Hello there everyone! My name is Tony, from Moss Point, MS (Mississippi Gulf Coast area). 43 y/o, love to grill, smoke meats, etc.
Let me start off by saying, I'm no Rookie, but very far from a Pro. I've been grilling since I was in my late teens and early 20's. Then, at about age 29, I walked into the Light!! Yes, I bought a smoker. It was an Oklahoma Joe's smoker that weighed around 300+ pounds; they had to put it in the back of my truck with a forklift! This was back when they used nice thick cast iron and not this thin stuff that most are made of today. Well, I gave that smoker a workout from 1998 - 2008. By this time it was worn pretty good and needed some work. I was moving 3 hours south, so I gave it to a couple of friends of mine on the condition that they had to come get it and I wasn't helping! They took it off of my hands, restored it to like new condition, and still use it to this day!
I bought another smoker (cheap walmart one) back in 2008 when I moved to the Mississippi Coast, between a lot of cookings and the salt air, the thing rusted to pieces and literally fell apart. I didn't have another smoker until about 3 - 4 weeks ago. A friend of mine was throwing an old one away that he no longer wanted (Char-Griller). I took it off of his hands and I completely restored it myself. It took a little time and effort and saved me about $80 - $100 by not buying a brand new one.
I've used it twice so far, and I can tell I'm a bit rusty! My first batch of ribs was not that great, the second batch was awesome! I did a Boston Butt, Chicken, and Sausage and it all came out awesome! I also have to brag on my smoked Pork Loin and Smoked Turkey...always had good success with those as well.
To this day, I CANNOT smoke a decent Brisket to save my life! I've since learned that "Brining" overnight is the key?? Then slow and low for 10-12 hours? I don't really know. Any pointers and tips on Brisket is VERY WELCOMED! Also, I think my ribs could use a little tuning up. Any pointers on either would be great, thanks!
Thanks for having me here on this forum, I'm sure this is the beginning of a great relationship with fellow grillers & smokers!