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Jun 12, 2011

My name is Kelly, and my lovely bride gave me a Traeger Li'l Tex for my birthday last week.  To quote a friend "I'm in high cotton."  

I live in Montana, work with high school kids for a living and row a driftboat for fly fishing clients in the summers (although that chapter is coming to a close--I'd like to fish a bit more myself these days.)

We garden and eat a lot of wild game--mostly venison and waterfowl, but occasionally a bear or elk makes a final mistake.  Toss in the occasional fish, and you'll have most of the protein I consume in a year.

I'd like to make the most of this wonderful gift, and look forward to some pleasant banter.  I'm a real fan of atomic buffalo turds (I grow my own jalapenos), The Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers.  I'm not above some playful trash talk about your football team and expect the same of mine.

Welcome, Kelly. Many knowledgeable folks here who can help you out with most anything smoking related. Colts fan here, too, but mostly because of Peyton Manning, as I am a Tennessee Volunteers fan. Go Big Orange! The Montana Grizzlies open the 2011 season in Knoxville. Hopefully, they'll go home with a big paycheck and an L.
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
Welcome KP,

Go steelers!
Hi Kelly!!


This site has tons of info.

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Welcome Kelly---Lots of info on this site!

Looking forward to your Qview!

Indy & Green Bay?---That's your team.

Being 100% Homer, that kinda thing would be too painful to me, splitting my heart in half like that.

Where in Montana?  Your post says 'northwest'  I lived in Butte for 18 years, before transplanting to Texas.

Two hours due west of Kalispell.  There's not a lot of Montana left after you pass through this itty bitty burg...

Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

Many of our members have years of experience in smoking meat.  They are more than happy helping Newbies learn the art.

We have members who cure there own Bacon, Hams, Jerky, Snack Sticks, Make Their own Sausage, etc. if you want to learn,
this is the place. 

Don't be afraid to ask questions of them and follow their advice. You won't be sorry, you will be making great Q in no time at all...

Just remember, when curing your own meats follow the instructions included with the cure to the letter, this is not something to experiment with.  

Never use more cure no mater if it is Tender Quick or Cure #1 or Cure #2 than the manufacturer says to use, this can be very dangerous.

Tender Quick and Cure#1 or Cure #2 are not interchangeable, neither Cure #1 interchangeable with Cure #2 or vise versa

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