Good morning! It's a balmy 29 degrees here in central Illinois and it's time to smoke a butt! It's been sitting overnight all rubbed down and waiting for me to get my lazy butt out of bed. The butt went on the smoker at 6:15 am and the fun has started. After the great advice of others on here I've decided to stick with my tried and true charcoal with wood chips rather than going to straight stick burning today. I'm using a mix of about 25% hickory, 25% cherry and 50% pecan for this project. I have apple juice in the water pan and will be spritzing the butt with orange juice as the day wears on. I'm excited to try JJ's finishing sauce for the first time once it's done. Again, I really can't tell you how much I appreciate all the help and advice I get from this site. You folks are true masters in the sense that you're willing to take all your accumulated knowledge over the years to help people like me gain a better understanding of exactly what it takes to turn out consistently good product every time. Hopefully over time I'll be able to do the same for others as they get into this stuff. Here's the beginning!