My name is Kelly Hanna and we live in Terrell, 30 miles east of Dallas. I was in the restaurant biz for many years, a few of those as a self taught chef in two four star houses. I left the business when I realized I no longer wanted to own one and started my own deckbuilding company. We build decks, pergolas and arbors in the eastern half of Dallas. One of my passions is outdoor cooking. I have three smokers on a deck just outside our kitchen and I try and cook at least once a week. I am not a pitmaster yet, I have a few things to master first....brisket & ribs being two of them. I have mastered smoking turkey, hamburgers, hot links, pork tenderloins, filet mignon and just about any fish you can buy. Among my friends, I am the one they always ask to cook [and I never refuse a BBQ]. The last brisket I cooked [note that it was the second time I attempted it] was a little overdone/dry, hence the search that found this site. I am not really big on ribs, but the wife loves 'em so I want to learn as much as I can about both. I did forget to add a water pan last time to keep the brisket and ribs moist and I think that was the big mistake. I have my own rub and sauces that I use, but none are made from scratch due to time constraints. I do want to learn how to make both myself so that I have different ones for each occasion. Right now I have only a few that I whip up, mainly from store bought spices & sauces. So here I am to learn and hopefully contribute a bit here and there. Hope everyone has a great fourth and has time to BBQ. I am cooking for friends in Will's Point, TX tonite and then it's on to fireworks!!