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Sunday, November 20, 2005

As Advertised

The most surprising thing about the BYC is that it is every bit the cooking machine that it is supposed to be. These days few things in life ever deliver as promised. Well, the BYC is all that and then some. Hiroshi and I loaded it down to fill some pre-thanksgiving orders and I was worried about not having a chance to do a practice cook on the pit, and I only had one afternoon/night to get it all done. So, we filled "Wubby" our new smoker with a ham, a brisket, a pork shoulder, 6 racks of spareribs, 5 whole butterflied chickens, and a rib roast. She performed like a true champion, and seemed to cook the food by herself.

The seasoning-- rubbing it down with oil, like a cast iron pan-- took a lot longer than we expected, but it is so important to preserving the life of the cooker. We took paintbrushes and sloshed it all over the inside (and outside!) of the pit and the shelves and hardware, too. Then we started a fire and let that go for a while.

While that was going, we made the rubs and prepped all the meats. We weren't able to get things onto the pit until 7pm, and knowing that we had at least 10 hours of cooking ahead of us, we buckled down with some bourbon.

It was a whirlwind weekend without much sleep, so I'll keep this brief and report back more in the next few days. The steel eagle has landed people, and all I can say is, "Don't Mess With Texas!".


Blogger WhiteTrashBBQ said...

Oh man I am soooooo jealous! I wish I was able to come out and cook with you. Everything looks great!

12:18 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

I'm so happy for you, and just in time for the holidays. That thing really does look like a steam engine. Does it go "CHOOCHOO" ??
Wow, impressive. Can't wait to see pix of the end results.
Happy Thanksgiving BC!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Backyard Chef said...

Y'all can't imagine the feelings of pride, relief and joy I feel right now.

Rob, you're invited any time to come throw some sticks on the fire-- maybe you can teach me a thing or two.

Happy Thanks-G to you, too, Mona. It doesn't go "Choo-choo", but I can hear the air flowing through it and makes a "Whoooosh". More pics, to come. I'm sure you have some deluxe plans for the holiday-- right?

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes, you must be an extremely happy man!

Oh how I wish I could be there with you sharing the bourbon, and of course the tasty vittles that result from that ten hour wait. I can almost hear the crackle of the fire, the sizzle of the fat, and smell the smokey meaty goodness from way out here in the pioneer west.

Puts my little weenie Weber to shame (but I do still love my Weber so).


5:41 PM  

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