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Old 04-02-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Default How do you guys overcome the ability not to master good BBQ?

If it was up to me I'd cook brisket, pork butts, ribs or whatever else every day of the week to master good BBQ. But my wife would kill me and I'd more than likely go broke. If only it was that easy. How do you guys over come this problem?
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:53 PM   #4
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I've never listened to her before, and not about to start now.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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The times when I happen to have a significant other I follow rule #1 from Kds.

Nothing will hold me from doing what I love to do. BBQ or GTFO
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My wife likes my food and enjoys when I cook. She even invites friends over and I get to cook for them. Got folks coming from Nevada and Maryland this year, probably a few other states too. Been married for 25 years so she has gotten used to me and my obsession!
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My question would be why would cooking upset your wife. Not like your down the local bar drinking ,doing drugs and chasin skirt.......or are ya?
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:15 PM   #10
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Okay, a more serious answer, because I am seriously trying to pump my 'helpful post' count.

1. I take careful note of everything I do with each cook. From the spice rub to the meat selection and process. With the advent of digital photography, this became even better. When I was younger and learning to cook, I kept logs, noting process and results.

2. I read a lot about what other people do, good or bad. If what I wanted to do was learn brisket, I would read every single thread carefully, about what the person did and what they ended up with. You can learn from others success and failure.

3. I have had the chance to cook with some great cooks. That taught me a lot, about cooking and learning to cook. When I got here and read what Saiko was doing, and what Pitmaster T, then Barbefunkoramaque was doing, it was easy for me to see where I needed to improve.

4. I do NOT drink when I cook normally. I drink afterwards and make up for lost time. But, when I am running my cooker, I am about cooking.

5. Just because it isn't BBQ, doesn't mean I can't learn anything, and I listen and consider what anyone who is willing, will teach me. If Bobby Flay or Steve Raichlen wanted me to cook with them, I would be thrilled, that would go for anyone, you want to talk food with me, I am there.

6. Stick to one method at a time, find someone whose process or reputation you admire and when you can cook, cook exactly that way until you master it. Don't mix processes, which is what most folks do, because they 'like' what they hear, or because each part meets their expectations. Cook one process until you get it where you want it. I cooked BBQ for 34 years one way before I got here. I still do ribs and butts that way, as my product was good. My brisket cook is completely different from 2009, and that is because of being here. Fark chicken, I roast it at home.
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OK, I can only use my wife as a benchmark, hope it helps. If/when the bitchin starts, ask wifey to go shoppin and get you some new jeans, t-shirts, shoes (if you are really brave). I find if she gets to do her "jones" she is a lot more tolerant of mine! Bad news, you gotta wear what she buys!

PS: she likes it when I cook cause she gets a pass.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:23 PM   #12
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Open your pit up to neighbors? This past weekend I did just that. I cooked brisket, pork butts and ribs. I purchased the meat and pass on the cost with no mark up. Then I get to practice new flavor profiles or whatever I want to focus on. Costs you time and fuel and spices. Sauce is their responsibility.
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Pay attention to what you are doing.
Take good notes.
Get feedback from those who you are feeding...
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Slide it in real hard through the back door, that is the meat I mean.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:30 PM   #15
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My question would be why would cooking upset your wife. Not like your down the local bar drinking ,doing drugs and chasin skirt.......or are ya?

This and what you can afford at the time.
It's really not that hard but can be frustrating at times.
I have fond a memory of my offset that I asked the wife to keep a eye on until 2am and I would take over. I woke around 3am to find her sleeping on the picnic bench, checked the fire and went back to bed
I have to say the shoulders that SHE cooked will live in my mind forever!!!!
I may have forced a coached thing but in the end that was her cook!!!!!!
They were perfect!
She had a new appreciation for the BBQ I did after that
try getting her involved. If anything else she will leave you alone to create your magic
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