Hey, all, I'm new here! For years, probably ever since seeing the first Good Eats episode with Alton Brown and his terracotta flower pot smoker, I'd decided that I was going to start smoking meat. Unfortunately, unlike what I did after I saw his homebrewing episode, I did not immediately go out and start researching and build/buy a smoker. Later, I visited Texas and tasted the most amazing brisket I've ever had. No "BBQ" I've ever eaten here in California has even dared compare to that beautiful hunk of cow. Yet I still didn't buy/build a smoker. About 7 years later--about 6 weeks ago--I decided to change that. Starting with a simple castiron wood chip box for my grill, I made a terrible smoked chicken. I then spent an entire work week reading amazingribs.com, bought a Maverick ET-732, and that next weekend made a delicious pork butt. And I was hooked. I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. I now bought a Masterbuilt XL40 propane smoker, and in the last few weeks, I've done a brisket, more pulled pork, and some ribs. I'm still climbing up the learning curve, but I'm already making some damn delicious food along the way. When I'm not applying smoke, spice and heat to animal carcass, I'm tending to the needs of 3 little kids (6, 4, and 1) with my wife. I'm an engineer by trade, and a homebrewer by passion. Not to mention a rabid Boilermaker. Here's to Q!