Before we ever moved, but after we knew we were moving here, I was looking online to learn everything I could about Brownwood and found that they have a local Dutch Oven Society. I’ve never done any Dutch Oven cooking . . the kind where you use coals and do it outside, but I’ve wanted to do it. I didn’t want to go to their meetings by myself and Vince wasn’t ever really interested in going. You know how it is . . he wants good, hot food on the table but doesn’t care too much about how it gets there.
Today there’s a little festival in a neighboring town and the Dutch Oven Society was supposed to be there doing demos so I dragged Vince out there. I just kinda wanted to see it all in action and I did. “Was supposed to be there” . . therein lies the problem. They were not there! There was a real nice guy with a covered wagon and he was all set up like it probably would have been back in the wagon train days. He was getting ready to cook in a big Dutch Oven so I started talking to him and he gave me all kinds of good info. There was a blacksmith there so we bought a handle grabber thing from him. Even the Lodge brand grabbers are now made in China and folks are complaining about the quality so I as glad to get one from a fairly local blacksmith.
We came home and I ordered an 8 quart Lodge Dutch Oven:
And a Lodge 4 quart Dutch Oven:
Vince is going to build a “fire wall” of sorts to keep hot embers from flying off. We almost always have a burn ban here and the last thing I want to do is have embers blow off and start a fire. I’m looking forward to playing with the Dutch Oven.