I am a husband, father, musician, meat smoker, on top of my regular job. A couple of good friends talked me into getting a smoker about 12 years ago. My first was a Char-Broil electric and now I use the Masterbuilt Electric 30. I know, I know, so please don't judge! :) One of my close friends is a total purist and gives me a good-natured hard time about this! Anyway, I started out just smoking certain items prior to grilling to give some extra flavor. Steaks, chicken, etc.
Then I tried brisket. The first one wasn't so great. After following an expert's instructions meticulously, I nailed one. It was amazing and I was hooked! Since then, I have also been doing pulled pork, smoked chicken, smoked turkey, various kinds of ribs, and even smoked chuck roast. Also, I still use the smoker when cooking burgers, steaks, and chicken breasts prior to grilling, but now using sort of a reverse sear.
My favorite BBQ restaurant is Louie Mueller's in Taylor, Texas. I'm always trying to learn something from people who are better at this than I am. Watching videos, reading articles, talking with people, etc. I look forward to meeting some new folks here and learning some things that will help improve my BBQ. Well, I guess that's it for now...