Number Thirty-Four in Neufeld's Methods to Annoy Your Neighbors:
Sit outside four times a week pouring sweet smelling smoke out of your grill/smoker, to the point that their paint starts to yellow on that side of their house. Kidding!
No, but seriously, I feel I have graduated from BBQ U. And my diploma is a grill that doesn't suck. Below is my new grill:
It is a Weber 22.5" One-Touch Gold, a classic kettle grill with a nice green enamel coating for corrosion resistance. It has the "Gold" model amenities, including a hinged grill grate for adding coals and wood to the fire, and a useful aluminum ash pan on the base of the grill.
I also bought what is an essential accessory: the Smokenator 1000. This is an ingenious bit of bent sheet metal that acts as a baffle to isolate the coals in the side of your Weber, which allows for easy heat control for long, efficient smoking periods. Works very well! Still takes a bit of tending, but I enjoy the tending part anyway. You can see it in the grill below, along with a pork butt about 2/3 done, on its way to becoming pulled pork sandwiches.
Tonight I'm going to do a good long smoke of some hot Italian sausages. Something about the zip of spicy Italian sausage goes great with wood smoke; it is a major ingredient in my smoked meatloaf recipe.
I think it may be lunchtime, I'm getting rather peckish.