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Joined Aug 5, 2016

I'm mike and I am originally from Dallas Texas, but I enlisted in the navy in 2011 and haven't been able to move back. I am currently living in the Northern Virginia area. I have absolutely zero smoking experience but I have been cooking on a gas grill for quite some time and I decided that smoking is the next step. Being from Texas I don't do many things half way. With that being said I am currently looking at purchasing a Horizons 16" or 20" smoker. If there is anybody out there with other Smoker suggestions I would greatly appreciate the input.

uncle eddie

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An offset smoker will certainly do the job. As someone who has been grilling, BBQ'ing, and smoking for a long time, I always like bigger vs. smaller...if you have the room.  Think like - will a 12-pound whole turkey fit.  Will a whole brisket (flat and tip) fit...and as a Texan - Don't forget the mesquite!

BTW - I used to live in Mansfield, TX (SW Dallas) and the rest of my immediate family is in Arlington and Ft. Worth.  I so miss good TexMex!

I also spent a summer (25 years ago) at Norfolk Naval Base and Norforlk Naval Shipyard as a civilian engineer/contractor during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  Those places were the most impressive places I have ever seen!
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Hi Mike!

  to SMF!

Glad to have you aboard!


gary s

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  Good morning and welcome to the forum, from another hot day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.


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