This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 5 pages for free. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Login | Contact Us ]

There are 4 page views remaining.


No announcement yet.

Hello from Pittsburgh!

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Hello from Pittsburgh!

    Hey All,

    This is an apply named *amazing* site, and i'm excited to be a part of the club. Already I've gotten my money's worth with the seminars and information.

    A little about me:

    I'm a graduate of Pittsburgh's Culinary Institute (Le Cordon Bleu), and have worked everywhere from a AAA 5 Diamond Restaurant, to wedding catering and ala carte. Currently I work an office job during the week, but I've gotten barbecue fever over the past year.

    I've been having a lot of fun trying different things with ribs, brisket, etc., and look forward to interacting with you all!

    WELCOME! Looking forward to learning from you! Looking forward to seeing pics of your cooks and such!


      Welcome to the Pit! It is great fun.What are you cooking on? I cook on a BGE and when visiting my son a 26" Weber Kettle. At my son-in-law's it is a Joe Jr. I have the fever, too.


      • cdarv
        cdarv commented
        Editing a comment
        Right now i have a Masterbuilt Electric (i know, i know!). I'm either going to be getting a weber 22", and/or converting a 55 gallon drum into a horizontal smoker setup, now that i have the charcoal bug in me.

      • LA Pork Butt
        LA Pork Butt commented
        Editing a comment
        Some of the best chickennInever tasted was on a split 55 gal drum.

      Welcome cdarv! We're glad you're here. Why did you transition from restaurant to office work?


      • cdarv
        cdarv commented
        Editing a comment
        Hey thanks! I'm a big fan of the SnS concept by the way. i might be getting a setup for it soon with a weber 22" (although i should probably wait until after winter)!

        As for the industry switch, i actually still do cater on the weekends, but i had a very good opportunity to make an industry switch (pays the bills, heh). One day I may go back into cooking as a business owner, but that will probably be after i pay down the rest of these school loans!

      • David Parrish
        David Parrish commented
        Editing a comment
        Trust me, I know about having to pay the bills =)

      cdarv, Welcome to the Pit! You are going to like it Here! I learn something every day! 👍👍👍👍👍. Have Fun, Dan


      • Danjohnston949
        Danjohnston949 commented
        Editing a comment
        cdarv, Thanks for the Like! I recently acquired a Weber Performer Deluxe(propane igniter) on a cart and a S 'n S I love both of them! You can see my Post and Rating on Amazon it went up on Monday! Dan

      • cdarv
        cdarv commented
        Editing a comment
        I'll check it out! Thanks!

      Welcome to The Pit cdarv! I look forward to learning more from you than I can share!

      Since this is your first post, please check out our homework assignment post for new members, it contains a few how-tos and please-dos.

      Also, it's very important that you add the domain AmazingRibs.com to your email safe list in case you are ever drawn as our monthly Gold Medal Giveaway winner!

      Hope to hear & see more from you!


      • cdarv
        cdarv commented
        Editing a comment
        Thanks so much @Huskee!

        I went through it and did most of it by now. let me know if I missed anything!


    No announcement yet.
    Rubs Promo


    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.

    Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

    A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

    Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

    Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

    The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. We gave Spark a Platinum Medal for pushing the envelope of product capability while maintaining high standards of design and workmanship.

    Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review


    Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

    Amazingribs.com temperature magnet
    Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

    Click here to order.

    Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

    Fireboard Labs Product Photo Shoot. Kansas City Commercial Portrait and Wedding Photographers ©Kevin Ashley Photography

    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 detailedreview

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

    The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. 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 ourcomplete review

    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 beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

    Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

    Click here to order directly and get an exclusive AmazingRibs.com deal

    Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

    We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
    Click here for our review on this unique smoker

    The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

    kamado grill
    Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

    Click here for our article on this exciting cooker