Hey All, My name is Jared and I am from the Bay Area (Northern California). I have a beautiful fiance, I have a soon to be step daughter that is 6, have a dog of course & I work for an automotive manufacturer as an engineering technician. I travel a lot for work. I am in Spain right now! I have always had an interest in smoking meat as I grew up BBQing with my grandfather & my dad. When I was about 13, I ran a BBQ for my dad's grocery store for about 5 years. Grilled up thousands of pounds of tri-tip, chicken and ribs. We also made some amazing tri-tip sandwiches! Good times . As for smoking meat, I had very little experience. In April of this year, my fiance purchased a Masterbuilt GS30D for me. I fired it up and started my new adventure. I am still working out the bugs but I absolutely love my new toy. So far I have smoked about 6 racks of spare ribs, half chickens, sausages and chicken breast. Tri-tip is next on my list and I am working my way up to doing a turkey. I really look forward to chatting with all of you. Have a good day.