My wife is one Q-loving Texas woman and she always has an agenda. She can cook quite nicely but she generally leaves the cooking to me. With the exception of a 26+ year old 18.5" Weber Kettle I bought long ago, she has purchased every piece of outdoor cooking equipment we own; an early model 22.5" Weber Performer Kettle and a Kenmore 5 burner gasser. She got me into smoking by purchasing a Smokenator for the Weber Kettle. I was perfectly happy with that then last Christmas she said "buy any smoker you want." A 22.5" WSM was added to the lineup. She's never used any of it herself, but I've put them all through their paces.
Father's Day I got bored watching the US Open while a 6 lb pork shoulder was smoking on the WSM. I flipped on YouTube, started watching Q videos, and she walked by as I was watching a video on the BBQ Guru. I'd researched the BBQ Gurus earlier in the year and talked myself out of buying one even though I had some bonus money burning a hole in my pocket. The reason I talked myself out of it is that I generally smoke hot n fast because frankly I don't like babysitting the smoker for more than 8 hours. Most of my smokes are in the 4-9 hour range. The bad part about that is it takes up at least one day on the weekend due to the meats or combination of meats I choose. That's okay, I love smoking.
She asked a bunch of questions as she watched the video and I could see the wheels turning in her head by the questions she asked, all about low n slow. "If you got that BBQ Guru you could set it for low n slow and smoke during the week, couldn't you?" Yes. "If you got the Guru we could do more on the weekend than smoke meat, couldn't we?" Yes. "You haven't bought yourself anything with your bonus money yet, have you?" Correct. "Happy Father's Day Dear! Buy it now!"
I didn't argue.