Hello From Far Northern California

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Hello From Far Northern California

Post  Yankee Smoker on Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:34 pm

Hi all,

I'm a 45 year old married guy with an 11 year old son and a 14 year old daughter. I've been cooking for about 27+ years and I was a professional chef for about 10 years. I worked in some pretty nice restaurants but I got tired of the long hours and short pay. Now I just cook for the fun of it. I do consider myself an expert with many types of food but I'm certainly not a BBQ or smoker expert. I'm here to learn and contribute what I can.

I've had a Big Chief top loading electric smoker for at least 20 years and, while it's been very reliable, (Had to change the element once) it's pretty much impossible to control the temperature and it never really gets hot enough to actually cook anything other than fish or jerky. But it's too hot for cold smoking. I've smoked countless racks of ribs, pork butts, chicken, homemade sausages, and some briskets. But I've always had to finish the cooking process after smoking using another method. For some years now I've been using my countertop electric roasting oven. Obviously I'm far from being a BBQ/Smoking, "Purist" but I've had many people tell me that it's the best BBQ they've ever had. Yeah, I know...Some people are just plain old ignorant! Wink Rolling Eyes But I've also eaten quite a bit of other people's BBQ and I will say that my taste buds say that I've only eaten in one BBQ joint that served up better pork spare ribs or chicken. The pork butt is pretty darned good too as is the brisket but I have had better. I can only do so much with my current setup.

I also have had a Weber gas grill for 15+ years and that thing is awesome. I recently had to rebuild it but the burners, flavorizor bars, and the igniter lasted longer than any other Weber grill I've ever heard of. The original grates are still holding up, more or less. That grill has seen a lot of use so that says a lot about the durability of Weber products. I have the Weber rotisserie for it too and it seems to be practically bullet proof.

I also have a Weber Smokey Joe, (The little kettle) and a cheap piece of junk Sunbeam charcoal grill. Both were free from a neighbor who was moving so I got my money's worth. Rolling Eyes

I am now in the market for a new smoker and I need some advice and questions answered but I'll save that for my next post. Thanks for having me and I hope I can contribute something worth while to this forum.

Bruce

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Post  Treegje on Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:42 pm

Hi and welcome Bruce
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Post  Mack on Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:58 am

Welcome Bruce!
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