I came across this forum while looking for some beef round sirloin tip roast recipes and figured I'd register while I was here. My name is Dave, born and raised in western NY, then moved to Blacksburg, VA a few years back for graduate school. I got my start smoking when I assumed responsibility for the senior pig roast for my engineering department in college. A professor from our department had previously been in charge of it, but he was leaving for another school, so after he left I took over. We would usually smoke around 140 pounds of pork shoulder.
After I finished my degree there, I moved down to Virginia for graduate school. It wasn't until a friend of mine from back in NY also came down here for graduate school that I thought about getting my own smoker. After a few (maybe too many) beers one night, I decided that I was going to buy a smoker and we would make chicken that Sunday. Craigslist was limited, but I found a killer deal on a Bradley electric smoker. The chickens weren't even done in the Bradley before I was emailing someone else on Craigslist about an Ugly Drum Smoker.
I went and picked up the UDS the next Saturday, and we had more chicken that Sunday night. Since then, pretty much every Saturday (minus home football games) has consisted of watching college football while smoking a few pork shoulders. We've also done ribs, salmon, and chicken wings on the drum. The Bradley has taken the back seat for now, but my friends and I are planning on throwing a cookout for our research groups in the near future. We'll probably do 3 pork shoulders on the drum, and wings along with eggplant (or something of that nature, for the vegetarians in the group) in the Bradley.