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Old 10-19-2006, 12:52 PM   #1
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I am new here. I found this site the other day and I really like it. With that said, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is Jeff and I live in the Houston area. I have been barbequeing for years, but mainly on a converted 55gal steel drum. It takes a ton of fire control so it is a constant process. It really takes a ton of beer to do a 12-15 hour brisket but I do not mind. It finally fell apart this summer so I upgraded to a NB Bandera this week. They have them at the local Academy for $198 put together.

Thanks to this site, I will do a fire grate mod and damper mod tonight and season tommorow. I plan on kicking the smoker off Saturday with a couple of racks of baby back ribs and a brisket. The plan is to use lump mesquite charcoal and pecan logs at the beginning and probably ending up with all pecan. All of that depends on the amount of heat that the combo puts out, so there will be a fair amount of trial and error.

I will post up results and pics next week.

Under the heading of "you learn something new every day", I must admit that I have never heard of fattys (at least not in this incarnation). I will try one of these this weekend and hope to start creating some differant recipes in the following month. I am a very good cook in the kitchen and am very good with sauces so I look forward to sharing some if this stuff.

Thanks again, and glad to be here.
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Old 10-19-2006, 12:57 PM   #2
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Welcome... You're going to get moved to Cattle Call, I'm betting, but have fun with the new smoker. Once you try fatties, you'll realize that they're even better than the other ones you're thinking about (or so guys on here tell me!)
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Old 10-19-2006, 12:57 PM   #3
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Welcome, Jeff! Enjoy that new cooker and the fruits of your labor. I have a feeling that this might get moved to Cattle Call! which is where we introduce ourselves. But, it doesn't really matter.

I like that you gauge how long it takes to cook brisket by how much beer it takes. We always talk about fuel consumption, but usually we mean charcoal and/or wood!

I think you'll fit in real well here. It's a good group......Enjoy!
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:14 PM   #4
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Good to have you Jeff!

The Bandera can be a real fuel hog. Feel free to mix that lump in now and then to maintain the temp unless you have excess pecan you need to get rid of. The Bandera will heat up to normal Q temps, but once a good size fire is going it is harder to choke it down. Add fuel before your coal bed is gone, and in small amounts.

Looking forward to reading about your first cook on the new smoker!
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:15 PM   #5
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Now that, Jeff, is one funny-a$$ handle!!!

Welcome aboard and congrats on your new 'Dera!

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Old 10-19-2006, 01:29 PM   #6
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thanks, guys. I am very curious of how the new pit will maintain temperature and how much fuel it will take. With the drum, I usually would use lump charcoal with chunks of either pecan or hickory and could keep things going pretty well, but it demanded constant attention.

One thing I am really looking forward to is smoking fish with this pit. I own an offshore fishing boat and do a lot of fishing in the summer months. I catch a lot of snapper and king mackeral. I like to smoke the mackeral, since it is oily like salmon. I use a brine recipe that is intended for salmon and it works great. The only problem is that the oil drum smokes way too hot and the fish can dry out. If I could maintain a smoking temp of say 180 to 200 i will be in business.
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:33 PM   #7
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You can do that with the Bandera, Jeff - no sweat.
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:39 PM   #8
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Welcome to the fray! You're gonna enjoy the Bandera.
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Welcome aboard Jeff, enjoy the ride!
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Old 10-19-2006, 03:40 PM   #12
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Welcome Jeff, we can always use another Texan!
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Old 10-19-2006, 03:55 PM   #13
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Yes indeed, another brethren from the Lone Star State, welcome to the camp.
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Old 10-19-2006, 03:56 PM   #14
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Welcome Jeff.
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Old 10-19-2006, 04:07 PM   #15
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Welcome...I'm new also, and am still reading up on everything. Friendly crowd.
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