well ill start off here saying my names Lance, I a Soldier in the Army and stationed at Fort Hood Texas. ive done some smoking back in high school years ago but never got to into it until here recently when i returned from Afghanistan. i went out and bought a el cheapo brinkman offset smoker and hated it lol. that was the worst thing i could have spent 160 bucks on but learnt fast and went out and got a new smoker. i currently have a Old Country BBQ Pits Wrangler offset smoker from academy for 500 bucks and actually just wrote a review on it on here since i took that leap and bought one without even finding a review anywhere online lol. turned out i got lucky and its an amazing investment. My wife wasnt to happy but i she loves it now because it gives her and our 2 kids a chance to spend atleast a whole day outside every weekend when i smoke something plus she loves not having to cook for a change lol. I smoke whole chicken, ribs, and brisket. the chicken and brisket comes out better and better everytime since im dialing in my rubs and mix of oak and mesquite on the brisket and pecan and apple mix on my chickens. the ribs well we will just say im done with ribs for a little while because no matter what i do i get the color and taste on point everytime but no matter what i cant get the ribs to be tender but im thinking thats because my ribs come from walmart and heb and they dont have a good selection here but im searching for a local slaughterhouse so i can get fresh ribs and try them. if anybody reads this and has ny tips or tricks about ribs or ny other type of meat im all ears and would greatly appreciate it.