New from Des Moines, IA

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by southdm, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. southdm

    southdm Newbie

    I have grilled for years and have dabbled with smoking but thought I'd start giving it a better effort on the smoking side. I found this website and saw that it contained a lot of good info. I have a Charbroil smoker/grill with the side firebox. My biggest problem is my grill does not have temp gauge, didn't know where to find such a gadget.
  2. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the dark side, or at least the thin blue side.
    You can find temp gauges in the grilling section but your best bet is to just get a thermometer with a probe and place that inside your smoke on the grates.
    Stick it through a potato or drill a hole in a piece of wood so it will not rest on the grate and you will be fine.
  3. tacman

    tacman Meat Mopper

    Welcome aboard South.

    Nt only will you find helpful information on the SMF but you will find a great group of people willing to help anyway they can.

    As for a thermometer, you can pick up an oven therm, at just about any store that carries kitchen supplies for about 3 bucks. they hang off of an oven rack or can be placed right on the side of the grill.

    Another reccomendation I would make would be to pick up a remote thermometer. They come with one or two probes which are inserted in your meat and connected by a heat resistant cord to a digital base outside your smoker and allows you to keep an eye on the internal temp of your meat without opening up the door and losing heat.

    They are available under some of the links on the main forum page but you will probably be able to find one locally if you are inclined to look.

    I found both available at our local Fred Meyer here in Alaska so in Des Moi nes, I am pretty sure you will be able to find what you are looking for without much trouble.
  4. southdm

    southdm Newbie

    Thanks for the tips, I appreciate it.
  5. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
  6. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hello and welcome aboard! Here you will find the right answer to any question you may have along with the best Q-Vue on the planet [​IMG]
  7. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum.
  8. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF! You have come the the right spot, lots of good info on here.
  9. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What's up SOUTHSIEEED (only he'll get that)

    Checking in from here in Des Moines too. Grew up on the east side and now transplanted out to the west side.

    You can find supplies (including thermometers) at The Fireplace and BBQ Center in Clive, in the same strip mall as Mickey's Irish Pub. Or another good place (with more stuff) is Hawgeye's BBQ out in Ankeny.

    Those are also the only 2 places I've found locally that carry Seven Oaks Lump Charcoal. Grab yourself a bag of that for your next cook.

    Enjoy the site. Lots of great people on here and lots of folks from Iowa.
  10. southdm

    southdm Newbie

    Thanks Dude, I'll definitely be checking those joints out, even if they are out in the burbs.

    Thanks again to everyone for the nice greetings.
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First off welcome to SMF. You'll like it her cause there alot of good people here that would just love to help you with just about anything that has to do with smoking anything. As for you temp meter hunt sounds like dude took care of you on that one. if you have any more question just let us know. Next thing you have to do is just go smoke something and don't forget the Qview thats picture cause we're just crazy about that stuff.
    Welcome To the Addiction.
  12. cajunsmoke13

    cajunsmoke13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome...Glad to have you here. I should be heading out there in a few weeks for work. Any good places to eat around there? Thanks
  13. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Glad to have you with us. [​IMG]

    Be sure to check out Jeff's 5Day Smoking Basics eCourse, you can find it here 5 Day eCourse
  14. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum SouthDM, glad to have you here!
  15. dexter

    dexter Smoke Blower

  16. Welcome to the forum from another Iowan. Lots of great people here.
  17. southdm

    southdm Newbie

    Hey Cajunsmoke,

    One of the places I like to hit once in a while is a local joint called Jethro's BBQ The q is decent, nice size portions, great atmosphere if you like sports. Lots of tv's, nice patio and cold beer.
  18. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I am an east sider turned south sider, welcome
  19. chrome

    chrome Smoke Blower

    Greetings from Olathe, Ks.

    I grew up in Johnston and Urbandale tho.

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