Hi everybody, I just joined, so I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. I have been in love with smoked meat since I was a child. I'm originally from Louisiana and remember by first taste. My grandfather had a little all aluminum pit that he built. Believe it or not, he smoked squirrels with actual pecan shells. I guess both were plentiful and free on his land. He also used to smoke flounder and redfish. I have been chasing the tastes I remember as a child like a junkie all my life and have never had anything like it since.
I was at Sam's the other day and they had a 40" MasterBuilt Smoker that was listed as "Missing screws" for $100 off. Not wanting to miss out on putting the fate of finding that taste I remember as a kid into my own hands, I figured I can buy a lot of screws for $100, so all I had to do was be able to sweet talk my wife into taking it home - which I successfully did. I got it home, unboxed it and could not find one thing that it was missing. It appears it is working 100%! I completed the "seasoning" of the smoker tonight, so hopefully I will be able to smoke something before the weekend is up.
On a side note, I found this site because I was looking for different meat recipes and saw a lot of referrals to Jeff's Rub and BBQ sauce recipes. Although I do not know him, there were a lot of people happy using his recipes, so being that the money from those recipes fund this site, I went ahead and bought them to help support a good cause. If I end up with something that makes my tongue try to beat my tonsils to death if I don't swallow something fast enough, than that's even better!
Looking forward to chatting with everyone in the future!