Cost me a bunch of sleep, but sleep is a crutch for the weak so I hear. For the background story: I was planning on doing this smoke this past weekend. My wife has been working in Georgia since November and I get to see her about once every 3 weeks. Last weekend was the 3rd but I had a bunch of medical appointments scheduled in my run-up to reitrement from the Army (21 years). One med appointment led to an immediate follow-up so it cleared my weekend. Now it meant I had to travel. My wife, bless her heart, is the queen of the mocrowave. Every time I go see her, I take her some products of the smoker. 'Cept for now, Tuesday last week, I had nothing prepared. So I settled in, got the goods ready, and settled in for a great many hours of smoking on Wednesday. Since I was burning sticks for several hours anyway, I asked my office-mates if anyone wantend anything kissed low and slow by fire. My boss took me up, and gave me $20 for 2 butts (my "introductory" offer). Next time, if he likes it like I think he will, it will be $7.50 per pound! So add his 2 butts to my 2 butts, and throw in 10 lbs of bird quarters, and a mess of ABTs, I think it took me about 14 beers to get thru it all. Now, being in full-blown retirement mode, I've been spending only about 3 hours in the morning in the office. I hoped to get out of there by 11:00, home by 11:30, get the butts out of the fridge, get the smoker burning right and settle in till the "job" was complete. As I was closing up, the boss asked me if I could "look at a couple things" first. Those couple of things got me home at 3:30, with a lot of meat needing some attention. And here we go! Here's the former vegetarinans... On the base commissary, I have found butts for $.80 per pound. Anything under a buck is a big score I think! Grabbed a brisket just to get a little more experience with it. Got so much q-view that I have to break up the post. More to follow!