- Jun 11, 2018
Hello SMF members! I'm new, as you can tell from the title. I'm a 31 year old, 11 year airforce veteran and married with a growing family that needs a hobby. I found one that I love.. Smoking! Father's Day coming up, I've been going to lowes a bit lately and found an offset combo by OKJ and I thought "every father should have THAT in his backyard.." So I bought it, many thanks to my wife for playing nice and letting me do so.. However I didn't do any research prior to purchase. Searching around online I noticed that most would say that smokers for beginners, you need to get an electric. Just to get your feet wet and test the waters, see if you like it. I didn't do that. But hey I have a sweet offset on my back patio. And two smokes into it, I've quickly realized that getting to know YOUR smoker and its little defects/imperfections are crucial!. You learn from your smoker just as you learn advice from other grill masters. Much like any piece of equipment you have in any line of work. I'll be on here a lot, picking your guy's brains and I would love any and all kinds of constructive criticism you can offer. Here's to many smoked meats and many many more hours of feet up, sitting next to my beautiful offset with a beer in one hand and few chunks of oak in the other!! :) Cheers!!