Greetings to you all in the forum. I remarked to my wife recently that BBQing/Smoking elicits the most friendly trash talk/smacking that I know of. Sports is not quite so personal, but of similar seriousness. So perhaps I'll develop more of an attitude as time goes on.
I live in Chattanooga, TN and just received a new Horizon 16" classic barrel smoker as a gift from my family. It's still on the shipping pallet. The 55-gallon barrel-style smoker I've used for the last 20+ years (nicknamed "Bain" by my family, as in "bain of my existence") lost its bottom and gave up its last smoked turkey at Christmas. This should last for generations. I could hide my dog in it before a tornado.
I have basically two BBQ concerns at the moment. First is a desire to learn to smoke fall-off-the-bone ribs, without parboiling first, or putting them in the oven. I've asked many, but cannot duplicate it in the lab. Second is how to smoke a turkey in my 16" smoker, in case someone has done that. Looks like if I use the grate from the firebox, take off the grills and use an aluminum half-pan on that grate inside the 36" barrel, it might work. But I might need to purchase the convection plate first. Maybe three BBQ concerns--how to get this thing off my trailer.
I look forward to learning from you all who have perfected, or almost perfected your techniques.