Well here we go. My neighbor gives me a smoker... A Brinkman cabinet style charcoal smoker that is. He did have the foresight to tell me the thermometer was off by about 30 degrees. I was able to stick a thermometer in the vent at the top and it seemed to read ok, at least well enough. Having always enjoyed BBQ style foods I was excited, but not really sure if I could pull it off. I did some quick reading and last Saturday decided to give it a go. I smoked a pork loin, it turned out great (just had some leftovers for breakfast in fact), and now i'm excited to do it some more. I cut the loin in half and wrapped half with bacon, the other half just a dry rub. It took me almost 4 hrs to get it to 145 degrees. I had just as much fun building a good charcoal fire, and playing around with that. I signed in so I could start do do some reading and see just what it is I need to try next. I will be browsing around here in the near future. I think next in order is to buy me a good thermometer.
Homebrewing beer is my other hobby. I don't see any reason these two can't go hand in hand.