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sluggo
08-03-2008, 05:43 PM
Greetings!!

I am Sluggo from Amarillo, TX
I am new to the forums. I just received a new Bandera for a belated Father's Day gift. I have had an interest in smoking for some time and now I am ready to get started. I feel like I am armed with a boatload of knowledge as I have read extensively of your writings. I got my new Bandera last Friday and put it together and did a couple of modifications. I built and installed an aluminum baffle and a 22 gauge heat shield for the lid of the firebox. This week I fabricated a new firebox grate and charcoal basket. Yesterday I sprayed the whole thing down with vegetable oil and fired it up for the first time. I think I am now ready to smoke something!!! I am considering mounting another thermometer in the stack for comparison. Any advice on that? What is the best thing to smoke for a brand new novice smoker? I want to cook a small brisket but my son thinks I ought to start smaller, i.e. beer butt chicken. Help me out here. By the way, I purchased a subscription today. Will that get me into the recipe section or do I still need to boost my post count? This is truly a great forum! Thanks for welcoming me in.

MilitantSquatter
08-03-2008, 05:47 PM
Welcome Sluggo..

SOunds like you are off to a great start.

I will send you the recipe link via private message (PM).

My suggestion to start would be some chicken thighs, or if time permits - a smaller pork butt or chuck roast.

biffleg
08-03-2008, 05:52 PM
Welcome aboard brother!

BIGWILLY
08-03-2008, 05:57 PM
"Big Red" soda welcome to both your son and you!

Kevin
08-03-2008, 06:06 PM
Sounds like your well on your way. Brisket may be a bit much for your first cook. Pork butt is much more forgiving.

Welcome.

Bigdog
08-03-2008, 06:08 PM
Welcome Sluggo. Lots a variation of temp in the cooking chamber of these bad boys. Especially after you get them loaded up. I reccomend getting a Taylor or similar digital thermo, you know, the one with the probe. Stick it in a potato with the tip sticking out for a truer idea of the temp. Move this around to find you hot and cool spots.

Forney
08-03-2008, 06:20 PM
Welcome!

BBQ Grail
08-03-2008, 07:30 PM
Sounds as though you are on the right track. The only modification to your modifications would be:

WE WANT PICTURES!!!!

Welcome to our little corner of the world.

bbqbull
08-03-2008, 07:47 PM
Welcome to teh forum Sluggo.

sluggo
08-03-2008, 07:56 PM
I have pics! I know everyone has seen a Bandera but I'll include mine because it has my current projects in the background...an 8' fence and the shop I'm building for one of my other obsessions, early '70s Suzuki LJ20 little jeeps! I included my firebox lid heat shield, fire grate & charcoal basket. Let me know what you think.

Pig Headed
08-03-2008, 08:00 PM
Welcome to the forum.

U2CANQUE
08-03-2008, 08:44 PM
welcome, sounds like you can put some of your welding/fabrication skills to work.....

Looking forward to seeing how you grow into the smoke addiction....

Westexbbq
08-03-2008, 09:17 PM
Welcome to the camp,
Sluggo.
Enjoy.

we'll smoke u
08-03-2008, 09:20 PM
welcome

Harbormaster
08-04-2008, 09:32 AM
OH NOOOO!! SLUGGO!!!
Welcome to the best clubhouse on the web!

Divemaster
08-04-2008, 09:57 AM
Welcome, now pull up a stump and take a load off!!!

BTW, I agree with the pork butt rather than a brisket for the first smoke...

Mad Max
08-04-2008, 10:21 AM
Welcome Sluggo, get that smoke going.

crome
08-04-2008, 10:36 AM
Welcome!

STX Cue
08-04-2008, 10:43 AM
Glad to have you Sluggo! Third (or fourth) on the butt over the brisket. And chicken is always an option.

MattCom
08-04-2008, 01:03 PM
welcome

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
08-04-2008, 01:28 PM
Welcome Sluggo from a former Borger Bro. Looks like some great mods on that smoker.

thillin
08-04-2008, 02:20 PM
Welcome aboard.

Cheech
08-04-2008, 05:05 PM
Glad to have you here

Arlin_MacRae
08-04-2008, 05:21 PM
Sluggo, you're off at a run, bro! I'd say you're ready to burn some meat right now. Start learning your 'Dera!

My advice is to start with a pork butt or shoulder to make some pulled pig. Throw a couple of fatties in there as well.

Good luck!

Arlin

frognot
08-04-2008, 06:37 PM
Welcome aboard sluggo!

Cabntmkr1
08-04-2008, 11:50 PM
Welcome to the best BBQ forum on the 'net!:mrgreen:
What the hey, jump in with a good ol' Boston Butt...they are very
forgiving.:grin:
Remember to post pics...

wlh3
08-05-2008, 11:01 AM
Welcome and enjoy the ride:icon_bigsmil

VGuilford
08-05-2008, 02:45 PM
Welcome

sluggo
08-05-2008, 09:04 PM
Welcome Sluggo from a former Borger Bro. Looks like some great mods on that smoker.

Borger!! My best friend is from Borger! Thanks for the warm welcome!

HolySmoke
08-06-2008, 04:50 PM
welcome aboard!

slat
08-06-2008, 11:54 PM
Welcome to the playground.