For those not familiar with Texas (there must be two or three of you out there), the Texas Hill country begins roughly immediately west of Austin and extends west about 150 miles. We're about 80 miles NW of San Antonio at 2200 feet elevation near Kerrville and have a small ranch where we raise exotic animals (blackbuck antelope) to sell to other ranches.
I have always enjoyed grilling (we have a little Weber Q grill that we use at the house and in the motorhome) and have wanted to build a grill/smoker for years, but that never bubbled up to the top of the priority list. Last Thursday we made our monthly supply run to Costco in San Antonio and I noticed a Masterbuilt 40" smoker. Uh-oh..
Thanks to my ever present iPhone, I checked the Costco price to make certain the smoker was competitively priced (it was at about $349 as I recall), and I read a bunch of reviews on Amazon. Check and Check. Next task was to convince the family CFO we needed the smoker. Last trip to Costco I bought an Acer Tablet PC, so I was really pushing the envelope with the prospective smoker purchase (she might not let me go with her again.)
After a couple of minutes of whining/rationalizing, dear wife realized the easiest thing to do was to let me buy the Masterbuilt. .
Broke in the MES today (after seasoning it per instructions) and cooked a brisket - it turned out pretty good, not great, but pretty good. I'll expand on this more in the Electric board
Weber Q, MES 40