Hi all. Andy from Southeast NC. I've been lurking around your forums here for about 6 months. I've picked up a ton of info but not as much as I need to pick up. My Master Forge vertical just arrived this Monday, already did a Turkey. It was a good bird, but I've got a long way to go. Thanks in advance for all of the great information and welcoming of newcomers. I had a charcoal Brinkman years ago but never did much with it other than use as a grill. Have a Weber Genesis that does great low cooks, but still not a good slow smoker, so I'm really looking forward to new possibilities with a real smoker.
Current interest is the "Cure or not to Cure" argument... I'm not (currently) wanting to do cold smokes or very low temp smokes, more interested in things that will go in my belly within 1-4 days :-) But, still interested in doing some jerkey (or beef stick?) and Canadian type bacon. So got into reading tons of info on the cure/non-cure. Still fairly confused, but the forums are helping so be on the lookout for more questions from newbies! Interested in any reads/info that anyone can point a new guy to.
Take care and happy smokin'