I've been stalking this website for a couple months now and decided to join so I could utilize all your experience!
I am a 32-year-old wife of a fireman and mother of a 19 month old little girl, and have another little girl due this Oct. I do 95% of the cooking in my household. I've gotten to know my traditional gas grill very well and was using that for my BBQ needs, but a few months ago my husband picked up a Green Mountain Pellet smoker so I'm learning a new field. I've become more interested in the smoker recently as I've learned I can put something on early in the day with little attendance and have amazing meat ready at dinner time. Priceless for a working mom - my toddler doesn't care to share me with dinner prep time after I've been gone all day so multiple step meals are just too much work right now, unless I can do the prep ahead of time! I also love that the smoke makes the meat taste better for leftovers.
So far, we've had good success with beer can chicken, baby back ribs, and brisket but that is about where my experience ends. I would like to tackle a smoked pulled pork next so I'll be posting asking for some help on that.
We live in Northern California about two hours north of Sacramento. It's currently very, very hot (over 100 degrees most days) and we have pretty mild winters of about 50-60 degrees during the day and rarely ever get snow.
Thanks in advance for all your help.