Last year I received a Grill Pro Vertical Smoker as a graduation gift. I decided to go with a cheap model because I wasn’t sure if I would stick with BBQ & smoking. I tend to go through silly phases and I can never be too sure if it’ll last or not, so I played it safe. I told myself that if I still enjoyed this next summer, then I will upgrade. Well the time has come people – I have upgraded. Last week I ordered the Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5 after much research and suggestions from fellow BBQ’ers. This glorious box was sitting at my front door when I got home from work. It was love at first sight, I knew that this would be the smoker…that I would marry.
I was so excited about putting this together that I even had to go find the perfect movie to watch as I put it together, you know, to set the mood. I had movie ready, tools in my hand, and enthusiasm galore. I opened the box and was in awe of the size of this thing. I had worked on the Weber Smokey 18″ before, I didn’t think the 22″ would be so noticeably bigger. This thing was huge! Of course the first thing that comes to my mind is – “Dude, I can totally fit inside this thing”. . .
I sure can!
During the time I was sitting in the smoker trying to get a photo of myself while also trying to hold up the smoker lid the only thing I can think of “Please mom, do not come home with the kids from the zoo yet….” I’m sure the niece and nephew wouldn’t think twice about the strange things their Aunt Danielle does, but I may have a harder time having my mom let this one go.
Hey, forget about Danielle in the smoker, look at the cute Katamari who loved the smoker box!
Okay back on track, yes I do realize this is a piece of cooking equipment. Not a hiding spot or a cat house. It sure is nice to know it has other uses if BBQ doesn’t work out eh? Well I did finally get it all set up after all the other Danielle shenanigans. Since I didn’t know what time I would get off work today, or what time my smoker would come in, I didn’t have dinner plans for this big guy. I clearly had to run to the store to get something. By now it was already 4:30 so I didn’t have much time to mess around with hours of smoking. I picked up some chicken thighs because I knew it was quick and easy enough to play with for my first night. I got my charcoals going (all natural wood charcoal) and used some apple wood chunks. I was amazed how quickly my smoker came up to temp, and stayed there! My previous smoker was having issues staying at temp (225º) so this was amazing to me. I even lifted the lid to put my meat and potatoes on and it went right back up! AMAZED! I would have given it a hug if it wasn’t so hot. I will admit I did hug it before it got hot, but we won’t get into that. I can only pray the neighbors were paying no attention to me.
Isn’t it beautiful?!
In the end, I did end up playing with my smoker and I love it to pieces. I made chicken thighs, rosemary red potatoes, corn on the cob and creamy cucumber salad.