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Hey from North Carolina


Joined Jul 28, 2013
Hi all, I am a foodie that enjoys all things food. I live in central NC just a few miles south of the VA line. I have been grinding my own meat for sausages and making jerky without real smoke for years and I am now ready to go to the next level. I am converting a retired SS warming cabinet into an electric smoker. I got my control advice off the forums here and I would like to thank everyone who posted and I am waiting on my PID components to arrive. I just ordered an AMAZN Pellet and some pellets from Todd and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and enjoying some good eats.

I am so new to this I always thought or at least until last week that Canadian Bacon came from Canada
. I'm looking forward to trying this on my own. Thanks to all for the great input!




AMNPS Test Group
Joined Sep 8, 2011
Hi Rick! :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!

You are going to love the AMNPS and that PID!!!


Fire Starter
Joined Oct 18, 2012
Welcome Gary, might hit you up about sausage making, I live Charlotte NC. These guys are top notch, if you have questions about grilling, bbqing , smoking, there is somebody who will help you!


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 1, 2012
welcome....had a cousin that graduated from UNC so i know all about that great carolina pork yall make


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Feb 9, 2009
Hi Rick and welcome to the forums!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly and knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Just holler when you need anything, and someone here will have the answer.



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.

Happy smoken.



Fire Starter
Joined Oct 18, 2012
OOps sorry Rick, saw Gary's reply, and put his name instead!  Welcome again!LOL


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 "Terms of Service" notes.....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 Jeff. 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!


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