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Thursday, November 29, 2007 

What a barbecue obsessed man wants for Christmas

I've always been a guy who loves giving and getting gifts for Christmas. My mother and I were pretty poor when I was a young kid, but she always made sure there was good stuff under the tree for her future barbecuer.

This year my focus is on tools that will make me barbecue better, or at least more comfortable. Here's what's on my list...

Sleeping bags - after two events in a row that were unseasonably cold, Farmer Girl and I decided that it was time for our family to get new sleeping bags. I picture us all stuffed in our sacks with hot drinks as we unwrap the rest of our gifts.

Headlamps - I actually have one already, that I stole from Farmer Girl's uncle with his permission, but I figured that all of us needed them.

BBQ Guru DigiQ II - This is the big one for me. If I get this, everything else will be gravy. Shotgun Fred and his crew at thebbqguru.com have released a new power draft system. For those of you who don't know, I use one of their older models (the BBQ Guru) to regulate the airflow into my pit. It's a tool like this that allows me to step away from my smoker for up to four hours at a time without worrying if the temp is going to go awry. When we were at Harpoon, Shotgun Fred was cooking two booths down from us. In the middle of the night, I wandered over to his pit and talked about the new model with him. As you can imagine, the white bearded salesman had me hooked after about two seconds. The new unit is smaller and more durable, plus it offers quite a number of features that make it a much improved unit. I want it. Do you hear me Farmer Girl? I want it!

Thermapen - Too many times I've found myself wondering if my multitude of temperature probes were accurate. I get one reading on my Mavericks and a different one on my guru when they're stuck in the same piece of meat. My analog instant-read thermometers are slow, which forces me to leave the pit door open too long. The Thermapen will rescue me from those questions. Although it ain't cheap ($90+), it's hands down the best instant read you can get. It only needs an eighth of an inch penetration to work. It reads a temp in lest than three seconds.

Tent - We were very lucky to have the Mamer and Old Bull's 10X20 tent to use this season. It made us look somewhat professional, and it surely kept us dryer than we'd been the year before. Plus, the larger tent was better able to withstand strong winds. So, when the father of this Mule suggested that he might get some gift certificates to Northern Tool, I told him to go for it. Hopefully, I'll be able to make up the difference and we'll have our own 10X20 to use with Mamer and OB's.

Those are the big things, of course. The rest of the list includes such needs as a new axe, a battery tester and a new weber one-touch gold.

Hopefully Santa will get me a couple of these things. And hopefully Santa will also sling me a little cash to help fill in the gaps. You know Santa loves barbecue. Look at that belly!

Have a happy holiday.


Glad to see you back on line buddy!

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