Re: [gardeners] Oh, Lord; here we go with Barbeque! was Re:

Allen and Judy Merten (
Fri, 03 Jul 1998 15:03:17 -0500

Hi George and Catherine,
    When I was a boy on my Grandfathers farm, a BBQ pit was exactly that. A pit
dug into the ground with big iron rods laid over it. Pecan wood fire. That was
good BBQ. They turned the meat with pitch forks. They also dug another pit in the
shade, lined it with a tarp and filled it with watermelons and canteloupes then
covered the top with a fold of the tarp and put sand over it. It sure made those
melons cold. Boy the memories.........

> At 10:45 PM 7/2/98 +0000, you wrote:
> >George wrote:
> >
> >> You got it mostly right. With the downsizing of the erl bidness most pits
> >> are being made out of 35 to 54 inch steel pipe. One piece stands on end for
> >> a firebox and the other runs horizontal. Counter balanced lid, couple of
> >> smoke stacks at one end, air register where the wood goes. Mount the whole
> >> thing on a trailer, dual axle of course, Baby Moon hubcaps on the trailer
> >> tires, white walls if you're wealthy, pull it behind a Cowboy Cadillac
> >> (one-ton dually pickemup truck, either stretch cab or crew cab), take the
> >> whole deal to a friends house or to a lake or river, spend the whole night
> >> barbecuing and drinking beer, all the next day eating barbecue, tater salad
> >> (slaw's for sissies), drinking beer, corn on the cob, chiles, drinking
> >> beer. Well, you get the idea.
> >
> >Nice description of a portable pit. I was describing what we build when we
> >are serious about barbeque and dedicate some of the landscape to its
> >proper preparation and enjoyment with friends. So, George; you "got it
> >mostly right" too.
> >
> >Catharine
> >
> I would love to have either style of pit, just don't have the room anymore.
> To busy putting in more plantings. Sighh, bbq isn't the best food in the
> world for folks with dietary restrictions but I do love the stuff. My Dad
> had a pit made out of stacked firebricks with a piece of corrugated iron
> for a cover. Used it for years and turned out some pretty good meat at very
> low cost for the pit. Neighbor has a nice brick pit that he doesn't even
> use, been envious since I first saw it two houses down. Some people just
> don't know how lucky they are. ;-)
> George