Hi, my name is BigDawg and I'm a grillaholic. (From the gallery, "Hi BigDawg!")
Guys & Gals of this fine message forum,
Please tell me this addiction of mine is controllable and there is help out there for me somewhere. Approximately 4 weeks ago, I saw my first episode of BBQ University. I was flipping through the channels and saw this "goob" standing behind a "lame" charcoal grill acting like he was "all that". After only 30 minutes, I realized I was the "goob" with a "lame" gas grill and that I wasn't "all that". Steven Raichlen is 'da man!
Diary of a new grillaholic:
May 19: Drip vapor bar on my 4-year-old Char-Broil 2-burner gas grill finally vaporized itself (it broke in half). Decided to start researching new gas grills. Read about all sorts of grills from Consumer Reports to researching Lowe's & Home Depot's website.
May 20: Went to Lowe's to look at their gas grills.
May 21: Went to Home Depot to look at their gas grills.
May 22: Life changing event... Saw my first episode of BBQ University. Had an epiphany about grilling.
May 23: Went to Borders Bookstore and bought The Barbecue Bible!. Read the whole first few chapters; decided I was going to be a charcoal man.
May 24: Researched all sorts of charcoal grills and came to the conclusion that if a Weber was good enough for Steven Raichlen, it was good enough for the BigDawg.
May 25: Purchased a Weber One-Touch Platinum charcoal grill, Weber charcoal chimney, and a bunch of other accessories from the local Ace Hardware. Went home and grilled hamburgers. I was worried that the burgers wouldn't turn out very good because all we had was ground sirloin (93% fat-free) and I was worried they would be too dry. They were EXCELLENT!!! Much better than the fattest burger I ever grilled on my gas grill.
May 27: Grilled ribeye steaks. Best steak I've ever eaten!
May 28: Grilled flank steak for fajitas. Best fajitas I've ever eaten!
May 29: Grilled shrimp and steak shishkabobs. Best shishkabobs I've ever eaten!
May 30: Indirect grilled pork spare ribs. Best ribs I've ever eaten! (Are you guys starting to pick up on a pattern here?)
June 2: Indirect grilled first beer can chicken. I generally don't like chicken, but this was as I'm sure you have already guessed it, the best chicken I've ever eaten.
In the last 2 weeks I have grilled more beer can chickens, more steaks, more burgers, more brats, more of everything. And to top it all off if that wasn't enough, I purchased a new Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker this past Friday, June 11, along with the book How to Grill.
June 12: Fired up the ole Weber Bullet at 6:30AM. Put on a pork shoulder butt at 7AM. Smoked that puppy for 10 hours at approximately 225. Best pulled pork I've ever eaten.
Since becoming a convert to charcoal, I think I have grilled every single day that it has not rained. Am I doomed to living a life of excellent grilled food forever? I think I may have come to the wrong place to get support for such a problem. Some of you guys may have this affliction stronger than I do.
All kidding aside, I don't post much here, but I find this place as an invaluable resource for all sorts of knowledge. If it wasn't for Steven's shows, Steven's books, the members of this board, my Webers, and Kingsford charcoal (oh, forgot to mention the wife), the last 4 weeks of my life would not have been nearly as enjoyable. Thanks to all.