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  • Frozen Smoke
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 1528
    • Northern Mn

    I have not read this entire thread but congratulations to you for building a business from the ground up. Probably one of the hardest things to do. Takes complete dedication and commitment. Working for yourself doing what you love is something that only someone who has done it can truly understand and appreciate. It's long hours and something needs to be done 7 days a week.
    The wife has been self employed for over 20 years running a distribution business. I joined her about 5 years ago after I retired from my corporate job which I came to hate by the end. Now we are about to sell off about 60% of our business and I will pretty much retire and she will work what is left of the business.

    When you're self employed the business is in your face 24/7. You're always doing something with the business if you're not there is something you should be doing.
    Not everyone can do this. It takes an extraordinary amount of self motivation and discipline. You give up many personal things to operate a successful business. Congratulations to you Paul for exemplifying the American dream!

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    • PaulstheRibList
      PaulstheRibList commented
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      It takes dedication and some spunk (and skill) to make a living as an entrepreneur. Congrats on your adventures and thanks for the encouragement!

    • Danjohnston949
      Danjohnston949 commented
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      PaulstheRibList, Ya'll Done Said a Mouthful There, Paul‼️ My Suggestion Is Buy a Good Set of Braces (Suspenders) to Keep Your Britches Up❗️ While You Work Your A-- Off‼️ Have a Ball❗️ Dan
  • PaulstheRibList
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1609
    • Lake Charles, LA
    • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
      1.) A pair of Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5's
      2.) #LilTex, a 22" Expensive Offset Smoker (looks like a Yoder Witicha)
      3.) #WhoDat1, a HUGE Gravity Fed Insulated Cabinet Smoker (cooking chamber 3'x2'x6')
      4.) A Full Size Commercial Dryer/converted to Vertical Smoker.
      5.) Jambo Backyard stickburner (my FAVORITE Pit so far)
      6.) GrillMeister, a huge 24"x48" Adjustable, Charcoal Grill from Pitmaker.com
      7.) 22" Weber Kettle with Slow-N-Sear
      8.) Vault insulated reverse-flow cabinet smoker from Pitmaker
      9.) BarbecueFiretruck...under development
      10.) 26 foot BBQ Vending Trailer equipped with HUGE Myron Mixon 72xc smoker is HERE, Oct 2016!
      11.) Opened www.PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com Food Trailer officially in March 2017
      12.) Austin Smoke Works 500 Gallon Propane Tank Offset Smoker, named "Lucille" as travel pit for PaulsRibShack, Oct 2018.
      12.) Opening Brick & Mortar location at 4800 Nelson Rd, Spring 2019. Had a pair of 1,000 Gallon Austin Smoke Works pits, both in RibShackRed for our new place!

      Fabulous Backlit Thermapens, several Maverick Remote Thermometers (don't use any remotes anymore), Thermoworks Smoke, Other Thermoworks toys, Vacuum sealer, lots and lots of equipment...

      I'm loving using BBQ to make friends and build connections.
      I have #theRibList where I keep a list of new and old friends and whenever I'm cooking, I make 1 to 20 extra and share the joy.

    I wanted to smoke #WhoDatRibs twice more this season!!! Oh well. #GoPatriots

    #LifeIsMoreFunOntheRibList
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    • Spinaker
      Moderator
      • Nov 2014
      • 10104
      • Land of Tonka
      • John "J R"
        Instagram: JRBowlsby
        Smokin' Hound Que
        Minnesota/ United States of America

        ********************************************
        Assistants
        Dexter (Beagle mix)
        Kinnick (American Foxhound)
        ************************

        Grills/Smokers/Fryers
        Big Green Egg (Large) X2
        Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

        Broil King Keg
        Karubeque C-60
        Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
        Lodge L410 Hibachi
        Pit Barrel Cooker
        Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
        R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

        Weber Spirit Gasser
        ******************.
        Thermometers
        FireBoard (Base Package)
        Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
        Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
        **************

        Accessories
        BBQ Dragon
        Big Green Egg Plate Setter
        Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
        Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

        Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
        Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

        Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
        Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
        Eggspander Kit X2
        Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

        Finex Cat Iron Line
        FireBoard Drive
        Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
        Grill Grates
        Joule Water Circulator
        KBQ Fire Grate

        Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
        Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
        Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
        Large Vortex
        Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
        Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
        Smithey No. 12
        Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
        Stargazer No.10, 12
        Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
        Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
        ********************************
        Fuel
        FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
        Kingsford Blue and White
        Rockwood Lump Charcoal
        Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
        **************************

        Cutlery
        Buck 119 Special
        Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
        Global
        Shun
        Wusthof
        *******
        Next Major Purchase
        Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

      I am with you! Go Pats! PaulstheRibList

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      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        Actually, #GoRiblist #Getontheriblist

      • PaulstheRibList
        PaulstheRibList commented
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        Why? Because #LifeIsMoreFunOntheRibList #AndInthePit

      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        Well....that and your BBQ is guaranteed to be good. The SB? Not so much. PaulstheRibList
    • PaulstheRibList
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1609
      • Lake Charles, LA
      • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
        1.) A pair of Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5's
        2.) #LilTex, a 22" Expensive Offset Smoker (looks like a Yoder Witicha)
        3.) #WhoDat1, a HUGE Gravity Fed Insulated Cabinet Smoker (cooking chamber 3'x2'x6')
        4.) A Full Size Commercial Dryer/converted to Vertical Smoker.
        5.) Jambo Backyard stickburner (my FAVORITE Pit so far)
        6.) GrillMeister, a huge 24"x48" Adjustable, Charcoal Grill from Pitmaker.com
        7.) 22" Weber Kettle with Slow-N-Sear
        8.) Vault insulated reverse-flow cabinet smoker from Pitmaker
        9.) BarbecueFiretruck...under development
        10.) 26 foot BBQ Vending Trailer equipped with HUGE Myron Mixon 72xc smoker is HERE, Oct 2016!
        11.) Opened www.PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com Food Trailer officially in March 2017
        12.) Austin Smoke Works 500 Gallon Propane Tank Offset Smoker, named "Lucille" as travel pit for PaulsRibShack, Oct 2018.
        12.) Opening Brick & Mortar location at 4800 Nelson Rd, Spring 2019. Had a pair of 1,000 Gallon Austin Smoke Works pits, both in RibShackRed for our new place!

        Fabulous Backlit Thermapens, several Maverick Remote Thermometers (don't use any remotes anymore), Thermoworks Smoke, Other Thermoworks toys, Vacuum sealer, lots and lots of equipment...

        I'm loving using BBQ to make friends and build connections.
        I have #theRibList where I keep a list of new and old friends and whenever I'm cooking, I make 1 to 20 extra and share the joy.

      Life is full here at @PaulsRibShack! Hired a second full time guy and a part time. We are vending 1-3 times a week and turning on the juice for doing more catering.

      In in the middle of this, enters friendship stuff. Last year, a great friend asked me to bring the rig to Ft Lauderdale, FL to make a big deal at his trade show. We are both in the laundry business. I really like my friend Todd and want to show some extravagant love on him, same as God shows it on me. So, we committed to doing it! He parlayed our barbecue fun to get even more heavy hitters from around the country to come to his show.

      My pit is heavy and bends the back of my trailer. So I had to fab a system to roll the pit forward to put more weight on the axles when we go very far. It was a good bit of work to do all that prep. But it’s done now and we can trailer all over! Didn’t take many pics of the new fab yet, but ther is one with my brother bringing the backplate I a new d-ring we put in to tie down the cooker I exchanged the foxes legs for steel wheels and we put in a galvanized c channel fun stuff but work!!
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      Todd flew in early, got to see my stores and family, share a Cajun meal, and help me with the fab work and load in.

      It’s a 17 hour drive, so we took a day and a half. I borrowed my brothers diesel 2500. My gasser pulls it, but it’s simpler and better fuel economy with the diesel!!
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ID:	459328 The signature event was noon Thursday, so we pulled out alll the stops: Beef Ribs were the star of the show! Here is Todd with a Bone-In Beef Short Rib plate! He helped rub some of them
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      Aren’t the short ribs so pretty!!!
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      We cut them into medallions, made a crumble and served it over the Mac for the getting-started part!
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      We’re in the Laundry business, so I used a Dryer door for my appetizer serving tray! It was quite heavy after 30 minuets!

      But, as you all know, the smiles make all the hard work worth it!
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      • Danjohnston949
        Danjohnston949 commented
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        PaulstheRibList, Paul You Will Never Regret the Improvements on Your Trailor❗️ That's A Good Look'n Crew You Have, 'Cept For the Long
        Haired One❓ 😉🤗😇🤗😉
        From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

      • PaulstheRibList
        PaulstheRibList commented
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        Thanks Dan! You are right about the trailer mods. I let these new needs spur me on to doing those type of improvements
    • PaulstheRibList
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1609
      • Lake Charles, LA
      • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
        1.) A pair of Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5's
        2.) #LilTex, a 22" Expensive Offset Smoker (looks like a Yoder Witicha)
        3.) #WhoDat1, a HUGE Gravity Fed Insulated Cabinet Smoker (cooking chamber 3'x2'x6')
        4.) A Full Size Commercial Dryer/converted to Vertical Smoker.
        5.) Jambo Backyard stickburner (my FAVORITE Pit so far)
        6.) GrillMeister, a huge 24"x48" Adjustable, Charcoal Grill from Pitmaker.com
        7.) 22" Weber Kettle with Slow-N-Sear
        8.) Vault insulated reverse-flow cabinet smoker from Pitmaker
        9.) BarbecueFiretruck...under development
        10.) 26 foot BBQ Vending Trailer equipped with HUGE Myron Mixon 72xc smoker is HERE, Oct 2016!
        11.) Opened www.PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com Food Trailer officially in March 2017
        12.) Austin Smoke Works 500 Gallon Propane Tank Offset Smoker, named "Lucille" as travel pit for PaulsRibShack, Oct 2018.
        12.) Opening Brick & Mortar location at 4800 Nelson Rd, Spring 2019. Had a pair of 1,000 Gallon Austin Smoke Works pits, both in RibShackRed for our new place!

        Fabulous Backlit Thermapens, several Maverick Remote Thermometers (don't use any remotes anymore), Thermoworks Smoke, Other Thermoworks toys, Vacuum sealer, lots and lots of equipment...

        I'm loving using BBQ to make friends and build connections.
        I have #theRibList where I keep a list of new and old friends and whenever I'm cooking, I make 1 to 20 extra and share the joy.

      My friend gave me Washboard Award, for Best BBQ in the laundry industry...also the only Barbecue in the industry, lol
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      we served lunch, which was Beef Rib filet cuts, turkey, who dat pork ribs, smoked beans, 5-Cheese Mac and slaw!i love this pic of me at the cutting board with a beautiful beef rib!
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      here is a tray of beef rib filets all cut up and ready for leftovers that night
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      And a brisket, bark done and about to go in the paper for finishing
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      Oh, and the Instagram worthy Edison back porch lights!!!
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      and the smiles at the after party
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      The ride to and from the house we stayed in and the shop had a few little boats in view...
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      and we’ll close up this post with the star: Beef Rib Plates!!
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      Ft. Lauderdale was fun! And tiring!
      That't the price I'm willing to pay for friends!
      #GetOntheRibList
      Last edited by PaulstheRibList; February 28th, 2018, 07:03 AM.

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      • Nate
        Nate commented
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        When I grow up I want to work for you!

      • Butchman
        Butchman commented
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        Looks like you’re having a blast! Keep on smokin!

      • PaulstheRibList
        PaulstheRibList commented
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        Nate Love it!
        Thanks Butchman !
    • Pirate Scott
      Club Member
      • Mar 2017
      • 1340
      • Clay, New York
      • - Plain old Charbroil Charcoal Grill
        - 26" Weber Kettle
        - Jack Daniels No7, Four Roses

      Awesome!

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      • DWCowles
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 9760
        • Smiths Grove, Ky
        • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

        I said once or twice and I will continue saying it “Yo Da Man”

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      • Mudkat
        Club Member
        • Feb 2017
        • 2125
        • At a river near me, MD
        • Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5"
          Weber 22" Kettel
          Weber Smokey Joe (2)
          One Grill 45" Rotisserie
          Lodge 5 qt. Dutch Oven
          Lodge 10.5" Double Loop Skillet
          Cast Iron 9" Skillet
          Cast Iron 12" Skillet
          Weber 22 Grill Grates
          Home Built 55 Gallon Ugly Drum Smoker - "MUDS"

        What a show you have going on here in this thread!

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      • MrMisunderstood
        Club Member
        • Jan 2017
        • 289
        • Grand Rapids, Michigan

        I really like reading this stuff about your adventures PaulstheRibList ! It's always been a dream of mine to do what you're doing. I'm just not a big risk taker. It's hard to walk away from a desk job paying so well, but I find myself missing putting smiles on peoples faces.I'm still young, so maybe I'll muster up the courage in the near future! Keep on keepin' on man!

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        • PaulstheRibList
          PaulstheRibList commented
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          Dude, have fun and take some good, measured steps!
      • DeusDingo
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 1127
        • Madison, WI
        • Weber Q320 grill
          Masterbuilt Propane Smoker
          Maverick and thermo Pen thermometers

        those beef ribs are crazy. i'm so hungry right now!

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        • PaulstheRibList
          PaulstheRibList commented
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          #BeholdthePowerofBeefRibs
      • RonB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 11222
        • Near Richmond VA
        • Weber Performer Deluxe
          SNS
          Pizza insert
          Rotisserie
          Smokenator 1000
          Cookshack Smokette Elite
          2 Thermapens
          Chefalarm
          Dot
          lots of probes.
          CyberQ

        This is a great thread Paul. I am very happy you keep adding to it. Please keep it up.

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        • PaulstheRibList
          PaulstheRibList commented
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          Thanks RonB It's fun to share the journey with all you cool people!
      • PaulstheRibList
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 1609
        • Lake Charles, LA
        • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
          1.) A pair of Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5's
          2.) #LilTex, a 22" Expensive Offset Smoker (looks like a Yoder Witicha)
          3.) #WhoDat1, a HUGE Gravity Fed Insulated Cabinet Smoker (cooking chamber 3'x2'x6')
          4.) A Full Size Commercial Dryer/converted to Vertical Smoker.
          5.) Jambo Backyard stickburner (my FAVORITE Pit so far)
          6.) GrillMeister, a huge 24"x48" Adjustable, Charcoal Grill from Pitmaker.com
          7.) 22" Weber Kettle with Slow-N-Sear
          8.) Vault insulated reverse-flow cabinet smoker from Pitmaker
          9.) BarbecueFiretruck...under development
          10.) 26 foot BBQ Vending Trailer equipped with HUGE Myron Mixon 72xc smoker is HERE, Oct 2016!
          11.) Opened www.PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com Food Trailer officially in March 2017
          12.) Austin Smoke Works 500 Gallon Propane Tank Offset Smoker, named "Lucille" as travel pit for PaulsRibShack, Oct 2018.
          12.) Opening Brick & Mortar location at 4800 Nelson Rd, Spring 2019. Had a pair of 1,000 Gallon Austin Smoke Works pits, both in RibShackRed for our new place!

          Fabulous Backlit Thermapens, several Maverick Remote Thermometers (don't use any remotes anymore), Thermoworks Smoke, Other Thermoworks toys, Vacuum sealer, lots and lots of equipment...

          I'm loving using BBQ to make friends and build connections.
          I have #theRibList where I keep a list of new and old friends and whenever I'm cooking, I make 1 to 20 extra and share the joy.

        Well, it's time for an update, don't you think?

        I'm not sure if I've shared this picture before or not. In any event, the more I burn logs to cook barbecue, the more I love it! The flavor. The cool factor. The art. The hard work. The intoxicating smell when people drive by or walk up the trailer. I'm #StickburnerForever #HardHardWork
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        Oh, the Turkey Revolution! I take home turkey to eat more than anything else! We sell out of brisket nearly every time. And the turkey is just so easy to eat at home. And it's super great!
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        Crew Members.
        My #1 man is Sam. He's super great! Here is Sam's roommate, and our 2nd oldest crew member, Colin, in the middle. He has a full time job as a Band Director. But in the summertime and some weekends...we get him! He's great! He's doing a Pastrami this week. #PitmasterColin
        Ross is on the right. He's been with me for about 8 months. Very capable and talented.
        Andrew is on the left. College student. Been with us 3 weeks and is doing GREAT!
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        For the last 3 months, we've been vending on Friday's for lunch at the same spot. Sometimes Thursday. It's pretty cool. This was a busy day, including our law enforcement friends. On the left is a delivery person from WaitrApp, a very cool food delivery service we launched a month ago.
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        Here is Sam, our lead Pitmaster and my #1 man. I would not have done the Food Truck without him. We had a really big 2 weeks, and we borrowed a commercial kitchen to cook Mac and trim a bunch of briskets. I bought Sam some more knives (Global and Shun) to play with. This is about half of the 25 or so briskets he trimmed in a couple of afternoons. All CAB Prime #SoGood

        I don't think I took any pictures, but we cooked 26 pan's of our mac in that same afternoon. Mac is a TON of work. $26 in ingredients, plus 1.2 hours of labor per pan, and that's after I bought a continuous feed grater and other tools, and we used the bigger kitchen. You can se the finished pans of Mac in the background. My kids are the primary Mac chefs.


        Beans Beans Beans!
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        Catering Gigs.
        I'm learning the Vending is great...for getting you a following. But to make a living, Catering is Big Winner. We did a 500 person gig for a church last Saturday. It went GREAT! Food was great, guests were super happy. Beautiful all around. Pulled Pork, Turkey, Beans, Mac and Slaw. Chicken Legs, Hot Dogs and Mac for Kids. Beautiful wooded park. Oh Yes!! The church is planting a campus in an adjoining city, and this was a great outreach event for them.
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        Food Fun.
        Off Menu items are what we create after the big rush is over on big gigs. Say hello to the BeanMacDog.


        July 4th! Ok, this is not a Barbecue picture... I've started an ArtAtTheLaundry initative at my coin laundries. Our 1st piece is the glass art on the right side of this. 2nd Piece we debuted on July 4th: Washington Crossing the Delaware, Christmas Day 1776. #GodBlessAmerica
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        The city has a big fireworks and music festival on July 4th. They emailed me asking me to come, and I sort of ignored the emails. I just expect city things to be so bureaucratic. I was really busy anyway, but the very nice coordinator lady called, and said they really wanted us, because we do a good job and follow through, and folks really like our food. I'm actually meeting with our Mayor, who is a successful restaurant owner, this week to get some ideas about where to open my restaurant. We sold out on July 4th!
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        • PBCDad
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          My theory is that Spinaker and Sam are the same person...
          Awesome post as always

        • PaulstheRibList
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          @PCBDad I'm just using these pics to recruit Spinaker to move down to God's Country and be neighbors with me and Huskee

        • Spinaker
          Spinaker commented
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          Hahahaha, could be a long lost brother........it waaaay to hot for this Minnesotan down there. Well maybe not in the winter........ PBCDad PaulstheRibList
      • treesmacker
        Club Member
        • May 2018
        • 675
        • Grants Pass OR
          • Rec Tec Trailblazer RT-340
          • O-Grill 600 Portable Grill with O-Dock
          • Cuisinart 360 Griddle

        Please bring this gorgeous food truck trailer and all it has to offer to Grants Pass Oregon - you'll love it here!

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        • treesmacker
          Club Member
          • May 2018
          • 675
          • Grants Pass OR
            • Rec Tec Trailblazer RT-340
            • O-Grill 600 Portable Grill with O-Dock
            • Cuisinart 360 Griddle

          The Logo is right on!

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          • treesmacker
            Club Member
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            This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

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            These are not ads or paid placements. These Are Some Of Our Favorite Tools And Toys.

            These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

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            Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon

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            Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

            Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


            Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

            maverick PT55 thermometer

            A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

            Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


            If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

            slow n sear

            The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

            Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


            Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

            the good one grill

            The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

            Click here to read our complete review


            The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

            the good one grill

            The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

            Click here to read our complete review


            Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

            Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

            The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

            Click here to read our detailed review and to order


            Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

            The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

            The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

            Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


            The Undisputed Champion!

            thermapen

            The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


            Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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            Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

            Click here to read our detailed review and to order


            The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

            NK-22-Ck Grill

            Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

            Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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            G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

            Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

            If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

            Click here to read our detailed review

            Click here to order from Amazon


            GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

            grill grates

            GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

            Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


            kareubequ bbq smoker

            Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

            The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

            Click here for our review of this superb smoker


            Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

            masterbuilt gas smoker

            The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

            Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

            Click here to read our detailed review


            Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

            masterbuilt gas smoker

            Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

            Click here to read our detailed review and to order


            PK 360 grill

            Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

            The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

            Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

            Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only


            Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

            fireboard bbq thermometer

            With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

            Click here to read our detailed review


            Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

            Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

            Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

            Click here to read our detailed review and to order