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Semi newbie from the great North West


Joined Nov 17, 2013
     Good morning everybody. My name is Scott and I currently live in Salem Oregon. I have just recently decided to make BBQ my next culinary obsession.  I am a cook here in Oregon and have worked in the food service industry for about 20 years. If anybody is familiar with cooks wages you should understand why my first smoker is the Smoke Hollow Electric smoke house.  I've been researching for a while (a lot of it on your forum), and have decided this was the smoker for me. Cheap, decent size for my family, well insulated (Oregon get a bit nippy) and even if i could talk my wife into a larger unit this would be a nice back up for doing fish or potato's veggies etc.

     Ribs were my first smoke and they came out awesome.  I spent days prior searching your forum, watching episodes of BBQ pit master, you tubing everything I could on BBQ and decided I'd try Johny Trig's style of rib making.  Did the 3-2-1 method with my own fudged together rubs, juices in spray bottles, mixes of woods. The ribs were amazing. I'm for sure going to start journaling my recipes, temps and times. Hopefully I'll get a competition grade product in a few years lol.

    I'm hoping that I meet some people here that will help me along my BBQ journey.  I've even found a calendar of event for the local BBQ competitions and am seriously thinking of going out and watching a competition.  Maybe if I get up the nerve I'll enter something local this summer (who knows).  For now I just hope I can learn as much as some of you folks here. If anybody has any questions about side dishes I might be able to field a few of those questions lol.

    Thanks for having such a great sight for new guys like me to learn about our nation only original form of cooking. I hope I'll be a good addition to the team...


Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Oct 4, 2012
Welcome aboard Scott! Lots of great information here. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and please post pictures if your smokes!


Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Oct 31, 2012
Welcome from Canada!


I only started smoking last year so having a professional cook posting will be great. I look forward to your posts.


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.   ........
[/h1][h1]  [/h1][h1]Gary[/h1]


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Feb 9, 2009
Welcome Scott!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input here, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely 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.


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