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Retrospective

Looking Back, Looking Ahead - 2014

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Ever since I started this blog in 2006, I have written a year end wrap up summing up my past year pursuing this hobby. I stole the idea from what happens in the media where everybody does some sort of Top !0 list. In my case I have reduced it to several Top 5 lists. These lists force me to think about where I have been during the last year and I also use it to chart my course for the next year. By looking at my previous years blog I can see just how I did in reaching my goals. Many times I may not do everything I wanted to, but by reviewing the list from last year it is easy to see what I missed doing and add those items to this years list. Plus it is sometimes fun for me to reread the lists for each year to see my progression pursuing this hobby.
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Two Years of Egg Ownership

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In about two weeks I will have owned my first Big Green Egg for two years. This blog entry is going to discuss my previous two years of ownership, both my likes and dislikes. I am also going to talk about some things I think the Big Green Egg company could be doing better. And not to give away the ending, but the bottom line is I am very happy with my two Eggs. If I had to do it over again, I would make the exact same decision and buy the same two Large Eggs without hesitation. If that isn't enough to convince you: A third Large Egg is on my radar screen. But this blog will discuss the things I have learned good and bad in my two years of ownership. Read More...
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Everything is Coming Together

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Some of the other blogs I have written lately and some of the things going on in my grilling life, have gotten me thinking about the BIG picture and how much has changed in the last year and a half. I have come to realize that I have reached a high point in my grilling life where everything is coming together. I have all of the equipment and tools and support facilities available to me to make my pursuit of this hobby friction free and really enjoyable. I can focus on the food more and the technical issue less. While some folks enjoy the technical aspects of grilling and smoking, for me it is about the food. I enjoy the technical aspects too, and I always try to be the best I can be technically, but for me the final product is the food. The technical aspect is still there, but it is in the background. I still need to address those issues, but I am really able to focus on the food. I will be talking about all of the items that have come together and the joy I have been feeling lately. I am truly having the best time of my life with this hobby. Some folks may want to move on to the next blog entry, but there may be some ideas here for others or items that get you thinking about your own situation and how you might improve it. Read More...
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Kenmore Elite - 2003 - 2014

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Yesterday was a bittersweet day for me, because while it was a fun day it also marked the end of an era. The fun part was making some Breakfast Panini's on one of my Eggs in single-digit temperatures with 25 MPH wind gusts and having it not phase the EGG one bit. The sad part was because Yesterday my Kentmore Elite six burner gas grill was taken away to the junkyard. The handwriting had been on the wall for a while now, I basically had used my gas grill to cook on only twice since I got my first Big Green Egg in August 2012. Actually both of those times I used the gas grill, it was a case where I couldn't use the Big Green Egg. One time I was smoking on the Egg and needed to do some direct grilling. The other time I didn't have enough room on the Egg to fit everything I was cooking, so I fired up the gas grill to cook six ears of corn. If I had enough room, I would've done that on the Egg too. So this short blog entry will just be some reflections on the end of my gas grill era. Read More...
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