The “simple and relaxing” part comes long after taking up the hobby and even then, it can be interrupted by some complexity and stress.Why do you cook with fire. It tastes good. It's simple. It's relaxing.
So what happens when we do 'production' cooking-for gifts or for an event? That's a life changer. Suddenly there is the need for more control. There are deadlines. There is an increased volume of meat needed....
That gets us away from 'cooking with fire' to technology enhanced cooking. Multiple devices: thermometers that are on wifi, bluetooth, phones...Blowers and worse. I know charcoal is not cooking with wood in the pure sense but pellets seem a step too far.
Do you want to be concerned about software updates before starting a cook?
I am currently doing all my outdoor cooking on a three burner natural gas Genesis. My only thermometers are the built in one (no I have not verified its accuracy or have I needed to) and an instant read thermometer. I do miss charcoal but do to a variety of events I'm down to the gasser plumbed to the house supply. Unfortunately, my smoked pulled pork has met everyones expectations. So I'm cooking very simply. Every time I visit here, I feel the need for charcoal. Perhaps this fall I'll complicate life and return to Labor Day and 4th of July charcoal sales and spreading ashes across the yard. I'm not sure I'll break down and get that very useful remote monitored thermometer.
Well, I’ve got a gas range and, I use the grills because it’s just plain fun! Being outside, even when it’s cold grilling something for the two of us or for the whole family? The kettles keep my hands warm and, the family warms my heart.I cook with fire because they tell me I am not allowed to own a gas range...........
I would agree with you 100% Timothy......I was only being a tad facetious.........some things they say these days are silly but I do also enjoy playing with the fire I guess you could put it.Well, I’ve got a gas range and, I use the grills because it’s just plain fun! Being outside, even when it’s cold grilling something for the two of us or for the whole family? The kettles keep my hands warm and, the family warms my heart.