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mnickcrna
01-07-2005, 04:35 AM
Hi everyone,
I am new to BBQing. I'm an avid griller and just never had a smoker nor the the time to learn. I'm in the Navy and completed a tour in Iraq with the Marines last year (medical support, I'm a nurse anesthetist) and now stationed in southern Spain. I grew up in Arkansas, but moved to West Texas (Dalhart, TX) in high school and graduated high school and college there before joining the Navy.
I recently bought a used a NB Bandera from another guy leaving Spain (his loss is my gain!) and look forward to learning to master the beast. No BBQ here in Spain so my friends are also eager for me to start producing some fine BBQ! Several folks had emailed me in response to a post I had put on the Yahoo group page and invited me here. The only real wood I have access to is Oak, no hickory or mesquite here. :cry: Our commissary on base does have brisquets, pork shoulders, etc. My first mission is to get the baffle modification done to the Bandera and move on from there. I think you all have a great website and I look forward to learning from the many years of experience here. Thanks.

Michael

jeffsasmokin
01-07-2005, 05:06 AM
Welcome aboard, Micheal! Glad to see you ttok me up on my invitation. You'll find the Brothers here and the site very informative. Just dont be affraid to post any questions you may have, everyone here is more than willing to share their knowledge. Be sure to peruse the FAQ's and Files section, also check out Bandera 101 on the home page.

We all thank you for your service to this great Country of ours!

kcquer
01-07-2005, 06:46 AM
Michael, First things first, Thanks for your service to our Country. Welcome Brother!! With the help from the folks here you'll have people lining up just to smell what's in the 'dera.

Trout_man22
01-07-2005, 07:21 AM
Welcome, Michael!

In Spain you can also get grape, olive, apple, peach, lemon and several other woods. You'll need to go into the country side and ask around when the farmes are triming the trees. I you do it right they will even load it for you. I never could, I would always have to wash the trctor. :)

Trout

BigBelly
01-07-2005, 07:55 AM
Indeed thank you and all the men and woman out serving our country and upholding the freedom we enjoy here and take for granted.

Welcome aboard brother!

jt
01-07-2005, 08:02 AM
Welcome, Michael. As KC said, THANK YOU for your service! It's people like you who keep us free.

Oak is a great smoking wood. I use a lot of it and love the flavor. And it burns good - doesn't take much to keep the temps where you need them.

bittertruth
01-07-2005, 08:51 AM
Welcome, Michael. It's great to have another squid on board( a little navy lingo for ya). I am exNavy and spent a little time in Rota. is that where you are? If it is , i know you will also have alot of seafood available to smoke, along with local meats and sausages. Let us know what you like and what you don't.

BigBelly
01-07-2005, 01:05 PM
More Navy talk...being I am a Navy brat!

Deck Ape! LOL

BrooklynQ
01-07-2005, 01:27 PM
Welcome to the group. Thank you for your service.

parrothead
01-07-2005, 01:29 PM
Welcome aboard!

mnickcrna
01-07-2005, 01:33 PM
Welcome, Michael. It's great to have another squid on board( a little navy lingo for ya). I am exNavy and spent a little time in Rota. is that where you are? If it is , i know you will also have alot of seafood available to smoke, along with local meats and sausages. Let us know what you like and what you don't.

Yes, I am stationed in Rota, Spain. Your right there is a lot of seafood here and I will be trying to smoke different things. I get most of my meats from the commisary. They have all the standard cuts, brisquets, boston butts, etc. I have not picked up the Spanish language well enough yet to go into the local butcher shops and ask for any special cuts of meat. I have bought some ribs and chorizo sausage which were good. I want to try smoking some lamb. Someone posted a reply saying to try out the Olive and grape woods. I will have to give it a try and see how it smokes.

Michael

Bellybro
01-07-2005, 01:35 PM
Welcome Michael. And THANKS!

Do you have any good spanish rice recipes? One of our members is a rice phanatic and is always looking for great ways to fix the stuff!

jt
01-07-2005, 02:09 PM
We've got one that likes lamb, too! Right, Chad?

Solidkick
01-07-2005, 03:56 PM
Never used olive, but have used grape. Not much BTU's, but a nice aroma and flavor. Definitely would need to have a good coal bed of briquettes or burning oak to add the grape to. Try to get some apple or peach if you can.
Check the recipe section of this board to make up an all purpose rub, or if available at the commisary, try to find some Head Country, which is a good, all purpose, over the counter, rub.
Better yet, I'll email you a bunch of rub recipes.

Welcome my new brother..........

mnickcrna
01-07-2005, 05:06 PM
Thanks for the warm reception and emails. The only rice recipe I have is Paella. It is a traditional Spanish dish with rice and seafood. Food here in Spain is very bland. They don't use spices on hardly anything. I will try to see what other woods I can get here. I know I can get Olive, Grape and Oak. I found a place in town today that is going to make me a baffle and fire grate modification. I don't speak Spanish, but just showed them the pictures from the photo section here. I just need to get a good dual wireless thermometer and I can get started! It appears everyone recommends the Nu-temp and other less expensive ones like Maverick. I will have to shop around and see who will ship to FPO addresses. It is amazing how some businesses will not support the military stationed overseas by simply shipping to an FPO address. There are not any extra charges via USPS to ship here. Thanks again everone.

Bill-Chicago
01-07-2005, 07:15 PM
Michael, First things first, Thanks for your service to our Country. Welcome Brother!! With the help from the folks here you'll have people lining up just to smell what's in the 'dera.

Second that. Welcome Michael!

Bill-Chicago
01-07-2005, 07:20 PM
I will have to shop around and see who will ship to FPO addresses. It is amazing how some businesses will not support the military stationed overseas by simply shipping to an FPO address. There are not any extra charges via USPS to ship here. Thanks again everone.

You tell us what you want/need, and we will send it to you.

Not kidding.

Again, welcome and thank you.

Saiko
01-07-2005, 09:23 PM
Greetings! I spent some time in Torrejon, Spain when I was in highschool before they shut that base down. My father was stationed in Gaeta, Italy, and they didn't have a high school close by. The military sent all kids without local high schools to live in a dorm in Torrejon. I was a junior in high school, and the dorm was 3 stories: Guys on the first and second floor, girls on the third floor. Needless to say I was quite the avid climber by the end of the year!
And thanks again for serving this great country of ours!

Bigdog
01-07-2005, 09:50 PM
Welcome to the group Michael. You will become a very popluar guy when you start cranking up that Bandera. Butts and briskets are great smoking meats. Can you get pork ribs too? One of our favorites is the sausage logs. We call them fatties. The only take about 3 hrs. so you have something to snack on until the main course is done.

I reccomend getting the Nu-temp. With the discount they give us, it is reasonably priced.

tommykendall
01-07-2005, 09:55 PM
The only rice recipe I have is Paella


Bring it on... and welcome aboard

Neil
01-08-2005, 06:36 AM
Michael, I too wish to thank you for your service to our great nation and welcome you aboard to the best site on the web. These guys and gals are the greatest. Enjoy what you learn and share what you know. It's what we do.

frognot
01-08-2005, 10:23 AM
Howdy to a fellow gas-passer. (I'm a Respiratory Therapist). Just wanna join the rest in welcoming you & thanks to you and your fellow military brethren for their service.

BigBelly
01-08-2005, 11:19 AM
Just stay away from the Polder thermos and you'll be fine.

JacksonsDad
01-09-2005, 09:02 AM
Welcome aboard Micheal! You won't find a better group of guys to learn cue..or just to shoot the sh1t with.

chad
01-09-2005, 02:30 PM
Thanks for posting. I'm "Lubyguy" and am really glad you came over to the "dark side".

As you can see (and from emails I know you've received) from just his thread we are always ready to help a Brother in Smoke and especially one in the military and stationed overseas. :D

If you'll post, ask questions, and share your experiences (both cooking and non!) we'll make sure you're mail box is never empty. None of us are afraid of FPO addresses. :mrgreen:

Like others have said: thanks for serving. Hope to hear from you often.

David/alias Chad :D

P.S. I don't hate lamb, I just think it should take it's proper place in the hierarchy of edibles -- go straight to burial in the back yard! :twisted:

BrooklynQ
01-09-2005, 03:11 PM
Welcome to the group.

Solidkick
01-09-2005, 03:42 PM
I'm "Lubyguy"

David/alias Chad

****, no wonder I'm always confused!

Cybil Mod.........

chad
01-09-2005, 07:23 PM
Don't blame me! I've had Lubyguy on Yahoo since 1997 and Chad was foisted upon me by these *******s in 2000! :D Like most nicknames: you don't ask for them or make them up - they just happen. :mrgreen:

Bill-Chicago
01-09-2005, 07:47 PM
Don't blame me! I've had Lubyguy on Yahoo since 1997 and Chad was foisted upon me by these *******s in 2000! :D Like most nicknames: you don't ask for them or make them up - they just happen. :mrgreen:

nice language.

Would you have prefered if I called you Jeb?

chad
01-09-2005, 08:04 PM
Blow is out your's! :D You didn't know who Jeb was in 2000! :twisted:

Arlin_MacRae
01-11-2005, 10:31 AM
Hiya Michael!

Welcome and thanks for what you're doing for the U S of A.

I wonder what the locals do for BBQ? Man, if you could rub elbows with a couple of Spaniards, who knows what you could come up with!

Arlin
USAF, Retired

tommykendall
01-11-2005, 09:58 PM
Would you have prefered if I called you Jeb?


Or how about Lubeguy :mrgreen:

jt
01-12-2005, 08:18 AM
Let's play a little word association here....
TK -- trailer
DF -- lubeguy....
:shock: :shock: :shock:

tommykendall
01-12-2005, 09:10 AM
TK -- trailer
DF -- lubeguy....


JT = sumbitch 8)

chad
01-12-2005, 10:05 AM
That's LUBYGUY!

You're not too young to be called an *******! :D

racer_81
01-12-2005, 10:11 AM
TK -- trailer
DF -- lubeguy....


JT = sumbitch 8)

I thought I was sumbitch.

Welcome Michael.

jt
01-12-2005, 10:17 AM
LOL

jt
01-12-2005, 10:18 AM
You're not too young to be called an *******! :D
Yup. That's what my wife calls me.

chad
01-12-2005, 11:48 AM
A typo like that could definately be misconstrued!! :twisted: But then, on this board inuendo and flat out lies are the norm!! :D


Yup. That's what my wife calls me


I really like your wife - this just confirms first impressions! :D Have you cured your son (Samuel? Right?) of his bird chasing?? :D

jt
01-12-2005, 01:00 PM
Ralph - still chases birds. Great pictures of him harrassing the seagulls on the beach.

chad
01-12-2005, 02:22 PM
Good thing he didn't catch one -- they don't taste like chicken! Well, maybe chicken-of-the-sea! :mrgreen:

Ralph! Gotta remember that. A little free association: Honeymooners! "Hey, Raphie boy!" :D

jt
01-12-2005, 02:49 PM
Michael, we frequently hijack threads and go off topic around here.

Just never in QTalk or Discussion & Reflection. :twisted:

Enjoy the ride here. Ahhhhh, back on topic.

mnickcrna
01-12-2005, 04:09 PM
Thanks again for the warm welcome and humor. This is a great place and I look forward to getting on here as much as I can to try to learn the art of fine BBQ! Well guys I found a place out in town to make me the baffle mod. I finally got it today, they did a good job making it. Still looking for a place that sales expanded steel for the grate mod. They have got some briskets and a 13lb pork shoulder at the commisary on base, so I think I might try to fire the beast up this weekend. Should I post my questions here about this "maiden" voyage or start a new string in Qtalk?

Solidkick
01-12-2005, 04:37 PM
Should I post my questions here about this "maiden" voyage or start a new string in Qtalk?


Start a new one in QTalk. Less likely (we hope) to get hijacked there.
What's the time difference between Spain and the states? Are you planning an all nighter or starting in the morning? I ask because some of us may be online when you ask questions and give immediate responses, if we had a timeframe.

and I'm not being judgemental about a hijack, sometimes I can't resist myself....it brightens my sometimes gloomy days.....

mnickcrna
01-12-2005, 04:43 PM
We are 7 hours ahead of central time in the US. I guess if I do the 13lb shoulder it will have to be an all nighter. I will start a new thread on Qtalk with some starter questions tonight and then can look online while Qing.

chad
01-12-2005, 05:23 PM
sometimes I can't resist


Sometime? Sometimes? Yeah, and the sun SOMETIMES rises in the east!

Mike,

Cooking goes to QTalk.

As far as expanded steel - don't you know any Chiefs? :D I'll bet that for a rack of real BBQ ribs a Chief would come up with whatever size pieces of steel you need.

I know, I'm thinking like enlisted swine - but hey I retired top three, I can't help myself! :twisted:

racer_81
01-13-2005, 09:11 AM
sometimes I can't resist


Sometime? Sometimes? Yeah, and the sun SOMETIMES rises in the east!

Mike,

Cooking goes to QTalk.

As far as expanded steel - don't you know any Chiefs? :D I'll bet that for a rack of real BBQ ribs a Chief would come up with whatever size pieces of steel you need.

I know, I'm thinking like enlisted swine - but hey I retired top three, I can't help myself! :twisted:

MilSpeak Mod

Arlin_MacRae
01-13-2005, 03:03 PM
sometimes I can't resist


Sometime? Sometimes? Yeah, and the sun SOMETIMES rises in the east!

Mike,

Cooking goes to QTalk.

As far as expanded steel - don't you know any Chiefs? :D I'll bet that for a rack of real BBQ ribs a Chief would come up with whatever size pieces of steel you need.

I know, I'm thinking like enlisted swine - but hey I retired top three, I can't help myself! :twisted:

Right on, Dave!

mnickcrna
01-13-2005, 04:35 PM
I found another place off base that said they could make the expanded metal fire grate! I hope to get it tomorrow. I just went to the industrial area of town and when down the line of shops pointing to pictures of the fire grate mod until I found one who said "no problemo". So I should have the both the baffle mod and fire grate mod installed before firing up the Bandera Saturday.

David, the Chief idea would have been my next step. If you want anything in the Navy the CPO's are the one's you need to ask! :-)

brdbbq
01-13-2005, 04:38 PM
TK -- trailer
DF -- lubeguy....


JT = sumbitch 8)

I thought I was sumbitch.

You are......

Samichlaus
01-13-2005, 06:49 PM
Nice to meet ya Michael. This is a great site. You'll learn plenty from these guys.

racer_81
01-13-2005, 07:45 PM
TK -- trailer
DF -- lubeguy....


JT = sumbitch 8)

I thought I was sumbitch.

You are......

Ahhhhhh. I feel better now.

:-)

417bullelk
01-14-2005, 01:08 AM
Welcome and a BIG THANKS for what you do for all of us stateside. As you can see, these guys are quite entertaining and packed full of shi...I mean information...yea..that's it...information....

Keep us informed of how things go!! These guys had me cooking great 'Q on my maiden voyage with the 'dera. I am sure you will do the same.

mnickcrna
01-14-2005, 10:01 AM
Dustin,
That is an awesome elk in your picture! And with a bow! The only thing I miss more than family back home is hunting and fishing. The fishing here is horid unless you can get out on a deep sea trip which is very expensive in shi**y boats. I want to do a Red Stag hunt (sort of a small version of an Elk), but it is very expensive around $4,000, so I probably will not hunt big game here. I have some leads on getting to do some red legged partridge hunting next year. They don't have public hunting here, so you have to know someone and even then it is pretty much a closed society of the "elite" that hunt here. That is just another thing we take for granted in the USA. For most countries over here only the rich can have access to and can afford to hunt.