There. Me in a nutshell. Been a lurker, posted a couple times before, but avoided doing roll call since, well, I'm lazy. Sort of. When it comes to writing extemporaneously about myself, I am. Noticed that guys sort of run in like-minded packs. I know this is a all-genders board and that's a huge generalization, but hear me out. The same sorts of guys that like vintage VWs also seem to like home brewing beer, electronics (specifically radio), and stringed instruments. And, I'm thinking, we also like BBQ/grilling and smoking. Am I wrong here? Or that could just be my narrow view. Comments welcome. Just be gentle. One thing I thought I would toss out there is the idea of a "trading post". To wit: I live in an area where tri-tip is king, closely followed by linguica. There are many many MANY local spice rubs, marinades, and tools devoted to the 'tip. On the other hand, a lot of you folks in areas where the real BBQ wars rage have access to similar local goodies that promote the predominant trends in your area. What about an area of the BB where folks can trade stuff for stuff? For instance, I would love to try some Yuengling beer. CA allows interstate shipment of alcohol, but good luck finding a place that carries it on the eastern seaboard that would be willing to send you less than a pallet all the way to the left coast. Anyway, to the point, I have a MES and made my first batch of beef ribs last night. Used the instruction sheet recipe and slightly modified it. With some hickory chips (which burned really completely I found after this morning's easy cleanup) and a lot of pacing, I had a winner. Tomorrow is pork butt. So that's my wordy intro to you all.