Hello, my name is Brian, and I'm addicted to barbecue. I've had this sickness for as long as I can remember, and it feels good to finally say it! After years of paying good money for the sub-par BBQ that is found in northern Illinois, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make it my self. Last year I bought a Brinkmann vertical smoker and have been using it on and off to satisfy my cravings for brisket and ribs. But now my normal "fix" just isn't doing it for me anymore and I am forced to try new and exotic things. This weekend will be my first time making pulled pork. I'm a little nervous and really excited about the prospect of adding to my repertoire. While I'm at it, I will also be smoking a fatty just for something for everyone to munch on. Their first taste is free, and hopefully I'll get them good and hooked on the smokey goodness that I'm am learning to make. I will continue to read all the posts and post questions as needed. Hell, if I feel that I have anything of value to add, I'll respond to a few topics too. However, I feel that my limited experience pales in comparison to the Masters on this board and I would be stepping on toes by offering any advice.... So, please keep posting the great recipes and help me keep my addiction alive and well!