Hello, my name is Ross and I call Cedar Rapids, Iowa, home with my wife Morgan and our 7-month-old Golden Retriever, Fletcher. I have been smoking since January of 2014 when I bought my first smoker with money from our wedding :) I have a Louisana Grills CS-570 that I have been very pleased with.
I have been following SmokingMeat.com even before I bought my smoker and love the weekly newsletter....never knowing what goodies are coming in the mail every Thursday...which also is my day off and usual smoking day. I started with chickens, progressed to ribs, then pulled pork, and finally, for my Dad's birthday this year, did my first brisket with great results following Jeff's recipe. I have had a few "learning experiences" since starting but enjoy the challenges!
Today in particular we are digging out from our first accumulating snow here in Iowa which is a perfect day for a practice run for Thanksgiving, which I'll be smoking 2 turkeys for my wife's family (no pressure eh?). I tested Jeff's Smoked Maple Turkey recipe and am anxiously awaiting the results in about 15 degrees :). Also have a cushion roast I am trialing for pulled pork for my Mom...another of Jeff's recipes.
Look forward to participating in the forum and soaking up some of the wealth of knowledge here!
My first baby backs :)