No, I'm not actually cooking the ghost of Kurt Cobain or anything! Sheesh! I meant, I believe I've found the Nirvana of cooking, or Zen...or at
least a vast improvement of the McRib Sammich!
Seriously though, a stroke of good fortune happened upon me a few weeks ago and I seized upon the moment. Shortly after the 4th of July the wife
called me up and said she was going to Ace Hardware for something. I told her to take a look at the Traeger grills while she was there. As luck
would have it there just happened to be a traveling rep for Traeger doing a demo at the store. We'd been eyeing one of these grills for a while, but
they ain't cheap (not the good ones anyway). The guy doing the demo apparently tours the US BBQ circuit and competes. She was impressed seeing one
in action up close.
Shortly afterwards we were talking (the wife and I) and I asked her "So, how much??". She says, "Well, the one I like is way too expensive!" She
then goes on to say..."BUT, my birthday is coming up, you know!"
Now, although I think it's pretty obvious by this point, I'm a guy. And guys LOVE BBQ's (just everything about 'em!). Imagine the glee that
popped into my evil oversized melon when she said her birthday was coming up!! I mean, how does it get any better than to have your wife tell you she
actually wants a BBQ for HER birthday??? That's like killing not just (2), but more like (90) birds with the same stone, right??? You can knock out
a BD gift for the woman who has everything, get a grill YOU've been wanting...and not even have to worry about forgetting the date!!!!
Needless to say, she didn't even really have to get the whole sentence out of her mouth before my mouse was hovering over the "Add to Cart" button
on their website!
For the past couple weeks we've been using this thing and every single thing which comes off of it is absolutely PERFECT! It smokes, it bakes, it
grills and it broils. Heck, about the only thing it doesn't do is the dishes afterwards!
So far we've done pork, chicken, steaks, fish, turkey, roasts, chops...and even desert!
I think it must have been around 20 years ago or so when Ron Popeil was on TV selling that dang roaster oven thing where he said "SET IT...AND FORGET
IT!" Well, that was all just a bunch of TV hype, but this thing is a whole other story! You put the food on it, set it, and come back later...and
you better be hungry cuz you're gonna' stuff your face anyway!
Wow, I never would have thought. I mean, I knew they were pretty good, but I had no idea they were this
good! And this, coming from a guy who
has every style grill and smoker known to mankind. I'm impressed. And no, I have absolutely ZERO affiliation with the company! I just like