I'm a Texan born and raised, and have been a fan of barbeque and grilling from the time I was a kid - I loved sitting out back with Dad cooking burgers, shish-ke-babs, ribs... and of course Texas is huge in terms of brisket. I've been to many a legendary pit around the state, and our favorite restaurant in college was the BBQ place where you could order meat by the pound. I've always been a griller - I can cook almost anything on a grill, through trial, error, and experience. That started when after spending all the time and energy getting the charcoal hot I wanted to be sure to get my money's worth, so would go through the fridge and pantry looking for what else I could throw on the Weber! I've wanted to try slow cooking and smoking for quite some time, but am a little nervous as there's so much GREAT quality around this area, I don't know if I'll ever measure up. A few years back I obtained an Old Smokey electric smoker, and while I could cook a pretty moist chicken or turkey in it, it just didn't do what I wanted in terms of actual smoking. I've been doing some research, and while purists would probably scoff, I decided on a Masterbuilt propane smoker. I've got three boys age 10 and under, and don't have a ton of time to spend tending the fire box, and it seems like propane gives you better heat control without a lot of tending... and is more affordable than something like a pellet smoker. Outside of food - we love camping, hiking, technology, and woodworking.