Monday, February 8, 2010

New smoker!

My girlfriend really takes care of me! For my birthday Sue bought me a new smoker. I had thought of building one (still might build a cold smoker) and I was disillusioned at a lot of the prices I saw on some of the smokers I saw online.

This one is a very nice compromise between size and cost. It was $189.00, at Sears of all places. I hadn't been looking at Sears before I stumbled across this one. It has 4 shelves, shelves large enough to handle a half of a pork belly, or at least a medium sized turkey. It is large enough to handle 95% of my smoking needs so I am REALLY happy about it.

"Some assembly required" means that I spent 2 hours assembling it. However, it was so much fun it didn't bother me at all (I was watching the Super Bowl while I was doing it anyway!)

Here is what it looks like

And with the door open

So look out! I will be smoking a lot of things now. My pork loins have been curing in the refrigerator for about 5 days now, so I will smoke those first, tomorrow. Then my pork butt will be finished curing in a few days and I will be doing a much longer smoking with that one.

The only thing I can foresee doing with this smoker is building a block stand for it, to make it more easily accessible. I might add a gasket to the door to make it tigher also, but I don't know yet.

Can you tell I am excited?!?!? Well, I am. Sue knows how to take care of me; nothing says love like a new smoker...