Hello all and greetings from steamy Central Louisiana,
Let me start by saying how amazed I am at the expertise and willingness to share here on SMF. I’ve been lurking a few weeks and I have already found a couple dozen recipes that I have to try…I didn’t even know fatties existed (!) I am humbled to be even on the fringe of the party.
I am a forty something year old believer in post oak and hickory. I have a Charbroil offset I bought at Wal Mart before they started making them out of tin foil. It won’t die. It came to me remarkably tuned…I can put 15 pounds of charcoal and wood on, clamp it down, and it will hold 225-240 for 12 hours. Great brisket machine.
Though I have been piddling with this smoker for 13 years or so, I really haven’t expanded my repertoire that much. Most of my low and slow experience is brisket, spare ribs (4 & ups), brined chicken, pulled pork, ham steaks, and country style ribs. I have also grilled sausage, ABTs, shrimp, brats and beer, lamb, and of course burgers and steaks. I have some smokehouse experience with bacon and sausage, I have ground beef both in both big grinders and little food processors, and I've mixed beef with venison and pork for a change of pace. I love to burn down a pile of wood and grill over the coals.
My “default” setting is Texas style: salt, pepper, and post oak, though I love KC, Memphis, Carolina, and hickory. Some of things I would like to try are fatties, pizza, prime rib, vegetables, fatties, some other regional styles, using red oak or mesquite coals in an indirect set up, and fatties.
I arrive here through my DIY disorder. I would rather build something than buy it, and I don’t see a $3,000 / 1,200 lb Yoder in my immediate future. The sun is setting on my old smoker’s time in this world and I was looking at the double barrel builds on the ‘net and ended up here.
Seriously, how can someone BBQ for as long as I have and not sense the hole created by the absence of fatties in my diet? Thanks to SMF and y’all, my life can now be complete. Okay, maybe I went too far. Maybe.
I look forward to seeing you all around,