Hey guys, I've been lurking around the forums, sponging up info. For Christmas, I gave myself the gift that keeps on giving, and taking... A Brinkmann Smoke-N-Grill. For 39 dollars, I figured if it was junk, it'd make a nice trash can. A couple of failed attempts at smoking later, and I've been scouring the forums for tidbits of info to lead me in the right direction.
When I'm not smoking meats (these days) I am a Network Engineer. I build, secure, and manage networks on a series of platforms for a multitude of users. Also in my spare time, I like to fly RC Heli's and RC Planes. (My dremmel has already come in handy in my new smokey hobby... ) I'm originally from South Texas, but have lived in Austin, Texas for the last 12 years. I'm a huge BBQ fanatic, as a matter of fact, one of my 'dating' criteria, is an absolute YES to smoked meats.. Vegetarians, please enjoy your tofu and black bean curd.... blech.
I grew up in the Boy Scouts, and made it to Eagle at an early age. I spent a lot of this time cooking over an open flame, and cooking in dutch ovens. As I progressed in life, I took up long distance backpacking, and was always cooking over open flame as well. Even before I purchased my first REAL smoker, I owned several old smokeys, and I could dish out some delicious fajitas and burgers. The flavor of meat cooked over smoke and flame, theres just nothing like it. No tofu seasoning on the planet could ever compare..
I've pushed about 4 full smokers of meat onto the table since Christmas, snatching up ever chance to smoke I can. ( Hell, I even called in sick one day to work on my rub.... ) Im actually about to post my first QView. My latest adventure yielded multiple racks of pork spare ribs, a small brisket, two pork loins, and a few links of bison/venison sausage my friend gave me. Thanks for all the information you guys have collected over the years. It's good to know there are people who love the Q as much as I do....(that could be a country hit single!)