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In Reply to: Re: Type of Cooker Make Difference posted by gordo on December 14, 2012 at 23:44:52:
Just my opinion, but I believe the common saying that "it's the cook, not the cooker" is a tad of an overstatement. Without question, the a good cook can learn to cook good barbecue on just about any kind of cooker. But -- the cooker is also important for consistently making great barbecue. For example, the large, air flow cookers used in Lockhart, Texas, that have oak wood burning just outside the cooker, with an exhaust fan pulling fresh air, heat, and smoke from the fire through the cooker, consistently make great barbecue. Also, I've seen a huge rotating machine from a bread factory that was converted to cook barbecue and it does a fantastic job. The rotation allows the dripping juices to fall from each tray to the tray below it, continually basting the meat. It doesn't matter how good a cook is, he/she can't duplicate that kind of process on just any cooker. Yes, a good cook can make very good barbecue, but I'm convinced that a good cook with the right cooker can make better barbecue.
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