My name is Ben and I am 25. I grew up in a small country town (in Kansas) and the family always smoked food, and honestly I loved it. I still love smoked food (along with many other types of food haha). I graduated college around 6 months ago, got my "big boy" job if you will. Working in the IT field and going non stop has its ups and downs, but I like my relax time too. Sometimes the big city can be too much from what I am used too. So I got really excited when my wife's mom (she's a garage seller, and they take that seriously here lol) bought a 40 inch Grillmaster MES with a window in the front for $30! Her husband said he was going to use it and never had so I said bring it on over, I will learn! So I did some research, found this forum (which has some damn good advice) , ordered an A-MAZE-N pellet holder and snatched up the MES! I'm really excited to do my first smoke ever! Do you all have any recommendations on what to do for the first smoke? My wife and I love food, a lot too say the least lol. I was thinking pulled pork, cheesy potatoes (which are my favorite by far), smoked jalapeño poppers, and maybe a garden fresh salad. I'll definitely get some pictures put up once we get going! I can't wait to learn.