Yes, almost exactly 8 years after I gave up the cigarettes, I am back to smoking…this time though it’s ribs, chicken, brisquet, etc so it’s all good.
In the past, I have never really had the urge to become one of the smoker people even though I very much love to eat, especially bbq. But when I listened to people’s tales of smoking different meats, it always seemed like a lot of work and effort. And if there is one thing I know about myself, a lot of work and effort just isn’t for me. Until I stumbled across an add in mid-December for the Pit Barrel Cooker! It was a simple design that was basically a 30 gal drum and the main difference that set it apart from other smoker/cookers was that you hang most of the meat you are cooking as opposed to setting it on a grate. The more I researched it, the more intrigued I became. The more intrigued I became, the more I wanted it.
So once I was on the verge of pulling the trigger on purchasing a Pit Barrel Cooker, I decided to send an information request through there website to get an idea of how much it would cost to ship a unit to me. See, the cost of the cooker is only $299 US (which is like a million dollars Canadian, but I digress) so I needed to know all of the info before I could make a 100% informed decision. I received the reply on how much shipping was, but it wasn’t the cost of the shipping that sealed my purchase, it was the customer experience that I received that sealed it. I had sent the information request late on a Sunday afternoon and I received the reply to my e-mail that night from the VP of the company. Now this is a company that puts the CEO’s cell phone number on each cooker so it shouldn’t surprise me that his wife replied to my e-mail so quickly. But it was because of that service (there were a few e-mails back and forth and the response was always quick, no matter what time of day it was) that made my decision that I wanted a Pit Barrel Cooker! I love great customer service experiences!
Well, now I have purchased a Pit Barrel Cooker (which only took 5 business days to arrive-again, great customer experience) and I have become a smoking machine. The companies website has a whole host of video recipes so the first weekend I had it, I followed their recipe and cooked some baby back ribs! Not only did they look incredible (home page) but they tasted awesome. Then last weekend I cooked 2 whole chickens which once again looked and tasted awesome. This weekend is the Super Bowl and I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do but it will be something done in my new cooker. And the best part is, the more I use it, the better I’m going to get at this whole smoking thing and what tastes awesome now, will taste out of this world in time.
So sometimes becoming a smoker isn’t a bad thing!
HOW DID THIS NOT COME UP AT SUPPER??????
I’m not sure. We will have to have you over for some ribs or chicken wings!