This evening my wife and I are going to have a home cooked bbq meal. I've never cooked beans. I've never made potato salad, I've never used an offset smoker. But today I'm going to do it all. I've watched family and friends do it and think I can create the perfect meal. I'll be using family recipes. I should be able to recreate them. Potato Salad: Yesterday at around 7:00pm I made potato salad. 4lbs potatoes boiled whole 4 eggs boiled 1/4 cup diced dill pickles 1/4 cup diced olives with pimentos 1/2 medium onion diced 2 stalks celery diced 1/4 cup pickle juice 1 tsp paprika 1/2 cup miracle whip 1 tsp garlic powder Salt and pepper to taste I diced boiled potatoes skin on, diced eggs, then mixed ingredients all together and then put ingredients with potatoes and eggs and stirred gently. I put it in the fridge overnight. Yesterday it was ok tasting. Today it was amazing!!! Beans: Family recipe Soak beans in water overnight 5 cloves garlic 2lbs beans 1/2 large onion 1 salt pork from butcher(not HEB) 2 tsp pepper 8 tsp GOYA seasoning 3 tsp Julios Seasoning 5 tsp beef bullion 2 tsp chili powder 1 can petite diced tomatoes 1/4 cup jalapeño juice from jar Cook 1.5 hrs and taste Beans just finished! Amazing taste!!! Let sit at least 6 hrs and they taste even better. While bean were making I made sop for bbq chicken quarters. Sop recipe: 2 sticks butter melted 1/2 onion sautéed Oil to cook onions in 1 tbsp garlic powder 1/2 cup worstishyer 1 lemon cut in slices 1 tsp pepper Directions: Dice onion, add 1 tbsp oil in pot and sauté till translucent, add two sticks butter and melt, add other ingredients and boil for 10 min, let cool. The sop will be put on chicken every 30 min while on pit. I will use a fork and some paper towel for sanitary reasons to mop the chicken. Chicken: 4 leg quarters Wet Brined overnight in fridge 1 1/4 salt 1 gallon water In the morning I took them out of the brine and patted them dry and set them in the fridge for the skin to dry more Then I seasoned them with GOYA seasoning and fine pepper. Now they are back in the fridge until I start bbq pit. Here's the pit. The pit had been sitting for about 10 years unused. I got it from a family members house. Needs a lot of work done to it due to rust. The fire box bottom is mostly rusted out. The grates are horrible. It needs a shelf on front. It needs a heat diverter. I've acquired some plate and expanded metal and oak wood 1x8 from family members and will be working on it next week. I cleaned it out and ran a fire in it yesterday. I figure it's good now for a try.