Stumbled upon (Thankfully) what appears to be an awesome forum. Was Googling some stuff for the knowledge base, clicked on the link, and liked what I found. In a nutshell, I was raised down South and then got to trot around the world a couple of times courtesy of the Corps, trying all different kinds and types of Bar-B-Que. I'm not hard to please at all when it comes to any kind of food but the two years I spent North Carolina I had to refrain from one of my favorite foods. That vinegary wasteland that they refer to as Smithfield was just not appealing to my buds! Sorry Tar Heels, maybe y'all just don't know any better.lol Anyways, been living in the desert since 1993 and it's getting harder to find good BBQ out here so I decided to try and start making my own. I have a Masterbuilt Gen II Electric Digital Smokehouse on the way and figured I would research some times, weights, methods, etc. while I was awaiting it's arrival and ended up here. Did a bunch of studying before I made my decision and it just seemed like with the very windy environment that I currently live in that electric was the way for me to go. And the wife and I stay fairly busy so I didn't want to have to tend to coals for long periods of time. Not kidding when I say it's usually windy out here. Might have been a mistake but it seemed the best choice for my circumstance and I got what I feel is a good enough deal that if it doesn't work out then I can live with the loss. I've got a bunch of patience so I'm going to study up, listen to input, and do what I can to become a fellow grillmaster. I like pork a bunch, beef too, poultry some but would like it better if I can learn to cover up the flavor, and I enjoy fish but it's hard to find out here (affordable anyway). I'm all ears at this point!