I have to say I found this forum by doing some common research on Google about BBQ. I love BBQ and when I get to go to Memphis I never leave disappointed. However where I live there isn't any BBQ except one place which I really consider to be consistently good. Last year I bought a Weber Bullet which is alright but it didn't exactly make the best BBQ if you didn't have a lot of experience in using that small smoker. It's more the cook than the tool, I know.
So let's fast forward to today after I've spent a couple of weeks reading on the forums both here and at another pellet related forum. First of all, everyone is just so nice and helpful. Really nice to see so many pics of good food, recipes, and words of encouragement. So with that said I stepped up my game.
I emailed Karen on Monday to get a quote on a PG1000, 160lbs of pellets (120lbs of Hickory + the 40lbs it comes with and 40lbs of Fruit wood), and a variety of rubs/sauces. All told she gave me a quote promptly, everything looked great, so I gave her a call today and placed the order. I read the nice things about Cookshack and Karen on the forums, but I have to just confirm that it was a very pleasant experience. She was more than helpful and friendly. I didn't feel like I was buying something, more felt like I was talking to an old friend.
Anyhow the lead time is looking to be around the 18th of August which gives me plenty of time to enjoy some good summer BBQ. I'm saving off Tri-Tip, Pork Butt, Ribs, BBQ Beans, and Pizza recipes as I find them. I contacted Scott at Frogmats to get those ordered up for my new grill as well.
All told I can't say I thought I'd be spending this much money on my first (well second) smoker/cooker, but it's not often you see so many universally positive reviews of a product from people who are using it nearly everyday. Sometimes you have to pay to play and I don't think I'll regret it one bit. I actually had considered the FEC100 at first, but later switched to the PG1000 because of the versatility it offers in backyard grilling and smoking.
Now I sit and wait....