I wanted to introduce myself, my name is Mike and I live in Harrisburg, North Carolina right behind that big ol NASCAR speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway. I am born and raised here in the Carolina's and work in NASCAR for a pretty successful race team for the past 13 yrs as a purchase manager. I have an awesome wife that is helping pursue my outdoor cooking hobby and two boys that keep me busy, ages 5 & 10 that are into baseball and Cub Scouts. As far as Cub Scouts, I am currently a committee chair and a former Cubmaster, where outdoor cooking rules, even got me a Dutch Oven for a Christmas that I am looking forward to breaking in with some cobblers!!!!
Now let me tell ya my current cooking situation and/or experience. I have been doing some grilling on a gas grill over the years but nothing too challenging. I have had some experience with charcoal growing up but that was about it. I got a new smoker for Christmas, to what I think you guys call an ECB but it is a Brinkmann Smoke N Grill model. I know it needs some mods because I had a hard time keeping the temp up in the "ideal" range the two hours I had to season it yesterday. So any suggestions about mods I would greatly welcome. I think my first two mods will be holes in the charcoal pan because I believe lack of airflow snuffed out the coals and an actual temp gauge instead of this ideal gauge it came with.
I am also looking for suggestions to what to smoke first for a complete newbie and maybe some tips and advice on how to get started in this wonderful hobby!! I appreciate and thank you all for your help in advance. I hope that I too can become good enough to pay it forward to someone else like me in the future! I look forward to interacting, learning and story sharing with you all!!