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Miscellaneous Topics => New Topics => Topic started by: msiler on February 20, 2004, 12:46:26 am

Title: Introductions
Post by: msiler on February 20, 2004, 12:46:26 am
I noticed today that although we have a little over 200 members on this site, only 95 people have posted anything... Only 8 of us have broken the 20 post mark. That means that there are a lot of people lurking in the shadows, while that is great too, I think the forum may be missing out on a lot of great input.. So this post is an oportunity for everyone to introduce themselves to the board.

I am new to the site, I found it while registering my smoker. I recently bought a bradley and this thing is possibly the greatest thing since sliced bread. I have been smoking for as long as I can remember. These new electric smokers are too good to be true... Setup and leave it alone for hours and come back to great Q. Just doesn't seem right does it? Anyway I know that I will be a regular around, and i will try to listen to my advice above and not just fade into lurking.

This is a great forum with great people, too everyone who has answered questions I had and to those who will in the future, Thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing how this "community" is going to grow.

When in doubt smoke it.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Fuzzybear on February 20, 2004, 01:32:16 am
Yeah, some of us are getting to know each other by first name too! And what's really cool is that we're from all over the world!
Fuzzy; California
Kummok; Alaska
Chez Bubba; IN (If my memory is correct)
Sheriff: Texas (don't mess with that State!)
and the others I can't remember like Bassman; Msiler; Trout; Wilbur; Jon; Richard; Stormdriver from UK!...and the Mallardwacker!!

"A mans got to know his limitations"
Glendora, CA - USA!
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Kummok on February 20, 2004, 06:54:53 am
msiler:
As in life, since signing on last year, I've seen that the 80/20 rule is applicable to this forum too....that's okay though, cuz there ain't no crime in lurking here. Hopefully some of the lurkers will find cool things here, go out and try stuff, then feel "bolder" about reporting in with THEIR thoughts/experiences![^]

I HAVE seen a noticable increase in traffic since signing on, especially the recipes/experiences areas. There's some real talent that checks in from time to time and that's making for some waaaay better smoking experiences up here in AK!!

I've gotta be honest in saying that if folks like Chez, FuzzyBear, Mallard Wacker, Stormdiver, Sheriff, and several others hadn't been sharing their experiences/recipes here, I'd still be a one trick salmon smoking pony......Now thanks to examples of forum sharing like Kirk's wise counsel on the appropriate and varied uses of bacon in the smoking process, I've boldly stepped up the variety of smoking trials and am now on a first name basis with my cardiac surgeon[;)][:D][8D]

Kummok @ Homer, AK USA
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: trout on February 20, 2004, 07:22:11 pm
Trout here.  Currently in SouthDakota, although I spend alot of time in Colorado.  I get lots of smoking practice here.  Lots of deer hunting, fishing, sausage and jerky eating animals at work to experiment on.  I have owned a variety of smokers from charcoal and electric barrel smokers to little chiefs, to a very expensive offset pit to the Bradley.  Just getting going now with my Bradley smoker, as everything is a bit different in using each of these smokers.  Definitely this is the Cadillac of what I have used so far.  I will post my successes as well as failures when they come up.  Carry on[;)]

Let your trout go and smoke a salmon instead.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Chez Bubba on February 21, 2004, 02:33:30 am
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<br />....smoking pony.....

Kummok @ Homer, AK USA
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OK, I've tried lots of bizarre recipes, but...........???[:D][:D][:D]

http://www.chezbubba.com
Ya think next time I check into a hotel & they ask "Smoking or Non?" they would mind?
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Sheriff on February 21, 2004, 03:27:43 am
I am guilty of just checking just one topic, and forget to go to other topics.. I think this is a great forum and everyone has been helpful and has a great sense of humor.   The Bradley is awsome..(don't tell Kirk, it has taken me a long time to learn how to spell Bradley, and I am going to try real hard to do better Bradley, Bradley..)

Sheriff
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Kummok on February 21, 2004, 03:33:01 am
I'd likely be safe in betting that I wouldn't be the first to smoke horsemeat [;)] .......Although I've never smoked a pony, I grew up on our ranch working the dang four legged stumblin' critters, (and as a result, grew to love the two wheeled 250cc species!), and I now believe that smoking them would be preferable to riding them chasing strays in the snow[:D]   Besides, i haven't tasted ANYTHING out of the smoker that didn't taste GREAT, (not even the trout chips[:p])

Kummok @ Homer, AK USA

P.S.
No ponies were harmed, smoked, or eaten during the posting of this msg....[:o)]
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Regforte on February 21, 2004, 04:21:47 am
It's great to see some info about the regulars on this forum. Here's a bit about me. I live in the San Francisco bay area and I do a wide range of smoked products. I had been looking at Bradley equipment for several years and then finally took the plunge and bought a smoke generator from Kirk and I'm so glad I did. I put together a custom rig using the generator and it's absolutely amazing. It does 8 hours of 100% reliable cold smoke like no other unit I've seen, commercial or custom.

I have several different smokers including the Bradley, a Cookshack, and several other custom rigs. I expect to do some customization on the Bradley at some point to extend the maximum smoke time (i.e. maximum biscuit capacity) to 24 hours. This will be very useful when doing large loads of some of my dry cured products.

I enjoy sharing info and experiences and as well as helping others, since I've had the benefit of so much help myself along the way.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: whitetailfan on March 06, 2004, 05:06:12 am
msiler,
Good topic.  I'm new and from Alberta Canada.  I had been checking out smokers for the last 6 months or so, and just couldn't bring myself to buying one of the cheaper models - no regrets, the Bradley rocks!!!
What I can't stand is how the recipes are so vague, I think the worst one I saw was "smoke one to six hours" - Come On Now, we can't get any more specific than that[?]
What makes the product great is all the like-minded people out there sharing their experiences so we don't all make the same mistakes.  If it were not for this forum, I would be hesitant to try anything new, and the fact is that I bought it to do jerky and still have not done any yet.  I have smoked shrimp, a chicken, and pork chops (see my smoked pork chop thread) so the versatility is endless.  The forum community is very helpful and I love the fact we're all trying new stuff[:p]

John - Lethbridge, AB
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Cold Smoke on March 06, 2004, 03:44:45 pm
I hail from Manitoba, Canada. Where the mosquitos are the size of ducks and known to carry off small children. Anyways, smoking is a recent hobby although I've had a True North smoker for the last five years my experience was primarily making jerky. I've been smoking once or twice a week since I bought the Bradley -I've tried butts, bacon, chicken,jerky and salmon is going in this weekend- thanks to Kummok's recipe and Kirk's rave reviews. The reason for the diversity is due primarily to those of you on the forum who are gracious enough to let us newbies in on your experience and recipes. ENORMOUS wealth of information of this site. Why look elsewhere? It's also kinda nice to see the pictures of your successes. Keep it up!

Cold Smoke
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Fuzzybear on March 07, 2004, 04:07:12 pm
Fuzzy practices smoking in Southern California - about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles...in the San Gabriel Valley...been smoking off and on for about 10 years using electric cannister models.

I've been eyeballing the Bradley for about 3-4 years since first seen in the Cabela's catalog...finally took the plunge and I'm not going back! I am truly addicted!  In fact, at the time of this writing, my wife and I are in the Santa Ynez Valley enjoying wine and smoked salmon for snacks in the afternoon!

It's the best smoker I've ever had the pleasure of doing business with and with the help of Kirk from Chez Bubba, I've been having a blast with it!

"A mans got to know his limitations"
Glendora, CA - USA!
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: banzai on June 29, 2004, 06:03:32 pm
ok this makes me feel so much better about my smoker choice!! i may be the newest guy on here. in fact havent gotten my Bradley yet. (should be here tommorrow,YAY!!!!) but i have been checking out alot of the stuff on this forum and i think its awsome!! really looks like a great group of folks with a ton of info. and i gotta say, bout the funniest stuff ive read in a long time. [:D] oh well guess i should put a little about myself. im the "big "E" living here in Phoenix Arizona. we dont have all that awsome wild life here to hunt and smoke like most everyone else on here does. (if i could just smoke cement or dirt i would be in bussines). but im gonna be around alot when my smoker gets here. gotta say im addicted to the "Q" baby!!! and i hope i can make the best ribs this side of Memphis. well, have a great one everybody!!......"E"    "where theres smoke.....theres a fat guy"!!
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: BrentK on June 29, 2004, 07:46:55 pm
I'm from Grand Forks, North Dakota about 90 miles south of the border from our friends up north.  Hey Cold Smoke I was just camping with the family up in Manitoba...saw a misquito with a woodtick on it....now thats BIG.  I do ALL the cooking in our house.  I grill/smoke year round.  I have years of experience with the grill but relativly little with the smoker. It's hard to advance at cooking when you only have your own sucesses or failuers to look back on...that's why this fourm is so good ...lots of people contribute.  After owning several of the other brands of smokers I went for the Bradley too.  The easy of use has be wonderful.  The weekend should be great and I say <b></b><u></u>smoke'm all they can always raise more.

BrentK
Grand Forks, ND
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: BigSmoker on July 01, 2004, 01:15:54 am
My name is Jeff and I'm a Smoke-a-holic.  I live in Georgia and I got my BS for Christmas last year.  I keep it covered on my porch when not in use and it sits outside my bedroom window.  Sometimes at night I swear I hear it say "<i>smoke butt</i>".  Anyway I have had a lot of success with my BS.  My 16 year old daughter bought it for me with her hard earned money, after I saw it in Cabella's.  What a kid.  I see a lot of people are from Canada.  Hope to visit there one day.  Happy Q'ing.

Jeff

Some say BBQ is in your blood, if thats true my blood must be BBQ sauce.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Oldman on July 01, 2004, 02:33:11 am
St. Petersburg Florida.

Been smok'in close now to 45 years I guess. If it is out there I've had it, purchase it or stole it. [:D]

As all have posted the Bradley for the home smoker is the way to go.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: banzai on July 01, 2004, 05:30:40 am
ok everyone, just saw something on the food channel. try this one out, "smoked garlic and smoked salt". yes folks i did say salt. looked like a course sea salt.  looked awsome. what a great thing to put on all kinds of stuff. also, the smoked garlic thing sounds great to. must make an awsome red sauce for pasta. gonna try that. if anyone gives it a try let me know. smoke on!!.........."E"
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: ChefJeff on July 01, 2004, 01:07:57 pm
Happy Canada Day-EH! Food Channel-You  havn't read your copy of S&S the smoked salt is in there.

SMOKIN & SPOKEN
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: ChefJeff on July 01, 2004, 01:08:06 pm
Happy Canada Day-EH! Food Channel-You  havn't read your copy of S&S the smoked salt is in there.

SMOKIN & SPOKEN
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: ChefJeff on July 01, 2004, 01:09:34 pm
Happy Canada Day-EH! Food Channel-You  havn't read your copy of S&S the smoked salt is in there.Chef Jeff Yorktown Hts&gt; New York.

SMOKIN & SPOKEN
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: ChefJeff on July 01, 2004, 01:10:02 pm
Happy Canada Day-EH! Food Channel-You  havn't read your copy of S&S the smoked salt is in there.Chef Jeff Yorktown Hts&gt; New York.[:D]

SMOKIN & SPOKEN
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: BrentK on July 01, 2004, 03:28:00 pm
Hey everyone,

Have you been getting the same "error 8000"  catastrophic failure"

that I've been getting when trying to post today.[?] Mr Admin,[?]

BrentK
Grand Forks, ND
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Fuzzybear on July 01, 2004, 05:29:30 pm
Yeah, I got the error message too...had to go back in and delete a response as it double loaded it.

"A mans got to know his limitations"
Glendora, CA - USA!
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: pedally on July 03, 2004, 05:06:49 pm
Hi, my name's Phil.  I'm from Des Moines, Iowa.  I have a New Braunfels off side smoker and a Brinkman 4 in 1 smoker  and I do awful on both.  I can't keep my temp consistant and I hate the soot from having my propane on so low.

I'm currently talking my better half into the need for a third smoker to ruin meat with and I'm hoping the BS will keep her mouth chewing instead of (fill in blank).[;)]

I've been looking at other smoker web sites and I always end up back here for quality.  A farmers supply store chain sells them around here but I think I'll be writing to Bubba in a couple of weeks to secure mine.

I live reading the forums and getting the useful quetions, information and chuckles you guys (and gals) put out and loooking foward to sharing my experiances from the heartland
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Cold Smoke on July 03, 2004, 06:55:27 pm
Welcome aboard Phil,

If you've been following this forum you'll already know there's a great wealth of information and experience here.

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You'd have a hard time ruining anything with the Bradley and I'm sure the Mrs. will be busy munching rathing than _itching. I've had mine for approx 7 months now and love it. I haven't ever ruined anything I've tried and I have limited smoking experience. As a matter of fact most everything I've done turned out superb. There's not much the BS can't do and I don't recall anyone here ever having anything bad to say about this product.

Give Chez a holler- he'll set you up. I for one am having a hell of a good time with this thing!

Happy smoking!



Cold Smoke
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Fuzzybear on July 04, 2004, 12:00:29 am
Welcome Phil!

You won't go wrong with Chez and the Bradley....we guarantee it or Chez will send your money back![:D]

"A mans got to know his limitations"
Glendora, CA - USA!
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Zipper on July 07, 2004, 01:12:27 am
Hi, I'm the Zipper name comes from bigzip my former number of career race wins.  I'm in no smoke land of NY I've had my BS for 3 months and love it.  I've done Butts, brisket, bacon.  I've got an eleven year old who I can't keep in jerky.  My family was up for Father's Day, and was so impressed with what came out of my Bradley, 2 of my brohters are ready to order them.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Zipper on July 07, 2004, 01:12:53 am
Hi, I'm the Zipper name comes from bigzip my former number of career race wins.  I'm in no smoke land of NY I've had my BS for 3 months and love it.  I've done Butts, brisket, bacon.  I've got an eleven year old who I can't keep in jerky.  My family was up for Father's Day, and was so impressed with what came out of my Bradley, 2 of my brohters are ready to order them.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Fuzzybear on July 07, 2004, 01:52:05 am
Welcome Bigzip!  Bummer on the races but at leased the chow is turning out better from what you indicate in your post!

"A mans got to know his limitations"
Glendora, CA - USA!
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: nsxbill on July 07, 2004, 09:00:25 pm
Hello All,

I hail originally from Napa, CA, but when I retired, moved to El Dorado Foothills on the Highway 50 side of the trek to Lake Tahoe.  Have been smoking stuff in a Brinkman and stovetop smoker for about 15 years.  Originally saw the BS on an ad from Chef's catalog, and just had to have one.  My SS model should be here by Friday or Monday of next week, and anxious to try it.

NSXBill is my license plate...used to race my Acura NSX a couple of times a year - nothing competitive...just fun.  Now spend most of my road time in Hummer H2(Update 6/18/05 sold the Hummer - gas was killing me - Now a little 2005 390HP SSR Chevy Retro Pickup.  Luckily wife hates my choice in vehicles and doesn't want to drive them!

As I have gotten older, and I hope wiser, have become a renaissance man.  I roast my own coffee, grind my own flower, and after satisfying that never ending hunger for good ribs, will be starting to do my own sausage.  The BS seems ideal for smoking, and far easier to use than the Brinkman water smoker.

Looking to all you old pros for tips on use and recipes.  Already want a thermostat heat control and some of the Bubba pucks, and I haven't even take possession of the smoker yet!

I am not big on smoked salmon, but wife loves it, and just have to keep her happy[;)][:D].  Good excuse for getting a smoker, heh?  Funny thing, when I started roasting coffee, one of my neighbors came over to see if the porch was one fire.  I suspect the Bradley will be putting out a lot more smoke than my little coffee roaster!  

Bill

I love to hear the sound of deadlines whooshing by!
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: MWS on June 18, 2005, 06:29:18 am
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by msiler</i>
<br />I noticed today that although we have a little over 200 members on this site, only 95 people have posted anything... Only 8 of us have broken the 20 post mark. That means that there are a lot of people lurking in the shadows, while that is great too, I think the forum may be missing out on a lot of great input.. So this post is an oportunity for everyone to introduce themselves to the board.

I am new to the site, I found it while registering my smoker. I recently bought a bradley and this thing is possibly the greatest thing since sliced bread. I have been smoking for as long as I can remember. These new electric smokers are too good to be true... Setup and leave it alone for hours and come back to great Q. Just doesn't seem right does it? Anyway I know that I will be a regular around, and i will try to listen to my advice above and not just fade into lurking.

This is a great forum with great people, too everyone who has answered questions I had and to those who will in the future, Thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing how this "community" is going to grow.

When in doubt smoke it.

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What a great post I found from msiler circa Feb 2004. It was fun reading all the forum oldtimers introductions. I have noticed an increase lately in participants to the forum, so maybe it's time to do some 'introductions' again.

O.K. I'll start.... Names Mike, I mainly used the propane grill until a friend of mine returned from a trip to Texas last summer. Well, we had him over for a 'BBQ' dinner of chicken and ribs (ehem) on the grill. My pal told me of real BBQ he had experienced in Texas, meals I had only seen and heard of on TV. Impressed, I rushed out and bought a Charbroil water smoker hoping to experience the real BBQ I had heard of. Oh, it was good, real good actually, but way to much babysitting and weather dependant (I live in the Pacific Northwest U.S side, Pacific Southwest Canadian side). Wet climate..... My Alberta brother-in-law told me of a smoker he had by the name of Bradley. He told me how it automatically fed wood pucks every 20 minutes and was electric and could be used year round. I thought, that sounds too easy to be real BBQ, and electric? Hmmmmm. Well... come October, I began to crave that real BBQ again. Too cold for the water smoker I thought. Maybe I should at least look at that Bradley I've heard about. My local outdoor store happend to have them on sale. I visited the store at least 3 times that week. Long story not so short... I bought my Bradley and have used it every weekend since (except for that April beer festival [:o)]). This forum has been a wealth of information and a whole lotta laughs. Glad to be a part.


(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y223/mw_s/barbecue_man.gif)<i><font color="green"><b>Mike </i></font id="green"></b>

<i><font color="black">"Men like to barbecue, men will cook if danger is involved".</i></font id="black">
 -John Wayne



Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Lasse on June 20, 2005, 12:15:43 pm
I'm Lasse from Ă–stersund, Sweden, the land of the Midnight Sun. [8D]

Since I'm new to the Bradley I have mostly lurked and collected recipes.

I came in contact with BBQ'ing while working in Plano, Texas for almost 4 yrs.
I took a Brinkman water smoker with me back to Sweden in 2001 and have used it in the short summers we have up here.

I was looking for fly fishing equipment about one month ago and found a link about smoking fish and there the Bradley was waiting for me.[:)]
One week later and the DW agreed that we could by the SS.

I have smoked 2 chickens, sausages, Almonds , meatballs and bacon wrapped chicken.
I think I used wrong kind of cheese for the wrapped chicken since so much cheese melted out.[?] I used hamburger cheese but will try some harder cheese next time.

Not so many pix yet.
http://smoker.americats.com/
I'll put up more as they come out from the camera.
The small sauasages tasted best. They are called Prince-sausage or as we say "childhood memories".[:D]

This week it will be more almonds and prince-sausage.
For the weekend I don't know what to smoke, yet.

When I have used the smoker some more I'll try and experiment a bit and anything useful/yummie will be posted.

Great forum.



/Lasse
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: manxman on June 21, 2005, 04:58:20 pm
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The above was from msiler around 16 months ago, as of today I notice we have 997 members. Good going eh!?[:D]

Are the fanfare and garlands on hand to welcome our millenium member which will happen in the next day or so I would imagine!?[:D][:D]

Pressure is on for this nOOb![}:)][;)] (correct spelling Olds!?) [:D][:D]


Manxman.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: JJC on June 23, 2005, 06:35:15 am
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I noticed today that although we have a little over 200 members on this site <hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">

The above was from msiler around 16 months ago, as of today I notice we have 997 members. Good going eh!?[:D]

Are the fanfare and garlands on hand to welcome our millenium member which will happen in the next day or so I would imagine!?[:D][:D]

Pressure is on for this nOOb![}:)][;)] (correct spelling Olds!?) [:D][:D]


Manxman.
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Looks like we have 1001 members now, Manx!  Just a shade more than half have ever posted, so to the 49.7% of the members who have not yet posted:  JOIN IN !!!

John
Newton MA
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: HCT on June 25, 2005, 12:18:29 pm
Sorry guys and gals, I didn't realize this topic was here. Right now I'm doing a bit of lurking taking everything in. Asking questions too. Give me time, you won't be able to shut me up.[:)]
This place is great!!!
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Phone Guy on June 29, 2005, 12:51:40 am
1018 today if I count correctly.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: jhurlbur on June 30, 2005, 02:27:42 am
Hi folks, I'm John from Toronto Canada.  This forum is by far the best smoker forum out there. I've learned so much from the wealth of experience that the members have.

I've been smoking for 20 plus years on a little chief and an el cheapo brinkman and finally took the plunge 6 weeks ago and got a Bradley.  It is by far the best smoker I've used.

Many thanks to all those who spend long hours making this forum what it is.