I was born in Columbus, GA on 11/11/38, but left when 12 years old as father was in military and we moved fairly often. Graduated from high school in Panama, Canal Zone in 1957 and attended Valley Forge Military Academy and the USC in Columbia, SC where graduated in 1961.
Upon graduation, moved to Charlotte, NC where I worked as an internal auditor for a Bank, then entered the field of Investment securities where I worked for 12 years. Started my own business in commercial printing until leaving Charlotte in 1986, then going to Charleston,SC where I met my wife. Retired in 1997 and moved from Charleston to Bakersville, NC in the western NC. mountains where we presently live.
Became interested in smoker cooking quite by accident and this has happened very recently. Could never cook any meats that had any flavor, even on the grill, so I decided to try smoker cooking.......and.....will probably buy my first smoker next week and it will be the vertical electrical model with the glass door, remote control, etc. Been searching for a smoker cook book but with absolutely no success, so we tried the internet---thus, this website!
I really look forward to joining this group and hope I will be able to contribute to the group as well as get many of my questions answered. Will make every effort to keep you informed as to my progress after getting the smoker. My first question, if anyone out there would care to answer, is : how in the world do you cook pork ribs and have them turn out crispy on the outside when finished. My wife has developed a sauce that is absolutly delicious, but can not cook decent ribs no matter what I have tried -- and that gave rise to the smoker experiment!!.
Soooo, really look forward to working with you and look foward to hearing from anyone that would care to share.