go, not enter).  There seems an awful lot to choose from, so could anyone recommend which one or two would be a good bet for a first timer - friendly, big and accessible?  I would be very grateful for any tips.

    Cheers, looking forward to sharing my humble efforts with you and spreading the word!

  2. bamaboy

    bamaboy Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Hello from along ways away.look into a competition called Memphis in May.real nice event
  3. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    welcome mate..................anyone Q a roo?
  4. jjmrascal

    jjmrascal Smoke Blower

    G'day Mark!  Can't wait to have up on our side of the globe.  Do the toilets really flush backwards down there?  Just kidding.  Lot's of good info here and tutorials as well.  You'll have to "Q a Roo" for us, eh?...Probably not.

    Welcome aboard!
  5. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]  to SMF, it's great to have you here, I like it when others from all over the world join us, really gives us some different ideas on other cultures ways of BBQing
  6. new2que

    new2que Meat Mopper

    Great to have you here.  I met a group of about 6 Aussies who were visiting the US this year and attended a Gamecock football game... I introduced them to smoked ribs and wings... Needless to say they had the same reaction as you! 

    Glad when people realize that "BBQ" isn't another name for a grill.

    Welcome aboard!
  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I can see it now!

     Mark corners the market on great smoked meat in aussie land and opens a very successful Q joint.

     All thanks to SMF

     Welcome to the family!!!!
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Mark welcome to SMF glad you joined us. If your coming here around then you could attend the N. Florida Gathering not a big competition but we sure have some fun.Then you could drop down to the coast of Fl or find a competition to go check out. Here's a thread about the Gathering

  9. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome aboard friend. Now lets see some QVIEW
  10. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member


    Welcome 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
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2010
  11. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Sounds like you've been bitten by the Q bug. It's all good my friend.
  12. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    You have the immediate right to ask as many questions as you can think of!  There are NO dumb questions, and we all get to learn more that way.  Thanks for joining the forum!
  13. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Glad ya found us.  A trip to your fair land is in my bucket list.  Thats a list of things I still want to do before I go to the great Q joint in the sky.  Welcome!
  14. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome  to SMF, Mark. You earned the right to ask questions when you joined the fellowship. Someone here always has the answer you need. Glad you’re here!
  15. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2010
  16. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome Mark,

    Lots of good people, recipes and ideas here and don't be afraid to ask those questions, what I've found to be true on this site is we smoke the meat and not the posters.

    Post some pics of your gear (and the surrounding area and fauna), there are detailed instructions in the wiki section if you don't already know how.

    Down under too, just a little East of you,

  17. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off Welcome Mark 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        
  18. smokingnd

    smokingnd Smoke Blower

    Welcome to the forum, Mark.  First off you don't need to earn the right to ask questions you joined the forum because you caught the smoking bug, so you need to ask away, there are no stupid questions.  This forum is, IMO, the best source for knowledge regarding smoking and BBQ. The people here are the best on the net so please do not hesitate to ask questions.    Martin