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  • CandySueQ
    • Jul 2014
    • 1536
    • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

    Ironman BBQ

    I generally drive to a contest and haul my cooker behind the van. There's a number of reasons I'm heading to Pennsylvania on Friday to cook the Ironman BBQ! It's put on by a customer and it's a really cool concept for a contest.

    Limited meat -- 7 pieces of chicken, 1 rack of ribs (loin or spare), one pork butt and one brisket. The cook does pick the meat. Next challenge -- no electric assist! No Maverick type thermometers that get left in the pit. No pellet fire, no rotisseries, no electric fire controllers (i.e., Guru or Stoker).

    Mason-Dixon BBQ Supply is loaning me a 22" WSM, a table and a canopy. I will fly in to Baltimore on Friday and drive to the contest.

    Packed my tools, pared down seasonings and sauces in a rolling cooler. Need to pack my 18" WSM fire ring and expanded metal circle (for holding lump charcoal). I think I'm going to bring a 10# bag of Ozark Oak in a suitcase (which can fold up when empty), mainly because I'm used to it and I know how it will perform. I believe I will carry my meat (and maybe my small bag of seasonings) with me on the plane and check the cooler and the bag with charcoal (and my clothes!).

    It's been fun planning this. Chicken, ribs and pork are all trimmed up and vacuum sealed. I bought a prime brisket flat, which I will need to trim a bit on site.

    I'm starting the list of what I'll need to buy once I get there. Foil, paper towels, 2 new towels for wrapping done meat to hold in the cooler, lettuce for turn in boxes.

    Am I missing something???
  • Jerod Broussard
    • Jun 2014
    • 9031
    • East Texas
    • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
      Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
      Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
      Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
      Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
      Weber Smokey Joe Gold
      Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
      Maverick ET-732 White
      Maverick ET-732 Copper
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      Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
      Thermoworks Timestick
      Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
      B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
      B & B Pellets

    Wow...good luck!!!!!!!


    • scorched_porch
      Charter Member
      • Jan 2015
      • 115
      • Redwood City, CA
      • - 36" Built in Wood Burning Argentine Parilla
        - Cast Iron Plancha
        - Magnani Picolo Pizza Oven
        - WSM 22.5 with Cajun Bandit Conversion Kit
        - Pit Barrel Cooker
        - Weber Performer with CrayCort CI Grate Insert
        - DigiQ Party Q
        - Maverick RediCheck
        - Red Thermapen
        - Amzn Pellet cold Smoking Tray

        Blog - https://thequinchoproject.wordpress.com/
        Equipment - Mundial Catering Knives, Boos Blocks, Sous Vide Setup, Excalibur Dehydrator
        Kitchen Idols - Steven Raichlen, Francis Mallman, Paul Kirk, Corey Lee and Ryan Farr
        Passions - Game Processing, World Cuisine, Charcuterie, Great Wine and Great Cheeses

      Did you pack a camera so we can see your pictures?


      • CandySueQ
        • Jul 2014
        • 1536
        • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

        My iphone. Biggest problem is remembering to take photos! But I'm going to try to do better.

        Do you think I'm being silly about the charcoal?


        • CurlingDog
          CurlingDog commented
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          not at all... go with what you know. I would pack it in a separate bag than with your clothes tho... ;0)

        • CandySueQ
          CandySueQ commented
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          Going to need 3-4 garbage bags. I'll bag the charcoal up in garbage bags. Then I can cross garbage bags off the buy list! Whole idea is to limit everything to 4 bags (counting purse), meat and purse go on the plane, check the charcoal and cooler

        • scorched_porch
          scorched_porch commented
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          Nope - Every chef brings his own knives to work.
      • _John_
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 2454

        I think you ought to take it on as carry-on, plenty of conversation there! The Ozark Oak guys are near here, but I don't see a site for them, wonder if I could go check the place out and pick up some fresh stuff.


        • CandySueQ
          • Jul 2014
          • 1536
          • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

          Call first to see if they have stock! My local restaurant supply carries 10# bag for $8. Got it packed (clothes too)!


          • Gunderich_1
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 207
            • Paris, TN
            • 1-Slow N Sear
              2-Smoke EZ
              2-Pit Barrel Cookers
              1-Weber Gold 22.5"
              2-Weber Silver 22.5"
              1-Master-Built Cabinet Electric Smoker
              1 Kingsford Barrel Style Grill/Smoker
              1 Brinkman Master Bullet Smoker

            Good luck CandySueQ ! I have heard of the Iron Man. It's something I would like to try because I don't go with anything electronic (okay other than thermomoters)LOL. I really like the old style way of doing things. And before anyone piles on, I think pellet smokers and Guru's and Stokers are great for those that like them. I am just hard headed and like tending my fire. Please keep us posted and hopeuflly take lost of photos. Again, best of luck!


            • The Burn
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 993
              • West Chester, PA
              • Gas Grill: NXR Tabletop/Portable Propane
                Charcoal: Weber Performer Silver (i.e., 22.5")
                Charcoal: Weber OTG 22.5"

                Kettle Accessories: Slow 'n Sear, Smokenator and Vortex and bound to be more on the way
                Smoker: GOSM Propane 38" 2-drawer
                Pellet: CampChef/Browning Deluxe PGP24LTD

                Thermometer: 2 Mavericks, Red backlit Thermapen
                Anova Wi-Fi Sous Vide

              Where in PA is this CandySueQ and when this weekend? Depending on the answers, I might take a drive (I'm 30 miles west of Philly).


              • Marauderer
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 1481
                • Powder Springs, Georgia
                • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
                  Powder Springs, GA

                  Weber S470 with smoker box and insulated custom cover
                  RecTec w/grilling mat, front shelf, cover, Nomex Sealing Gasket, Hurd Downdraft Hood, Fuller's Earth,oversize wheels
                  GMG Davy Crockett Wifi
                  Blackstone 1575
                  Seville Classics Rolling Workbench
                  Grill Grates searing kit
                  (2) Maverick ET-732
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                  Wine maker from kits, Merlot, Liebfraumilch, N.Z. Pinot Noir, and some other fuity tuity wines that are great with "Q"
                  Pampered Chef Knives
                  All Clad BD5
                  Tyent Water Ionizer

                  I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

                Candy Sue, I think you are spot on taking what you are familiar with. That goes for everything you will need.

                Good Luck, and have a great time. I look forward to your post and pics after it is over.


                • Guy
                  Former Member
                  • Oct 2014
                  • 366
                  • Niceville, Florida

                  Candy Sue, good luck and hope you do well. I am glad to hear I am not the only one that forgets to take pictures.


                  • CandySueQ
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 1536
                    • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

                    This was BRUTAL!!! The wind blowing, cold temperatures, rain, lost the canopy, the WSM was a bit out of kilter, demanding pretty constant attention. It was a success -- got a call in ribs 10th place and came in (barely) in the top half. I was dangerous driving back to Baltimore to the hotel. Collapsed after a long, hot shower sleeping for a solid 9 hours. Glad to be home!


                    • David Parrish
                      Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
                      • May 2014
                      • 5034
                      • Charlotte, NC
                        • Slow 'N Sear Kamado (SnSK)
                        • Lots of grills that work with Slow 'N Sear
                        • LOTS of digital thermometers (my fav)
                        • LOTS of accessories
                        • Favorite Beer - Fat Tire
                        • Favorite Bourbon - Woodford Reserve
                        • Favorite White Wine - Cakebread Chardonnay
                        • Favorite Red Wine - Yes, Please

                      I guess with a name like "Ironman" a few bumps along the road are expected. Congrats on the rib call!


                      • Jon Solberg
                        Former Member
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 4876

                        Congratulations on the call Ms. C.


                        • richinlbrg
                          Founding Member
                          • Jul 2014
                          • 1797
                          • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
                          • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

                          Congratulations on your results, Candy Sue!!

                          But I am so sorry i didn't see this thread sooner. I am not that far away and could have gotten supplies for you.

                          FWIW, you were exactly right to stick with what you are familiar with.

                          Hope you are happy with the result!
                          Last edited by richinlbrg; April 6th, 2015, 04:47 PM.




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