Hi all, My name is Jim and I live in Chula Vista, CA. I retired from the Navy in 2009 and stayed in SoCal. I was born in Ohio and raised in South Carolina and Florida (dad was a squid also). All but two years (Washington) of my 22-year career in the Navy has been here in Southern California. I recently picked up my first ever smoker, a Masterbuilt Pro dual fuel smoker at Home Depot and have two smokes under my belt so far. The first was a couple racks of baby backs. They turned out a little black but tasted awesome! Then last night I smoked some yellowtail that I brined on Sunday (1 C brown sugar, 1 C kosher salt, 2 C Apple juice, 1 bottle sweet Thai chili sauce). Apparently I didn't rinse the brine off well enough because it is pretty salty (not too salty that we won't eat it!). I have a lot to learn and will be a sponge on here for a while!