Thanks for all the birthday wishes.
I, finally, got a smoker for my b-day, a wood pellet smoker to be exact. And I am loving it. I made ribs yesterday. A combo of baby back, St. Louis, and spare ribs (thanks to a miscommunication, but it worked out for the best... ie., I now know I prefer baby back for sure, even though they all tasted great.) And today I cooked up a whole chicken, and it turned out great too.
To be honest, the ribs I cooked, meat-wise, were the best I've ever had (the sauce and… See More
rub could be improved though.) And then today, the chicken I cooked was the best non-deep fried chicken I've ever had, and I used very minimal spices just so I could get a baseline for future cooks. And it really took zero skill to accomplish this... just a wood pellet smoker. It really makes it easy.
Honestly, the food has been better than what you can buy in restaurants. It really has been that good. I'm loving it.
Tomorrow I am cooking pulled pork. I can't wait.