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The comments on this web page are how I feel about things.  Sometimes you might like what I have to say and sometime you might disagree with me.   The picture on the right is me and if you look close you might be able to see that I'm cooking outdoors and I have a glass of beer next to the cooker.  That was me six years ago.  I cooked out a lot and drank a lot of beer back then.

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No. 1, 2001  Most of the people who see this, will have come here because of the hyperlink on the BBQ Forum.  The BBQ forum has been and is my pride and joy.  The BBQ Forum was my idea in 1995.  It was the first and original BBQ Forum on the Internet.  I have paid for it, moderated it, and worried about it since then.  With all this said the BBQ Forum is what it is today because of the great people that have contributed to it.  I am one of the many thousands of people that have learned how to cook better BBQ because of the generosity of the people who post messages to the forum.

One of the first benefits I derived from the BBQ Forum was meet David Klose and wind up being the owner of one of his Back Yard Chef smokers.  Here I was, a new guy to real BBQ and I had this great, huge, beautiful pit setting in my backyard.  

My BYC arrived in the winter in a snow storm on a lift gate truck.  The guy who delivered it couldn't stop talking about how beautiful it was.  After he left, there it was, my BYC strapped to a pallet and setting in the middle of my drive way.  It was up to me to figure out how to get it to the concrete pad in my backyard.  I wound up having to hire a guy with a fork lift Bobcat to pick it up and move it.  He also talked about how great it looked but also commented how heavy it was.  He then moved it and in the process we had to take down a section of fence and he dug ruts in my yard with the Bobcat that took a couple of years to get rid of.  

One of the first things I noticed was the fact that it didn't come with a set of instructions.  So I had to learn buy trial and error how to build a fire in it and in general how to use it.  Over the next few years I was able to produce BBQ from it that won me great praise from my relatives and neighbors.  I have learned everything I know about BBQ from working with that pit and the information posted on the BBQ Forum.  What a thrill it has been to look out the kitchen window and see that pit setting there.  I have often turned the yard light on at night and looked out the window to make sure the BYC was OK.

Last year I realized it was time to sell the BYC and do something different.  My two son's were grown and I could only eat so much BBQ by myself since my wife never has cared much for BBQ.  She is a great wife if you over look that one fault.  

Yesterday I sold the BYC and didn't think that much about it until the guy who bought it drove away with it on the trailer. I shouldn't have watched him drive away because it really hurt.  I wanted to scream out "wait a minute I've changed my mind" but it was soon gone.  He must have been one proud guy to drive home with that pit.  It must have attracted a lot of attention on that three hour drive to his home. 

I don't know how many times since then I have looked out the kitchen window and felt strange because my BYC wasn't where it was supposed to be.  Yes, I even looked out the window to check on it before I went to bed almost every night.  

Anyway it was time to move forward and not look back.  The BYC is gone and that's all there is to it.   Today I realized I had to have something to cook on so I bought a Weber Smoky Mountain.  I know this is a good smoker or I wouldn't have bought it.  To be honest with you this Weber looks like a toy compared to the BYC.  At this point I am really not proud that I own it and I doubt if I will want to show it off to anyone.  However, it's capacity will be about right for me and I can experiment a lot with spices cooking smaller amounts.  I have this idea about how to cook chicken and the first hundred times I try it I am sure it won't work.  So with the smaller capacity I won't be wasting much.  I'll let you know how I get along with this new toy and who knows maybe someday I will start checking on it before I go to bed at night.

Ray Basso

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Past Comments from Ray:

My Grandfather and his watch

Review on the Grand Barbecue book and companion video