As I write this post it is one of those remarkably beautiful North Carolina spring days. The temperature and humidity are perfect, the sky is Carolina blue (even for a devout Duke basketball fan like myself), and the swarms of summertime mosquitoes have yet to come out of hibernation or wherever the heck they are over the winter. In other words, it’s the perfect time to cook some barbecue.
If you want to become a master barbecue cook, or at least not embarass yourself too badly, I highly recommend reading through the great info at AmazingRibs.com. The chief blogger/cook/all around BBQ guru over there, Meathead, offers a ton of free advice on everything from cuts of meat to buying guides for grills and accessories. Really valuable info that ignorant wanna-be BBQers like myself can’t match. If good old fashioned cookbooks are more your speed, I highly recommend Peace, Love, & Barbecue by Mike Mills or pretty much anything Steven Raichlen has written. Sure, he looks like a bit of a goofball but he knows his stuff.
You can spend a ton of money on a grill or smoker, but if you’re a newbie I recommend starting with something basic. Cooking barbecue isn’t easy but it’s not all that complicated either. There are lots of places to buy a grill, and online shops have started offering a lot of choices at competitive prices. For example, CSGrills.com offers everything from entry level charcoal Brinkmann Smokers to top of the line Weber Gas Grills, as well as a range of other BBQ grills (with free shipping on most). In my opinion, the only thing better than using a grill is dreaming about what a darn good pit master you’d be if you just had the right set up. (Okay, maybe that’s just me).
Anyway, enough about my fantasies. The bottom line: if you need a grill, buy one; if you have a grill, use it; and if you are planning to cook a bunch of barbecue, by all means save me some! Happy cooking.