I'm a native Oregonian that move away from my home state in 2003 after joining the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Most of my time in was spent in VA, and NC. In Or. my knowledge of BBQ was limited to burgers and dogs on a small grill. I didn't learn about real BBQ tell I was stationed at Camp Lejeune NC. after going to my first pig pickin. After that every where I went I was looking for bbq joints. I did a bit of training in TX and really enjoyed that style of BBQ as well. So outside of Va. NC. and TX I have not tried much of other area's style.
In 2014 I left the Navy and returned to Oregon and bought my first smoker. Its a CampChef pellet smoker and Its been ok for me learn the basics on but after 2 years of running it I'm ready to move on to my first build and use split wood for fuel. You will see me post around on the forums and starting topics trying to suck up all the information that you old salts have to pass on.