Name is Randy Thibodeaux (yes it's cajun), from Pearland, Tx. Got a Masterbuilt 40" for my birthday. Smoked 2 chickens, a rack of ribs, and a ham last weekend. Turned out great. Am frothing at the bit to smoke more chickens. Would like to know if anyone has tried brining using a vaccum process. I havea vaccuum packer and several large canisters and wondered about using them for brining. Just don't want to mess up a bunch of yardbirds with it.