So it was a successful smoke day....I'm barely able to focus on the screen, it was such a good time. A few extra friends showed up and partied late into the night.
As for the food...After a few people showed up, I took the brisket in, and unwrapped it's awesomeness.. It looked amazing. I sliced it the best I could, and then trimmed some fat off each slice. The slices got cut into little cubes and then tossed in the sauce I made, which was beef broth, beer, and rub...
The reviews came in, and they were great. I've always been the group grillmaster.. But I figured when moving up to the big boy toys I might make some mistakes that would affect final product in a negative way...but not a piece was left over. I had people who normally eat very little going back for thirds. Plus there were burgers and dogs to accompany the brisket, along with general snack foods and a finale of Hoodsie cups around the new fire pit..
I learned a few things for next time, and am still excited to get the smoke rolling again. I'm thinking a couple of birds will be good. I have another BBQ/Grill day at a friends house next week, and along with my customary steak tips I always bring, I may do another early wake up and smoke two chickens to bring along...
There was one bad part though......by the end of the night, I'd have to admit the wife and I were not in a "let's clean up now" mode. So we just made sure everything was off and cooling, and that nothing important was left outside, as overnight T-storms were expected..
Well...everything except the wife's phone, with all of my Qview on it...So this morning, when we discover her phone was left on the box from the new firepit..and it rained, and the box top became concave and effectively drowned her phone... Yeah, she's still pissed..
So I have no final Qview to show off, unless the phone miraculously survives, in which I will update this thread..
Thanks to all who followed along and offered advice through the day.. It's been fun, and I look forward to another day of smoke!