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Hello All


Joined Oct 28, 2013
I've been reading as a non-member for a long time, it's always a good place to absorb some knowledge. I like to things the old way and the mass produced food at the supermarket sucks! Walmart is to the garden and small farm as particle board is to cherry. I do a bit of curing and smoking. I started out years ago with a plywood shed, which now has a hog living in it. I'm working on a new log smokehouse now, with an external firepit and a salt bench. Unfortunately the neighbor who taught me passed away a few years ago, so this is where I've been turning for advice.
I also barbecue in my smoker I built from a piece of 36" gas main.
I'm especially interested in the science behind my food processing. I have a degree in biology with a chemistry minor, so I can probably answer questions anyone has on theory.
Thanks for the advice I've gotten already and in advance for the good stuff to come!


Master of the Pit
Joined May 12, 2013
Hello Wildcatter and welcome to the fun.  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.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!


gary s

SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
OTBS Member
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   ......... 
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Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Feb 9, 2009
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.



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

It sounds like you have a lot of experience we can all learn from. I look forward to your posts.



Joined Oct 28, 2013
Thanks! I think I have a decent knowledge base, but knowledge is easier to get then wisdom...


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Apr 23, 2010
Hi Wildcatter,

 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'


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