In April 2015, Steve bought his first smoker (Pit Barrel Cooker) and has been smoking food since. Steve is an eight (8) year Army Combat Heavy Engineer veteran and served in Iraq from 2004-2005. He served with the 980th Combat Heavy Engineers under the 1st CAV Division out of Ft. Hood, Texas. Currently, Steve is an Immigration Analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor. He is married to his wife Robin (July 2002) and they have three (3) children and he resides in Hampshire, Illinois.