Re:Leonard MC NEILL, NOT O'Neill
Robb Walsh was one, unless he was mis-quoted, or has now corrected, and have received gifts of books claiming to be 'bibles' of barbecue whose scribblers have picked up the info, incorrectly copying. But over two years ago made the correction on fcg.bbq-blogspot.com, and recently on The Smoke Ring. Now I notice that corrections are showing up and the fact of the error is being acknowledged. It may be dusty web files that still mis-name the man, and, were you to search "Leonard O'Neill, barbecue", you will still find a few of those.
I find a lot of criticism of both the Oyler and the Southern (Pride - SP). We hand trimmed and sliced every morsel ever served. Having used green hickory for over twenty years, based in Houston, with both brands, hauling a SP LARGE trailer in the back of a Mayflower Van to Toronto to introduce Compaq to Canada for an intimate gathering of a few thousand, or serving far more than 10,000 guests at one meal (prepared completely on site) with the 'holes in the ground' pits, or having had the brick flat pit in one restaurant, if one cares about the consistency of their product, if the reliability and healthy quality of their product matters, and if one is serving more than a family get-together, those rotating bakers oven pits are the absolute finest. The gas is to maintain the wood fire, not to replace it, unless you don't know how to smoke. Temperatures are maintained, the product is continually basted by the rotation and the color, the red line on the beef, moist sausage and foul, the tender seafood and cabrito and venison....my mouth is watering.
I have a New Braunfels (my home town) Smoker (before it went to China) and an Orion...fun, but not the same. I would love to find a small Oyler or SP I could set up at our house in VA. It would make our 2-300 guest parties much easier. Besides, my sauce recipe's pivotal ingredient is drippings, and can't use what I get in the two above. Would I do it again....in a minute, and always with smiling memories of the beginnings, with Charles and his father, Leonard Mc Neill.