My wife and I are at the age where "more stuff" is not what we need to be opening at Christmas. Consequently she decided we weren't going to get each other anything for Christmas this year, just the little stuff we'd picked up during the year and stashed away. Well, I'd already bought her something she's been wanting for a long time so I had to break the news that her plan wasn't going to work this year. She figured out right away what it was I bought her and then the guilt started in her mind. "What do you want? You haven't said anything. I haven't gotten you anything." Yada yada yada non-stop. I kept telling her with a patient smile I really didn't want anything. Really, I didn't. I was happy just to spend the time with her and the kids when they visited and smoke whatever they requested. They'd already put their BBQ orders for their Christmas visit. They both want ribs and salmon. In spite of all my reassurances every day my wife asked "did you think of something?" "Nope." And she'd get all quiet.
So we're each getting ready for work this past Monday and I'm talking about the sweet potato pies I was going to bake (#s 3, 4, and 5 are the oven as I type this) plus how I'm going to brine the turkey this year then smoke it on the Weber Kettle. She turns to me with a big smile and says "If you could get any smoker you wanted, what would you buy?" I thought I was absolutely happy smoking on the decades old 18.5" and 22.5" Weber Kettles I have in the backyard. Then I started thinking about her question. All kinds of stick burners ran through my head but I kept coming back to the WSM. I got excited. Then I started debating out loud whether the 18.5" or the 22.5" is what I wanted. After all it's just her and I so the 18.5" seemed plenty big enough. Then I thought about our kids visiting, the in-laws visiting, recent parties, and the kidlets our daughters will surely have in the next few years. Everyone I know loves BBQ! I'm sure the future grandkidlets will too! The 22.5" zoomed to the top of the list.
Now I can't wait to order the WSM! Next week one will be in house, but then she's going to torture me with it! She says I can't smoke with it or even put it together until Christmas! ARGGGGHHHHH! That my friends is the joy of giving and the agony of the Q!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Merry Christmas if you don't read this until Friday!
If you can, be sure to share your blessings!