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April 24, 2019

Good morning crew,

Now that the weather is warming up a bit I've got an idea stuck in my head, and once something gets lodged in there it's difficult to rattle it loose.

For years I have wanted to try smoking. Meat that is, not tobacco. I have been grilling for decades, but smoking (or true barbecue) is a whole nother animal. Grilling is high heat cooking while smoking is done low and slow. Usually under 250 degrees F. Because of that it takes lots of patience and hours of cooking.

I'm thinking a nice, 6 or 7 pound brisket would be the easiest thing to experiment with. The only problem is a brisket will take a good 9 hours of smoking. That means if I want to eat at 3 in the afternoon I would have to be up at 5 a.m. so I could start cooking at 6. And while I am not morally opposed to drinking beer at 6 in the morning, I don't think even I could drink for 12 straight hours.

I suppose I could just have coffee in the morning, but that kind of defeats the purpose of cooking out in my book.

Now there are all sorts of specialized smokers out there that you can buy from a hundred bucks or so all the way up to a thousand dollars, but I just watched a very informative video which demonstrated an easy method for smoking in a regular, old grill, just like the one I have. So I would need a minimum of new equipment.

One thing every griller or smoker needs is a good grill brush. And we just picked up one of the safest and most efficient grill brushes you can buy. It's the Stone Grill Brush by Corona.

It's actually a Pumice Stone which is all-natural, non-toxic, and you won't have to worry about any loose wire bristles contaminating your grill. We have a great price so Click here for all the details.

Now all I need is a free weekend to pull off this little project. And I'll probably need four or five people to help me eat all of that barbecue, too.

Laugh it up,


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