My name is Matt. Not necessarily new to slow cooking, new to the equipment more or less and also new to the meats such as roasts, briskets, sausage, etc. I have been slow cooking on webber kettle grills since i was 13 and I am told i can whip up some mean chicken. Just bought a brinkmann vertical smoker and already have some modifications to make such as drilling holes in the charcoal pan or replacing it with a mesh basket to let the coals breathe. that's just one i can see. Two main questions to ask: any one know any more mods I could do and what is a good meat to begin with (please say pork shoulder, I love pulled pork). Thanks and I am happy to be here!! I can't wait to start making my own sauces and experimenting this summer.