For some people cooking is more than just a habitual action that needs to occur so that they can keep their bellies from rumbling. There are some who take cooking to a very specific level and consider it something that needs as much attention as anything else in life. Cooking is their passion and it is the one thing in the world that they can do well. While the ladies are often found in the kitchen making all sorts of delicious treats, the domain of the man is the barbecue whether it is on a grill, a smoker grill, or any other outdoor food preparation device. When it comes to the outside world of cooking with charcoal then you might be surprised at how much effort goes into the whole operation.
Cooking food over an open fire is one of the oldest inventions of human civilization. Fire was one of the first inventions that humanity discovered and the ability to cook meat and all sorts of other foodstuffs over it made a huge difference in the way that people lived. While today there are all sorts of interesting and varied cooking tools like smoker grills, gas grills, electric grills, and many more; they all started with some wood and a simple open flame. Granted the techniques that have been developed for cooking meat or any other foodstuff over an open flame has improved greatly over the millennia, but one has to admit that there is something special and simple about cooking over an open fire.
But fire also led to the ability to smoke things. People soon discovered that cooking things may make them more palatable - not mention a little less risky to eat - but even after being cooked they seemed to go bad after a while. Smoking allowed people to 'cook' the food that they gathered and make it last a little longer than usual. People still smoke and cure all sorts of meats these days. It is a technique that has remained with us for centuries and the science behind it has become a complex and hotly debated one. For the everyday person, things like smoker grills allow them to smoke their own meat - to a certain degree. The connoisseurs may deride these ways of smoking things, but they are not the ones who are going to be eating them at the end of the day. http://www.youtube.com/v/9kHlJx4BL5A&hl=en&fs=1
Cooking has come a long way since people first discovered what it meant. The smoker grills, gas stoves, electric ovens, and all sorts of other devices that humanity has created to make the task easier have only increased the possibilities of what can be done with some simple foodstuffs. From scorching meat over an open fire, to smoking cured meats with fragrant wood, to delicate pastries made from an alchemy of seemingly nonsensical ingredients - cooking is to some people an art form that makes most paintings look easy.