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Hey everyone from Wisconsin!

shawn p

Joined Oct 12, 2013
My name is Shawn and I live in Western Wisconsin near the border. I am new to the smoking game and just stared smoking! I am starting out with a MES and AMAZN smoker. Did my first set of ribs about two weeks ago and turned out fairly well. A little tough but the neighbors didn't mind. I will keep tweaking the smoker and try try again! I currently have a butt in the smoker and will let you know how that turns out! Attached are my ribs.

Thanks all I look forward to learning more from all of you!


Master of the Pit
Group Lead
Joined Jul 23, 2012
:welcome1: To the forum Shawn. Good to meet you. (Im from massachusetts , but i heard you hollerin way over here)....If your ribs were tough , you prob'ly just need to cook them a bit longer. They look good though. You probably want to see a little more of the ends of the rib bones showing before taking them off the smoker. The bend test is good too and you can stick them with a toothpick and if it slides in pretty easy , you're good to go.
Good luck with your next smoke.

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.   Ribs look good
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shawn p

Thread starter
Joined Oct 12, 2013
Thanks for the ripe hambone! I will apply them next time. I have the butt in the smoker now and about two and a half hours into it. Should go for about 6 hrs. It is just under 4 lbs. tried a small one so if I mess it up I won't be out too much money.


Epic Pitmaster
Joined Oct 7, 2012

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Ribs look GREAT!

Happy smoken.



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!

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!


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.

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

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