Loyal blog readers know all about our “dream curator” series, in which our gifting experts took turns assembling imaginary boxes for icons they’d love to see on the site. But what about real boxes? Ones that real-life Quarterly subscribers have really received?
In our new weekly feature, those same experts——Mark, Sarah P., Nora, Sarah M., Emiliano, and Lindsay——will be sharing their personal favorite item from a recent box they worked on. It’s that simple. And it starts today, with Nora:
Item: Larry’s Bag-Of-Smoke
With the variety of curators and themes I work with here at Quarterly, I’ve gotten up close and personal with a range of items——but rarely does one stand out as much as Larry’s Bag-Of-Smoke, sent recently in #ANM02.
These bags might be little, but they do a lot. Instead of taking hours to soak wood chips——something a BBQ novice like me would never think of ahead of time——you’re instantly there after poking a few holes, wetting the bag thoroughly, and squeezing it gently. Don’t like mesquite? Try apple, or cherry, or even grape wood chips; Larry has ten different options of wood, and will tell you what meats works best with each flavor.
That’s all enough to make these a wonderfully useful item, but what I really love is the attention to detail. Larry not only harvests the wood himself, but makes the bags and screen prints them with vegetable-based inks. Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook at Animal shared my enthusiasm for these au naturel BBQ accessories, and I’m excited to try out their barbecue recommendations from #ANM02 this summer.
Plus, who knows? Maybe a road trip will take me to Katy, Texas, so I can finally meet the man behind the smoke.
Thanks to Nora (and Larry)! To get in on Animal’s next mailing, or to gift #ANM02 when it becomes available, head to their Quarterly page.