My name is Jason and I live in Bixby, OK. I received my first smoker about 10 years ago for Christmas from my Father--n-Law. It was a Brinkman vertical smoker with the water pan. I used it until the fire pan was rusted and burned through and I have not had a smoker for about the last 7 years or so. My buddies I work with have started this annual BBQ fest in the culdesac of their neighborhood last year. I was not able to participate since I was lacking a smoker, "duh" so I began to watch for a horizontal offset on craigslist.
My buddy texted me last weekend on an awesome Oklahoma Joe's Longhorn smoker for $50! I could not pass it up! So I've spent the last week removing all of the rust and restoring the smoker and it now looks brand new. I am waiting for the new spring handles I purchased on Ebay. I will post pictures soon of the restoration once I get all of the parts. I plan on using it this weekend and I cannot wait.
I wanted to learn about smoking meat and the different techniques involved with temperatures, rubs vs sauce, wood types or when to use foil. Bixby has a BBQ fest every year in the spring and you try all kinds of the best BBQ from the surrounding states and each BBQ pit master has their own techniques. So I am intrigued to read about how everyone approaches the smoker and crafts their art form of smoking meat.