My husband left for deer hunting opener today so I decided to go shopping. First stop, Cabelas. Stopped into the bargain cave and found a 30" MES for $135.00. Decided that I must bring it home. I now have my first smoker! I had to set it up right away and start seasoning it so I can put it to use. I decided to season with hickory. I also picked up a package of Cabelas Teriyaki snack stick mix. Decided that before I try the recipes I have been collecting on here, I should start with a simple package. I've already ground the venison (last years supply) and pork butt and have it in the refrigerator to cure overnight. I plan to stuff it into casing tomorrow evening and then start the smoke on Sunday. I also have a chicken that I am going to brine tomorrow and put in for dinner on Sunday night after the snack sticks come out. I have so many plans for my new smoker. My brother has a friend who is a meat wholesalers so he is working on getting me some pork bellies to make bacon. I also want to make ribs, turkey, chicken, pulled pork, sausage, cheese, ABT's, Fatties, wow the list is endless. I've found such great inspiration on this site this thing is sure to get lots of use! I'll post more picks of the snack sticks as I go, including a BearView. It sure has been an exciting evening!