Brinkman Trailmaster – Let the BBQ Awesomeness Begin – Maybe

by Backyard BBQ Blog

in BBQ Pits and Tools

Bought me a Brinkman Trailmaster Limited Edition today.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to BBQ but, I’m back in the saddle.  Lots of smokey meat and cold beers await.

Twenty years or so ago I enjoyed heading out to the backyard and firing up the Old Smokey or water smoker, cracking open a beer and cooking meat all day long.  Mostly, I was just attempting to escape my now ex-wife.  But, it was good times, just me, the dog (who she got in the divorce), some sort of meat, some charcoal and of course a frosty beverage.

Brinkman Trailmaster Limited Edition in box

Unfortunately, I ended up taking a job that required enormous amounts of travel, and living in an apartment in the city, precluding hanging in the back yard and BBQing.

Finally, I’ve recently made the journey from Downtown Houston apartment living to suburban life with a nice big backyard.

First item on the list… done.  Massive BBQ pit.  $299 at Home Depot for a Brinkman Trailmaster Limited Edition and I’m in business (Lowes was pretty much out of everything except for some cheap flimsy pits and some gas grills).  I’m sure for the elite BBQ guys, this pit is a piece of junk and they wouldn’t cook a generic label weiner on it, but I don’t really care, it looks functional enough and it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

182 pounds of meat smoking awesomeness (I had to get it out of the pick-up by myself, so I’m familiar with every pound).  Once I manhandled it out of the back of the truck, onto the dolly it went and out to the back patio for some manly assemblage.

Instead of trying to pull it out of the box, I cut the box along the edges and laid it out so I could keep the pit from being scratched on the concrete.

Unfinsihed Brinkman Trailmaster

Putting together a pit is definitely a two person job.  I had to get the girlfriend to hold the legs and firebox while I bolted them on.  But, everything else was fairly easy to handle myself.

When its 100 degrees in Houston, and you’re standing outside putting pieces of black steel together, any frustration is a BIG frustration.  Saying that I was getting irritable is an understatement.  So, when I couldn’t get the bottom of the firebox to line up so I could bolt it together, it took everything I had not to roll the whole mess out to the street and run it over with my truck.

firebox bracket

Just to torment me, they decided to drill one of the holes to the ash pan off kilter so you just couldn’t quite get the bolt through.  I probably could have re-drilled the hole but, I was in a sweaty, borderline rage, at this point, so that wasn’t going to happen.  I wanted to cook something and, delays were far from acceptable.

Ash Pan

Whatever!  I don’t need the stinking bolts!  Hopefully.  The firebox will lean on the brace anyway, so no biggie, and the single ash pan bolt hole wont hurt anything – I don’t think – maybe I’ll fill it with something later so it doesn’t allow unwanted airflow.

Time for some ribs!

Brinkman Ribs

So I’m rusty at BBQing :(

Too much hickory and I had to finish cooking them in the oven.  I’ve got a lot to learn.


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