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Re: In your opinion

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Posted by Gremlin Grill Pat on February 23, 2012 at 11:09:34:

In Reply to: In your opinion posted by Ray Basso on February 22, 2012 at 20:14:12:

Ah, nostalgia...

Equipment wise, there wasn't much to choose from 15 years ago. There were a handful of manufacturers making "real" smokers, so more people built their own. There's a great selection of excellent smokers today. That's a huge advancement.

And fifteen years ago, most people were stuck with analog thermometers. It's much easier to be accurate today. Back in the day, there was one guy (who won his share) who cooked in a homemade smoker, and he determined when his pork was done by when it fell off of the hook in the smoker. Gadget heads today couldn't handle that.

And it's not really equipment, but there weren't anywhere near as many bottled sauces and rubs 15 or even 10 years ago. People had to come up with their own recipes. Scary.

FWIW, I think we had easier access to better meat 15 years ago, before grocery stores started bringing in meat cut and packaged hundreds of miles away.

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