It definitely could have been a lot worse. There were no injuries in either vehicle and the parts are ordered and repairs are happening. There was a time when we thought our entire season would be up in the air, and are really relieved to be getting back on track.
But Smoke Freaks aren't going to let a fender bender get us down. So when we're not competing, we're spreading the Gospel of Freak. Earlier this week we had the honor of presenting at the "Smoking with Wood" event put on by the Illinois BBQ Alliance. We did a demonstration on our Ugly Drum Smokers to teach the finer points of starting the fire, selecting smoke wood and pairings to impart different smoke flavors on whatever you're cooking.
We love talking BBQ and this event was really special since we were able to talk directly to folks just getting started in their BBQ adventures. In our experience, it's easy to overthink equipment, supplies and wood selection -- we know this because we did just that. But over time, we experimented and had that pit running as often as possible to see what worked for us. So one of our messages was simply to start. Start anywhere. Just start experimenting and in time, you'll be the best pitmaster on your block.
Ann is Co-Founder and Pitmaster for Smoke Freaks. She loves being the Head Cook and and has fallen head over heels in love with Pork.