Hello from Arkansas

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by arkhawg1, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. arkhawg1

    arkhawg1 Newbie

    My name is Roger, 60 years old and born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas "Hawg country" (football hawg, Arkansas Razorbacks). I've been dropping into your site for about a month as I have been working on a very unique (maybe even "crazy" smoker build) and decided to join tonight because as much as I know about smoking my "craziness" will need some help/ideas mainly in the electronics department.

    A  little background, I'll try to brief, but I can get wound up when I start talking, so I will keep myself in check for  tonight and add some details and photos of my build in the next few days and as it progresses.

    About the time I was born in 1954 my father started selling restaurant equipment for a small supplier in the state, ice machines, grills, fryers, coolers and pots and utensils. He was a people lover and treated folks with respect and he was a natural salesman. It wasn't long until he went out and started his own restaurant supply business which he grew into the largest in Arkansas until his death in 1997. Those of you my age will remember there were no chains, i.e. McDonald's, BK, or franchise eateries. They were "mom & pop" dairy bars, and home cooking cafes/diners and restaurants. He helped people by learning to draw their blueprints and helping them chose what they wanted to operate/own and hook them up with meat and produce food suppliers. He traveled the entire state and parts of Tennessee, Texas, and Louisiana.

    He had been a cook - Chief Petty Officer of the "galley"in the Navy and then Merchant Marines on troop transport ships crossing the Atlantic delivering troops to the European & African theaters, many times the ship would carry 10,000 troops (they squeezed them on board the ships as tight as possible to get them to the war). He often told us kids that they started serving breakfast at 5:00 AM and when the last soldier came through for his breakfast the man who had been first was back in line for the dinner mess (2 meals a day was all they could do). So my dad was a natural in the food service industry).

    So that is how I grew up,dad learned from the "ole timers" who where BBQ or hot dog/hamburger masters or cooks and we passed on what we learned to the newbies that wanted to cook & feed people in their restaurants. I can still travel the back roads and see a diner, or building and recognize it as one my family equipped.

    Sorry, I told you I can talk, but I hope that it will help you understand the rather unique build I am working on.AI lot of what I am building comes from those "ole timers" while I am making my smoker multi-faceted with a fire pit next to the smoker to burn wood for coals to put in my firebox, which is a concrete block enclosed fire box that vents over and into my smokehouse. But I am also making it versatile,  adding electric elements for those times when I don't need or want to smoke a lot and can close off the firebox and go with electric elements and chips.

    I know it might sound crazy but you will see over the next few weeks as I get further along and post pictures. The electric part will be where I hope you guys can guide me with most, I'm not a great electrician just a "jack of many trades" and trying to master a couple!

    Thanks I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your smokers.


  2. Greetings and Salivations Arkhawg

    Welcome to the Forum and well met.  I've always had much respect and admiration for those who pioneered and developed what many take for granted.  Looking forward to pics of your build and Q vue of what you get cookin' in it.  Wishing you good fortune and happy smokin'!
  3. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    Welcome, from southern Ohio, to the best forum on the internet if you are looking to learn how to BBQ/smoke/brine/cure/inject. Well you get the picture if you can do it to to something you put on a plate to eat then someone here has probably done it. Use the search bar at the top of the page and you will be led to the answer to most every question you can think of. If you don't find the answer there then just post it and someone will chime in with their opinion on the subject.
    Liked reading your post about the family. My Dad was in the army in WWII and who knows your Dad my have cooked his meals on the ship that took him overseas, but from what my Dad told me he probably didn't eat much of his meals he was seasick just about the whole trip!!
    Always remember the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask!!
    Keep Smokin!!!
  4. Greetings fellow Arkie and Razorback fan. This is a great place to expand your smoking horizons, I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of you build.
  5. Roger [​IMG]  from a fellow Arkie.

    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...
    Happy smoken.
  6. [​IMG]   Good morning and welcome to the forum, from another CCCCCold  day in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of                    information on just about  everything  Really like your story. I too remember that time of no chains everywhere.  Have quite a few kin all around that area.  Remember Fisher's Restaurant  in NLR  and Young's Fish ?  Phillip Young has a large catfish catering business

  7. arkhawg1

    arkhawg1 Newbie

    Hey Gary,

    Thanks for the response. You better know I remember both places, in fact I pick a 5 lb. bag of Young's Fish Breading at Sam's club at least once a year for those times that I don't have time or ingredients to make homemade. The market is still at 3400 East Broadway, in North little Rock just down from Hudson's Fish Market (another long standing establishment).

  8. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome Roger, glad ya joined us !

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