I'm 51 years old, and still play with my food...
There is a lot of really, REALLY good cooking advice and information on this forum, which is the main reason I re-up every year (no, it is not because of the Woodpile).
But, I have observed two separate schools of thought in the BBQ universe. One is "the way it is supposed to be done." The other is, "the way I do it."
As much as I admire the traditional BBQ methods, I also get a wild hair, or a few too many drinks, or just an idea I have to try, for better or worse.
So, my question for the brethren is how closely do you obey the classic BBQ rules, and how willing are you to toss the rules out and try something way out there in the search for a new good food.
I ask this because I wonder what the balance is between adhering to tradition, and creating something new and different. Is BBQ a living, evolving creature?
I have my own opinion, but would like to hear what the brethren think.