New to Forum - New to Smoking - Maryland

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by tjshelton, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Hi All,

    I ordered a Masterbuilt 30-inch, Electric Smoker from QVC a little while ago and it is supposed to be delivered tomorrow (June 20th).  This is a father's day gift from my wife - and she has made it very clear that she expects a lot of really good food from me in from now on.

    While I've been waiting, I've been reading the forums, looking up recipes, and generally trying to get myself educated in the art and science of smoking (emphasis on "art").

    I'm really looking forward to smoking and hope not to make a complete fool of myself.  

    I'm planning on putting the smoker together and seasoning it tomorrow, after I get it.  On Tuesday, I'll be making some pork spare ribs using the 3-2-1 method.  I'm sure pictures will be taken and I'll be sure to post my first experiences here.

    Hoping for Happy Smoking...

  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF - sounds like you have a great plan going. 
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
  4. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You all ready have the approval of your wife, congrats that is going to come in handy later... see more

    art, science, ... obsession, hobby, addiction; this is where your wife's present support is going to come in to play as you will want to keep adding to your arsenal of smoking tools!

    You will not make a fool of yourself at all. Your all ready reading other posts of what not to do and what has works best for others. The best part of this hobby is you get to eat your mistakes and then work on improving off them!

    Glad you joined us Tom, welcome to SMF! Have a 30" and 40" MES myself, mine are the old style without the window but they still are plugging along just fine.
  5. otter

    otter Meat Mopper

    Exactly what Mossy Mo said as long as you have her support and can take some criticism you will not be disappointed, and even proud when she goes and gets the camera
  6. alaskanbear

    alaskanbear Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

  7. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Tom

    If you have any questions just ask

    and the great folks here will be glad to help out.

    Happy Smoking

  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  9. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    Welcome to SMF. I grew up in MD. What part are you in?

    Check out the 5 day ecourse if you haven't already. It has great information in it to get you doing the right way.
  10. I'm down in St. Mary's county, and I'm on day 3 of the 5 day e-course.  Thanks for the welcome ....

  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]    Glad to have you with us!
  12. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF Tom I am glad you joint us

    You are in the right place the folks here are help full and knowledgeable

    Don’t forget the Qview  
  13. Thanks to everyone - but there might be a kink in my plans.

    When I got up this morning, it was raining and the rain is expected to continue for most of the day.  If it clears up, I'll be able to continue as expected, but I really don't want to be outside, assembling the smoker and getting soaked in the process, so I'll be playing things by ear...

    My wife did have a question - Do I need to put anything under the smoker?  I'm going to be putting this on my wood deck and she is concerned about fire and grease drippings.  I see that the smoker has a removable grease trap for the drippings, and I'm pretty sure it won't get hot enough to cause a fire - but you guys are the experts. 

    On a completely separate note, and not related to smoking, I have a job interview this afternoon.  I've been out of work for over a year and am really in need of work.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

  14. Good News - The rain stopped and the smoker arrived.  I've already put it together, which was a very simple job.  I'll be stopping on my way home from the interview and picking up some spices, tin-foil, tin food trays, etc.  When I get home I'll be seasoning the smoker and prepping the spare ribs so the rub can soak in overnight in my fridge...  pics to com
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011
  15. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

    This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

    Many of our members have years of experience in smoking meat.  They are more than happy helping Newbies learn the art.

    We have members who cure there own Bacon, Hams, Jerky, Snack Sticks, Make Their own Sausage, etc. if you want to learn,
    this is the place. 

    Don't be afraid to ask questions of them and follow their advice. You won't be sorry, you will be making great Q in no time at all...

    Just remember, when curing your own meats follow the instructions included with the cure to the letter, this is not something to experiment with.  

    Never use more cure no mater if it is Tender Quick or Cure #1 or Cure #2 than the manufacturer says to use, this can be very dangerous.

    Tender Quick and Cure#1 or Cure #2 are not interchangeable, neither Cure #1 interchangeable with Cure #2 or vise versa

    Sign up for Jeff's 5-Day eCourse.   Click Here

    Tips For New Members.
    1. Go into your profile and Under Location put where you are.
    2. City & State or Area & State will do. This will help members when answering your questions.
    3. Go to ROLL CALL thread and tell us a little about Yourself (A Name We Can Call You) and Experience & Equipment.
    4. Do Not Post  your other questions and smokes in the Roll Call Forum.
    5. Post your questions and smokes in the Proper Forum, Beef, Pork, Sausage, Electric Smoker, Charcoal Smoker etc.
    6. Use the Wiki Section, many of our members have posted great tutorials and instructional threads so take advantage of them.
    7. When you can't find an answer ask plenty of questions, we have some highly experienced members willing to help you.
    8. When posting about your smokes be sure to post plenty of Qview (Pictures) Our Moto, "No Pics, Didn't Happen".
    9. Get a good Probe Thermometer, Don't Depend on the Built in Thermometer in your Smoker (They are notorious for being off).
    10. A good choice for a remote dual probe thermometer is the Maverick ET-732
    11. Remember, We Always Cook by Temperature and NOT BY TIME...
    12. Don't Take Chances, Always Follow USDA Safety Guidelines When Handling Meat.

    13. If you are wanting to get into curing meat, there are many members here more than happy to help and give good advice.

    14. If you are unsure of a procedure ASK, don't ASSUME, It will make your Smoking experience much more pleasant...
  16. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum Tom. Congratulations on the new smoker too!

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