To get real barbecue, you have
to return to the roots, by smoking food slow and low over smoldering
wood. Only the rural regions of the South, Midwest, and Southwest
maintained the memory of real barbecue. Today, most people learned
charcoal grilling and began calling it barbecue simply because
it was done outdoors.
Item #433 - BBQ/Smoker Plans
by Tom Henry
- Complete step by step plans
for the do-it-yourselfer
- Complete photographs showing
step by step
- Complete bill of materials list
Author: Tom Henry
The Smoker is practically error-proof.
Anything to be cooked is cooked by the amount of heat that penetrates
it. The right amount of heat applied for a certain length of
time will always produce the same error-proof result.
This is the principle of cooking
in the modern oven. It can't be duplicated with an open fire,
which applies heat to only one side and in varying, unmeasurable
amounts - there is no gauge of how the food is cooking. With
the smoker the heat is enclosed so that it surrounds the food
and cooks it uniformly from all sides - without wasting heat.
There is no need to use a spit, a rack or such device as roasting
can be done perfectly without these accessories due to the uniform
reflection of heat from all sides. Flavor-saturated air moves
through and around the food, sealing in the natural juices and
flavor. Temperature is controlled by a vent opening in the fire
A special oven is built in the
chimney so you can cook your potatoes and other vegetables while
the meat is cooking.
Grilling is okay and faster,
but it doesn't produce food with the full flavor of old-time
real slow-smoked barbecue.
Being a construction electrician
and around bricklayers on the job sites I became interested in
laying brick as a hobby back in the early 1960's in Ohio.
Laying brick provides an immediate
escape from the real world. It has the uncanny capability of
transporting the subconscious mind back in the distant past.
It provides enjoying the day without tension and having peace
of mind while creating a lasting piece of beauty to your home.
For the homeowner, laying brick
has unique advantages. Very few materials offer the beauty, utility,
ease of maintenance and durability, and the techniques necessary
to build with brick are few and fairly easy to master. Brick
is permanent. It is highly resistant to natural deterioration.
Your brick barbecue-smoker can last as long as the earth from
which it is made.
Now you can build your own backyard
brick barbecue grill-smoker combination.
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