Hello everyone. This is my first post here and I really look forward to being part of the community. In a mid-40s guy in Visalia California and have been grilling and cooking for about 25 years. I have smoked a few things here and there on a Brinkman Gourmet electric and was pleased with the results. Recently my best friend got a wood/charcoal smoker and has been turning out some great meats. We often grill together and are working our way up to a brisket. It looks like there is a wealth of information here that will help keep me from making "rookie" mistakes and ruining dinners. PS. The name is a reference to my favorite cigar.