Maybe you saw Pitmasters on TV or wanted to enter your church’s local charity competition? Some people have an ancient family recipe that constantly gets talked up at party’s. Still others do some simple math and realize that they can feed a lot of people with a few dollars’ worth of barbecue AND all those hours manning the smoker means time out of the house (and away from whoever might be lurking inside!). For whatever reasons you have been put on the path…now that you’ve made the commitment to step your game up beyond the hot dog/hamburger level you’re going to need some help and have just the site for you!
I have been a member of the secret smoking fraternity known as The BBQ Brethren since July 2009 and his Excellency the Grand Pappy of Pork has me beat by an entire year on the membership front. This forum/message board is without a doubt the greatest BBQ resource I have come across in the game so far. Guys you see on TV and read about on the web post here. There is so much info on this site that it would take 2 lifetimes to sort through.
Ugly Drum Smoker thread. I knew something was up when I saw the admin note declaring that this was the “mother of all UDS threads” and saw there were over 4500 posts since the thing started in January of 2009.
I took me my entire summer break to read all of the posts, some of which came from fellas with more engineering know how than most NASA egg heads! That summer my first UDS was born out of the knowledge gleamed off that forum. Today it is up over 9000 posts—AMAZING! Yep…I’ve read them all. DO NOT TELL MY WIFE—SHE THINKS I AM WORKING WHEN I’M ON THE COMPUTER!
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The best part of the site was actually being able to hook up with some of the Teams posting on there for the annual potluck dinner at the Hudson Valley Ribfest. Many of the Brethren hail from the Long Island, NY area and attend that amazing event each year. It’s our “home” event being stationed about 45 minutes away from Mother Sloatsburg and TYWBBQ has had some serious success there over the last 3 years!
There isn’t enough space in this post to get into depth about the Brethren site. I just wanted to give the highlights and spread the word about it since it has been such a rich resource for myself and all of us TYWBBQ. You owe it to yourself to check it out. I’m going to use this space to review as many BBQ sites as I can so stay tuned for more WebQuests.
RUB IT…SMOKE IT… PULL IT!!!
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