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Hello From Central IL


Joined Oct 24, 2013
Hello all I am DJ, I live in a little town called Hoopeston IL. I have been smoking meat for a couple years now and do so whenever time and budget allows, I seem to have a bit of an obsession with it. I have 2-UDS's, 2- 22.5" Weber Kettles, 1 18.5" Weber kettle, 1- Brinkman offset and a Genesis E-330S as my weapons along with a load of cast iron cookware and tripod for cooking over the open fire. I love learning from others experiences along with sharing my own experiences when smoking meat. My dream is to one day have a restaurant in which I can do what I love and make people happy with food. I am an IT tech by trade, a volunteer fireman on the side and love tinkering with and riding my Harley along with restoring and enjoying my 1962 Chevrolet Impala and 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood. I look forward to participating and browsing in this forum.


AMNPS Test Group
Joined Sep 8, 2011
: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 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but don’t hesitate to start threads and ask also!

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!


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Feb 4, 2009
welcome to the forum from another Illinoisan and Firefighter. allot of very good info and allot of god friends too be found here, welcome aboard! 


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Jun 13, 2012
to SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a kindle, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.

If you didn't read the "SMF User Guidelines" .....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums and some guidelines of how to interact within the forums. Off site links are not allowed here at SMF per TulsaJeff. Not that you have done anything wrong....just a little bit of FYI for new members!

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


gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
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   .........   Sounds like you need more room !!!!
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