Just started smoking......I feel reborn (1st time pics included)

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by tbuhr, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. tbuhr

    tbuhr Newbie


    Wow. Where has this been all my life? Went to a party recently where the host had smoked ribs, beer can chicken, and pork butt. It was some of the best food I've ever tasted. I immediately asked him how I can get involved. I've always loved grilling and cooking but had never taken a dive into the smoking game. Well, an 18.5" Weber Smoking Mountain and Jeff's "Smoking Meat" book later, I'm here and loving it! I've only smoked 3 times (complete novice here) but so far it's been great. Baby back ribs, pork shoulder, and a turkey (which was for a holiday work cook off which I took first place in!).

    I've included pics below but was wondering if anyone had any advice for me? I'm getting a hang of learning my Smokey Mountain but still figuring out temperature control. Looking for suggestions on what to smoke next, what other books to buy, and any killer dry rub recommendations (currently have used Bad Byron's Butt Rub with equal brown sugar and some ginger powder). Also, I think I'm going to brine all poultry going forward since the turkey turned out phenomenally.

    Thanks in advance!

    Smoker in Chicago

    P.S. I'm 29 years old originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I do Advertising Sales for Turner Sports so I sell all the commercials you see during sporting events televised on TNT, TBS, truTV, and CBS (for our joint NCAA partnership).

    Last edited: Nov 19, 2013
  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    sweet pictures and welcome to the SMF and your new addiction....smoke on......Willie
  3. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome from Canada.


    I won't hold it against you that you are responsible for the commercials in sports events. Just kidding.

    I just started smoking last year and I have learned a ton from this site. There is so much great information and many great people.

    As for what to smoke next, I really recommend Bearcarver's snack sticks. Sooooo good. I make it from his beef loaf recipe using his snack stick method. Here are some links to his recipes and how I did it.




  4. bubbastump

    bubbastump Newbie

    welcome to the world of good food.... Nice looking pics, and what are those claw things? I need a set..
  5. Welcome to the group. I have only been smoking for about 15 months. This is the place to learn everything. I don't know mucb abiut the WSM way, I am an off set smoker. I see yoy already have a set of bear claws, I recommend you pick up a nice thermometer like the Maverick 732, it is a must for ease and accuracy. Your pics look great and we all love Qview.
  6. tbuhr

    tbuhr Newbie


    Here is the link to the Bear Claws for pulling meat. They are pretty cool, not very expensive, and much more fun than using two forks!

  7. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Holy Cow!  Those are your first smokes!??  Outstanding work my friend. 
  8. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard! Looks like you're getting a great start, enjoy it!
  9. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to the group!  That's some tasty looking qview right out of the gate!  You'll find that this is a great place to learn and share ideas on grilling, smoking , curing, etc.  Folks here genuinely enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input, and just ask anytime you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.

  10. [​IMG]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  ........



  11. tbuhr

    tbuhr Newbie


  12. 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.

  13. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tommy-mighty impressive start to your smoking career! Those paws are nice to have, when I have a bunch of butts to do I just cut them into chunks and toss them into the bowl of the KitchenAid mix and let the dough hook shred 'em up.

    Enjoy the Smoke!
  14. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome from the D Tommy! (Well.....to be accurate, from the cozy suburbs to the north) Your first attempts at smoking were home runs! Nice job....
  15. Nice looking food thanks for posting and welcome to a great site
  16. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice pics, and hope to see more from ya.   welcome to the site.

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