Hi all. Just following the rules to post here. My family have been butchers back 5 generations (at least). My Great grandfather was a butcher and came to the US at the turn of the century. Eventually he bought his own slaughterhouse north of Pittsburgh and opened another family store in another town close by. The slaughterhouse and store have been family businesses until the mid 90's when my grandfather died. I worked there myself when I was in college at the University of Pittsburgh. (mainly deer season work) My family had many sausage and cured meat recipes which my uncle and myself continue to use today. (A couple of people who used to work for the family tried to start their own businesses, but didn't manage to replicate any of the recipes). Our slaughterhouse had a couple big smokehouses, and we constantly used them. Now I am using a couple small home smokers (relative to the store) and still continue to turn out excellent food which I hope would make my family proud.