Hi everyone. Chris from St. Paul, MN here. I've got some friends who smoke competitively, and after tasting the ribs, loin and and pulled pork they've made on their rigs, thought I needed to get in on the fun myself. I picked up a Brinkmann Gourmet water smoker last night on sale at Lowe's and plan to perform a couple of mods and give it a run this weekend with some ribs and some ABTs. I thought the Brinkmann would be a good intro to smoking. My girlfriend is a little apprehensive about another hobby (cigars, golf, craft beers, etc ...) but she'll come around if the product is good I think I've compiled all of the gear I'll need to get started, so, wish me luck!