I just joined this site, and hope to get plenty of helpful tips for smoking. I've really been into the idea of smoking for a few years and just got my first smoker for my birthday a few months ago. I fired it up for the first time about a month ago and it didn't go well. :) Honestly, though, I expected the first time or two to be a throw away and knew I couldn't be an expert right off the bat, so I didn't let it discourage me.
What originally got me into smoking was the fact that I despised Thanksgiving turkey. That is until one of my uncle's older friends started smoking one for us every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was delicious and I started eating it over the honey baked ham that was previously my favorite holiday food.
Sadly, he died a few years ago and I've been wanting to make a smoked turkey since then. So that's why I got started on my smoking journey. Not to mention the fact that I really like BBQ and love ribs. I plan to get a lot of use out of this smoker.
The email I got on signing up suggested that I give as many details about myself and my rig as I felt comfortable with, so here they are. I'm a 28yr old male as of 2015. I live in South Carolina, USA. I prefer, in order, vinegar base, ketchup base, and mustard base, though I really don't like mustard base at all and that's supposed to be SC's thing. I have a Weber Smokey Mountain, 22" smoker. I also bought, on the suggestion of another site, a Maverick digital thermometer with a food probe and a grate probe. It also has a cool little remote so that I can monitor the temps from inside the comfort of my house. I probably also need to pick up an instant read thermometer and some heat resistant gloves as well. I like to do a lot of research and study before taking on a new task. I'm all about solid numbers, so I really like it when someone can tell me to cook at such and such a temp till the breast reaches this many degrees. I'm not a big fan of the pinch of this, dash of that, around this much method.
I think that about sums me for now. I hope to get to know some of you guys/gals better and that you can help me create some awesome meals.