Backyard Barbecue: Graduating to a Smoker

I posted about my experiences smoking meat on a charcoal kettle grill a while back. In 2016, I decided it was time to graduate to an actual smoker. While I would have loved the kind of classic-looking offset smoker used by some of the nation’s top barbecue joints, my research indicated that low-to-mid-range offset smokersContinue reading “Backyard Barbecue: Graduating to a Smoker”

Texas: 2016 (Conclusion)

We were stuffed and ready to walk off a few calories with some Texas-style sightseeing following our early-day stops at Stiles Switch BBQ and Nau’s Enfield Drug. If you’ve read my previous trip reports, you know that my wife and I seek out state capitol buildings while traveling. As Austin is the capital of Texas,Continue reading “Texas: 2016 (Conclusion)”

Texas: 2016

Whether from actual experience or drooling over online photos, the area surrounding Austin, Texas, known as Hill Country, has a special place in the heart of many of us roadfooders. It’s a hub of Texas’ most celebrated old-school barbecue joints, while Austin itself is home to some of the state’s best smoked meat houses amongContinue reading “Texas: 2016”

2019 Eating Excursion to the Midwest and Kentucky (part 3)

The morning after our Mooresville day-trip, I headed southwest on my own. My wife remained in Bloomington to continue visiting with her friends. But I had a date with some fried chicken in Henderson, Kentucky.  I enjoyed a sparkling new stretch of I-69 for the two hours it took me to reach Evansville, Indiana. AtContinue reading “2019 Eating Excursion to the Midwest and Kentucky (part 3)”

Charlotte 2017: Road to the Super Bowl

The 2017 NFL season was a magical one for Philadelphia Eagles fans. We had spent a lifetime watching our rivals hoist the Lombardi Trophy after winning the Super Bowl while all we had was an occasional close call and an overload of agonizing frustration. That all came to an end in early 2018, when theContinue reading “Charlotte 2017: Road to the Super Bowl”

Kansas City 2017: Burgers, Barbecue, History (part 3)

For the final full day of the trip, we remained in Kansas City, taking advantage of the best the city has to offer in terms of both history and food. Our first stop was the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which shares a building with the American Jazz Museum. Nearly every available square foot of spaceContinue reading “Kansas City 2017: Burgers, Barbecue, History (part 3)”

Kansas City 2017: Burgers, Barbecue, History (part 1)

All barbecue lovers dream of visiting Kansas City at some point. I had thought about doing so for years when it finally happened in 2017. But barbecue turned out to be only a minor part of what I consider to be the most enjoyable and informative vacation I’ve ever taken. In fact, barbecue wasn’t evenContinue reading “Kansas City 2017: Burgers, Barbecue, History (part 1)”

Learning to Smoke Meat on a Kettle Charcoal Grill

During the 15 years that I lived in Center City, Philadelphia, most of my activities involved taking advantage of the near-by surroundings. I took a lot of walks to different sections of town to enjoy the shops and general vibe of the city, enjoyed the restaurant scene in my immediate area frequently, and was aContinue reading “Learning to Smoke Meat on a Kettle Charcoal Grill”