Hi I'm Carl. I'm a 22 year old student at the University of Maryland. I grew up helping my father burn the hell out of steaks and burgers at our town house in Western Maryland. We never slow cooked anything, or parents weren't as interested in food as I am and they never had the time. We would eat at Famous Dave's from time to time and I would wonder why my dad could not make ribs like that (it was probably because he microwaved the meat before putting it on the grill). I started looking into smoking about a year ago. I used my father's webber kettle grill to try a little indirect heating/smoking. It didn't turn out well, in fact I never got the ribs cooked well enough to eat. So I have continued tinkering and trying new things. As of right now I'm still using a webber grill to do my smoking but I'm looking into buying a vertical smoker. I sure I will be posting with a lot more questions then answers for a few years, but I'm excited about learning. I'll see you guys around the forum.