What's up from San Antonio

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by sladewilson, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. Howdy y'all. I live down here in good Ol San Antonio. Go Spurs! I just built myself a smoker that I'll be using for hopefully the next few years. It's on offset stick burner. I ride motorcycles in my spare time. Hopefully my smoking won't interfere too much with my riding time. I have already smoked some spare ribs on my smoker. It was really windy for my first smoke on this bad boy so I found it tough to keep a steady temp. Came out really tender, actually a little too tender IMO, (meat was falling of the bone)but they still
    tasted good though. Still trying to figure out this smoker. My next smoke will be a 12lb bird on turkey day. I use post oak for smoking and I grew up grilling with mesquite so that's what I use for grilling. Happy to be part of the forum. I'll be posting pics of my next smoke.

    Semper Fi
  2. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome from SC. It's good to have you on this great site. San Antonio is one of our favorite places. We have been there twice and the Riverwalk is really great.
  3. Glad to be here Joe. Lookin forward to seeing how everyone else is smoking and getting a few pointers from some experienced smokers. I've done my share of smoking meats in the past, but I don't think I ever payed quite enough attention to temps, woods, rubs, or any other techniques.

    I guess I never gave too much thought to barbecuing any certain way until I tasted some of the best brisket I ever tasted in my life at a barbecue joint in Lockhart, Tx called Black's Barbecue. That's when I thought to myself "How can I make barbecue this delicious?"

    I've been going about it all wrong. I had always basically got the smoker up to around 300 degrees or so and threw my meat seasoned with salt and pepper(which is what I still mostly use for all my cooking) in the pit and pulled it out when it looked about done. I mean it wasn't bad, but it wasn't near the texture or flavor of what I tasted at the bbq joint.

    So I built myself a new smoker and started doing some reading and researching and discovered that there is alot more to barbecuing than I thought. And I came across this site. The ribs that I smoked for the first time after doing all this research were an indication of what is to come; what I'm capable of. Yes, they didn't come out quite how I wanted them to, but they were a whole lot better than before when I had no idea about this art of barbecuing. So now it starts; now I will start doing it right.

    Now when it comes to grilling, I got this. I can grill like no other. Actually at my family get togethers I always get stuck manning the grill. Still open to suggestions on grilling, if there are any grilling threads on here, but I like my grill cooks.

    Well I didn't mean to have such a long reply. I was just going to thank you for welcoming me to the forums.


  4. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the board, DS! I liked visiting San Antonio when I had a business trip to Lackland. I was on the old military highway, could swear I smelled onions, looked to my right, there was a salsa factory.

    Riverwalk was fun, the foraging birds have learned to soak the dropped tortilla chips in the water to soften them. Seeing the Alamo was on my bucket list.

    I had accordion music stuck in my head for three days after I came home.
  5. Thanks for the warm welcome.Love the Alamo. Pass by The Alamo every so often and even though I seen it hundreds of times it still amazes me every time I see it.
  6. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member


    Hey Slade, I am over in New Braunfels, right up the road. Welcome to the forum. I go to SA quite a bit since it's only 25 mins away., love Mi Tierra and El Mercado. There are quite a few of us smokers in this area.. Check out some of the stuff I have smoked here:



    All the guys/gals here are great folks with lots of truthfull info to share. Got a question just ask,ok.. O, and by the way we like a lot of pictures too (called QView) of all the stuff everybody is doing,

  7. Hello Hoity,

    I'm out in the New Braunfels area pretty often. It's not to far of drive from where I live. Technically, I live in Live Oak right off of I35 and 1604. Seeing that you like Mexican food I would suggest trying Thousand Oaks Café on...well Thousand Oaks Rd lol. Actually, I think they have another location on a different road. I know of a few other unknown spots in the side of town I grew up in but this place is close to where I live now and it's not too far off 35 and shouldn't be hard to find.

    Oh man!!!! Mmmmmmmm bacon arghrghrghrghgrh it looks fantastic. Drooling over that Venison summer sausage. I love venison. I didn't have the opportunity or funds to go hunting last season and looks like I won't be able to this season. Bummer

    I'll be sure to try to take many photos of my cooks. Happy smoking
  8. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    DS, its funny that you would say what you did in your reply. I think that the first thing I had to learn was that I really didn't know what I was doing. I had been smoking for years and it was all wrong. I have learned a lot in the last few years and much more in the year that I've been here. The folks here are great and will help you with anything.
  9. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Howdy Slade!

    Glad to see you aboard.

    Up the road a piece from you. Always enjoy San Antonio. The missions are beautiful.

    For anyone out of the area planning to go to Bexar County, do yourself a favor and DON'T DO IT IN THE SUMMER. If you ain't used to the heat, you'll melt.
  10. LOL rabbithutch, That's what I tell everyone who wants to come visit me from out of state. Don't come in the summer! A friend of mine from California was trying to convince his wife to move down here to SA and made the mistake of visiting in the summer. I warned him! They just bought a house in California LOL.
  11. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    thanks man, I go out to the Forum Shopping some and to Ratama to play the ponies. I'll have to try those restaurants, as I am actually only like 15 mins from there..may see ya over that one some time.
  12. Ah Hoity, Retama is where you'll most likely run into me. I'm there pretty often. I typically win $100 almost every time I go. I say almost cause I do have my bad nights there also.

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