Rick from Wisconsin here. I joined this place back in 2009 when my brother introduced me to smoking. I had a bullet that worked OK, but I could never get it to work like he can. Since he lives in Barbados and only visits once a year, that's exactly how often the smoker was used - once a year when he was here...
Fast forward to today. My brother, sister-in-law, and his stepdaughter are coming next week for 12 days. I wanted to contribute to the cooking duties, but quite frankly, I was never a fan of the seemingly constant tending of the bullet. So, I "bit the bullet" and bought a SI #3 with the Auber PID. I did a few mods to the machine, broke it in with 3 chunks of hickory and autotuned the Auber. First smoke was yesterday - a 6+lb pork shoulder, brined for 15 hours and rubbed with mustard and a Penzey's rub mix. The results were outstanding!
Awesome smoke ring
Next up - some St. Louis cut ribs and a brisket. Gotta run - time for me to learn about making sauces!
Great to meet everyone - see you soon!