Hi all, new to the forum however I have been reading them for years--figured it was time to sign up. Live in Chicago for the last 12 years, originally from Kansas City. Been eating BBQ since I was in diapers and trying to keep the KC love alive in Chicago. Firm believer that KC is the best Q in the world, and will debate it until I die. Been doing my own cooking for the last 4-5 years. Grew up with it, however after moving to Chicago, it became a little harder. Hard to set up your cook without a yard, but I managed. Have used various styles but mainly vertical smokers---because of restrictions in Chicago, they have been propane fired but after moving to a new place, my options have opened up a little. I pride myself on my ribs and pork, however have done salmon, pheasant, trout, brisket, burnt ends, sausage and who knows what else. I am in the market right now for a new drum/firebox style so we'll see how that goes. Hopefully I can ramp it up if I upgrade things. Can't fit a whole brisket in my smoker now, so that will be task #1.
PS, there is still no good BBQ in Chicago. I have had some good places, but I am dying for some down-home places like what I grew up with.
PPS, since everyone always wants to know, the best BBQ in Kansas City is, in order---BB's Lawnside, Jackstack, Oklahoma Joe's, Woodyard, and LC's. And the best sauce will always be Gates.