Hello from Houston

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Original poster
Jul 6, 2013
Houston, TX
Tom, here. 

Just stumbled on this site and lost sleep last night reading threads. I think I learned more about Q in the last 24 hours than I have in the last six months. What an educational and inspiring resource this forum is! Thanks to all of you for taking the time to give the newbies feedback, tips, and encouragement as we learn how to handle our pits (which I'm finding is as much an art as fly fishing).

We live north of Houston. On a whim I bought a Brinkmann offset smoker from Home Depot, several months ago, and have quickly become addicted to barbecue on a smoker. Initially, I struggled with getting the Brinkmann up to temperature until I made the typical modifications - now it heats up to 350 degrees if I push it. If you're newbie like me do yourself a favor and make the very simple mods that can be found on this site - makes a huge difference. I also used lump charcoal for the first time yesterday and it really helped pump up the temperature. I wouldn't use anything else now.

After much champagne I've convinced my wife to let me purchase a higher quality smoker (weather swings make it difficult for me to maintain cooking temps without a lot of work on the Brinkmann), and I'll probably be begging for advice on manufacturers and models in the near future. 

Again - many thanks and very happy to be here....

Hi Tom! :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 you can still ask too if you want!

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!

Would you do us a favor and add your location to your profile, it helps others to know where you are when they offer advice, Thanks!

You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!
Hi Tom,

 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'


You inspired me. Here are tri-tips from this evening. Big hit! I'll contribute to the the tri-tip forum but here's to my first Q-view :)

Welcome to the forums, Tom!  Glad you've joined us.  You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastimes...grilling, smoking, and curing great food!  There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another.  Just ask any time you need help and you'll get plenty!

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