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Beginner BBQ with Colonel Tom Walker

Beginner BBQ Colonel Tom WalkerI made new BBQ Buddy!

Mr. Tom Walker emailed me after receiving one of the email updates I send out from the BBQ Smoker Site just to say “howdy” and express how much he likes what I talk about here.  Man, what a cool email!

Here’s a bit of what Tom wrote…

Connect we must or separately we all go down.   

I know what it’s like to send out a weekly and never hear a peep back, Kevin. I don’t want you to feel like the Lone Ranger so here I am. If you need someone to dump on and know that it won’t go any farther, I’m your man. In return, keep sending me the weekly/biweekly updates. 

I’m really new to the barbeque scene. Discovered a passion for cooking a couple of years ago and received a 22″ Weber Kettle from the kids last Birthday.  Now I’m perfecting my Que. I never dreamed ribs could be so simple and so hard a the same time; heat control is my big bug-a-boo: learning to count briquettes.

I mean, go figure, I was a Cast Iron-Chef in the Boy Scouts. I trained the leaders how to train the boys. Dutch Oven Piggy Riblets are too easy and should be outlawed.   

Count me as a friend and a brother.

For the smokey arts, 


AKA Colonel Walker

So many of us out here in BBQ Blogging Land (or in any blogging land for that matter) can get the feeling once and a while that we’re posting for no other reason than cathartic release.  Tom’s email was so awesome because he introduced himself and offered his hand in BBQ pal-ship much like what we all experience when we attend BBQ competitions.   Just one more reason why BBQ folks ROCK!

A Beginner BBQ Mini-Series is Born 

Beginner BBQ.  It’s a topic that gets a lot of press in books and articles, and with Tom’s help, we’re going to do a mini-series of posts on the subject here at the BBQ Smoker Site.

The first post you see from Tom is a good one.  Basically, he’s going to tell you what happened when he committed what he termed BBQ Blasphemy and cooked a BBQ Pork Butt in the oven!

I know, you’re all shaking your heads.  But remember, this is the tale of someone dead center new to cooking Real BBQ.

If any of you have starter or newbie recipes for any of the 4 major competition categories of chicken, ribs, pork, or brisket, please link to them in the comments or put them inside the comment area itself.  As always, I appreciate the feedback!

I expect all of the following posts from Tom to be tales of his activity on the trusty Webber Kettle!  Keep your eyes peeled for that one early this coming week.