Well hello everyone here at SMF. I kinda just ran across this forum when trying to find out things about how to smoke meat. Im always on my Jeep Forum so i know how helpful these things really are, so i made it a priority to come back and create an account. And now here i am! My name is James and I was born and raised in California. In a town/city called Bakersfield (armpit of CA). I like to travel and love trying new foods. One of my all time favorites is bbq foods of course. So recently i had the best tasting ribs that i have had, and they were delicious! the smoked flavor was amazing and that is when i realized that i wanted to learn to smoke food. Of course i immediately went to youtube and starting watching videos (amazes me how many techniques there are) but i grew up in my families restaurant cooking all the time. So a part of me shouldn't be surprised with everyone's creative techniques. I haven't bought myself a smoker yet. I have been looking though. I currently own two gas grills, one that stays home and the other that i take camping with me. So i am interested in getting a charcoal smoker (again i have no clue on what is best so i could be wrong for wanting this) and i do know that i do have to get used to whatever smoker i choose. I consider myself to be a quick learner and with practice, i think i can get used to smoking ribs. So i want to buy the right grill, the first time. Now im not looking at getting the most expensive grill out there. I want to get something that will be affordable ($50-$150) but that will be reliable. So please, if you guys have any suggestions? tell me! I am always open to new things, since you guys are the ones who know more about smoking than I do. I want to experiment with each different technique and find the one i like the most. But FIRST! I need to buy myself a smoker. I will be going today to start shopping for one, so wish me luck guys. Ill make sure to watch out for any replies with any suggestions that you guys may have. Thanks again!