Bought some lump charcoal and grilled up some burgers to break it in, man they were so much better than a gas grill it was unbelievable. My second task over memorial day weekend was smoking two racks of baby back ribs. Did some research on the Internet before I found this website and gave it my best shot. I bought some Kingsford competition briquettes and used the snake method. I brined the ribs overnight and then put on a dry rub several hours beforehand. The kettle grill maintained a temperature of around 250 without any real problems. Smoked them for three hours, picked them up by one end and they only bent a little bit so I put them on for another hour. I guess they turned out okay but I think I can do a better job.
Anyways that's my first experience with smoking. I grilled some chicken leg quarters last week and they were okay but I want to try smoking them instead.
Just getting into smoking even though I don't have a real smoker it's a kettle grill. I am already becoming obsessed wanting to do so many different things. I guess I will start another thread because I have some questions about the leg quarters etc. Anyways that's my introduction and how I ended up here hopefully I can find some help on the site and meet some nice people.