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New toy, and 20+ lbs. of meat!

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New toy, and 20+ lbs. of meat!

Will Owen | Sep 1, 2007 10:24 PM

I'm a well-seasoned hand at doing what everyone says not to: DO NOT TRY OUT A NEW AND UNTRIED DISH ON GUESTS! I've done this repeatedly and gotten away with every time, well, except that once...but this time I'm really asking for it. I just found an upright charcoal-and-water smoker at the Goodwill, complete except for the base (which I discovered after I got it home, but I can set the firepan on our outdoor fireplace grate and take it from there). All this happened just a week before a party we're throwing tomorrow evening, the day before Labor Day, when I had intended to cook a bunch of my Fake Kalua Pig and a couple of chickens in the oven...so GUESS WHAT? That's right, boys and girls: my very first trial run of a completely untried cooking appliance from a frankly questionable source will be to cook two large pork shoulder butts (lower level) and two big fat roasting hens (upper level), along with a bunch of bratwurst strewn around the birds for the last hour or so. I spent the day today making potato salad, coleslaw and white bean salad (word to the wise: Peruanos are even better than canellini!), and then we went out and spent the next two months' rent money on booze and silly props, so even if the meat's a disaster the party won't be...except to me.

So watch this channel. Film at 11...

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