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Somewhat of a Newbie

florida grown

Joined Nov 18, 2013
So yeah, I am somewhat new to smoking. I live in sunny Florida, about an hour northwest of Tampa. I have smoked a handful of times with family members and friends, but just last week purchased my own smoker. I bought the Master Forge two door, propane fueled. Since the purchase I have done country style spare ribs, a nice sirloin, and just tonight some chicken drums. 

Overall I am, as of now, happy with my choice and purchase of the Master Forge. Like everyone else it seems, the thermometer is way off, a problem I have yet to solve. I was also losing a good bit of heat and smoke from the doors, I ordered and installed a self adhesive kit from bbqgaskets.com, and WOW what nice change that was. Easy to install and worked like a charm, it was pretty cheap too, less than twenty bucks.

As for my personal choices in rubs and sauces, I like them all!! Tonight on the chicken drums I used a Kraft ranch powder packet as a starting point and added some onion, garlic, paprika, salt, red pepper, and of course brown sugar for my rub. I used a mix of apple cider vinegar and teriyaki sauce for a during smoke mop, and finished them on the grill to crisp up the skins my kids enjoy so much. 

All in all, I am hoping to gain some great new insight to the smoking world, and I hope that my limited experience can be of help to other newcomers! 

so ms smoker

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Dec 20, 2010
  Welcome Florida Grown!  Glad to have you with us. Sounds like you are just getting into smoking meats. I would advise you to read as many posts as you can over the next few days, then decide what to smoke next. Once decided, ask away and we will be glad to help!



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.



Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Feb 9, 2009
Welcome to the forums! Glad you've joined our group. You'll find that this is a great place to share ideas on smoking, grilling, etc. There are plenty of folks here who genuinely enjoy helping one another. Looking forward to your input, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.


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]


Smoke Blower
Joined Oct 21, 2013
Hello there and welcome to the best smoking place. remember it is a great and I mean GREAT place to show your picture of what you are smoking.... and I mean food and not the other stuff.    
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