Those following me on Twitter were the first to learn that today I am the proud owner of a new smoker. In the world of smoking you have a lot of choices from the affordable to the holy grail of smokers. Being a software guy, it really all came down to what were my requirements (needs):
- I don’t want it on my deck. I’ve already got my gas Brinkman ProSeries 4775 on the deck and a smoker would only clutter it.
- I don’t want anything that would minimize the use of my exiting Brinkman gas grill. I love that grill so I only need something that does a good job smoking
- It must be light. Depending on wind I will smoke meat either on a small concrete slab in the back yard or in the drive way. I want the ability to move the smoker without doing further damage to my already bad back
- It must be a top-notch smoker. My palette sometimes screams for good smoked food and while I have smoked on my gas grill with wood chips, it’s just not the same.
- It must be either wood or charcoal. I know, wood is all the smoking experts use but wood smokers often involve larger, hard to move units. I didn’t consider electric because it is hard to get them to reach those upper temperatures sometimes required.
I’m happy to say that based on my research the Weber Smokey Mountain, referred to as the WSM by it’s adoring fans. I know, I know…a touch pricy for a bullet, eh? Why not one of the $40 Brinkman’s? It all comes down to quality. This site convinced me I was making the right decision. Being a fan of collaboration in software it only seemed fitting that the Virtual Weber Bullet site provided the same thing for WSM owners. Now, granted I haven’t even assembled this unit (I did ensure all parts where in working order out-da-box. However over the coming weeks I promise to post my experiences with this unit. It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about buying anything…I hope it all lives up to my expectations.