Hello, I think I may have only tasted 'real' smoked meat once in my life so far. I believe that a lady I used to care for, had some Turkey last Thanksgiving that her son had smoked at home. It was very tasty! I also just saw an Electric Smoker, advertised at Home Depot - and there was a 'Smoker' that was for sale along with the other Bar-be-que grills. I also believe I saw an 'Old Smokehouse' the last time I was at Lagoon, in Utah. So - hmmm... a little about me. I'm married to the best husband in the world. He is also very handy, and I think I could get him to build a smoker and also a smoke house for me. We live in Arkansas (for the time being). He is in the Air Force. We love our neighbors. We have 1 child still here at home, 6 dogs (looking for homes for 2 of them), 2 cats, 4 Turtles, 2 cats and 1 parrot. I do love to cook - and we have totally fallen in love with the food at Shorty Small's restaurant! My husband is also a fair hand on the grill, and I am generally (and maybe just uneducated?) disappointed with the 'smoked meats' that we get at the Deli (aka Wal-mart). So - I have tons of questions, and I'm sure some of them may be answered under the topic of Meat Safety. I'm all for food adventures (for the most part). I have eaten - and enjoy squid - but a hesitant about trying octopus and/or brains. And, tongue is not something I'm willing to taste either. Hubby is more of a food conservative - but I suspect he'd like to try his hand at smoked meats. Also, the child that we still have here at home, is a total explorer when it comes to food! He likes just about everything, and will try any new food that comes along. He likes crawdads, squid, okra, catfish, kippered snacks, liver, onions, garlic and spinach. You name a food that most kids don't like, and he probably _does_ like it! I found this site - and this group by going to www.google.com - so please bear with me, if I make some major goofs when it comes to smoking meats!