Thanksgiving – Texas Style

Our Own Portable Barbecue

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Texas is barbecue country.  Not the little flat machines that live elsewhere, and the Coleman portable that we carry around.

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Small Visiting Smoker

Here a barbecue is a “smoker”.    The larger the better, and, on this American Thanksgiving holiday, the smokers really come into their own on an RV park.   After all, large ovens are not standard equipment in your average motor home or trailer, so a smoker for the turkey makes sense.

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Portable – But It’s a Smoker

Some “smokers” are too small, and clearly suited only to chops, ribs or chicken strips.

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Gas and Smoke Chips Work Too

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Some are gas-augmented, and again, too small for serious work.

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Fort Clark Resident Smoker

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Here at Fort Clark there is a “resident” smoker, and a suitably-sized machine for folk to prepare the traditional brisket and larger fowls.

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Hang-On-The-Back Smoker

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But the RV crowd are ingenious, and carry their smokers around, prowling the woods with chain saws for the mesquite.   One guy had the smoker on his trailer hitch.

Smoker, with added decor lamp

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Some folk add enhancements –check out the lighting device on this impressive machine.

At the moment, Fort Clark is full of oil men, plus some windmill guys and serious construction folk.  It is the edge of a large “fracking” oil development, and the hills are festooned in windmills, taking advantage of the often fearsome gales that blow the hair off the Texas livestock.

Our Thanksgiving Smoker

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Awaiting permits, Jim the construction guy announced that he would fill his spare time with some cooking.   We were invited to his Thanksgiving barbecue, and a day before, he fired up his custom built smoker.  This impressive machine is so large that it warrants its own trailer.

“How big’s that turkey, Jim?”

“I dunno, ‘bout 26 pounds …  biggest they had in the store.  It’ll need a lot of time.  I got some ribs and a big ham in case there ain’t enough to stretch out.”

Delicious, and a far cry from the bland so-called smoked turkey at the supermarket deli.  Of course we ate too much!  I am already a barbecue and smoke fan, but for serious Texas barbecue you do need the right equipment.

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It also helps to be surrounded by mesquite trees.

OK – enough digression.   Back to the cold and snow next week!

John and Elaine

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