Hi all, and greetings from Australia. Following a visit to Virgil's in NYC on a trip not so long ago - first proper bbq ever - I rushed home, joined the forum, bought the secret recipes, did the recommended "courses", generally lurked about and read with great interest the thousands of years of accumulated experience on the forum. I have now bought a vertical gas smoker, and can I just say I'm lovin' the Q!!!
Having been reared on a diet of Australian-style grilling masquerading as bbq, like everyone else in this fair land, I had no idea what we were missing out on. Pulled pork? How could you guys keep THAT a secret from the rest of the world!?!? Lawdy!
Anyhoo, thanks again for all the inspiration and for opening the door into this astonishing world. I know I haven't earned the right to ask too many questions yet, but the family and I are planning a trip to the USA for about april - may 2012, and I am itching to go to a bbq competition (just go, not enter). There seems an awful lot to choose from, so could anyone recommend which one or two would be a good bet for a first timer - friendly, big and accessible? I would be very grateful for any tips.
Cheers, looking forward to sharing my humble efforts with you and spreading the word!