Originally Posted by Gore
This is a really tough one. I've known people who've been exposed to BBQ for years, even members on this site who've been cooking for years (no names) and eating for years who've never actually had great BBQ. Unfortunately, there's a lot of bad BBQ, some good BBQ, and very little great BBQ out there. All I can say is that when you eat it, you know it. When people say things like, "I don't know what the big deal is about ...," then you know that they've never had it made right. In my experience, everything has a sweet spot. Trying to find it is the mission and different things work for different people. That's part of why we're here.
Come on Gore! Man-up and give us some names!?!!? Jasonjax? :)
To the OP: Pssst... don't tell anyone ... BUT .....
GREAT Q is the Q **YOU** and your FAMILY and friends LOVE ... that's it end of story. Finito.
If you want to start competing, well that's another subject, but I stand by my statement above. Learn from this place, experiment, taste test, make changes ... find YOUR Q and you have arrived.