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Old Jun 12, 2018, 9:36 pm   #1
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Feeling at peace

Finally had a chance to fire up my late brother Frank's smoker today.

Just uncovering it and prepping was more emotional than I expected. Once I had fire in the box, tears couldn't be held back any longer.
Once I stopped fighting the emotions, I found the experience cathartic, knowing that he would be pleased that one of his favorite passions would be carried on.

He put a lot of work and mods into his smoker, and was very proud of his setup, and the end product: wonderful smoked meats. He loved to share with others, I think to open a discussion of his methods, etc. I didn't cook anything today, just learning (trying to) how to manage temps, etc. At times I could almost hear him say, "Not like that! I do it this way.... "
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Old Jun 12, 2018, 9:52 pm   #2
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The body is gone. The love is still there. It's good to hear that you are learning to take over an activity that he enjoyed. The family will be blessed when you gather to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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Old Jun 13, 2018, 7:36 am   #3
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That was a very touching post.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old Jun 13, 2018, 7:05 pm   #4
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Nice post Jim. 190-200 degrees is all I know. 👍🏻

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Old Jun 14, 2018, 4:14 pm   #5
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Cool man.
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