Hey I'm Baxter,
I currently live in New Zealand but from Washington/Oregon originally. Also lived in FL and CA. I have spent 2 years perfecting a line of bbq, teriyaki and hot sauces I made since I couldn't find any decent ones over here that were gluten free. My sauces are great and just about to go into stores over here, but now I would also like to concentrate on smoking meats and eventually becoming a pit master. I have a "charbroil smoker" (brand) currently, and have a hard time keeping the temp down. I don't have the side fire box as thats $225. (we are way out here middle Earth). I will be looking to gain more experience, try out recipes and try cooking everything under the sun. Brisket sounds really interesting. Been doing some ribs, pulled pork. But I don't think I am anywhere near true American Southern bbq. I would love to travel back to the USA and go to some competitions and learn from the best out there, but it is an ocean away and a few thousand dollars. In the meantime I will be soaking in as much information as possible and having a blast on weekends trying out new ways of seasoning and cooking things! Any helping hands appreciated!