Hosting a large or even small group of people for an event can be a bit stressful.
My wife and I have hosted quite a few football Sundays
and weekend BBQ's over the years as well as owning our own BBQ catering company
Here are a few of the many things we have learned over the years about hosting a BBQ party
Timing is crucial
Although typically not so crucial in our house
Some of the people will show up much later than expected, while others are busy yelling at the football game on TV and chasing their kids and or dogs around the house. Quite often people will show up that we weren't expecting or that we have never even met. "The more the merrier"
That being said, having food ready when you told people it would be, or at least somewhat close,
is always a good thing, weather you're hosting a casual BBQ or a formal holliday dinner
Being more prepared will give you more time to spend with friends and family and just plain enjoy the day
Or more time listening to your drunk uncle's inappropriate jokes
The second I saw that barrel lying in the scrap pile I said to myself... "That looks like BBQ"
I was lucky enough to have a best friend Arty who was a welder and a craftsman. It took quite a bit of ingenuity and crafty thinking. Oh and many slightly late nights standing in the garage with beer in hand and saying, "wait! what if we did this?"
The majority of the materials used to build the smoker were either recycled or donated.I think the most money spent was for the cans of spray pain used in the custom paint job. The entire BBQ trailer had to be designed around the pieces we would find. Needless to say, the design changed
about a thousand times!
It was a huge family effort that turned out awesome!
We were having trouble coming up with a paint scheme for the BBQ trailer. So we asked our oldest son Michael, who was deployed with the Navy at the time, and he said
"Duh ... Blue and Gold. Navy colors!" So blue and gold it is. And we love it!
So about a year and a half later we had the BBQ trailer!
Our very good friends Linda and Eddie came over the other night. They were so excited to check out my new website. At one point, while clicking through the site , Linda yelled out
" What the F#%K is a UDS?" Which inspired me to write this..
UDS is an acronym for ugly drum smoker.The name comes from the ingenuity of turning a used oil drum into an amazing efficient BBQ smoker. Oddly enough the lid from a 22" Weber kettle grill fit perfectly on a 55 gallon drum. All the racks and accessories fit perfectly as well.
And to that I say "Thank You Weber!"
The UDS can also be used as an open pit with the coals being far below the cooking surface. You can get that grilled texture with a smoky flavor and more tender meat. Perfect for BBQ
tri-tip and whole chicken or turkey. The kettle rotisserie kit fits perfectly as well. With the coals being so much lower than the rotisserie it works for perfect for crispy BBQ rotisserie chicken.
I use my UDS quite often and am constantly coming up with new uses for it.
It is slowly becoming my favorite smoker, and trust me, I have quite a few.