Hello all, my name is Josh. I am 28 years old and I live in Moorhead, MN…..it’s a wonderful town that sits on the opposite side of the Red River from Fargo, ND. I have lived in the area my entire life. The winter we are having this year is just crazy…..it was 54 degrees yesterday…ABOVE zero. I love all aspects of cooking and am always trying new recipes and ideas. Foodnetwork is probably one of my top 3 favorite channels. I’ve also been getting in to canning and some pickling as well lately. My wife and I have a small garden we grow in the summer as well….hence the interest in canning. I started this hobby…I think Sept of 2010. I was very uneducated on all of it. When I decided it was something I wanted to do I went to Menards and picked up a propane model GrillPro and have been using that ever since. It’s definitely been a big learning curve….and there are still lots of different things I am trying to better my use of this smoker. I may start a new on this, to keep my roll call somewhat short. Speaking of smokers, I actually just went to Sam’s on my lunch hour and picked up a MES 40. I decided to take the plunge after after reading countless posts on that forums her eon how much everyone likes theirs. It will also be nice that it won’t take quite as much babysitting as the propane one I am currently running. I don’t mind being out in the garage with it all the time….but the wife does!! “SO…I suppose you are going to sit out there with your smoker all day again?” she always says to me. It’s funny how the complaints stop once the food is served and she sees how awesome it tastes. I just made spares for the first time last Monday and she said they were better than anything she’s ever had in a restaurant. I have been lurking around on these forums for quite some time. I figured it was time I introduce myself and start posting any ideas, recipes, or help that I can. I signed up for the e-course and monthly letter I think the very first day I found this website. This forum has literally been an endless well of knowledge and advice for me over the past year, so I only hope that I can some how give some of that back. Thanks and laters!!