41 y/o computer programmer by day, blues guitar player by night, ever questing for the perfect Q on weekends. I've lived in KY, then CA for 6 years when I was in the Marines, then Alabama for 10 years, now back home to KY. I LOVE BBQ!!! Pulled pork, ribs, and brisket. Love it, love it, love it!!! A couple of years ago I came to the conclusion that living in Northern Kentucky, basically Cincinnati Ohio, I just wasn't going to find good BBQ. The "famous" stuff around here is a restaurant called Montgomery Inn. They boil their ribs and they cook their pork first in the oven then they simmer it in the sauce. It comes out like mush. The people here seem to love it. I think it's blasphemy. Anyway I decided that I was going to have to make it myself. While living in the south I got hooked on pulled pork and vinegar-based sauce. I started off cooking over indirect heat on a weber kettle. Then I moved on to an ECB. Now I've finally purchased a char-broil silver smoker. I know it's not top of the line but the spirit of BBQ is poor people taking cheap cuts of meat and cooking it in homemade grills and smokers. I'm not a yuppie-Q kind of guy. I've been happy with my silver smoker. I never have trouble keeping the heat up, as I've heard others complain about. If anything, I have trouble keeping the heat low enough. I still consider myself a noob to smoking my own Q and am always hunting new techniques, recipes, etc. My ideal weekend is having my buddies that play bass and drums come over, get the smoker rolling and the beer on ice, start jamming on some Stevie Ray Vaughan and old school blues tunes while tending the Q. Anyway, great site! I look forward to making some good friends and learning everything I can about BBQ'ing here.