I bought a new gas grill for the new patio earlier this year. I decided that the investment warranted my becoming a grill master. I started reading cook books, blogs, and forums which lead me to the problem of how to get some smoke on my pork chops while indirect grilling. Being a handy guy, I quickly rigged up a smoke box to the far right burner ( dedicated smoke box burner) works great. Now I'm smoking'. It wasn't long before I started recording BBQ programs on TV, I became a Big fan of American Pit masters. I do realize there is a Big difference between competition BAN, and real feeding frenzy back yard lip smackin' goodness, but these guys (and gals, hail the diva) got me all fired up! All of a sudden my little side burner smoke box got me feeling all inadequate.
Now I used to be a charcoal guy. I understand why some guys prefer it, and I know a couple dopes that say "it's not BBQ unless you are using a stick burner", but I' m a gas guy. The only ash I'm hauling is from my smoke box. After painstaking research (thank the Lord for the internet), and a few drive bays, I finally pulled the trigger on a Masterbuilt 40" ventricle gas smoker. I put it together last weekend, seasoned it on Saturday, figured a workaround for the kinky smoke box (thanks to this forum) on Saturday night and made me first feast of BAN goodness on Sunday. Two huge slabs of salmon from Costco.
I can't wait to smoke some pork belly!!
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