Wow! What a great time. Just when you thought the internet was a vast wasteland of filth and inane babble, you find a fatty throwdown. Lots of creativity, encouragement, and community; that's what I'm trying to encourage at the church, and you folks nailed it! Things I've discovered/learned: 1. As much as I like BACON! I think it can overpower the rest of the fatty. Perhaps I need to find something milder or with less of smoked flavor to begin with. 2. Ground beef gets too dry too fast. Need to figure out how to keep it from getting so dry. Maybe more of a meatloaf approach? 3. There's something to be said for simple salt and pepper in seasoning meat before smoking. Let the meat speak for itself, but simple S&P amplifies what's there. 4. Get wider plastic wrap. Those narrow rolls at the supermarket just don't cut it when you have to tighten up a fatty. 5. The family that cooks together, smokes together, shoots photos together, whatever together, stays together. Kudos to all who got their kids involved. My boys are begging to plan, prepare, and smoke their own fatties; I just might let them after this. 6. There's no denying that we all need a little more encouragement in anything we do. Fatties won't change your life, but if we all encouraged each other a bit more in the important areas of life (parenting, finances, serving, marriage, etc.) we'd all take more risks to excel in those things. For what it's worth.