New member from Haslet (north Ft Worth) TX

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by jonk, May 10, 2016.

  1. jonk

    jonk Newbie

    Hello everyone!

    I've been reading around the forums for a little while now.   I'm new to the smoking game and have yet to take on my first challenge, though I just picked up my first smoker.  I live in a pretty "country" feeling neighborhood, where on the summer weekends I can't walk the dogs without seeing/smelling smokers going every 4 or 5 houses, so I decided it was time to join the club.

    After a bit of research and patience, I picked up a Horizon Ranger for a good price off of craigslist.   I've had it for about 2 weeks now, but haven't had a chance to use it because I've been so busy learning how little I know about the art!  The forums have already been a huge help to me through my searches and the ecourse, so I look forward to planning out my first cook and maybe snapping some pics along the way.

    I also have a Weber Summit S470.  I've used the woodchip burner on it a few times and managed to come out with a few pretty decent racks of ribs, though I look forward to achieving better results with a traditional smoker.

    Main things I'm looking to accomplish on my smoking adventures:

    - Smoke a respectable brisket (I think I've managed to get more questions than answers on briskets so far!)

    - Homemade beef jerky! I didn't even consider this before I bought the smoker and stumbling on to that subforum was like xmas. 

    - Smoked sausage.  My wife was born and spent the first 13 years of her life in Poland.  I would love to be able to find a good source for some raw sausage around north TX to be able to recreate some of her childhood memories.  We lived in Chicago for a little while where fresh Polish smoked sausage was plentiful.  In TX it seems I either get brautwurst, italian sausage, or the pre-packaged stuff, none of which is even close.

    - Spare ribs - considering I've got satisfactory results with the Summit on these already, it is the one I'm least worried about.

    Had 3 people to load this monster in the back of a pickup.  Only me and a buddy were there for the unloading.  Luckily my shop hoist and some straps made it an effortless process to unload!

    Thanks everyone for reading and I look forward to learning a lot from everything you all have to offer!

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to the forum, Jon!

    Glad to have you aboard!

    Congrats on the new smoker.

    Can't wait to see it in action!


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