He is also adventurous when it comes to food preparation and will cook, grill, poach, saute, stir-fry, BBQ etc. anything. Which usually means we need the equipment that will help him cook, grill, poach, saute, stir-fry, BBQ anything. We have awesome knives and cookware, Dutch ovens, grill pans, saute pans, two BBQ's, several kinds of salts and peppers and spices. He wanted to make Chicken Cacciatore not long ago and the recipe required a potato ricer, which we didn't have. I was assured that the only PROPER way to remove the skins and seeds from the tomatoes was to use the potato ricer. And yes...we now own one. You name it - we have it. Thank goodness for those 20% off coupons at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
So...a couple of weeks ago we were invited for BBQ burgers at Regena and Pat's house. While Pat was grilling the burgers he and Chris started talking about smoking meats and comparing notes. Chris has a small smoker that we bought last year. It's cute and red and looks like R2D2 from Star Wars. He's used it a number of times and the meat turns out wonderful. Well....Pat has a BIGGER smoker and Chris started checking it out and looking at it every which way, in every nook and cranny. And then he got busy and made one...from scratch...in one week...along with an accompanying cookbook of ideas and recipes for smoking meat, poultry and fish. It's a 55-gallon drum and one of the ends is removable, with two removable racks inside to hold the meat and of course the area for the wood that is used for the smoking. It's awesome! This past Saturday we purchased two beef briskets and he used Pappy's Seasoning as the rub (Pat's recommendation) and placed them in the smoker about 10pm on Saturday night.
|A Man and His Meat - it's a good thing!|
|Prepped & Ready!|
|Before closing the smoker|
|All Done - YUMMO!|