I'm Travis, 19, from San Jose, CA. I am joining this website because I am new to smoking meats and need advice on it. My parents just moved to Colorado along with my dad's electric smoker, so I went out and bought myself a Charbroil smoker/grill. I bought a charcoal grill quite frankly because A: I can't afford a fancy electric one and B: I feel like the electric ones are cheating. It does all the work for you and I want to be more active and learn.
I am huge into photography and videography, I am a technician at an Apple Store, and I golf. I most recently got into shooting, I am starting small with a BB gun to practice. All in all, its safe to say BBQ is my least expensive hobby, even though it isn't cheap.
So far I have only smoked one thing. A picnic butt, this was back in August. I did all my research, went for about 7 hours, and my friends were amazed. It was a proud moment, but I want to get better and I know this is the place to start. Since I am now on my own, I have to take on responsibilities and rely on myself, and of course the all powerful internet. However there are just some things I can't find so I thought it would be great to develop a relationship with you guys since from what I've seen, you are very supportive, funny, and don't play the whole "I'm better than you and this is how you bbq" attitude, I really don't have a lot of respect for that. However, I do and always will, appreciate constructive feedback, that to me is the only way to get better.
Thanks for everything in advance!
Ah my question before I forget, since I haven't found a definitive answer. What is the earliest time I should add on a rub? I am smoking another pork butt Sunday, and I'm not sure if adding a rub and throwing it in the fridge too early will affect it. I was planning on doing 24 hours before I bbq, too long? And should I inject it then too or should I wait until the time of bbq? Thanks again!