Boys and Their Toys

It is that time of the year, when the spring season is in full swing and after the cold winter days all of us are clamoring to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and longer days.  Not that the winter months hold us back however, there is something magical about firing up the BBQ when the SUN is shining that makes life just a little bit sweeter.  At this time of year there isn’t one week that passes where I don’t use the Weber grill at least three times each week.  That being said, its time for a new adventure to begin.

I have always been in awe of the BBQ pit masters and the competitions that happen throughout the country.  Watching guys like Johnny Trigg and Myron Mixon are inspiring as a chef.  The hours of dedication, trials and errors that go into their cooking and craft is amazing.  In fact, the ‘bug’ really bit me a few years back when a life long chef friend of mine from the Napa Valley, Todd Stoner turned 40 years old.  A surprise party in Chicago put me face to face with Johnny Trigg.  I still remember the day as if it was yesterday and watching Johnny Trigg work his magic is something I will never forget.  Needless to say, I still have that food memory and aspire to achieve that level of greatness.

Now to present day and we have a new toy at Hundred Acre to play with, a Southern Pride SPK-500 smoker!  This is the ultimate machine (toy) and once mastered will no doubt deliver the jaw dropping quality equal to the BBQ pit masters.

Our Southern Pride smoker arrived via semi-truck a couple weeks back and I felt like a little boy on Christmas morning as it was off loaded and hooked up to the back of the pick up truck.  During the drive home all we could talk about was what to cook first!  Pork butts, chicken, baby back ribs….. the list was endless.

I decided to keep it simple, Berkshire baby back ribs and free-range chickens, something easy and food that everyone would enjoy.  Our first venture was just slightly over the top, 14 chickens and 12 racks of baby back ribs to play with in the new smoker.  The crazy thing is that it only filled up the smoker about 20%!

After a few phone calls to friends and family there were about 25 people on the guest list, all of us excited to see how this first test run would turn out.  The day and working with our new toy turned out far better that we ever imagined and I am still in amazement of the simplicity and quality of food that was achieved.

Needless to say, now that our first rodeo has past it most definitely will not be our last!  I will keep everyone posted on our adventures with the new toy and the learning curve ahead of us.

Who knows once we figure this out, it may be time to hit the road and visit our Layer Cake friend around the country….

All the best, CHEERS!

Submitted by Layer Cake Wines fan, Michael Laukert