My name is Patrick. I grew up in Auburn, Alabama; lived there from age 4 to 18, plus a few summers after that. I’ve been living in Philadelphia ever since.
About four years ago, I bought an electric smoker on impulse (and deep discount) from Lowe’s. It was this Brinkmann:
Thus began my descent into barbecue madness. I’ve been using it happily all four years, averaging 4-5 cooks per year. I’ve done brisket, turkey, chicken, and tofu, but my favorite meat is good ol’ pork shoulder butt. I unfortunately don’t cook as often as I’d like, and using the electric feels like a cop out.
But hopefully that will change. I’m rededicating myself to the art of barbecue; I figure I owe that much to my home state, even though in many (or most) respects, I still think it’s pretty awful and backwards. (Hence the name of this blog). But I’m determined to find some good, even if it comes in the form of a legacy of meat cooked low and slow.
This blog will document my exploration of barbecue, serving as a log of things done right, things done wrong, and everything in between.