I've been living in central NJ for the past 20+ years, but havent quite settled in enough to call it home yet.
I love BBQ but I've never been able to make the awesome smoked stuff myelf to any great degree like some can.
Came close on my weber kettle with some ribs last summer while on vacation at our place in MD.
I have a buddy who originally hails from Florida who grew up smoking and ran his own BBQ catering business and builds his own cookers on double axle trailers....serious stuff. His 'Que is awesome. Its the first BBQ I've ever had that had no sauce at all and needs none.
anyway, I don't have 40 years to learn what he knows so I'm looking to somehow take a more practical solution. A few weeks ago I saw a Traeger display at a shopping mall, but didnt bite as I wanted to learn more. I like the idea of thermostatic control of the feed of pellets, but have other reservations about a pellet stove.
Considering a Weber Smokey Mountain grill, I can do this for 1/4 of what I would probably spend on a pellet smoker; but I will probably have to tend to the weber more, which might be a concern.
I've got way too many interests, music, motorcycles, pretty much anything with an engine and wheels if appealing.
Look forward to learning something here.