Ive finally pulled the trigger and ordered a Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5 today to full fill some fat kid fantasies. I want to go into this relationship as prepared as possible since I'm basically starting from scratch. I'm only 25 living at my buddy's house so my kitchen/food supplies aren't that vast, though I do enjoy cooking so I at least have some basics and i know my way around food.
First off, what kind of supplies should i buy/make sure i have? Any special knives or utensils? Is a large cutting board necessary for working with large amounts of meat? Basically the little things I'm not gonna find looking around about BBQ.
Now the big question is what should I tackle for my first smoke? I'm leaning towards some ribs since they only take about 6 hours and i can do it in a day not worrying about having to sleep through a 10-16 hr butt or brisket.
I'm very open to any ideas/suggestions and hope to smoke the hell out of many meats/fish for years to come.
Also any links to recipes for rubs and sauces are appreciated (gonna have to stock up on some ingredients)
Help build me into a pro!
**And yes, through my initial research i have found the minion method and will give this a try**