Shannon, so sorry you lost so much to a hurricane - that must have been a big blow. I know 'it's just things', but some are irreplacable and sentimental. I would have loved to see some REAL rodeo pics - only ever seen it in movies, you are the first person I have met who has ever competed!
You guys have me on the BBQ - the drummies sound good though - we have a grilled chicken franchise over here called Nandos, and they do some great seasonings and rubs for chicken, so I will give it a go...What is brisket? Pardon my ignorance, I assume it is some kind of beef joint? Sounds good - we have smokers here, the kind you feed with different types of wood chips for different flavours - we use it a lot for trout! This place is BIG on fly fishing...
We mostly use charcoal or wood braais over here - great flavour, but we also have a gas grill for convenience. Have you tried fish on the braai? Rub with your fav seasoning, oil lighly with olive oil, wrap in tin foil, and place on braai...Also great for grilling prawns and crayfish, basted with garlic butter...That's make interpretation on all these healthy diest - eat lots of fish, and you can enjoy some red meat now and then!
Do you guys have butter-nut squash there? If so, cut in half, scoop out the seeds, stuff the hole with feta cheese and spinach, wrap in foil, place in the coals for about an hour, turn every 10 mins or so...Great!
Also, we often have a green salad with braais (lettuce, baby tomatoes, cucumber, peppers etc) and a fantastic dressing is one made with basil pesto....
Great swopping ideas - we need to get Jack in on this too.