Random Happenings

Random notes and pics about events in the life of a not-your-typical Computer Science grad student. (Yes I am a nerd, but I don't live and breathe the SciFi channel, well maybe Stargate SG-1...)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

How to build a world-class smoker from a flower pot

My husband and I are big fans of the food TV show Good Eats. Good Eats, for the unfortunate people out there that don't know, is like mad scientist meets chef. The host is a little off-beat, but that's what makes him so fun to watch. Plus, the food is great. A week ago, we were watching an episode where he builds a terra-cotta smoker out of a couple of flower pots --- yes, really. We got kind of excited/crazy and decided we would try to build one for our backyard. (We also watched a special on BBQ ribs, and let's just say that ribs can be very motivating.) We, of course, are not the first ones to try this and if you Google around, you'll find tons of documented homemade smokers out there. Here are the pictures proving that we actually built one and lived to tell the tale. The ribs were so good that we had to smoke some more the next day.


Step 1: Find a really big pot with a hole in the bottom and put an electric hot plate in it. This is as high-tech as it gets.

Step 2: Put a cake pan over the hot plate for the wood chips and a replacement grill grate for the top.

Step 3: Admire your handywork so far. Take a break, you've worked hard.

Step 4: Find another big pot for the lid and put a grill thermometer in the top.

Step 5: Smoke some ribs, of course.

Step 6: I think you can take it from here.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Jenni Leder said...

I'm going to have to try this out!

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Sara Farese said...

Thanks for sending us your blog link, Shawna! And I'm *definitely* coming over for dinner...

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Another link you've gotta try:
Cooking for Engineers

12:58 PM  
Blogger BrigMiller said...

And all this time I thought these were for potting flowers!

4:45 AM  
Blogger Shawna Thomas said...

Thanks for the Cooking for Engineers link, Sara. We made a red wine vinaigrette like this one last night that was really yummy.

7:21 AM  

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