Hello fellow smokers I am new to the 'Q' world, so I hope when I mess up it will be a learning experience. I have been a lurker on this forum for a while, because I really enjoy all the tips and photos. I notice everyone here is most polite and do their best to help one another. I have grown to love this forum! I live a simple life in a rural small town east of OklahomaCity,OK with my 3 dogs and 2 Arabian horses. I enjoy going to BBQ cook offs and watching them on TV. I just retired from the state after 30 years. I started when I was a teen, so I hope that I have alot of BBQ smoking years left. Also I have read some posts on here where people grow vegetables. I hope to be able to try that next year. I have cooked ribs, pulled pork, and one brisket.....still learning though. I don't know how to make burnt ends yet. My ribs were a disaster - too dry. I will try again. I own an old Masterbuilt, a Cookshack smokett, and a Big Steel Keg. I am still learning how to use them, ha! It may sound weird but the old Masterbuilt is my favorite. It is one of the first that came out. It is ancient! Still going strong though. My Christmas wish is to own a newer model. I look forward to learning more about techniques, temperatures, meat safety and much more. Gosh, I hope this isn't too much information, but I am not sure what is required for the forum as a newbie.. Thanks!