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Join us in Memphis for our Meat-Up! Space is limited to 400, secure your spot by booking early! Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis2020)
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  • beeger
    Club Member
    • May 2019
    • 6
    • Edmond, OK

    #16
    You are my new Hero! Can't wait for blow-by-blow description. I'm smoking a small brisket this weekend (just the wife & me), give me something to up my game!

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    • bollingknowles
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 32
      • Richmond, Va

      #17
      Welcome. Can't wait to hear about it. Definitely on my bucket list.

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      • Santamarina
        Club Member
        • Aug 2018
        • 640
        • Wildomar, CA

        #18
        Living the dream!

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        • Spinaker
          Moderator
          • Nov 2014
          • 10238
          • Land of Tonka
          • John "J R"
            Instagram: JRBowlsby
            Smokin' Hound Que
            Minnesota/ United States of America

            ********************************************
            Assistants
            Dexter (Beagle mix)
            Kinnick (American Foxhound)
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            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)
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            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
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            Fuel
            FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
            Kingsford Blue and White
            Rockwood Lump Charcoal
            Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
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            Cutlery
            Buck 119 Special
            Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
            Global
            Shun
            Wusthof
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            Next Major Purchase
            Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

          #19
          Nice! Let us know what you think!

          Also, try to make it down too Lockhart. It is an amazing BBQ town that can't be missed if you are in that area.

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          • luvthemstillers
            Club Member
            • Jul 2019
            • 114
            • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

            #20
            Picked this guy up yesterday.
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            • JoeSousa
              Club Member
              • Sep 2016
              • 722
              • Spokane, WA

              #21
              Enjoy! I went last fall and it was one of the best meals of my life. The turkey was my second favorite behind the brisket. But of course get some of everything.

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              • luvthemstillers
                Club Member
                • Jul 2019
                • 114
                • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

                #22
                Final prognosis: The line at Franklin is a friendly fun experience. The employees do an amazing job explaining everything to the customers and they keep the process moving. Its definitely a well oiled machine. Getting there early is definitely reccomend to get your choice of meats. As for the food itself, the brisket is as amazing as everyone says that it is. It is the perfect level of tenderness, and the bark from the rub is excellent. The ribs are melt in your mouth tender and easily bite right off the bones. The pulled pork is succulent and is made even better with Franklin's Espresso barbecue sauce. The turkey is moist, but compared to the other meats, it's just ok. As for the sides and desserts, the cole slaw is a perfect cold creamy balance to all of the rich barbecue meats. The beans are spicy, but perfectly cooked and are made even better by the burnt brisket ends that are part of the recipe. The potato salad is too much dill pickel flavor for my personal tastes, but I'm sure most people would enjoy it. As for the pies, the Bourbon Banana is delicious and definitely represents both flavors very well. My pie had at lest a half dozen slices of fresh banana in the filling. The pecan pie was also really good and probably one of the best I've tasted actually. All in all, Franklin's Barbecue was an amazing experience and should not be missed if you find yourself in Austin Texas.
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                • RickyBobby
                  RickyBobby commented
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                  The smoked meat pictures being my favorite here, that picture of Lone Star is a close second for me!!!! My favorite all time cheap beer!!! For those not in Texas, Lone Star is like the bud light/coors light/Miller light of Texas. I actually kind of love it.

                • ofelles
                  ofelles commented
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                  Holy C#^* Sounds amazing Thanks for the tour.
              • Hugh
                Club Member
                • Jun 2017
                • 357
                • My setup:
                  Gas Grill - Weber Genesis II 310
                  GrillGrates (2 flipped over for searing)
                  Anova Sous Vide
                  22" Kettle with SnS and Drip/Griddle
                  Thermapen Mk4
                  iGrill2 with 4 probes

                #23
                Best post ever. I've never hit the refresh button before to see if the next pic is in.

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                • Red Man
                  Club Member
                  • May 2018
                  • 745
                  • Western Washington

                  #24
                  Awesome...I’m so jealous! I have a friend living in Austin, I need to get down there for a visit!

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                  • luvthemstillers
                    luvthemstillers commented
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                    Book your trip now. Pro tip: get up early and get a good spot in line. Being first in line was a blast and worth the extra wait.
                • bollingknowles
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2016
                  • 32
                  • Richmond, Va

                  #25
                  Looks amazing. Drooling on my keyboard.

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                  • luvthemstillers
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2019
                    • 114
                    • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

                    #26
                    Just like a great Marvel movie, I have a post credits scene for you all... the famous Franklin offset smokers. This room had to be 120 degrees minimum. All the smokers were filled with the brisket for tomorrow's lunch, and it was only about 12:15 when I took the shots. I didn't get to see Franklin himself, but seeing these beauties in action was thrilling enough.
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                    • Backroadmeats
                      Backroadmeats commented
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                      I would like this post a 1000 times if I could.. thanks for taking this Minnesota boy through this meal with ya.. and you got to see the smokers... I am truly JEALOUS!!

                    • RickyBobby
                      RickyBobby commented
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                      Absolutely awesome post!!! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for taking The Pit along with you!!!

                    • fzxdoc
                      fzxdoc commented
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                      That smoke room is so nice and clean! Looks great! Thanks for taking the photos and bringing us along.

                      Kathryn
                  • SmokingSteve
                    Club Member
                    • Jun 2018
                    • 273
                    • Mesa Arizona
                    • SmokingSteve

                    #27
                    Great write-up! I can tell you enjoyed it very much! My bucket list just got longer.

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                    • Huskee
                      Pit Boss/Manager
                      • May 2014
                      • 14325
                      • central MI, USA
                      • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

                        Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

                        Smokers / Grills
                        • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                        • PBC
                        • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                        • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                        • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
                        • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                        • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                        • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
                        • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
                        • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

                        Thermometers
                        • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
                        • (7) Maverick ET-732s
                        • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
                        • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
                        • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
                        • Thermapen MkII, orange
                        • ThermoPop, yellow
                        • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
                        • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
                        • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
                        • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

                        Accessories
                        • Instant Pot 6qt
                        • Anova Bluetooth SV
                        • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
                        • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
                        • BBQ Dragon
                        • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
                        • Weber grill topper
                        • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
                        • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
                        • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

                        Beverages
                        • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
                        • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
                        • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
                        • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
                        • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
                        • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
                        • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

                        About me
                        Real name: Aaron
                        Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

                        Occupation:
                        • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

                      #28
                      This really was an awesome post; the pics, the story, real-time updates. You are the man, good sir!

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                      • IowaGirl
                        Club Member
                        • Dec 2018
                        • 489
                        • Northeast Iowa, USA

                        #29
                        Yummmmmm!!!!

                        Thanks for sharing!

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                        • Nate
                          Charter Member
                          • Apr 2015
                          • 3770
                          • 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

                          #30
                          Great post! I hope to make the pilgrimage one day!

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                          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!

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                          slow n sear

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                          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.

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                          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.

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                          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


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                          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 .


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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.

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                          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.

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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.

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                          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.

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                          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.

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                          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.

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                          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'.

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                          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.

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                          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.

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                          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.

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