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  • Troutman
    Club Member
    • Aug 2017
    • 6370
    • Republic of Texallence

      22" Weber Kettle - Red Premium Limited Edition
      6 Burner Weber Summit Gasser
      22" and 18" Weber WSM Smoker
      18” Jumbo Joe
      36" double door Lyfe Tyme offset stick burner (SOLD !)
      Pitts & Spitts Pellet Pro 2436
      Classic Thermopen
      Thermoworks SMOKE
      Fireboard Pro with Pit Viper fan
      Grill Grates
      SNS for the 22" Weber kettle
      A-MAZE-N Smoker 12" Tube & Tray
      Weber stainless veggie basket
      Weber stainless fish basket
      Weber stainless rib rack
      Phat Mat cooking mats
      Barbestar BBQ Cooking Gloves
      For Beef (brisket, beef ribs, large clods/roasts) = 100% mesquite, oak or hickory
      For Chicken & other fowl = competition blend, cherry/oak/hickory
      For Turkey = 100% hickory or competition blend
      For Pork Shoulder = mesquite, oak or hickory
      For Pork Chops or Ribs = 100% applewood
      Anova Immersion Circulator 900 watt & 12 & 18 quart Rubbermaid containers with hinged sous vide lids
      Generic Calphalon non-stick cookware set of pots and pans
      12" & 14" All-Clad Stainless skillets
      Cast Iron 12" skillet by Victoria
      La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Yellow Round
      La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Cherry Oval
      Old Revere Wear Copper & Stainless Pots (handed down)

      JA Henckels 15 piece Stainless Knife Set
      Victorinox 12" Fibrox Pro Slicing Knive
      Victorinox 6" Curved Boning Knife
      Set of Dalstrong Japanese Steak Knives

    Pick Your Favorite Cooker

    Okay it's time, ladies and gentlemen, to pick your favorite cooker. If I missed your kind, sorry about that. I'm just really curious as to what everyone's number one choice is. Here's mine, for better or worse. Choose your #1, then post your list.....

    1) WSM or other vertical smokers
    2) Charcoal kettle
    3) Stick burner
    4) Pellet pooper
    5) Gasser
    Charcoal Vertical Smokers, Bullets or Drums
    Pellet Smokers
    Stick burners, horizontal or vertical
    Charcoal kettles like Weber, PK or other brands
    Propane gas grills
    Santa Maria style open pits
    Electric smokers
    Hole in the ground, camp fire pit cooking
    Ceramic style cookers - BGE, Primo, etc.

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by Troutman; October 29th, 2018, 09:07 AM.
  • Hulagn1971
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 711
    • NC, The Triad
    • WSM 22.5", Pitmaster IQ110, Weber 22.5" Kettle with SNS, Weber 14" Smokey Joe.

    WSM then Weber kettle.


    • CaptainMike
      Club Member
      • Nov 2015
      • 2074
      • The Great State of Jefferson
      • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
        Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
        2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
        20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
        20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
        Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
        36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
        Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

      My kettles with SnS are the most versatile and portable cookers I have, especially that WSCG (except it's not very portable).

      1. WSCG
      2. Weber22 w/SnS
      3. Pellet Pooper
      4. Gas-passer
      5. Bradley
      Last edited by CaptainMike; October 29th, 2018, 08:56 AM.


      • Attjack
        Club Member
        • Aug 2017
        • 3158
        • Primo XL
          Weber 26"
          Weber 22"
          Weber 22"
          Weber 18"
          Weber Jumbo Joe
          Weber Green Smokey Joe (Thanks, Mr. Bones!)
          Weber Smokey Joe
          Orion Smoker

          DigiQ DX2
          Slow 'N Sear XL
          Arteflame 26.75" Insert

          Blaze BLZ-4-NG 32-Inch 4-Burner Built-In
          - With Rear Infrared Burner
          - With Infrared Sear Burner
          - With Rotisserie
          Empava 2 Burner Gas Cooktop
          Weber Spirit 210
          - With Grillgrates
          ​​​​​​​ - With Rotisserie
          Weber Q2200

          Blackstone Pizza Oven

          Portable propane burners (3)
          Propane turkey Fryer

          Fire pit grill



        • holehogg
          Club Member
          • Nov 2017
          • 1594
          • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

          Only have a gasser and just recently acquired a kettle. Not much to choose from. Loved my Butt cook on the Kettle but the gasser is were I started. I just dont know.


          • Spinaker
            • Nov 2014
            • 9829
            • Land of Tonka
            • John "J R"
              Instagram: JRBowlsby
              Smokin' Hound Que
              Minnesota/ United States of America

              Dexter (Beagle mix)
              Kinnick (American Foxhound)

              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
              FireBoard (Base Package)
              Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
              Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)

              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
              FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
              Kingsford Blue and White
              Rockwood Lump Charcoal
              Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60

              Buck 119 Special
              Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
              Next Major Purchase
              Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

            Kamado for most things.

            But for all out fun.....nothing beats feeding a stick burner.


            • JonnyB
              JonnyB commented
              Editing a comment
              I totally agree Spinaker. For convenience or ease of operation, a gasser or pellet smoker is the way to go. But for full on flavor and the satisfaction of maintaining a fire as God intended, a stick burner is hard to beat. It ain't for everybody, but I love the experience.

            • xaugievike
              xaugievike commented
              Editing a comment
              Does the WSCG qualify as a Kamado?

            • Spinaker
              Spinaker commented
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              I have never cooked on one, but yes, I would say that it does. xaugievike
          • Rod
            Club Member
            • Dec 2015
            • 499
            • Phoenix, AZ
            • Weber Genesis S330 with GrillGrates
              Weber Performer with SnS, DnG and Pit Viper mod
              Weber 26" kettle with SnS and Pit Viper mod
              Blackstone 36" SS griddle

              Thermoworks Smoke
              Thermoworks MK4
              Maverick ET-732

              Accessories ranging from a Vortex to bear claws.

            I just recently started using my kettle with a fan mod. That shot it straight up to #1.

            1. Weber Performer
            2. Rec Tec
            3. Weber Genesis
            4. PBC


            • Rod
              Rod commented
              Editing a comment
              jfmorris klflowers I also got an adapter for the PBC I have yet to try the fan out on. For me I'm glad I started out with a pellet grill. I probably would have gotten too frustrated learning bbq and having to fuss with a bunch of vents at the same time. With the fan you can add another 10 minutes of so to your charcoal initial set up with having to plug things in and such.

            • Rod
              Rod commented
              Editing a comment
              jfmorris klflowers It's also nice to have multiple options. Especially if something electronically or mechanically fails unexpectedly. Don't get me wrong though, it is nice to have a large pellet cooker for capacity and times when smoke flavor isn't in order.

            • Polarbear777
              Polarbear777 commented
              Editing a comment
              For low and slow I light a Weber cube in the corner of the fire box, turn on the fan controller and walk away. Sometimes I’m even lazy and put the meat on at the same time since it takes maybe 20-30 minutes to temp up. (On kettle or pk)

              Of course the pbc needs a half a chimney dumped in, turn on fan, walk away.
          • Steve B
            Club Member
            • Jun 2016
            • 2564
            • Rockland county New York
            • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
              Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

              22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

              Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

              1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
              1 maverick et-733 - gray
              1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
              1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
              1 thermoworks thermopop - red

              Pre Miala flavor injector
              taylor digital scale
              TSM meat grinder
              chefs choice food slicer
              cuisinhart food processor
              food saver vacuum sealer
              TSM harvest food dehydrator

            Absolutely love my LSG stick burner. Second is tough. Kettle, Kamado, and the BlackStone are all really fun to cook on as well. Oh I almost forgot my R and V Works deep fryer.


            • Dadof3Illinois
              Dadof3Illinois commented
              Editing a comment
              @ Steve B the great thing is I get to borrow a stainless one anytime I need it...👍🏻👍🏻. Plus I need the new Blackstone griddle or was it the PBC or the new vertical smoker....OH the MCS!!!!!!!

            • Spinaker
              Spinaker commented
              Editing a comment
              Steve B The fryer is staying at my house now dude. Let's be honest, that was the plan all along. Man I love that thing.

            • Steve B
              Steve B commented
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              Dadof3Illinois and Spinaker Hahahahaha
          • Rod
            Club Member
            • Dec 2015
            • 499
            • Phoenix, AZ
            • Weber Genesis S330 with GrillGrates
              Weber Performer with SnS, DnG and Pit Viper mod
              Weber 26" kettle with SnS and Pit Viper mod
              Blackstone 36" SS griddle

              Thermoworks Smoke
              Thermoworks MK4
              Maverick ET-732

              Accessories ranging from a Vortex to bear claws.

            Actually this is how it should go for me.

            1. The wife
            2. Weber Performer
            3. Rec Tec
            4. Weber Genesis
            5. PBC


            • Steve B
              Steve B commented
              Editing a comment
              Not sure how to respond to this one.
              Is your wife that hot she can cook anything or does she do all the cooking or do you want to cook her in anything? 😳🤣😳😍
          • MBMorgan
            Club Member
            • Sep 2015
            • 5617
            • Colorado
            • > Weber Genesis EP-330
              > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
              > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
              > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
              > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
              to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
              > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
              > Thermoworks Smoke
              > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
              > Thermoworks Thermapen
              > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
              > Anova sous vide circulator
              > Searzall torch
              > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

              > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
              > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
              > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

            Original Grilla pellet-pooper followed by the Weber Genesis EP-330 (sometimes with and sometimes without a large griddle steel) ... both often augmented by SV.


            • Steve R.
              Club Member
              • Jul 2016
              • 1870
              • Elizabethtown, KY
              • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 22.5" Original Premium kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Old Country Over and Under smoker; PBC; Weber Ranch Kettle w/ Guru adapter.

              My Weber Ranch kettle is the best thing I have for brisket, and brisket is my favorite thing to smoke. So I'll have to go with Weber Ranch. It's the cooker I would choose if I could only have one. I do love to operate a stick burner, though.


              • JoeSousa
                JoeSousa commented
                Editing a comment
                I love cooking on my Ranch. I think because there is so much more air moving through the thing than a 22 inch kettle the smoke is a bit cleaner. The wood and briquettes are burning hotter to heat up all the area so it gives a cleaner combustion.

              • Steve R.
                Steve R. commented
                Editing a comment
                Yep! I even fitted mine with a PartyQ adapter and it runs the Ranch just like the 22", as far as maintaining steady temps. Once I learned not to use the lid rest, which lets all the hot air get away, it runs like a champ on long cooks.
            • snowswamp
              Club Member
              • Dec 2017
              • 196
              • Lakewood, CO
              • Weber Genesis Silver B (converted to nat. gas)
                Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 (converted to nat. gas)
                Thermoworks Smoke
                Thermoworks Classic Thermapen
                Thermoworks IR-IND Infrared Thermometer
                Maverivk XR-50 Thermometer

              I love campfire cooking with my Dutch ovens. I don’t get to do it as much as I like. There’s something to seeing them stacked up in a tower and watching the main course, sides, and desserts are all there.

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              • Jarret
                Club Member
                • Sep 2018
                • 68
                • Washington
                • Pitts & Spitts Maverick 1250
                  PK360 w/Grillgrates
                  Bradly Smoker
                  Weber gas BBQ
                  Smoke w/gateway
                  Joule for Sous Vide
                  VacMaster VP215 chamber sealer

                Recently picked up a Pitts & Spitts Maverick 1250 and that thing is magic, my #1.


                • Troutman
                  Troutman commented
                  Editing a comment
                  I've got the same model, it is a cookin' machine.
              • SmokeyGator
                Club Member
                • Jul 2016
                • 763
                • Miami, FL
                • Primo XL
                  Cyberq controller
                  Sierra Nevada IPA

                The one I have


                • JoeSousa
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2016
                  • 579
                  • Spokane, WA

                  1. Weber kettles - right now that is pretty much all I have.

                  If I had others...

                  2. Stick burner
                  3. Vertical drum smoker (probably a PBC)
                  4. Santa Maria
                  5. Pellet




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