#foodtripping road trip memories: El Pinto Restaurant and Salsa Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico
There are green chiles roasting in big metal drums out the front, chickens are running around out the back, and everything smells amazing. This is NEW Mexican food, not to be mistaken with Mexican. It’s not a spicy, but you can taste the freshness form the various flavors. Read the full report here.
Hot-tip: Once you have your eggs as fresh as these, you can’t go back.
You don’t need much to start smoking. Two things that are a necessity are time and a smoker. I can’t help you on the first part, but the second I can…
When I decided to buy a smoker, I did a ton of research. There are a lot of options out there, you can get a $70 Brinkman at Home Depot, or a $700 Big Green Egg. I ended up with a Weber Smokey Mountain for a few reasons:
I like Weber products. They are well made and have great customer service.
After reading many, many reviews, the Weber seemed like a great first smoker because it holds its temp so well (which, once you start smoking, you will learn is 90% of the battle).
It is the #1 type of smoker out there (from what I could tell), which meant it worked for people of all levels of experience
In 40 years, it has not undergone any major design changes, which means it is engineered right. The only change was a few years ago when they added a thermometer and changed the handle from wood to plastic. That is it.
It was priced reasonably well, about $300
I have been thrilled with my Weber. It holds temp well and goes about 5 - 6 hours without restocking depending on the wind and outside temp.
If you want to start smoking, I suggest researching on your own to determine which one you like. The only advice I can give is don’t cheap out, what you save on the smoker you will lose in time, charcoal and bad food. I read way too many stories of people who bought a low end smoker and had to sit in front of it for 10 hours, or had to replace fuel every two hours.
OMG IT’S HAPPENED!!! IT’S FINALLY HAPPENED!!! Our first egg…(Actually we got one on Saturday and Sunday!)
Our silky blue Ameraucana came through for us. That was a very decent sized bantam egg she laid for us. We were expecting a practice goopy fart egg, but this girl just did everything perfectly. I am comparing Nana’s egg to a store bought “organic/free range" egg. It might be small, but look at that yolk! I know science says yolk color is not a direct indicator of nutritional quality, but am blindly willing myself to believe my little egg is superior, hmph!
For the experienced chicken folks out there this is hardly impressive, but when we saw that first egg…that moment was the the culmination of 5 months of our determination, hardwork, ingenuity, and badassery. For those that’s been following us, you’re guys have seen all the stuff we done for the chickens. We taught ourselves this shit.