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dave schiller

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Apr 7, 2017
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Hi, folks, from Raleigh, NC.   We have all manner of great BBQ joints in this part of the country, but the vast majority is pork.  Pulled, sliced, or chopped.  Brisket is available at some of the chain restaurants, but not at the classic, old time joints.

My wife gave me a copy of Aaron Franklin's book, which is all about brisket.  I got intrigued with the idea of smoking brisket and found a horizontal smoker on Craig's List for $50 here locally.  I picked it up yesterday and am doing a bit of cosmetic cleanup.  There's a bit of light surface rust in a few spots on the exterior and a bit more inside where the creosote isn't.  It has the name New Braunfels on it, but I understand that CharBroil bought the brand.

I think this smoker is one of the earlier NB models and is built very heavy.  I used my micrometer to check the thickness of the metal and it's 1/8". Probably weighs well over 200 pounds.  I figure I couldn’t go wrong at $50.

It can be used as is, so I'm looking for some wood to burn it out and then practice maintaining the temperature prior to getting heavily involved in cleaning it up.  Looking forward to smoking my first brisket.  I'll keep you posted of the results.
 
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