Green Mountain Smoker - Meal Prep Lifesaver

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Looking for the perfect gift for the men in your life?  Look no further and learn from me ... I fought the purchase of a smoker for a year.  Now I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner.  Don't tell my husband, he is already proud enough of himself!!  ;) 

Are you a meal prepper?  If you know me you know that is my key ingredient to making a lifestyle change and sticking to it.  If its done, its easier to stick with it then if I have to make a decision in the moment of what to cook.  Want to cook less?  Are you catching my drift here?  Don't wait, BUY THE SMOKER!!  

I want to give you my personal opinions on our latest purchase -- one that my husband has been trying for over a year to convince me of.  He insisted he was getting a smoker but we were looking at big ones to replace the grill and they were easily over $1200+ and I was just not convinced that was necessary.  Fast forward to us getting our RV and setting out on a 5300 miles cross country road trip, before we took off for the East Coast in true John fashion, an Amazon package showed up on the door step.  If you aren't a Prime member, do yourself a favor and make it happen.  

John decided a tailgating edition would be perfect for size and ease of camping!!  I think waiting for us to get to our first stop so he could try out his smoker was the hardest thing for John to do, but he bought a brisket and he was so excited to smoke it as soon as we got to North Carolina.   It was DELIC, but let me tell you the best part.  We were at a campground and the boys wanted to ride bikes, go swimming, going back and forth to check the crab pots, so just hanging around wasn't going to set well with the kids, rest assured, this smoker has built in wifi and an app so that we could still be on the go and check the temps of the meat, turn it up or down based on how our day was playing out ... so as we were swimming John was checking his app to ensure it was on track.  AMAZING! 

That night for John's birthday we got to enjoy that brisket.  Enjoy we did.  He smoked it with hickory for 10-12 hrs and y'all it was DELIC.   You can see below, he was very happy with himself and his brisket. 

Clearly my husband thinks he is the big winner here, however let me just tell you as a wife and mom and 2 business owner ... I am the real winner here.   He has completely taken over cooking the meat for every meal.  Buying, prepping, and smoking our meals.  EVERY NIGHT.   So I just play into it, wow babe, YOU WERE RIGHT.  This IS the best purchase.  I will remain humble and thankful if it means he continues cooking!  Can I get an AMEN!? 

For real though, I spent YEARS making chicken, we've been together 12 years, I love chicken and if you are trying to make changes in your life and nutrition you know they tell you eat lots of chicken.  I loathe dry chicken.  Like making changes isn't hard enough you throw dry chicken in there and it is probably why people throw in the towel.  HA!  Chicken will never be the same.  I will cook my own chicken ( I mean have John cook it ) and take it with me everywhere I go.   Let me just show you the beautiful chicken we have been eating.  

Not convinced yet?  We went out to eat and I was less than impressed with my options but I ordered chicken, I gagged, couldn't even swallow it.  I paid $12 for grilled chicken and left without eating it.  Went home and asked John to make me chicken.  I had to go to a work conference for 3 days and I had John smoke me some chicken to prep and take with me.  It was DEVINE.  Meal prepping has forever changed.  No more boring dry chicken you have to choke down.  

Anyone else's husband been begging you for a smoker?  If so, now is the time to get him the gift that keeps on giving.