Hey everyone! Just joined the forum and I thought I'd say hello.
Here's a little background on me.
I'm in Northern NJ and I've been cooking all my life, everything from comfort food to molecular gastronomy. I bought a smoker a few years ago and fell in love. If I can get my smoker to maintain temp, I'm outside smoking something every weekend. (My smoker is under about 2 feet of snow now, so I can't really get it to temp.) I've done pork butts, brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey, lamb, meatloaf, bacon, and probably a few things I'm forgetting.
I've been using a vertical Lowes bought smoker, but I'm looking to step it up and I'm going to be buying a competition quality smoker within the next month or two. I'm hoping to spend the year getting used to the new rig, and start competing in 2016. I've spent all winter researching, and unless someone presents a very compelling argument otherwise, I'm probably going to pull the trigger on the Meadow Creek TS120.
The wife is all for it, and the dogs don't argue when there's BBQ involved, so hopefully everything works out and I'll see some of you at some competitions in a year or so. In the meantime, hopefully I can pick up some tips on the new rig and help out some people getting started!