New to Smoking in Michigan

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by pier2pier, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I'm from south east Michigan.  The idea of owning a smoker started creeping into my mind about a year ago.  A buddy of mine smoked a pike that my 7 year old son caught. It was easily the best pike we've ever eaten. Since then, I've been reading reviews on different web sites, keeping my eye on prices and talking to a few friends.

    I came across this site a few weeks ago and I read some of the threads and reviews it has to offer.  I'm pretty sure that is what pushed me over the edge.  For an early father's day gift, I decided to give it a go. 

    I purchased a Masterbuilt 2 door vertical, propane smoker (it is reviewed on this site http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/products/masterbuilt-two-door-propane-smoker  ) from Bass Pro Shops.  Of course it went on sale for $20 less than I paid for it a week later.  Bass Pro was more than happy to refund the difference so ultimately it was about $150.  I think I'll reinvest that into a meat thermometer. 

    The only thing I've had a chance to do with the smoker so far has been season it and smoke 3 sucker fish.  I made a brine with some salt, brown sugar and onion / garlic powder. I used chunks of hickory for the smoke.  I smoked them a little long (3 hours) for the two smaller pieces, but all in all I enjoyed my 1st effort.  My son and neighbor agreed, it was good but I should get better.

    Anyway, I found that this site has already given me a lot of information that I never had before. Additionally, I signed up for the 5 days of email tips, which have also helped.  I figured I need to join and really explore what you guys have to offer.  I look forward to learning how to make some good meals and (who knows) maybe even share some of what I learn along the way...

    This weekend I'm hoping to smoke a pork loin.
     
  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    :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 900,000 posts describing it!

    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!
     
  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forums!  Glad you've joined us.  You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastimes...grilling, smoking, and curing great food!  There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another.  Just ask any time you need help and you'll get plenty!

    Red
     
  4. Hello and welcome to SMF!

    Sounds like you are well on your way. Remember the search bar at the top of the page is your friend!
     
  5. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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

    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. Just a teeny bit of information for some of the rules here at SMF before you get started, off site links are not allowed.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a/terms-of-service.

    If you need any help roaming around the forums....give me a shout. I will be happy to help out!

    Kat
     
  6. Sorry about that Kat. I thought the link was internal. Thanks for the guidance.
     
  7. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No problems!  Just a friendly FYI for all of the new folks!  [​IMG]

    Kat
     

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