The Up-Coming Cooking Season

smoked chicken
Man! This past winter has been brutal. We have had to endure way to much snow and sub-zero temperatures, but now it’s getting to be barbecue time again and I am really looking forward to it this season. For some reason or another I have a hankering for smoked chicken and barbecue ribs so for this up-coming barbeque season I will be smoking chickens, pork and beef ribs, pork tenderloins and brisket.

barbecue brisket
Because I haven’t had much luck with getting brisket smoked the way I want it, that is going to be my challenge for this season. My wife loves great brisket so this is one task that I have to perfect. My daughter and grand daughter love my ribs and a friend and her children love the way I smoke salmon so I got to get brisket perfected. That will be on the “To-Do” list this season and I will post here on how things go.

I also plan to build a new smoker from some plywood and a few 2×4’s. I need to get the details worked out as far as size and dimensions go and I will post up how I go about putting this together. I am just waiting for the temperatures to warm up a bit more before I tackle this project. I am hoping that my plans will make things interesting along with some great barbecue.

Spring About To Sprung



If finally looks that the frigid winter many of us have experienced is about over. I am looking forward to today’s forecast high of 60+°. A welcomed relief from the sub-zero temps we have been suffering through. With the warmer weather and the snow and ice is disappearing, my dogs are actually able to go outside to do their business without having to settle on running out, taking a quick squat and shooting back into the house.


So this means that it is getting to be barbecue time again and I am excited. Believe it or not, I have never been this excited about Spring as I am this year. I have many plans regarding my own backyard barbeque this Spring. Because the winter was so cold and we had so much snow, I was not able to get out and smoke anything. Instead, I have been thinking about building a new smoker. I want to try my hand at building my new smoker out of wood – plywood in particular – and keep it as far under $100 as I can.

Now that I think I have fixed my “more smoke” problem with our electric smoker, I am anxious to smoke something other than salmon so I can determine if this “fix” actually is a fix that works for me or if it just works with smoking salmon. I am ready for chicken and ribs and brisket and pulled pork.

And I haven’t forgotten that I promised an article about the “more smoke fix”. It has just been too cold with sooo much snow that I can’t get out to my barbecue tools. The last of the snow should be gone in another couple of days so I will plan on getting this done by the end of the week (I hope . . . lol)

Be sure to check back to see if I did in fact fix my “more smoke” problem or not, read my article on how I made the nifty little tool to generate more smoke and if I make any progress on building a plywood smoker to suit my barbecue needs.

Keep on smokin’ ya’ll . . .