Hi! I've been lurking on the forum for a couple weeks and thought I'd make a post or two. I've really been enjoying my reading here.
I started smoking a couple years ago. After meeting a gentleman at a dutch oven demonstration, (I've been cooking in them for over 25 years,) who has been into smoking for years, and then eating at his restaurant, I decided I had to learn this art.
As I started looking for a good smoker and seeing the prices on some of the best equipment I was really debating on what to get. I was pretty set on an offset smoker and kept talking to the wife about what I wanted. One day she said she had to run an errand and would I stay home and work on (insert any variety of projects here). About three hours later she showed up with the smoker pictured below. She had searched the for sale ads online and drove about 100 miles to get it since as she said, "it was super cheap."
As you can see it's not much to look at, but the food that comes out is fabulous. For 2 years I worked on perfecting Smoked Ribs. I just love 'em. I finally settled on my favorite way to do them and made 4 racks for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Posse, of which my wife and I are members, at one of our equestrian competitions. Everybody still raves over them 2 years later.
I've also smoked trout on it and the few I've been able to get a bite of have been fantastic. The neighbors usually clean them up before I get to eat much myself. Funny how smoking draws a crowd. I've yet to find a way to keep the smell from drifting out of my yard.
I recently decided to try my hand at a pork butt. However, as I went on the internet and found this site I read about a crazy meat log called a fatty, and got sidetracked. (See my next post under the Fatties Section.)
I hope to learn all of your smoking wisdom so I'll see you around the board.