I have a butt and some ribs thawed and waiting to be rubbed in the fridge. I bought some great spices to make my own rub with. I am going to make some BBQ sauce tonight also. A guy at work told me to season my Charbroil vertical gas smoker by putting a pan with a few onions and a pound of bacon in it and letting that smoke for 10 hours or so. It sounds kinda crazy to me, but I'm giving it a try anyway. The instructions say to spray it down with Pam, but I hate that sticky grease residue, so I really don't want to. I have been through the 5 Day E-course a few times and have read quite a bit in the forums about smoking butts and ribs. I think I'm ready to go.