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Happy New Year
January 07, 2015

Happy New Year

Welcome to this latest newsletter and although a little late, Happy New Year to you.

It’s been a little while, well, a long while since my last newsletter and I know you’ve been eagerly waiting for this issue, or maybe not :-)

I’d like to say that I’ve made a New Year’s resolution to commit to getting more regular newsletters out in 2015, but I’ve tried this before and always fail so I’ll not bother and just promise to get some newsletters out this year. If time goes by and you feel like it, give me a nudge to prompt me into action because before I realise it it’s going to be Easter before I even think of writing another one.

So, what did you get for Christmas? Everyone that I know who is slightly interested in BBQ gets some sort of BBQ related gift at Christmas. If you’re lucky you get something that’s useful if you’re unlucky you’ll get something pointless. One year I was given a set of stainless steel implements for spreading butter on corn- on-the-cob. Used once and then filed in THE drawer. That’s the drawer where you put useless objects that you feel guilty about throwing away.

Sorry if you are a corn-on-the-cob-butter-spreader-gadget addict by the way

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Anyway, I was given two really useful presents this year; a set of bear claws and some barbecue sauce.

I’m really looking forward to trying out the bear claws for making pulled pork, etc. Take a look on Amazon, mainly 4 and 5 star reviews. You can also use them for picking food directly and safely from your grill or smoker. Maresa (my wife) has her jealous eyes on them for turning roasts that she does in the oven, or doing namby pamby things like tossing salad.

By the way I bought her a foldable snow shovel for Christmas. Heavy duty, plated steel, serrated edges, an ideal tool to keep in the car over Winter I thought. She thought not and I was lucky to escape without wearing it has a hat.

Yes, and the other useful present, the BBQ sauce!

Why the surprise you ask. The fact is that I’ve always been more in favor of making your own sauce and generally feel that shop bought sauce is not as good. Possibly it’s because I’m getting older and lazier but I’m becoming bit of a fan of shop bought stuff.

Over the last few months I’ve been given quite a few bottles of BBQ sauce, mainly from small independent manufacturers at local food markets and I’ve been more than surprised at the quality. So, this year I’m going to investigate more shop bought BBQ sauce, so if you’ve any suggestions please let me know.

Anyway this is the end of this newsletter, I’ve got to ease myself slowly back into this writing stuff, it’s tiring you know :-)

Until the next newsletter which will be out in a week or so, or April, or maybe August :-)

Goodbye for now.


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