Just joined the forum, but I've been creeping the Mini-WSM section for months. I finally got motivated to get all the pieces together and start building it. All I have left to do before I can do my first smoke is to put the charcoal basket together and install two ball valves on the base.
I've never done any meat smoking before in my life, and admittedly, I've never really had "authentic" BBQ before (the Pacific Northwest isn't exactly the best place to find southern BBQ). I think I'd like to start with a whole butterflied chicken, I just need to research cooking methods (brining, rubs, etc.). If anyone's got any good suggestions/links to other posts feel free to post up!