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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.

    #91
    It won't be long now Paul before you will have your first BBQ restaurant.

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    • PaulstheRibList
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1612
      • 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.

      #92
      OUR FIRST NIGHT IN BUSINESS!

      3 weeks ago, we had our 1st night in biz vending! The Arts Council holds a free concert series, Live at the Lakefront, with bands, art for sale, beverages provided by the local AB dealer, and...Food Trucks! #PaulsRibShackBarbecue was there in style!

      Here are my 2 oldest daughers, manning the Example Menu table. Hannah's arms opened is sort of like our entire night, "How do we do this?!!?"
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      Did I mention earlier that I have a real business that I run, with 4 locations and employees and machines that break and customers to take care of and that this BBQ fun is a lot of work? Oh, yeah, I did. But we are here!

      We had fully intended to do a practice vend the week before and get some rhythms down on who does what and how to get the production out...but there was too much other work to do. So, like is often the case, we figured it out as we did it. That is sort of my life story.

      We were about 30 minutes late opening, but the food was good and the crowd was large. And hungry! Ultimately, we served about 200 people some good Barbecue and had fun.

      Here are the 2 oldest Princess Daughters at the Example Plate table we set up. They are wonderful young women! And the table is so cool!
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      Oh, yeah, we cooked a bunch of Ribs and Brisket and Turkey and Chicken and Beans and Slaw for this opening night! All over Oak Logs burning at the bottom of this smoker! Don't these Ribs look great!
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      Here is the Example Menu table at the end of the night. Love this setup! My middle daughter saved the butcher paper, saying I will want the opening night menu as a keepsake. She's right!
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      Several previous #Riblisters came out, and loved the food and the experience!
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      On the left is Sam, my right-hand man. He did great. Next is Buck, one of my mentees. And then Allen, my best bud. He and his wife came out all 3 opening nights to help.
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      Lots more to say, and the pics from the 2nd and 3rd weekends...but, I. AM. TIRED!

      And yet, I've got a single brisket out on the Jambo, and I'm tending a fire. LOVE IT! But, I am going to pull that sucker, pan it, and put it in the CVAP at 210 degrees, no matter whether it's probe tender yet or not. It's Midnight and I'm tired!

      Happy Barbecue to you guys!
      paul
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      • tbob4
        tbob4 commented
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        Why does everyone look like the are having fun, Paul? Work is not supposed to be fun! Great job!

      • bbqoaf
        bbqoaf commented
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        Awesome, this is tied with Henrik building his smoker for my favourite thread in the Pit. Keep the pics and stories coming!

      • PaulstheRibList
        PaulstheRibList commented
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        Thank you all!
        Thanks Spinaker - just trying to be as cool as you!
        fzxdoc, those princesses God has allowed me to shepard are so great!
        tbob4, we want to spread the fun everywhere!
        And being compared with Henrik and his epic work is high praise!
    • Nate
      Charter Member
      • Apr 2015
      • 3801
      • Quarantined
      • INFO
        ~Known as: Nate
        ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
        ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


        SMOKERS & GRILLS
        ~Grilla Original Grilla
        ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
        ~Pit Barrel Cooker
        ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
        ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
        ~Weber Q1000


        THERMOMETERS
        ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
        ~Thermoworks Thermapen
        ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
        ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
        ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
        ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
        ~Maverick ET-733
        ~Maverick XR-50


        ACCESSORIES
        ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
        ~Slow 'n' Sear
        ~Drip 'n' Griddle
        ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
        ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
        ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


        DRINKS
        ~Sweet Tea
        ~Bourbon
        ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

      #93
      I love keeping up with this thread. Congrats on a successful opening night and run. Food looks amazing and I love the display table idea!

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    • PaulstheRibList
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1612
      • 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.

      #94
      Vending Event #5 happening Thursday Night...wonder what's on the menu #GetOntheRibList
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      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        I wish I could make it! Keep rolling Paul!

      • tbob4
        tbob4 commented
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        Quit teasing me and just tell me what the "Manager's Special" is! By the way - that rack of ribs looks loaded. I hope the safety was engaged when you took the photo. Hahahahaha. Great job, as usual.

      • PaulstheRibList
        PaulstheRibList commented
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        tbob4, we could take that same pic holding an AR15, you know, the other AR, and do a switch back-n-forth GIF!
    • vandy
      Club Member
      • Aug 2015
      • 612
      • Olive Branch, MS

      #95
      Wow what a great rig, sounds like you have it figured out. Good luck and here is to a brilliant future!

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      • Butchman
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 513
        • Estero, FL

        #96
        Congrats! The rig and everything looks beautiful

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        • RonB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 11828
          • Near Richmond VA
          • Weber Performer Deluxe
            SNS
            Pizza insert
            Rotisserie
            Smokenator 1000
            Cookshack Smokette Elite
            2 Thermapens
            Chefalarm
            Dot
            lots of probes.
            CyberQ

          #97
          I think a lot of people here have dreamed of opening a BBQ business, but most of never will. So living the dream through your posts is very enjoyable Paul.

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          • PaulstheRibList
            PaulstheRibList commented
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            RonB, I'm so glad the journey is fun for you guys, too!
        • PaulstheRibList
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 1612
          • 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.

          #98
          Whew...Did I mention to you guys that running a barbecue truck is both fun AND work? We are now about 3 months in, something like a dozen public gigs, plus some friend ones, and Man, this is fun! (and work).

          My other business is also really busy with customers, and more than that, me pushing really hard to finish some projects. The combo of these two things means my storytelling to you, my Pitmaster Club peeps, has been neglected. Alas, I shall repent and make regular updates on about the Paul's Rib Shack adventure.

          Our debut was at a 3 week concert series at our Civic Center seawall, Live at the Lakefront. It's a fundraiser for the area Art's Council. The pics above are from week 1, and the pic's in here are from week's 2-3, in March.

          In golf, the expression is "Drive for show. Putt for dough." In the Q Buz, I think the adaptation is, "Brisket for show. Pulled Pork for dough." I'm still not dialed in on the pulled pork recipe, a little tweaking on the pull technique and the saucing. It's good, however! Here is Sam putting on the butt's for Week 2!
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          The Myron Mixon 72XC is...Big! The friend I made in Carolina who uses this in his business says he can load it up with 90 butts at max...that's a bunch! We haven't done that yet.
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          Aren't they pretty!
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          We use a 10 gallon Jambalaya pot to saute the veggies for the base in the Beans. It is some kind of pretty!
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          This is Amanda. She and her husband opened http://www.sloppytacotruck.com/ and thus launched the food truck scene in Lake Charles, only 3 years ago! She came by and gave some support! (She also gave feedback that week: the pulled pork was a little undersalted, and she wanted some more spice with it. I'll take the feedback so we can improve!)
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          Here is the order taking crew! My wife worked the point of sale, and the twins took orders and showed the samples outside. I'm the rover. When I'm not needed for production, I'm the hype man working the crowd!
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          This is vending night #2 at Live at the Lakefront. The Twins, my 14 year old daughters, are on point manning the samples table and getting the orders on the pad before the customers get to the window. They are great! The BAD news is there was some rain, some wind, so the event was moved INDOORS, while us food truck peeps were outdoors. So, we sold less than half of the 1st week, and had a good many leftovers. That's not as fun. Oh well, there's always Next week!
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          The next day, Saturday, we vended at a charity event, Touch a Truck, sponsored by the Junior League. They set up all these cool trucks and construction vehicles for little kids to climb on, have fun, and learn. It was great for the community! That rain storm that threatened and rained a little the night before lingered into the morning, and we didn't really sell much until about 1. They we picked up well for the remaining hour. And we made some great friends!
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          The next day, Sunday, we went to one of my great friend's church, Mouth Olive Baptist Church, to give away food at the parade to honor the STATE CHAMPION BASKETBALL TEAM, Washington-Marion Chargin' Indians! Go Indians! We made more friends and had fun. Three days...three events...three locations. I was glad to park the trailer that night and go home. Satisfied.
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          This is the trailer and the crowd starting to build before the event. They loved the sausage and the pulled pork leftovers!
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          Week 3 of Live of the Lakefront was the next Friday. It WENT GREAT! We served about 250 plates. At the peak, we were serving a customer every 30-40 seconds. If you are not impressed by that, then you should be. Here is the main serving crew: Colin at left, working the steam table. Sam in the front, #BrisketSword in hand at the cutting board. And Dominic with the beannie had, working the sides in the back and the bun section. (I added another shelf above the steam table where we now have the buns and slaw-iced tray. We were busy, so I don't have many pictures!
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          The tourism bureau sent a photographer to cover the event, and I love the shot he picked! We were amping up the fire to finish the turkey and do some shrimp. #StickBurnersRule
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          • bbqoaf
            bbqoaf commented
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            So cool, hope it continues to grow!

          • Spinaker
            Spinaker commented
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            Dude, this is so great! I love it when great people do well. You'd deserve every bit of it Paul.
        • tbob4
          Charter Member
          • Nov 2014
          • 2257
          • Chico, CA
          • BBQ's
            _____________________
            California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
            California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
            Santa Maria Grill
            Vision Grill

            Beer
            _______________________
            Sierra Nevada IPA

            Wood
            _______________________
            Almond
            Oak
            Madrone
            Cherry
            Peach
            Apple

          #99
          I love these posts! Keep them up. If you ever get the truck to the Houston or Galveston area please let me know. My boy would love to get some of your BBQ (so would I but I'm a long way away). If your truck goes to any events in LA near the Texas border, let me know as well. He will drive for good food.

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          • PaulstheRibList
            PaulstheRibList commented
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            I am 2 hours away from Downtown Houston! #CloseEnoughForRoadTrips!!!

          • tbob4
            tbob4 commented
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            I am sending him.

          • Spinaker
            Spinaker commented
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            Yeah! Get your boy over there!
        • kmhfive
          Club Member
          • Mar 2017
          • 3003
          • Northern Illinois
          • Weber Kettle -- 22.5" (In-Service Date June 2015)
            Slow-n-Sear/Drip-n-Griddle/Grill Grates (In-Service Date March 2016)
            Pit Boss 820 (Retired)
            GMG Jim Bowie WiFi (In-Service Date April 2017)
            Maverick ET-733
            Fireboard
            Home-brewer

          Great story and pictures. Happy people eating good food!

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        • gcdmd
          Charter Member
          • Sep 2014
          • 952
          • The Republic of Texas

          It's good to see your beautiful family involved and sharing the adventure. They're grown and gone all too soon. We've been through that with our kids and now our grandkids. You're livin' the dream. Enjoy the ride, Paul.

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          • PaulstheRibList
            PaulstheRibList commented
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            Oh, dude, thank you! I love having the girlies helping - and they are good at it, too!
        • fzxdoc
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 4738
          • My toys:
            Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
            Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
            Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
            Weber Kettle Premium 22"
            Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
            Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


            Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
            Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
            Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
            Grill Grate for SnS
            Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
            Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
            2 Grill Grate Griddles

            Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
            Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
            Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
            2 Fireboard Driver Cables
            Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
            Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
            Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
            Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
            Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
            Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
            Thermoworks Timestick Trio
            Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
            Maverick ET 733
            Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

            Grill Pinz
            Vortex (two of them)

            Two Joule Sous Vide devices
            VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
            Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
            Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
            Charcoal Companion TurboQue
            A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

            BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

            Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
            Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
            Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
            Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

          Well, you're certainly no stranger to hard work, PaulstheRibList , and your enthusiasm virtually jumps off the monitor as I read your posts. It sounds as though you've thought through this endeavor very thoroughly and are following your game plan toward success. You've got a beautiful setup and if the food tastes half as good as it looks, Aaron Franklin should watch his back.

          I wish you all the best. You deserve it.

          Kathryn

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          • PaulstheRibList
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            That is so encouraging to hear, fzxdoc - it's a weird day when I'm not enthusiastic, but it does happen. Some portions were well thought through, but I'm great at improvising, either way. lol, I don't think Aaron has much to worry about from me.
        • Danjohnston949
          Former Member
          • Dec 2014
          • 4437
          • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

          PaulstheRibList, It appears you have Your BBQ Trailor up and Running Smoothly! As gcdmd (George) said above it's Great to See the Family Participation! Those two Lt Wt's You have with You Look Like They Can Hold Your Trailer Down in a Full Fledged Hurricaneโ“ ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰
          Congratulations and May the Fun Outrun the Work!
          Eat Well and Prosper! From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

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          • PaulstheRibList
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            Dude, I love that expression, "May the Fun Outrun the Work!"
        • RonB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 11828
          • Near Richmond VA
          • Weber Performer Deluxe
            SNS
            Pizza insert
            Rotisserie
            Smokenator 1000
            Cookshack Smokette Elite
            2 Thermapens
            Chefalarm
            Dot
            lots of probes.
            CyberQ

          This whole post has been thoroughly enjoyable Paul. Kee the posts coming.

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          • PaulstheRibList
            PaulstheRibList commented
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            Thank you, sir! It's more fun getting to share this little story with my pitmaster peeps.
        • ComfortablyNumb
          Club Member
          • May 2017
          • 3038
          • Northeast Washington
          • KBQ C-60
            PK360
            Thermoworks Smoke
            Thermoworks Thermopop
            Thermoworks Dot

          I just discovered this thread. Leaves me wondering two things.

          Just how serious, I mean really serious, is Paul about BBQ?

          When are we going to see him on 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives'?

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          • PaulstheRibList
            PaulstheRibList commented
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            I love your hyperbole...it's my favorite literary device!

            Oh, to hear ole Guy on the trailer saying, "Welcome to Flavor Town!" He should defiantly #GetOntheRibList

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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

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        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

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        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

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        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!

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        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

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        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


        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


        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

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        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

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        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


        Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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        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