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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stevetheteacher, Jun 2, 2015.
How often do you get the opportunity to smoke - couple times a week, once a week, once a month?
Depending on my schedule, I usually smoke on my WSM at least once on weekends, sometimes twice, especially if I'm smoking Canadian bacon I cured or making something for the neighbors.
I usually smoke enough to last my wife and I all week. During the week though, if we need protein, I usually will do a smoky grill. I'll build the charcoal fire on one side of my Kettle and load the charcoal with some oak chunks. When the smoke settles down I'll do a hot and fast smoke of chicken, sausages, steaks, tri tip, fish, whatever I found on sale at the grocer. No therms involved at all except to check IT.
Tonight we just finished boneless chicken thighs I did last Sunday. There's a $3.99/lb tri tip in the fridge that will get smoky grilled tomorrow night. Man, I haven't seen tri tips at that price in well over a year! I was THRILLED to see that price. Just two weeks prior I paid $6.99 / lb for tri tip.
I can't remember the last time my wife cooked dinner and that's fine with me. She does the veggies and I do the meat. Works like a charm.
I smoke on my offset smoker one day on the weekend. It is a cheapy so even with a lot of mods I still need to babysit. I love the ritual though. Since I got my bge a couple years ago, I will smoke up some q a couple week nights too, since with the bbq guru it is really set and forget. I'll throw a brisket or something on before I go to bed and its done in the AM. I'll grill stuff the nights I'm not smoking something. During the summer I think I cook outside almost every night.
This time of year, I really try to fire up the pit every weekend. I'm also finding that by doing shorter cooks, I'm able to squeeze in more days by the pit. I'd love to do a big brisket or pork butt every weekend, but life just gets in the way. Doing a couple tri-tips, chickens, pork tenderloins, sausages, etc., really helps maximize my opportunities by cutting the cooking time in half.
As for late fall and winter, I mentally move into chili and gumbo season so the pit doesn't get as much use. But as with most cities in this region of the country, you can get the occasional 70-degree February day (followed, of course, by a foot of snow the very next day), and I always take advantage.
Sounds like you need to get yourself a cast iron Dutch oven moozoo. Chili, gumbo, some stews are even better on the smoker)
When the Wife lets me have enough money to get something . . .
Unless the work thing gets in the way, most the time twice a weekend ! Even working this weekend, managed twice ! :biggrin:
Would like to do it every weekend but usually only get to every other.
Usually something every weekend. Missed this weekend, had to finish up outside shower down at the shore house. Fortunately neighbor hooked up some nice flounder, I got some clams and we had a nice seafood feast.
Steve, I like 2-3 times a month. Did 3 cooks Memorial Day week. Now taking a couple of weekends off for a really good cleaning, but while it's hot I could get caught tossing a couple of steaks and some brats on. Joe
As often as possible About 3 times a month normally and maybe double that in the summer.
Nowadays, When I feel up to it.
Lately a lot more Grilling than Smoking because it takes less effort, and it doesn't take up more than one day to complete.
In other words, I may feel fine today, but maybe not tomorrow or the next day.???
John that saddens me to hear,you have the best step by step instructions for every one.I wish I lived closer I would help out if I could.
Have four pieces of equipment available for smoking/grilling... 22.5" WSM, 22.5" Weber Performer, 40" MES and a propane grill. The charcoal grill gets used almost on a daily basis. Depending on preference and what's being cooked, I'll throw in some wood chunks. The WSM is usually relegated to long smokes. Anymore the MES is only used for smoking sausage, cheese, eggs, etc. The propane grill got booted from the garage and is pretty much just taking up space.
I Appreciate the thoughts. I didn't mean to sadden anyone.
I can still do things---I just can't plan ahead much.
A couple of times a day, I suppose. I just bought one of those e-cigs, so I'll just huff and puff on that to get me by.
I get pretty crazy on the weekends though.
My smoking runs in spurts, Several weeks to a month ago I was smoking 3 - 4 times a week,, Last thing I smoked was weekend before last Grandson's graduation. I got a pass for that one, Wife has still banned me from smoking and curing till we use up a bunch of stuff in the freezer.
I smoke 3 to 4 times a week. The wife loves it when I cook.
I should have added that we grill 4 - 5 times a week, every week
Does it count if I grill on my smoker?