I'm just beginning my hobby here. For Father's Day last year my wife got me a Weber Silver grill. I quickly converted it to a smoker with a couple of aluminum pans and some wood chips. Since then every major meal in our home has featured something from the smoker. I made my first pulled pork shoulder, a nice 5 1/2 pound Boston Butt, on it this weekend with a North Carolina vinegar sauce. It was a huge hit and my wife happily green lit me for something more sophisticated.
I'm afraid I'm joining the ranks of the other gas powered smoker owners here because I've decided on a Great Outdoor propane rig. Yes, the purists can be outraged now if you like, but I look forward to my Lazy Q. I'm planning to get the 22 inch model, fix it up with some extra seals to hold the air in tight, an extra large wood box and water tray and a dual thermometer for meat and the inside. (I've priced everything out already.) I am taking suggestions for anything better and a list of the best modifications you think I can make.
As for me, I'm a dead on beginner who has fallen in love with this hobby. My family and I are from the Jersey Shore, yes, insert joke here, but we are much more proud of our UFC Lightweight World Champion Frankie Edgar, from our town, than we are for anyone featured on an MTV reality show. (Yes, I worked as a cop in Seaside, where they film the show.)
I look forward to getting involved and trying some of these recipes.