Greetings from the Northeast! I'm a married, dad to four. I'm a small biz owner, Manasquan River Brewing LLC, I hand craft mash paddles for all grain brewing, for homebrewers and professionals (shamless plug). I'm a Que fanatic, although I'm still what I consider to be a newb to smoking. I've been smoking for about fifteen years (on and off). I bought my first smoker 16 years ago ( a Brinkman horizontal) back when they were made in America of good steel. I gave it to my mother inlaw about 10 years ago, and switched to a gas grill. Just last year It was time to get a new grill, and I decided I missed the flavor of good wood smoked Que. So clueless, I bought a new brinkman smok-n-pit. One year later it is completely rusted apart (Fire box literally fell of last time last time I smoked with it!), and would have been much sooner had it not been for my constant repainting. The ironic thing is the smoker that I gave my MIL is still in great shape despite having sat outside in the rain for the last 10 years, and being used as a flower planter. I could literally dump the flowers repaint it and put it back into service now. She won't part with it however So I'm in the market for a new one, and doing research, to find one that will last. Another one of my passions is brewing beer. I've been brewing for the last 17 years, and a member of the AHA. I love crafting beer to pair with food. I keg, and I currently have two on tap, a Bavarian hefeweizen, and a pre-prohibition American lager.
This seems like a great place, with a bunch of great people, and I'm hoping to learn a lot.