Last week while on vacation, my son and me cleaned out and reorganized my mom-in-laws garage. Back in the corner, under the work bench was a Redi-Smok electric smoker that belonged to the dad-in-law. Mom asked me to haul this off along with the other junk that she wanted cleared out. Dad passed on a couple of years ago and as he was an avid hunter, this smoker smoked its share of ducks, geese, pheasants, fish, deer and elk. Mom said that looking at this smoker every time she went out to the garage to pull the car or truck out was emotionally hard on her; she had even went so far as to leave her car in the driveway to avoid the garage. They were married for 47 years. Seeing as I was using her pick-em up truck to haul stuff to the landfill and I had stuff in my yard that need to go to the landfill as well, I swung by my place. Earlier in the week, I had cut out the dead branches from my maple tree. It looked like the tree had taken a lightning strike last summer which in turn caused part of the tree to die. The branches that were 2 inch across and larger I stacked next to my cherry wood. The smaller stuff was going to the land fill. We off loaded the smoker and placed it in my garage and loaded up the twigs and branches and off we went to the landfill. When I got back home Ma Dutch asked what in the world was I doing with another smoker and where did the smoker come from, etc. I explained that the smoker belonged to her dad and I was going to honor his memory every time I use it. With that explanation, she was receptive to the new addition to outside kitchen. First up will be a couple of beef chuck roasts-seems that Ma wants some of my Shredded Beef Enchiladas for dinner this week. Can't wait to see how this baby works!!