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Master of the Pit
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OTBS Member
Jul 25, 2007
I just stumbled upon this site, and new I wanted to join & share & get tips from fellow smokers.

My name is Jim, and I was a line cook for around 10 years before I moved onto other areas of work. I have always enjoyed cooking, and started smoking ribs, and other meats about 7 years ago. So I am not new to smoking and cooking but I am not a pitmaster by any means, I am always looking for tips.

I typically fire up the smoker on my deck overlooking my wooded lot 1-2 times a weekend during the Spring, Fall, & Summer, it is my favorite way to spend a sunny day, sipping beer & tequilla, listining to some White Sox baseball, and smoking some meat for hours. Living in Illinois does not lend itself to many opportunities to fire up the smoker in the winter.

As I mentioned I am from Illinois, I live about 75 miles sw of Chicago. I use a basic Char Broil offset smoker, and it is about 2 years old, and does a pretty good job.
Welcome to SMF chisoxjim. Glad to have you with us. If you have any questions just ask. When ya smoke take some pics and share them with us... we like the Q view.

Keep Smokin

thanks for the welcome, I registered while at work, but when I get home I have some pics of my smoker on my home pc.
Welcome to the SMF, sign up for Jeff's 5-day eCourse and check out
Deejay Deb's site for some great info, if your not careful she'll have you making that beer

I hope to learn, as much as I hope to share any knowledge that is out there.

Thanks for the warm welcome all.
Welcome, welcome to SMF! Glad you are here!

Don't forget that we like lots of pics of the finished Q in the posts too.

Take care, have fun, and do good!


Glad you found us Jim... you will like it here, I am sure! Looking forward to your posts!
Welcome Jim -

Always nice to hace a new member along no matter what the experiance level. As an experianced line cook I'll bet you have all kinds of prep tips you can share with us as well as smoking tips. Enjoy!

Blackhawk -

What may I ask goes better with Q than beer and cheese? LOL
Welcome to the SMF. You've found the right place to share and learn more stuuf. Good Luck.
thanks again for the nice welcome,

i just posted the pick of my smoker on my deck as my avitar. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.