It's less than a week away! It really dawned on me today. The scary part of it was realizing how much I still needed to get gathered together. Luckily, my mom came to the rescue when she called up today and said she was at a store we had planned on needing to pick up stuff from. She went ahead and picked up the stuff for us and now it is one less thought that is on my mind. Stuff you need like wash tubs, tarps, zip ties, batteries, extra large ziploc bags, etc. etc.. This took quite a bit off of my mind but, there is still plenty that needs to be done. For me today, it was about picking up a bunch of the mixings I would need for my Rubs, Injections, and brines. I still have quite a bit to get but, looks like tomorrow night I'll be getting the rubs ready. We've got two tubs to keep all of our supplies in and I've already started filling up the first one.
One of the things I've started to get together is all of my thermometers. Tonight I did a boil test on all of the ones I plan on using to get them all properly calibrated. Found out my remote one was 30 degrees lower than it should be, that explains a couple of things. For the most part, the other ones just needed some minor tweeks. The odd thing about theremometers though, when it comes to BBQ, they are just there for the time between when it's cooking and when it's done. Because, when it's done, it's done. Most old time BBQers won't even use thermometers when cooking. For us paranoid, control freak, types, we want to know every little bit of info about what we are cooking, constantly, thermometers are a must. And, for those times when you want to know how the meat is doing but, know you can't lift the lid or you will lose heat, remote theremometers are a total must.
Don't worrry, I know this blog gets full of words with these day to day postings but, I'll be doing some Chicken legs for dinner on the smoker tomorrow. I used to absolutely despise chicken but, now I've gotten to the point where I look forward to cooking it so I can attempt to master it more and more. So expect to see some pics of chicken and maybe even some shots of the rub mixing process.