Hi from the Mohave Desert

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by rope, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. I just logged in here and guess I ought to have an identity...

    We live in the Mohave Desert and I've been smoking meat for family consumption for, well, too many years to admit to. It started around the hunt camp fires and just kept building.

    I have a cheap little smoker in the back yard that gets fired up a lot. It takes a lot of maintenance to keep that thing going, but it is a good one for a piece of meat or two.

    In the back, backyard I have a bigger rig. It is up on blocks right now but it is built on the back half of a Ford 3/4 ton pickup chassis. (It cooks great despite being up on blocks; it does not need wheels to be a good cooker.)

    It works as a smoker or a grill. It also has a section that is propane fired and holds stainless steel warmers or they can be removed and cast iron griddles put in their place (all or in parts). It also has a stainless sink built into the trailer.

    The back, backyard is where the horses, goats and rattlesnakes (they're not mine, they just show up for the bbq) live and where my big grill sits. I have about 1,400 square inches of grill space. When I cover it up the other side has about 1,200 sqi of smoker space. It's a pretty good party rig, but it is more high-maintenance than the wife.

    Even though my first love (in terms of food) is smoking, my two side dish recipes are the best ones I've ever discovered. I make the best bbq baked beans in the world. It took me 30 years to to come up with it, but they are the beans I've wanted all my life. I also make a sweet potato and apple stew that pops. Put them on a plate with my bbq and watch the eyes get big!

    I admit that I cheat and toss in store-bought bread and butter.

    On the grill I do what folks do on a grill - a burger, a steak, a brat, a dog, some wings. Pfftt!

    The smoker is what trips my trigger.

    If it is meat and it cooks with fire or smoke, I'm up for it.

    What I do best is pork loin, ribs and racks. I guess I just like them best. Livin' high on the hog...

    My next favorite is whole turkeys.

    My wife claims she is a "smoked &$* %$#%* barbecue widow." My neighbors say "It ain't like Rope's, but..."

    As a human, I'm semi-retired. I'm a former editor and overly-published writer. (Hence my wordiness.) I've been a lot of things. I rode a couple broncs and bulls. I won a few races and I survived a couple shootouts.

    These days I make pin money by being and NRA certified instructor. I teach children of all ages how to handle firearms properly. It makes me feel good and gives me something to do, besides feeding my family healthy food.

    That reminds me, someday I'm going to start a thread on gunpowder as a spice - the one second sear. (Do not try this at home.)

    Well, howdy.

    Y'all already know too much about me.

    I got to learn when to shut up...
  2. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF, Rope. Glad you joined us. How about posting some qview of some of your smokes?
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF glad you decided to join us. You'll find lots of good info and some great recipes here. Your smokers sound very interesting maybe you can post some pics so we can see them. Have fun and happy smoking
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome from Fallbrook. Sounds like you got some serious cooking rigs there. You will find lots of nice folks her and lots of good info
    Glad to have you with us and stay out of the sun out there
  5. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome! Spent some time at 29 Palms. Sounds like you're set up for some good smokes...now next time take some pics! I also spend usually at least one Saturday a month with the 17 and under crowd teaching firearm safety and shooting! I too enjoy the experience.

    Hope to see some more of what you produce!
  6. Welcome to the party glad to have ya
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for an interesting introduction, and welcome to the SMF. I'm looking forward to your next smoke, and some Q View too!
  8. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome, Glad to have you with us. This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

    For Those of you New to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.
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    Everyone here enjoys seeing the Qview so be sure to post plenty of pics...

    Large ones that us old people with bad eyes can see.

    When you uploading to Photobucket I always use the Large IMG setting, 640 x 480 it is a nice size...

    How to post Qview to Forum:
  9. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome, and thank you already for the great advice! You will make a great addition to this site. It is a great online community, I wish I was semi retired so I could spend more time here.
    Way to go with the NRA! I need to look into that for my son, he could use a little safety instruction that doesn't come from dear ol dad. Have several guns in the house (locked up of course) but still would be nice to have him trained up right.
  10. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard Rope!
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First off welcome Rope to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are alot of good folks here that just love to smoke things as much as you do. You will fine out that there is some off the wall recipes that pop up around here that will set you back into your seat tring to figure out how they came up with it. But them you'll try it and you'll like it too. We would also like to see your smokers and your set up and we also look forward to your input about smoking because there's nothing like a new set of eyes to see something differantly then alot of us do. So Welcome again
  12. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Greetings and Welcome to the community.

    Enjoy your stay at
    Settle in and have fun.
    Any questions, ask the experts... and make yourself at home.
  13. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Uh-oh, another Bbq widow amoungst us...heh-heh!

    Welcome to the forum!

    Looking forward to seeing your input, and don't forget some q-view if you can.

  14. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    welcome to SMF Rope,from another desert rat. looking foward to some Qview
  15. cruizer

    cruizer Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Welcome aboard Rope. Spent the last 2 weeks working in the Mojave. Good tanning weather this time of year. Yuma, Quartzsite, Wickenburg. Beautiful country. Watch out the snow birds are coming. [​IMG]
  16. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hello welcome from the Northern tip of the Great Basin Desert. It seems we desert rats are everywhere.
    Nice intro BTW.

    You have got to post Qview of that large smoker in action. After your description of it I can hardly wait to see it. [​IMG]

    PS rattlers are good smoked...don't say I told ya so cause they are now a protected species up here.

    Ha ha my beloved is also a smoke widow, except she will sit and drink beer with me during protracted long smokes on occasion.

    A link for the new folks.
  17. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice introduction and no worries....wordiness is a good thing and appreciated when utilized properly.

    Glad to have you aboard, and welcome.
  18. zjaybird

    zjaybird Meat Mopper

    Welcome to SMF
    Thank you for doing what you do. I remember growing up and going threw my first gun safety class. I really wish they would make all young kids take a gun safety class before the age of 12. Maybe the respect taught in that class would help a few kids from abusing guns like they do.
  19. Thank y'all for the kind words and the warm welcome.

    I meant to get back sooner, but I got distracted. I went spent quite a bit of money on meat and smoking supplies in the past few days - had to rearrange the pantry, freezer and spice cabinet...

    I haven't taken any pix of my smokers. I don't know why. I guess I just haven't thought of it. I have a photo bucket account so I don't have a good excuse. Part of my former job was as a photographer. I promise to do better in the future...

    Later today is my birthday and I get to choose the menu. It will be smoked salmon, smoked acorn squash and a sort of braised veggie medley with the wife's whole wheat butter biscuits. I'm really looking forward to that.

    I see Cowgirl posted a hi. I want to thank her specifically because her Web site helped me give a bit of a boost to my Canadian bacon recipe.

    Don't know who reads a file like this, but I will offer up my favorite sandwich recipe because it relates to Canadian bacon.

    Take a baguette and cut it in half the long way. I use grape seed oil infused with garlic, but an garlic bread trick will do (grape seed oil is just good for you). Spread room temperature brie cheese on the top (or bottom half - according to preference) and pop it in a hot over for a couple minutes. Put hot-out-of-the-cast-iron-skillet Canadian bacon on the other side.

    Fold it over, cut it up in serving portions and enjoy.

    It is fast. It's easy and it so "OMG" good that I have to cut myself off at half of a baguette. I even make my Canadian bacon sort of flat and oval now so it will fit the baguette without trimming...

    TY all for the warm welcome. I'll try and be on the site more.
  20. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You're sure welcome Rope. I'm glad my blog gave you some ideas. [​IMG][​IMG]

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