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May 06, 2019

Good morning crew,

Kitchen 2019The big meat smoking experiment this weekend was a success. More or less. I was expecting a job of big proportions, but what I got into was even more work than I expected. Well, anything you try for the first time is likely to give you some surprises.

The first surprise I got was the difficulty in finding a decent brisket. I was expecting to feed 6 or 7 people so I wanted a good sized brisket. It just didn't occur to me that I would not be able to find a six or seven pound piece of beef at eight o'clock on a Friday night. Most of what you find wrapped in shrinkwrap in the coolers at the grocery store are only a pound or two. So I tried going to a butcher's shop, but it was closed at that time of night.

I admit I was starting to feel a little frantic. What was I going to feed all of these people? I had a ridiculous image in my mind of me trying to smoke five, little individual briskets. Finally, the third grocery store we tried had a late night butcher department and I was able to buy 2 three-and-a-half pounders, and I was lucky to get them. That sounds like a lot, and it was, but I wanted leftovers.

By that time it was almost nine o'clock and the wife and I still hadn't even eaten our dinner yet, and I still had to go home, mix the rub, prepare the briskets, and get everything packed away and ready to go at 6 the next morning.

By the time I was done with the preparations it was after 1 a.m. I was exhausted but at least I was ready. At least I thought I was. There was still nine hours of cooking to do the next day and I was a little nervous about getting it right. But at least I would have four good hours of sleep before I had to face the next challenge.

As I climbed into bed the wife woke up just long enough to say, "Do you think all of that meat is going to fit on the grill?" And then she fell right back to sleep.

I, of course, laid awake for 2 more hours wondering how I was going to get all of the food on that little grill.

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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