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    I was going to ask you about your smoker, knowing you're a Texas-level meat expert. This displaced native Texan is seriously considering investing in some outdoor meat cookery gadgets. Which pellet grill do you have or recommend? A quick google search shows there's a pretty wide variety of options. I probably don't need anything too large. I'd sincerely appreciate any advice you can offer!

    Also, your yard project sounds intense as all get out--and that it was a good job done. Sounds beautiful. I hope now you can enjoy it before it gets too dang hot down there!

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    My smoker is a Rec Tec 590. It is very well made and has great support/service. You can only buy online but worth it. There are better out there and there are worse. I only use it for slow, low temp cooks. It isn’t a high heat cooker. I have a Primo Kamado I use for high heat cooks. I have cooked on just about any kind of cooker imaginable and this setup is perfect for me and my lifestyle. I rarely have the time to hang around and tend a fire even though it is an enjoyable way to spend a lazy day.

    The real question is what you plan to cook and what your budget is. If you are doing mostly grilling with an occasional rack of ribs or small brisket, my recommdation would be a Weber kettle 26” with a slow n sear kit added. Under $500 and is a great cooker. Beyond that, sky is the limit.

    Rec Tec makes a 340 pellet cooker. It can hold a single brisket as long as it isn’t a monster 20lb er. Or a couple racks of ribs. I believe it comes to a higher temp quicker than mine. It can be had around $650 or so. All of the Rec Teqs come with WiFi so you can monitor the temp with your phone and even start the grill remotely. I will start it from the grocery store to give it time to get up to temp

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    Played tennis last night. Snacked a bit on cheese and olives with a couple glasses of wine. Feeling very sore today all over for obvious reasons. No BM since Monday so in addition to extra water I am holding on to waste weight. Scale says 218.6.

    The scale doesnít reward or punish. It is just there. Donít give it more power than it deserves. The most important thing is your habits and how you approach food and eating. I believe I am finally getting better on that part. But it remains a journey and many miles yet to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilsonblack View Post
    I have a pellet grill that makes the best ribs. Pretty much automatic perfect every time. 1 rack lasted about 4.5 meals for us. My line of thinking is to eat what I want protein wise but just make sure I keep the portions on the small side.

    Dubbles: Yeah I was drinking what a I thought was enough water but not nearly enough. Got a little dehydrated later in the day but was able to catch up. I am done with the hard labor. My dead palm tree is removed as are a couple others. New beds are cleared, prepped and plants procured and in the earth. A crew arrives tomorrow to put down a pallet of new sod in my backyard and mulch my new beds. They look great now. A nice row of Italian Cypress on one side and a row of Texas sage on the other flanked by large rocks, society garlic and purple fountain grass.
    WB, Sounds gorgeous! I love landscaping, have already purchased a new tree to be planted this year where one blew down last summer during a storm and onto our car, totaling the car. Had the tree removed last summer ,but i wanted a serviceberry tree planted to correspond with one on other side of yard (they are so beautiful when in bloom, and the birds love them for the berries) but I couldn't find one in late summer. So waited till now, went yesterday to garden store to purchase. I will have to look up Texas sage, but one of my favorite plantings our landscape are Russian sage, love the light purple wispy look of them as backdrop for other flowers, and absolutely tolerant of any neglect, ha. But whew, gardening, especially when starting new beds, is very labor intensive, but so worth it.

    Like MIss M, ribs makes me think of cookouts, friends over--but definitely a possibility for DH and myself. Why not? Will put this in my menus box for just the two of us sometime! Have a great weekend, hope you will be able to relax a little, and enjoy the hard work you've done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilsonblack View Post
    My smoker is a Rec Tec 590. It is very well made and has great support/service. You can only buy online but worth it. There are better out there and there are worse. I only use it for slow, low temp cooks. It isn’t a high heat cooker. I have a Primo Kamado I use for high heat cooks. I have cooked on just about any kind of cooker imaginable and this setup is perfect for me and my lifestyle. I rarely have the time to hang around and tend a fire even though it is an enjoyable way to spend a lazy day.

    The real question is what you plan to cook and what your budget is. If you are doing mostly grilling with an occasional rack of ribs or small brisket, my recommdation would be a Weber kettle 26” with a slow n sear kit added. Under $500 and is a great cooker. Beyond that, sky is the limit.

    Rec Tec makes a 340 pellet cooker. It can hold a single brisket as long as it isn’t a monster 20lb er. Or a couple racks of ribs. I believe it comes to a higher temp quicker than mine. It can be had around $650 or so. All of the Rec Teqs come with WiFi so you can monitor the temp with your phone and even start the grill remotely. I will start it from the grocery store to give it time to get up to temp

    Thanks so much for asking about the pellet grill Miss M--and for the feedback WB. We have a very good Weber grill, but so many types of grills, for so many different foods, the WIFI feature sounds pretty dadgone handy.

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    I try to buy things that don’t need much water. My front yard is total xeriscape. Smallish back yard, about 600SF of grass, mainly for the dogs. Only thing that really needs water

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    Thanks a million for that super helpful lowdown on grills, cookers. etc. I think you nailed it with the Weber kettle 26” with a slow n sear kit added. I'll have a look, but that sounds about what I'm looking for. Thank you again! And thanks also for the reminder about not attaching to the number on the scale. . . .

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    217.6 this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilsonblack View Post
    217.6 this morning.
    Nice going!
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    2011 R1 start 206 R2 6/2011 176 R3 03/2013 156 R4 06/29/2014 162.R5 05/09/2015 154.4 R6 2017 148.2 liw 137.6 R7 Start 149.2 LDW 137.2 R8 151.4. LIW 142.8 141.6R9 3/8/20 160.2 liw 144.2 P4 5/12 141.4 Day 150 137.4 D206 143.6 1/1/21 144.4 R10 started but not finished Round 10 repeat 1 7/10/21 163.6

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    Thanks Rose.

    Played 3 sets of singles tennis this morning. Every enjoyable match against a good friend and very good player. I lost all 3 sets but played well overall. Really struggled with forehand errors in the first set. I feel that I a, still out of synch since transitioning to P3. Almost too much fuel and am over running and over swinging. Still need to find that balance. Ended up fixing my forehand and was blasting it with great topspin dip at the other baseline. Got a little tired and starting making transition errors at the net. Fixable. Just need more reps. I was very frustrated with singles last summer and quit playing, focusing on doubles. I have seemed to rekindled my love of playing singles and will start playing more in the future. Doubles and singles are entirely different games in terms of strategy requisite skills, movement and needed endurance.

    Yard crew finished my yard this morning and really happy with it. Extremely hungry after tennis. Picked up Pluckers wings for my wife and I. I ate 8 to her 3. Also knocked out a large arugula Caesar salad. Didn’t eat to stuffed. Just enough but it took more to get there.

    Good friend of mine from tennis is having a 50th bday party tonight so not sure what that will hold other than a healthy dose of red wine

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    With all that singles exercise, I'm sure you needed to eat a healthy lunch. Hope you enjoyed. And, have fun at your friend's 50th birthday party!

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    Party went late into the night Saturday. Didn't really behave too badly in terms of food. Plenty P3 friendly options. had a single bite of b-day cake. But did consume a strong amount of red wine and champagne. Hungover Sunday morning. Didn't weigh. Played 4 hours of tennis. Not advisable with hangover but came around midway through and played decent towards the end. It was 1pm by the time I left the court so skipped lunch. Got home and meal prepped for the week. Grilled burger patties with carmelized onions and mushrooms, topped with a slice of baby swiss and some bacon. Snacked on some bacon, cheese and olives with red wine as I was cooking. Made tablitas for dinner with pico de gallo and avocado. Tablitas are thin sliced beef shortribs. Cut cross section. You can find them at Mexican meat markets, pre marinaded (contains msg). They are awesome. But they are beef ribs and that combined with tennis usually results in weight gains the next day.

    Fast forward to this morning. 221.4. Oh well. Also, this is the earliest I have weighed in over a week, leaving out the daylight savings. I have found that the scale can be a bit more charitable later in the morning if I sleep in. That is my experience and impression anyway.

    Skipped breakfast today. didn't feel hungry or that I needed it. I have a pretty hearty lunch planned anyway. Will monitor and feel no need to finish it unless my body tells me otherwise. Grilled fish for dinner tonight. Also, this might be my first day in over a week without a single glass of wine.

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