Hello Everyone! My name is Josh and I am from Southwest Georgia. I am a Bi-vocational Pastor and Insurance Agent and I love smoking meat. I am best at smoking Chicken. I also love to smoke Boston Butts and Ribs. I have been lurking on this site for months and I finally decided I would make an account.
I got into smoking when I was in high school, I started working at a Start Up BBQ restaurant in town. I had the privileged to learn A LOT about smoking meat. My boss had a dream to open up the restaurant but he didn't want just another average BBQ place so he traveled from Georgia to NY stopping at all the BBQ restaurants he could, talking to owners, talking to chefs...getting an idea of the BEST ways to do BBQ. He brought all that information back home and put it together and that was what we went by at our restaurant.
My First Smoker was an el cheapo that I got from Walmart when I started college. It looked something like that. It was cheap, hard to regulate temperature, and really not very good quality, but I made some GREAT smoked meat from it. It made my friends in college go crazy over it.
About a year and a half later I moved up to one of these. The Char Griller
This grill was more of what I wanted in a grill. It was still a little small but It worked for what I needed. I still have this grill but I mostly use it for charcoal cooking stuff like hamburgers, chicken, or steak.
My bbq dreams were much bigger than that, Last summer I bought pull behind smoker. It was what I always wanted. Its big enough to cook for the masses, but it still does a very good job cooking just a couple of butts or some ribs.
I am about to overhaul this smoker. The firebox is too small- I am cutting it off and putting a bigger firebox on it. I am also going to make a place to store wood and other grilling supplies at the front of the grill. Right now the grill has a pipe that goes down the center of it that releases the smoke under the meat..I am cutting that pipe out and turning this smoker into a Reverse Flow Smoker. The Chimney will be moved to the other end of the smoker. Right Now I don't have the ability to cook on this grill as a charcoal grill, but after this project is done, I will be able to not only use it as a smoker but as a charcoal grill as well. So if need be, I can cook hamburgers for the masses. I also am going to upgrade to a little bigger tires!
It is actually my dream to open my own restaurant one day but I would love to start out using a concession trailer setup selling on weekends, I just love this stuff. It is in my blood and cant get it out! :-)
I look forward to joining in with your conversations here and learning a lot about smoking meat!
Edited by BestButtsBBQ - 5/30/14 at 6:30am