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Smoking in West Michigan


Joined Jul 1, 2016
Hi All,

  Our little family of 8 (9 if you count mother-in-law, 11 if you count the dogs) is falling in love with smoking this summer in Kalamazoo/Portage MI. This site has been such a great source of help for me; would have been stupid not to join! Last summer I was given a char-griller COS and I battled with fire and smoking issues all summer long; usually just giving up in frustration and grilling whatever was on the racks.

  This spring I did my research, made some minor modifications with baffles, bricks and dryer venting...and I'm already seeing great success with it. A lot of that success is thanks to this forum with recipes and rubs (thanks especially to Chef JimmyJ! and his poultry brine recipe). Still a beginner in the arena, but no complaints from anyone that has eaten the goods! I use a lot of 4/4 rub with some minor variations depending on how I am feeling. We've done a lot of pork loin, couple whole chickens (pic included), chicken breast,a bit of beef and a healthy dose of veggies as well. The "dreaded" brisket and some fresh salmon are my personal challenges for August.

  Finally at the point where I can leave it alone for 30 minutes without fearing the worst. A few more changes to make with temp gauges and I think I will be set, That is, until I can build my own permanent smoking oven!

  Looking forward to learning from and meeting great folks here!





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Welcome to the forum, Kevin!

Glad to have you with us!


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.



Joined Jul 1, 2016
Thanks All,

  It's nice to be here. Looking forward to all the connections and learning.
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