The rest of the day involved frequent checking on the heat and a couple of additional doses of hickory chips. I like to add a good final dose of hickory chips at the end to perfume the neighborhood. I showered, changed into Independence Day wear, and did a final check before closing the vents completely a little after 5:00.
That deserves a close-up.
It was pretty good. We had 67 guests, and lots of outstanding side dishes and desserts brought by our multi-talented friends and neighbors. Things got a but crowded without the usual three tables set up outside but, as they say, ’twas merry in the hall when the beards wagged all. No one left hungry.
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