My name is Amy and I live in west central Missouri, about an hour outside Kansas City. My husband and I just recently bought a new grill... it's a Red Stone smoker. It fit our budget. We LOVE BBQ and LOVE watching PitMasters on TV. Our attempts at grilling over the years have been pretty good, but we have moved into the new area of smoking. My husband is a meatcutter by trade, so can get pretty much anything we could ever want to try.
After reading a lot of information online, we jumped into smoking a whole chicken and a brisket. We did not put the chicken in a pan, which seems like what most do with chicken, but the meat turned out AMAZING!! The skin was a bit tough, but still good. Then, the brisket... it was even better! I've never grilled brisket before, but this was wonderful. I have never had brisket turn out so tender and flavorful. Seems I have sure been missing out!! No more cooking briskets in the slow cooker or oven for me. We used the same rub on both the chicken and the brisket, which was just a mixture of paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. We do not have an injector, so did not do that. We used hickory in the smoker and my backyard smelled like paradise. :-)
I think our next step is to get a good thermometer to monitor the meat better. My husband wants a remote so he can monitor it from his recliner. :-) So I've been searching and reading up on those. He also mentioned some gloves for removing the meat off the grill. That would be handy to keep from piercing the meat. And an injector. Are there any other suggestions for someone brand new to smoking that we should consider?
This is more than just a way to cook, it's a fun hobby!
I look forward to getting to know everyone and learning from you all!!