I am a BBQ heretic, I cook how I cook.
I am a stickler for technique, I do not like sloppy knife work, I care about how things are cut and prepared, I pay attention to the science and art of cooking. I have studied and continue to study all things food and cooking, I search out knowledge and challenge convention, all with a goal of understanding what I do.
Then I stand tradition, as it were, and authenticity, if it exists, on it's ear and do what I think produces the best food. I am rapidly tiring of the mentality that there is one right way for anything, BBQ is whatever the person talking to me wants it to be, it is whatever I want it to be when I am talking. I cook hotter or colder, based upon what I think will work, not what I am told I must do to be authentic.
me: I don't drink anymore
Yelonutz: me either, but, then again, I don't drink any less