Posted on June 16, 2015
To me, any craft done well becomes art; whether it is cooking, gardening. woodwork, making music or creating an Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS). My Facebook friends have seen a picture of the smoker my son made for me (I bought the parts) at its delivery. Since then it has cured with a hot fire for several hours and later launched into its first food creation . . . a smoked pork shoulder.
For many, barbecue means smoked low and slow as opposed to grilling. For those that prefer smoking to grilling, the goal is a slow cook (about 200-220 degrees F) for many hours. I prefer natural lump charcoal and applewood chunks for pork. Here’s the art of a finely crafted smoker.
It’s name (Ugly Drum Smoker) refers to its aesthetic simplicity, but I consider it a beautiful work of well-crafted art. Thanks Sean!