Where do you draw the line? No pellet cookers? Okay what about BGEs and Primo Pits? They burn lump charcoal, but with my BBQ Guru, it is pretty much set and forget. Little fire management. Okay, let's ban those as well. Well what about the WSM? The Guru makes them almost a 'just load the charcoal' type of grill. Let's ban those too. And don't forget those gravity fed cabinets like Stump's. Hook a Guru to them and you don't even have to load charcoal but once.
What is left? Off-sets and drums? Then why not have an off-set only competition? Throw them splits in there, pound on your chest, and give a Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor arrh, arrh, arrh! Drag the knuckles over to the moonshine still, light up a cigar, and talk manly talk.
Okay, I'm being facetious... a little. I have all of these cookers. I have cooked on them for many moons. They all have their pros and cons. A pit does not make the pit master a winner, otherwise everyone with a Jambo J3 would win every competition. This is not the case.
Should we call David Bouska (of Butcher's BBQ) a fraud because he uses a FEC 100 on the circuit? If pellet cookers are so wonderful, why did Rod Gray (of Pellet Envy) switch to a Jambo? It still boils down to the pit master. It is easy to put the blame on the pit instead of yourself.
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