Ok, so at my (husband’s) nephew’s birthday party this summer they had a cousin (ok, technically my husband’s sister’s husband’s cousin’s husband) smoke a pork butt for pulled pork as well as do up some chicken in his smoker.
I wasn’t entirely thrilled. About the only smoked meat I like is bacon, and pretty much the only pork I eat is bacon, so I settled on a small piece of chicken, and planned to eat alot of cake (hardship that that is).
But dang that pulled pork smelled good. So I ended up going back to grab some, I figured eating a bite or two would fix that problem. And then I went back a 2nd time and loaded up my plate….
And then I tracked down the (husband’s sister’s husband’s cousin’s husband) cousin who made it and demanded the recipe for his pulled pork. He was kind enough to email it to me.
So yah, next step was a smoker. Picked up a seriously cheap electric smoker off craigslist ($40, but it wasn’t exactly a high end unit to begin with), made a couple of the recommended modifications to the unit that made sense to me (like, putting in a proper thermometer instead of the “cool, ideal, hot” one it had). I figure its easy enough to upgrade to a better unit later if we actually end up using it.
The guy added in a half bag of hickory chunks when we picked it up. So I should be good for a couple runs of smoking meat before having to find more wood.
When I make our grocery run Thursday or Friday I’m going to pick up the various ingredients I need. Hopefully this weekend I’ll be giving this a try.
I know there’s folks out there who smoke meat on a regular basis. So tell me what I need to know before I go and do this for real…..