Since I found this forum, I have been enjoying it guite a bit, so it's only fitting to follow the recommendations and introduce myself. My first name is Ralph and I am from the Pittsburgh area. I own a tavern/restaurant in the area and have enjoyed grilling food for decades. Downside of that is you are expected to cook every time there is a hint of grilling. I consider myself good on the grill. It is nothing for me to grill year round and to be outside with several inches of snow on the ground. Since the weather broke this spring, I have been laying brick for a bbq grill and it's nearing completion. About a week ago a friend of mine bought a smoker and my jealousy brought me to the internet and to this site. By the end of the week I intend to have a Masterbuilt 40 for my back porch, which is enclosed. This should be a nice complement to my brick grill. It may not look as professional as the smoker since it lends truth to the nursery rhyme, 'There was a crooked man, who had a crooked......'
Another specialty of mine is cheesecake. I have a couple of commercial customers. I bring this up because I use the internet extensively to search new recipes and better ways of doing things in the kitchen. I have done this for food recipes, rubs, sauces and the like, along with creating my own. To me it's fun.
So by the end of the week I intend to be reading and doing the things to get myself set up for a good summer of eating.
I have enjoyed reading the posts and articles here. I have used forums in the past for different areas and have always found them to be helpful and friendly.