IslandDrumz

Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

One Long Day

Is over. Karma got me. I was rubbing in the fact that it was 58 and 15 percent humidity yesterday. Today didn't drop to double digits until the sun went down. Won't happen again. Back to Tucumcari.
Headin' west out of Amarillo on I-40 is pretty cool. Metaphorically speaking. It was hotter than the hinges to the gates of hell. But as one sped westward seeking relief that was not there the view south was straight out of Pixar Studios Cars. The shapes of the buttes and or mesas was a great source of entertainment for everyone since we like the movie Cars so much. The first wide spot of note is Tucumcari. Old 66 is main street and again it takes no imagination to step right in to the movie. More than a dozen old "retro" motels advertising rooms for $24.95 a night, a few painted up gas stations and tons of 50's and 60's worn out chunks of Detroit iron. I had a ball. I was alone. Much to my disapproval it was back to the interstate for us. I suppose my incessant whining won out and our new target was "Historic Santa Rosa" I was positively giddy as we made the exit ramp. I was looking for some vintage memories. My wife was not. As we headed farther westward on 66 our options faded. OK time for a 180. We ended up in a stinkin' ass Motel 6. The price was right and that's where it ended. Obviously the No Smoking sign on the door is just a suggestion to some dumbass' and the Clerk could not have been less helpful and still maintained a pulse. Fine. Tom Bodett, Turn the lights out on this one pal. A nice dinner at the Silver Moon cafe, right across the street, was in order. Damn my rotten luck. After waaaaaaaay too long a wait we were treated to so-so Mexican food and one genuinely shitty margarita. And it looked like such a good place to put a restaurant. Not my business but I'd a moved a load of that cheap Chinese junk out of the way and put in another row of benches. But that's just me. Note to self Tucumcari next time. NOT "Historic Santa Rosa". Moving on.
A few words about our ride. It is a 2016 Jeep Compass. If you know me you know I love my Jeep. I don't even like this Compass. Poor design of the driver seat makes spending more than three hours in the seat a chore. I'm not a big guy. I have calluses' on both knees where I'm trapped. The seat itself is ok it just lacks adjustments suitable for a long ride. Let alone a road trip. If you spend any time in the back seat you will first notice there is no center arm rest. That by itself is a deal breaker. The mileage is ok too but at 23/24 on the hi-way it's short of the 30 mpg advertised. All the way around it might be good for daily bopping around town but that's where it stops.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
Our next stop was another not on the original but turned out to be awesome. Fire and Ice was the phrase on the billboard and the Ice had my attention. At Grant New Mexico head south about 20 miles. It is run by the Candelaria family and some live on site. Go right from the office and you can truck up the caldera of a volcano that blew up just 10,000 years ago. And with my 90 year old knees it almost didn't even hurt. Ahhh but the best part is if you go left there are two places, one you can walk down into, called ice caves. Yep. Ice. Some smart geologist can tell you why it's there, naturally, but I can tell you it was better than A/C. All I needed was a sleeping bag. Onwards. We drove through the Petrified Forest. Bunch of rocks. They need to work on their PR. Flew through the Painted desert. On the Winslow Az and the meteorite crater. It was only 109 when we got there so most of that time was spent indoors. That and the goddam flying, biting ants that were all over everybody.
It was very cool to watch the massive rain clouds across the barren landscape. That barren needs to be spelt with a capital B. To see lightning 100 miles away is weird but cool. See the flash but don't hold your breath waiting for the thunder clap. We came into the Grand Canyon National Park from the "wrong" end. Meaning we had to drive through the entire length of this section of the park(26 miles) at 20 mph to get to our hotel that was 2 miles outside the park on the other end. We snuck in a few quick peeks but we were ready for the day to be over. Much like now. See you tomorrow and well talk about the second most awesome thing I have ever seen in my life.
PS Jim, Stop by when y'all get back in town. Let's have a scotch on me.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

This might be the end of

National Tequila Day but tomorrow is Hot Fudge Sundae Dae! So there.

Well, I sincerely hope oPepe, the opossum got out of my shop ok. If not it'll be a tad stinky when I get back. Fingers crossed.

We are winding down the third day of our road trip that got off to a somewhat dodgy start thanks to my forgetfulness, Apples maps, EZ Tag and a late start. I found out too late that our newly acquired eztag is not movable between vehicles. WTF? Hey EZTAG, how many cars do you think I can drive at once?! How fuckin' stupid is that? Fine. Plan B. We'll take 610 to 10 to 290. If you are not from Houston this is the most retarded way known to man to get out of Houston on a Friday at 5:30. Plan C, Siri says 59 N to the Grand Parkway is faster. Hey Siri, Anything is faster than plan B. ANYGODAMTHING, Oh well, 59 is moving and we're off to Austin. Guess what Siri left off her Plan C. Grand Pkwy is a toll road. Not a problem, we have plenty of change, Oh what's that you say? No Cash? EZTAG only you say? See Plan A. Fine. Mail Enterprise a goddam ticket cuz it's there car. We'll deal with it next week. The rest of the trip to Austin was fairly uneventful til we got to that abortion of an intersection TXDOT calls 290 and 183. It's history.
A good night sleep and it's off the Palo Duro Canyon. It's a mere 8 hour drive away. We had two options and my navigatress chose the opposite path I had originally laid out. Not sure if if it was the short stop in Post, Texas or if she just wanted to be contrary. For more on Post see January.
At any rate we got a fantastic farmers breakfast just out of Brownwood at a place called the Brandin' Iron. This was the kind of breakfast you would make if you were camping with your buddies. A1. It was just past here that my Navigatress decided on our new path to Amarillo. It only cost us an hour and in the grand scheme of things whats a frigin' hour. Palo Duro is well worth and it was unanimous that we come back. It's just too bad we couldn't do more in our short stay. The down side to Palo Duro is that their shop is run by a commercial third party and much to my dismay they do not have park decals to add to our Texas State Parks collection. They need to revisit that. To the RAT pack we have a plan. More to follow.
Off we go to the world famous Cadillac Ranch. It is just as weird as you imagine it. You have to watch for it though because it's easy to miss. It's just out of Amarillo on the south side of I 40 set off in a corn field. It was worth the 104 degree walk to and from.
New Mexico and the Mother of all roads "Route 66" is a go. Tucumcari is the next stop. And what a stop it is! Pictures when we get a decent connection.
oPepe, I hope all is well. ,  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Waxing Gibbous

Is what we have on National Moon Day.


Well it appears the Civic Club isn't going to do anything special for it's 50th anniversary. Dead from lack of interest. Oh well.

This is what I got from the City Council meeting last night.
Councilwoman Fenwick is organizing a drive for our troops. Leaning towards a possible toy drive for their kids.
Planning and Zoning committee is in need of two bodies.
Chief Cook thanked all who came out and especially those who helped put the march together.
And it sounds like Frank's has sold and we are on the verge of a new restaurant. Winner winner.

Think it's hot here? At least most of us are used to it. Check out some of these poor bastards.



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WOOO HOOOOO!!

It's National Daiquiri Day!
The verdict is still not in on my new Masterbuilt electric smoker. I watched way too many videos on the youtube and mine just does not produce smoke like that. I think I’ll fire it up and do a reality check on the thermometer. I’m telling you right now the rack of ribs I pulled off on Saturday looked pathetic. And that was after 6 hours. Sumpm aint right.

Took W flying today. This was his 16th birthday present. What a hoot! Thanks iFLY Houston.




I’m working with some Civic Club folks on getting some new T Shirts/Tanks/Sweatshirts and hats for the Club’s 50th birthday next month. Neighbor Ross and I are also working on an online store for the club. Any ideas other? suggestions? Input? drop me a line. 

Here’s tonight’s agenda. Not sure what happened to 4?


Vern Johnson, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson
AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING July 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Al Burns, Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Fenwick Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM 
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG 
  3. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilwoman Bailey Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilman Solmonsson Councilwoman Fenwick Councilman Hoerner Mayor Johnson 
  1. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator Chief Cook Building Official 
  2. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
    Roads and Drainage
    Planning and Zoning
    Economic Development Corporation
    Waterfront Compliance
    Parks and Pool Committee
    Landscape and Beautification Advisory Committee Okie's Courtyard Design/Review Committee 
  3. CIVIC CLUB REPORT 
  4. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS 
  5. SCHEDULED VISITOR:
    Linda Merryman - Waterfront Compliance 
  6. CONSENT AGENDA:
    a. Check Register: 06/30/16 thru 07/13/16
    b. Minutes from Regular Meeting held July 5, 2016 
  7. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items: 
a. Appoint Brad Saltaformaggio as a member to the Waterfront Compliance Committee. (City Administrator George Jones)
b. Ordinance 2016-08: An Ordinance authorizing the transfer of funds from the City of Clear Lake Shores to the Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Corporation to
fund the committment to the Okies' Corner Project and amending the General Fund budget to reflect same
c. Presentation by Chief Cook, followed by discussion with City Council regarding establishment of a marine enforcement unit, costs and staffing. City Council to provide guidance to staff.

12. ADJOURNMENT 


Monday, July 18, 2016

Now Baton Rouge

WTF is going on here? Mother of Pearl where are we heading? This is worse than crazy. How the hell does this get fixed. I'm glad we live in our little bubble of paradise where we just marched in support of and with our local PD. They have our back and I hope they know we have theirs. The rest of you poor bastards need to take notes.

Ever notice all the casino billboards? At the bottom they have this ".. gambling problem? call 800.."
Does this mean that Kroger signs will soon be sporting "Fat? call 800 Jenny...?

Hows all this Saharan dust working on your allergies?  THat's what this haze is. Yep. Dust from the freakin Saraha desert.

So Blue Bell has a new flavor. I'm happy for them but where the hell is the BEST FLAVOR EVER? Pecan Pralines and Cream! Waaaa.

Going looking for this sign soon.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Happy Friday Clear Lake Shores

It's National Give Something Away Day. Try to make it a tad more than bad advice this time.

 Sunday at Paul Shelley Pavilion is the place to be. Back The Blue Community March will begin at noon and end with hot dogs and burgers all for a donation that will go to SUPPORT OUR BLUE. Shirts will sell for $20 each.

In 1979 the first space station came home. In pieces and mostly scattered across the Pacific but Skylab came home just the same. What? You thought Mir was the first Space Station?! Nyet.



Looks like the religion of peace has had a busy year.
Libya, Somalia, Israel, Afganistan, Bahraain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chechnya, Dagestan, DRC, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ingushetia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malasia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Phillipines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Somalia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, USA, Yemen.
52 countries in just six months. Thats right, this is just the first six months of 2016. Looks like WW III is here and we're sleeping right through it.
Have a great weekend ya'll!
PS. The hi in Portland today will be 75.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Amazing Fact 57012

Goldfish can distinguish the music of one composer from another. Who knew?

Anyone make it to the EDC meeting last night? I missed it. Spent a little too much time visiting and I let time get away from me. Next thing I knew dinner was late and I missed the meeting. Dang it!

Any Houston Chronicle weather page fans out there? They completely screwed up the stats page. I used to watch the rainfall totals, tide times and all sorts of other stuff. All gone. What’s your go to wether site? does it have rainfall totals? 

The new AC is in the old camper. It barely holds it’s own against the July heat but at nighttime it is doable. The question I have is where is the condensate? It has a hard plumbed drain and a holding pan that will turn of the unit if it gets full but I got nuthin’. Odd. 

To all you Hemingway aficionados out there, What the hell? It’s been a week on AMF and it’s a fight I don’t know if I can win. Waaaaayy too many ands. Painful.


This is for all my BLM friends. Kidding. I don’t hang with those



asshats.

Monday, July 11, 2016

National Mojito Day.

Anyone remember when the Delasadris' would make mojitos all night long ? We miss you Tommy  and Marcy.

A few weeks back whilst yakking with some buds about who got here and when, I wondered out loud who’s been here longest? A few names posed up Buzz, Jan, Bambi, Chuck. SO I think I’ll ask them next time I see ‘em. I did see Eva and posed the question, Eve when did you move to Clear Lake Shores? She didn’t skip a beat when she said 1955. Damn.

Neighbor Mike has some news for every buggie owner. He’s found a new source for batteries and he says he couldn’t be happier. If you’re in the market and haven’t picked a vendor you may want to give this guy a ring.
Tommy Mock
Republic Batteries
713 645 2141

Neighbor Rob says they're getting close to starting on the Captain Okies corner. I'm stoked. Speaking off, The EDC meeting is tonight tomorrow night and It's in the conference room at City Hall.

The new AC in the old camper is struggling with this Texas July. I has to be because of all the windows because I stuffed insulation in every crack in the damned thing. After it gets in the shade the temp comes down from the mid 80s. But only after its in the shade. 

Road trip is making way. First night is Albuquerque and second night is the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Can’t wait. 



From the Amazing Fact Generator “ Black-Eyed Peas aren’t peas, but beans. And Coffee beans aren’t beans , but seeds”

well crap.

Friday, July 8, 2016

We Are Dallas


You saw all the videos. The goodguys can be picked out by the direction they are running as it pertains to danger.

It’s still National Chocolate with Almonds day

The Civic Club meeting was last night. You were missed. And you missed some pretty good pizza. 

Tomorrow is the Island Clean Up day. Greg, Pam and Silas Linbeck are the organizers. It will take place on land and in the water. If you would like to join in the fun you need to be at the Paul Shelley Pavilion at 9 tomorrow so you can pick your assignment.
Myself, Ross, Teresa and Roz are working on t shirts and such for the Clubs 50th with is next month. Input? Now is the time. 

Road trip is back on. The hurtle was heading west and trying not to stop in a desert. Huge hurtle. Plan B is head north from Austin and the first stop will be Palo Duro canyon. Then west through Albuquerque. It’s shaping up nicely. 


Now to test the effect of the new AC in the old camper. A Texas July will indeed be a test.

I wonder how long it will take for me to get used to not having a dog?


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

National Fried Chicken day

She was a good dog and by any account had hit the doggy lotto. Basically a rescue dog she had 17 years firmly in the rearview mirror. The last 15 plus right here in paradise. She can chase tennis balls for eternity. RIP Tinker.

6 years, 404,628 Page views, 868 Posts and 6,222 comments. All posted few removed. What a long strange trip it's been.

Interesting meeting last night. Sounds like Frank has a serious offer on his shop. Some lady want to turn it into a restaurant. Sounds like fun. There will also soon be a new WiFi spot at the pool. And if your motorized vessel can fit under the bridge you can drive it in Jarboe Bayou. It's official.

Did you hear about our neighbor who, returning to his slip, ran over some unattended fishing lines in the channel? Punkin heads called the police on him. It's all third party info but the way I understand it our local officers asked said boater to apologize? There has to be more to it. I'm think' I would have my boat hauled to remove said fishing lines and hand the bill to dumbasses fishing in the channel. But that's just me.



On the 2011 Czech Republic census over 15,000 people listed their religion as "Jedi"

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Well, it's gonna be tough but

It's National Bikini Day AND National Graham Cracker Day. If you had to pick one...

Hope everyone had a great Fourth. Happy Birthday America. Did you make it to Jarboe for all the fun? Too bad for you if you didn't. She's not a "new" Islander but after yesterday she has definitely earned her stripes. A big shout out to Roz (and Terry) Smith for volunteering to Chair the biggest event your Civic Club puts on. And for the first time ever we were treated to an amazing acapella version of the Star Spangled Banner by an equally amazing young lady. Wow. Just, wow.

On to "A Moveable Feast" I'm trying.


Some interesting stuff on the agenda at tonights City Council meeting.

Vern Johnson, Mayor Bryan Hoerner
S. Bud Solmonsson

AGENDA
CITY OF CLEAR LAKE SHORES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING July 5, 2016 @ 7:00 P.M.
Al Burns, Mayor Pro Tem Amanda Fenwick Jan Bailey
NOTICE is hereby given of a Regular Meeting of the City Council for the City of Clear Lake Shores, County of Galveston, State of Texas, to be held on the above mentioned date and time at the Club House, 931 Cedar Road, Clear Lake Shores, Texas, for the purpose of considering the following numbered items. The City Council of the City of Clear Lake Shores, Texas, reserves the right to meet in a closed council session on any of the below items should the need arise and if applicable pursuant to authorization by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
  1. CALL TO ORDER & DETERMINATION OF QUORUM
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE TEXAS FLAG
  3. REPORTS FROM COUNCIL:
    Councilwoman Bailey Councilman Hoerner Mayor Pro-Tem Burns Councilwoman Fenwick Councilman Solmonsson Mayor Johnson
  4. STAFF REPORTS:
    City Administrator Police Chief Cook
  5. UNSCHEDULED VISITORS
  6. CONSENT AGENDA:
    1. Check Register: 06/15/16 thru 06/29/16
    2. Minutes from Regular Meeting held May 17, 2016
  7. COUNCIL BUSINESS - Discussion and possible action may be taken on the following items:
    1. Resolution 2016-07: A Resolution of the City of Clear Lake Shores to endorse the newly elected Galveston County United Board of Health Member Tripp Montalbo. (City Administrator George Jones)
    2. Approve amendment to the General Pool Rules of the Clear Lake Shores Community Pool Fees, Rules and Regulations. (City Administrator George Jones)
    3. Ordinance 2016-07: An Ordinance repealing Section 66-219 of the City of Clear Lake Shores Municipal Code pertaining to the prohibition of motor driven vessels or watercraft in Jarbo Bayou East of Clear Lake Road. (City Administrator George Jones)
    4. Resolution 2016-08: A Resolution of the City of Clear Lake Shores Council requesting the legislature to modify existing statures to authorize General Law Municipalities the clear authority to adopt ordinances creating safe zones protecting the publid from registered sex offenders.
    5. Resolution 2016-09: A Resolution of the City of Clear Lake Shores City Council calling on the 85th Regular Legislature of the State of Texas to adopt legislation amending procedures for annexation of territory by Type A, B and C municipalities.

f. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 Texas Government Code Sec. 551.072: a closed session to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property.
g. Action from EXECUTIVE SESSION: Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 5 551 Texas Government Code Sec. 551.072: take action, if any, on discussion item of closed session to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property.
8. ADJOURNMENT
CERTIFICATION
I, Christy Stroup, City Secretary, certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the outside bulletin board at 931 Cedar Drive on or before Friday, July 1st, 2016. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

How appropriate

It's Social Media Day. I don't know if blogs count so maybe I'll check my faceplace page. For the second time this year.

I know you're dying to find out how the Chinook went down. It took about 90 minutes for the built in probe to hit 140 degrees. I pulled the salmon off and let it rest for a bit before the taste test. In prep I rubbed a little butter, garlic powder, dill and added some fresh ground pepper. I took the first bite and my nitpicky teenager took the second bite. While I was wondering if the garlic was a tad too much I got a huge thumbs up from W. That it a good thing. The more I ate the better it got. When the mama got home even she liked it. It seems the subtle smoke from an electric unit is right on the money. I will put this squarely in the win column.

Ah Hemingway. The first guy got his head blown off by his wife, The next guy was gutted like a fish by his friend and the third guy spent more time hallucinating from gangrene before he sluffed off his mortal coils. I can't wait for a cheery story. I think I'm starting to see a pattern?

Huge weekend coming up. Don't forget to renew your Civic CLub membership at the park on the 4th. Stop by and watch neighbor Rob and his East Side crew cook a couple hundred hotdogs. That'll be a show all by itself. And if you can lend a hand please contact the club. You can use the link on the right.

Tire mogul Harvey Firestone gave President Calvin Coolidge a pygmy hippopotamus in 1927. Today, Many of the pygmy hippos in U.S. zoos are that hippos descendants.

Thank Mental Floss.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

National Almond Buttercrunch Day.

Mmmmmmmmm.

OK. After a lengthy chat with neighbor Rob I was convinced to brine the Salmon prior to smoking. This is my first brining so be gentle. 1tsp salt and half gallon of water for two hours. The recipe I found is specifically for an electric smoker like mine so It shouldn't suck too bad. Most of the other recipes were explicit in stating what woods NOT to use and mesquite was on the list. BUT before you start name calling those are for traditional barrel smokers which we know produce a whole different level of smoke. We shall see. 



We took the Chrysler on our nighttime driving lesson. He's a lot more comfortable driving the tub. Less to have to think about that the Jeep. Progress is progress I guess.

Any Hemingway fans out there? Except Rick. My summer reading list is all Hemingway. I've picked up a few of his books before but found them to be a hard start. My brain is out of breath before I can reach most periods. I've got two short stories down and a few pages in to The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Perseverance.

My first pass at planning a road trip was vetoed. Back to the drawing board. I guess 4,700 miles was a bit much.

From Mental Floss" The muppet Elmo is the only non human to testify before Congress."
and there ya have it.





Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I know it's hard to believe but

It's National Paul Bunyan day.

I have a plan B for my new smoking toy. As I cleaned up yesterday I noticed the drip pan had a lot of soot on it. I'm thinkin' if the smoke is on the pan then it can't be on the meat right? I'm thinking I'll put the drip pan up on a higher rack, then more smoke can get to the meat? Well that's my plan and I'm sticking to it. The Salmon is next. I'll put it on in the morning and shoot for lunch. If it works, the bird gets it next. 
The Drivers Ed via Street Smart is nearly at an end. So far so good I guess. We've been practicing with the Jeep in the Stewart parking lot in the afternoons. He's just about got the whole shifter thing figured out. At any rat he's a whooooole lot better than Last Monday. I think it might be time for him to drive the Pacifica. She steers like a boat so it will be completley new. Let the fun begin.
Next up, It's time for a road trip.

Monday, June 27, 2016

National Sunglasses Day is here already.

Slow calendar day. The birthday boy (me) got a new toy for Fathers Day/BD. I have been wrasslin' with a few ideas for quit a while but I decided to do something different. I have been smoking different meats for a while now the traditional way. Wood fired offset smoker. Everything from lobster to Emu. Most of you have seen it at some time or another. I started looking for my next smoker months ago. I like the offset style mostly because I'm used to it. I enjoy babying the fire and playing with the different woods. Our long term plans here in paradise don't call for a good smoker. The ones that run upwards of $1000 but will last a while. I can't make myself spend $400 on any of the new light weights out there that just won't last so I started poking around and looking at options. Pellet smokers are all the rage now. Rick says he wants to get a smaller one because his smokes out his neighbor. His neighbor that's dying from cancer. So he's out of the smoker business. Then theres the propane fired smokers. add your wood chunks or chips, turn on the propane and go. I settled on a Masterbuilt electric smoker. I know it sounds like an oxymoron but thats what it is. Not an oxymoron, an electric smoker. You plug it in turn it on and add your chips. It doesn't get much easier.



This model uses chips. Not chunks or pieces. Chips. and just a few of them at that. About half a cup and they last a looooong time. I reckon my little bag will last through the year. I want to be impressed but it has yet to happen. The first round of ribs were big ol' fat country style. I love Mesquite so that was the chip du jour. All said and done I underestimated the cook time by 2 hours. 4 in the new toy and had to finish them off in the oven for another two. The smoke flavor was OK for my tastebuds but MJ loved it. Did I mention she's not a big smoked meats fan. OK thats one solid plus.
By any stretch there is not much smoke. And I'm being generous. Agreed, I'm used to a different machine. One that could lay down a fog bank to cover a naval invasion. I've seen cigarillo's put out more smoke than this rig.
Did I mention I found Hoerners dog?
Part II was yesterday, more ribs just in a different shape. St. Louis style. Neighbor Bryan brought his down and threw in a chicken for good measure. I miss the smokey coloring of my old offset. As was discussed, this is an electric oven. That smokes. A little. And that is what I am having to adjust to. The ribs were on for 6 hours at 200 and still needed a couple of hours in doors. They were ready but they just ain't done. Did I mention this thin comes with a remote control? Yep. Pretty cool once you get it figured out. And the built in temperature probe is handy as all get out once I remember to use it. I can control the whole thing from my basement. That's a good thing. So. Next will be a whole yard bird. I'm telling you straight up it has some tough competition from my Big Easy. That thing works bird magic. But without the smoke. We'll see.