Hello All, My name is Nick and I have read through a few posts on the site figured I would join up. I have been a professional Chef for the past 5 years and have been out for a year with a liver disease. I have smoked food since I was young a passion passed from my grandfather who made the best smoked turkey I have ever tasted.
My wife bought me a cheap brinkman charcoal smoker about 4 years ago it's about 3 feet tall and has two large front doors on a square frame. The model no longer exists and i have modified mine heavily from the original design. I use lump coals and wood for my heat and very rarely fire it up beyond the 200 mark excepting pizza or veggies like potatoes or corn.
I am looking forward to sharing some of my recipe's with anyone who is willing to try them as well as trying other's recipe's. I smoke very nontraditional flavors for the most part and try to aviod labeling anything as " cajun" or "texas style" ect. I was the head chef at a very upscale italian restuarant for 3 years and most of the food we served was american italian rather then traditional. As such I know my flavors may be close to a cajun style on occasion but true cajun food belongs to those who know it best. Personally i rely on a lot of flavors and tend to use soy or hoisin to give a more personal taste... but I digress. I am very harsh on my own food and would love to hear other opinions on my food as well as branch out my own horizons and if you have any questions about other style of food or sides/desserts please feel free to bother me.
Good smoking to all.