Newbie in the Pacific Northwest

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Original poster
Jun 17, 2007
Up until this past April I didn't know there was a difference between grilling and bbq'ing. I owned a propane grill for years and thought I was bbq'ing on it. My turning point came in the form of a huge windstorm this past winter. It killed my grill... since it cost more to repair than to to get a new one, I decided to learn more about the options. My eyes were opened to the difference between grilling and bbqing.

For father's day I was able to get a real treat - a traeger. I love it! I know I was supposed to start of with some basics but there was a sale on brisket and I had to give it a try. Now it wasn't perfect but it really tasted great!

Here is a shot of that 1st brisket...


and here's one of the fall-off-the-bone St. Louis style pork ribs from a couple weeks ago...


I am so used to burning the skin on just about everything. This is taking me a little to get used to letting it cook... but I think I am getting the hang of it. I won't switch back to propane. I have a lot to learn and love getting to eat all that practice smoking!
them are some purdy smoke rings you got on that brisket. I, like you, thought the same thing until I actually started learning about cooking and bbq. I thought the difference between grilling and bbqing was regional like, say, pop and soda.
great pics - where in the great nw are ya cause we needa wash. state /alaska rep. we also needinput on smoked halibut cheek steaks,caribou jerkey,youkon jack balls,...etc. i got the recipes but we all love to share. and we really love pics. get the free 5-day e couse
smoking basics. it teaches or reminds everyone something.
Welcome to SMF NW-bubba!!! That is a mighty fine looking first post. Hopefully many more will follow. Which Traeger are you smoking on?
Nice first post bubba!
Welcome to SMF, you're gonna fit right in for sure!
DANG nothin like jumping right in with both feet!!!!!!!. welcome to SMF you will learn a lot here so be prepared for a brain overload on Q-ing there is just so much in here and so little time.
Welcome to the SMF where you can meet the friendliest and most informative folks who love to BBQ.

Great Q views, you know what you're after.

Good Smoke, Goog Grub.
Hay there NW Bubba......I'm there with you on the grilling with propane. I have a Charbroil Silver offset smoker. I've been using lump coal and wood chuncks since I got my smoker. I got mine in February for my birthday. I haven't used my Webber Silver B since. I used to try everything to get good smokey flavor with my webber. Everything came out ok be never falling off the bone tender like I get now with my smoker. I've been looking at the taegers for some time now. The are very well built. I'd love to have one. What part of Washington are you from. I'm over here in Poulsbo. Anyway, welcome aboard.

Welcome aboard.

You got a Traeger for fathers day.? Wow someone really must love you. From my views of them they look awesome and seem to produce nice Q. From your pictures that has been confirmed
That looks great. I just returned from a week in the Great Northwest, from the Ocean, to Portland, to The Dalles. Never saw a BBQ sign. I did see one ad that also had vegan food and tofu. Welcome to the board. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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