New SMF member

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by bludvlkg, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. Hey all.

    My name's Kris, I live in Indianapolis, IN.

    My first brush with smoking was Turkey's with my mom at Thanksgiving on an electric smoker when I was a teenager (20+ years ago).  Since then my interest has grown steadily.

    I started doing my own smoking probably 10 years ago after getting settled into the first house my wife and I bought.  Had one of the Brinkman smoker/charcoal grills, and kept the tradition of doing Turkeys for the Fall/Winter holidays.

    Maybe 4 years ago, when the Brinkman was rusted out in places, I picked up a Char-griller small barrel (the same size that works as the side box on the larger ones).  Then about 2 years ago I went bigger and turned the small barrel into the sidebox.  I've enjoyed staying up on overnighters doing 10-20 lbs worth of pork butt on a number of occasions, but continue to want more.  Last year I bought a vertical gas/charcoal smoker (the Master Forge from Lowes) that can hold quite a bit more meat, and does a decent job holding temp (i.e. less babysitting as long as the wireless temp is nearby).  I like to fire it up to do multiple chickens or a few racks of ribs, though I often indirect grill those on the barrel as well.

    With a birthday coming up, and the fact that we've recently moved into a bigger house with a good amount of patio and deck space, my wife has relented, and blessed the purchase of a kamado to go along with everything else...I was worried she would make me give one up to get a new one, but she's a good wife : )

    I've pretty much decided to go with the Char-Griller Akorn since the reviews have been pretty good with some minor mods - plus it's easier to spend $350 than 3x that much.  I hope to have it home and seasoned by this weekend to test it out with some friends coming over.

    I look forward to exploring the site and the forums and getting new ideas.
  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Hi Kris! :welcome1: to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

    The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

    We have an ”Articles” section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

    Would you do us a favor and add your location to your profile, it helps others to know where you are when they offer advice, Thanks!

    You might want to check out ”Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course”, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!
  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hi Kris, and welcome aboard!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input here on the forums.

  4. Kris[​IMG]

    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.

  5. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG]to SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

    We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a Kindle Fire, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.

    If you didn't read the "Terms of Service" notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums and some guidelines of how to interact within the forums. Off site links are not allowed here at SMF per Jeff. Not that you have done anything wrong....just a little bit of FYI for new members!

    If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!

  6. jginindy

    jginindy Newbie

    Welcome fellow Hoosier!  I've learned a lot just by reading around here.  I'm sure you will too.


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