Hey guys. A little about myself:
I'm 32 years old, recently married, and I work in law enforcement (6 yrs now). I love cars and trucks, but gravitate towards Fords. I've been working on building a motorcycle for the past two years, and its almost done. I love cooking on the grill, especially for my wife. I have perfected my filet mingon for her!
A little about my experience smoking:
About 10 years ago, a friend's brother got a smoker as a wedding gift, and left it in his parents' garage. He was coming back for a weekend, and asked if we could set up the smoker and get something going on it. I smoked a couple of pork butts on it over the next couple of months, without any knowledge or skill, and they came out ridiculously good! I was hooked.
I haven't smoked anything since then, but I've been wanting a smoker for the past 10 years. I mentioned I am recently married. My wife bought us a house, so now I have a place to keep a smoker. This past weekend, my wife and I won a smoker from a raffle at a charity event we attended. Its not an expensive or really nice smoker, but for $10 in raffle tickets, its not bad!
I plan on a couple of upgrades for it: a grate for the charcoal bowl to keep the ash from choking the charcoal, and a themometer (the one on it reads (Warm, ideal, hot).
So the first thing I am going to attempt (after first seasoning the smoker) is a batch of burgers. After that, a prime rib. Sadly, my wife doesn't eat pork, so I will be limited there. But I hope to have a lot of fun with this!