...is still a bit above me. I decided to take the plunge today since we still have snow on the ground from two weeks ago and it wasn't supposed to be above freezing all day. I fired up the smoker and headed to the grocery to pick up the needed supplies. Since it was my first attempt, I kept things pretty basic and simple. The results tasted fine. However, I had to run an errand as they were finishing. While I was away, the wind picked up a bit and caused the smoker temp to rise to nearly 300 after sitting square on 250 all day. I guess it shows I shouldn't have left in the first place. All it did was make both fatties turn a little blacker than I care for. As I stated earlier, both tasted pretty good. However, I still have a lot to learn to be able to compare with most of you. I decided to make two items today. First was a "pizza meatloaf" or maybe I can get by with calling it a beef fattie. It consisted of the hamburger meat, some pizza cheeses, mild pepper rings, and some pepperoni. As I said, leaving it allowed it to become a little "barkier" than I prefer. It did end up with a nice smoke ring. The real fattie was simple as well. It consisted of combining a pound each of hot and regular Jimmie Dean sausage with hash browns, some bacon bits, and some sharp cheddar cheese. The bacon wrap went well, but I didn't buy enough to wrap the fattie entirely. It ended up being a "bacon blanket". I'll be having some more of this with some scrambled eggs in the morning.