Thank you all for making me feel really welcome! I live on the southside of Jacksonville (for those of you that don't know... Jacksonville is the largest city in land and 12th in population in the US). I also am a fan of the Florida Gators (though I hold no animosity towards FSU).
Thank you all for the kind thoughts for my nephew... he wanted to go hardcore, so he went Ranger... now we don't even know where or what he's doing (well I do know as a Ranger he's in the thick of it). I've never made any jerky or snack sticks before but maybe I should start. It was a really great idea. I remember when I was in the Army and oh how I got sick of the MREs (Meals Ready to Eat - the food packets the Army feeds the troops with)... I still cringe when I think of the Dehydrated pork patty (though if you had heat and water it could be made somewhat edible - back in the day there were no heating units in the MREs). So the more I think about it ... he'd love it if I made some. Now I have a mission.
Well, I also want to work on smoking a Turkey. I am really new to smoking ... I've smoked only a few slabs of ribs and my family has sworn off the local BBQ restaurants in favor of my ribs. It brings such joy to my heart when my son won't put any sauce on the ribs because they don't need it due to the tasty rub and treatment I gave them.
I just bought a new propane vertical smoker from Lowes this past weekend (still unopened) to suppliment my Char-Griller Duo propane gas and Charcoal grill (with a smoker box added on). My wife thinks I'm crazy buying a new smoker when I have another new one... but hey I'm hooked.
But, I wanted to thank you all again for the warm welcome! I have a lot to learn and I'm sure I'll have a lot of questions. It's nice to know that y'all are there for me... I feel a group hug coming on!