About 12 years ago, I had my first taste of home smoked meat. I was visiting my father in Florida and attended a cookout with him. The host used an old refrigerator to smoke about 10 whole chickens. That was the best tasting meat I had ever eaten. I was intrigued with the taste and the moist, tenderness of the meat.
I had never heard of home smoked meat and was more than a little taken aback by the use of an old refrigerator! Over the last several years, I heard more and more about people smoking meat in their backyard. A co-worker told me about smoking their Thanksgiving turkey. I wanted to try it.
Recently, I began to get serious about doing it and started researching how to do it and what is the best brand of smoker to get and equally important, were there smaller smokers more suitable for my needs?
I started reading everything I could get my hands on, books, online information, You Tube videos, and talking to everyone I could find who cooks this way. I zeroed in on the Weber Smokey Mountain cooker that comes in three sizes. I have three Weber products already, the Weber Genesis gas grill on a stand with wheels, a portable Weber Q gas grill and the smallest Weber portable domed top charcoal grill. The Weber brand, in my experience, is highly reputable, long lasting, and easy to use.
I bought two books, “Smoking Meat” by Jeff Phillips, and “Smokin’ with Myron Mixon”, the winningest man in barbeque. I couldn’t tear myself away from their pages!
Stay tuned. I haven’t bought the smoker yet. But when I do, look for posts and pictures of my new adventure! And I would love to hear from you if you are already into smoking meat. Recipes are most welcome!