Hello everyone. My name is Jim and I live just south of Jacksonville, Florida. I am closing in on my 47th year of living and have grilled for nearly my entire adult life. I've come to realize recently that what I called "grilling" simply wasn't all it could be. In the past I have thrown a piece of meat onto a hot fire and cooked it to the desired doneness.
My brother has been grilling for years and recently accurately described me as being "Grill Challenged". I've been fortunate enough to taste his efforts on many occasions, but it wasn't until recently that I realized I don't have to have the best grill on the market in order to get the best flavor from my meat. With my brother's assistance, I was able to cook the best spare ribs I've ever done and did so on a cheap Brinkman gas grill.
I am excited about learning the real "How To's" of smoking and grilling. I am also looking at purchasing a Weber 22 1/2" Kettle grill. This will be my first non-gas grill in over 20 years and I'm actually looking forward to cooking on charcoal again. I don't think I will get rid of my cheap gas grill as there are times that I can see how a quick cook out can be beneficial, especially for brats, hotdogs and burgers.
I'm still exploring the site but can already see how it can quickly become the "go to" site for any questions I may have and look forward to learning from all you other Grill Masters.