So about 7-8 years ago I was exposed to good smoked meat by a friend who moved to So Cal from Texas. He started smoking meats on his day off and having us over for as he called it "Guinea pig night." Then about a year after he started this he moved back to Texas. Since then I have been without good home cooked BBQ. This past week was my 31st Birthday and I said all I wanted was a smoker... And guess what... I got it! It is just a Brinkmann Offset but hey it is a place to start my obsession. I am looking forward to diving in head first. As we speak I am "seasoning" my smoker in preparation for my first round of fun!