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  • bhleigh
    Former Member
    • Oct 2015
    • 13
    • Philadelphia

    Hello from Delco

    Hey Everyone! I am new to smoking, bbq-ing, and everything in between. I look forward to purchasing my first smoker this Christmas. I will do my best to learn from all of you here and share my story along the way. #flyeaglesfly #weare #pennstate
  • _John_
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2397

    #2
    Welcome, good that you are reading up on smokers before buying unlike most of us who ended up here through screwups. Or maybe it's just me.

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    • jholmgren
      Founding Member
      • Aug 2014
      • 261
      • York, PA
      • -Jim

        *Kamado Joe "Classic Joe"*
        *Weber Spirit (for quick weeknight cooks)*
        *Cyber Q Wi-Fi temp controller for overnight cooks*
        *ThermaPen Instant* *Thermapen Chef Alarm* ...and pretty much any wheat beer!

      #3
      Welcome from York, PA bhleigh from a fellow PSU and Iggles fan.

      John - it's just you man. We all made the perfect choice in smokers right off the bat.

      -Jim

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      • crvan
        Founding Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 50
        • Largo, Florida
        • Rob Vantreese

          Lang 48 Deluxe
          Weber Q series
          Weber Kettle Gold
          Old Char Broil with tempered glass front
          Digital Thermometer Master Forge
          Bayou Classic Deep Fryer
          Fire Pit
          Favorite Beer: Budweiser, Miller, Lite, Icehouse, Coors, Amstel, Samuel Adams, Guinness, Yuengling.... Aw hell my favorite beer is the one I have in my hand

        #4
        Welcome, don't be like me and disappear for a while, keep coming around and you will never stop learning... actually I do come to Amazing Ribs often I just have not been on the forum much lately but I'm back

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        • Danjohnston949
          Former Member
          • Dec 2014
          • 4398
          • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

          #5
          bhleigh, Welcome To The Pit! You will find enough BBQ Info Here free for the asking for you to earn a Doctorate of Q Degree! First decision you need to make is what kind of fuel you want to use! The Choices include; Charcoal, Pellets, Gas, or Electric and perhaps others! Have Fun I use CharcoaL? 👍Dan

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          • vandy
            Club Member
            • Aug 2015
            • 611
            • Olive Branch, MS

            #6
            bhleigh, Welcome to the pit. I think I have used every kind of fuel for cooking there is, I started out too many years ago to even say with charcoal then went to gas then to pellets and now I am trying to relearn charcoal and also trying to learn to cook with wood. The charcoal is going pretty good so far, wish I could say the same for the wood, lol. I need to post some photos of what I am doing but to be honest by the time the meat gets done and I have smelled it cooking all I want to do is eat so I forget the photos. It is hard enough for me to give the meat time to rest before I want to dig in. Hope your learn a lot and share your thoughts with everyone else. Bill

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            • Huskee
              Administrator
              • May 2014
              • 15371
              • central MI, USA
              • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

                Smokers / Grills
                • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                • PBC
                • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
                • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
                • 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 X4 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.

              #7
              Welcome to The Pit bhleigh! We're glad to have you here and thank you for the support. Look forward to helping answer any questions you may have.

              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!

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              • LA Pork Butt
                Charter Member
                • Dec 2014
                • 5650
                • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                #8
                Welcome! Every approach works, and thy all have their up sides and down sides. I guess it all depends which upsides you want and which downsides you are willing to live with. Or, you can accumulate different grills and smokers for whatever mood you are in. I am tempted to do that, but with just my wife I can't convince myself. I've done everything except pellets, and now am focused on charcoal with a BGE. I some times cook on an 18" Weber at my son-in-law and a 26" at my son's. If I were just starting out I think I would get a 22" Weber and master smoking and reverse sear. Meathead has lots of pointers and plenty of guys in the pit use Webers. They will be more than wiling to give you tips.

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                • bhleigh
                  Former Member
                  • Oct 2015
                  • 13
                  • Philadelphia

                  #9
                  Thank you all for the warm welcome. I am leaning towards charcoal/wood as the primary fuel source. I have a sawmill owner that regularly has oak, hickory, apple, cherry, pecan, and other scraps lying around that are mine for the taking.

                  Huskee - I did see the "homework". Its on the list of to-do's but I will get to it all.

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                  • Huskee
                    Administrator
                    • May 2014
                    • 15371
                    • central MI, USA
                    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

                      Smokers / Grills
                      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                      • PBC
                      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                      • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
                      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
                      • 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 X4 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.

                    #10
                    bhleigh that's excellent that you have access to scrap wood like that. He has apple & cherry wood? What does he make that uses those? All the woods you mention are fantastic for a variety of meats, either lone or in combo.

                    What's your budget and your cooking capacity needs? If you're starting out, a 22" Weber kettle and a Slow'NSear is a budget conscious setup with excellent versatility from smoking whole 15lb packer briskets to searing steaks or brats for a quick cook. Total package price there ~$230-240.

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                    • fuzzydaddy
                      Charter Member
                      • Nov 2014
                      • 4972
                      • Winchester TN
                      • Hardware
                        Blackstone 36” Griddle.
                        Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado & Kettle Grill.
                        Slow 'N Sear (1.0, Deluxe, 2.0).
                        DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
                        Weber Chimney Starters (regular and compact).
                        Joule, Instant Accu Slim.
                        GrillGrates.
                        Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
                        ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

                        Consumables / Favorites
                        KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks), B&B Hardwood Briquettes when I'm out of Weber.
                        Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins, Shrimp, Fajitas.
                        SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
                        MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPG.

                      #11
                      Ditto to what Huskee said, and I'll add that the kettle/sns package is a great setup even if you have other grills. Fun to use, easy to use, versatile, and outstanding food!

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                      • bhleigh
                        Former Member
                        • Oct 2015
                        • 13
                        • Philadelphia

                        #12
                        Huskee my friend owns a portable sawmill and makes custom woodworking for homes, furniture, and other lumber projects. I live in a place where oak and cherry are abundant so he routinely gets a tree service to drop off the trees instead of paying a dump fee.

                        Thanks for the advice on the kettle. My budget is about $600-$1000 for the whole operation. I figure I would spend at least $200 on needed accessories (digital thermometer, gloves, tongs, charcoal chimney starter thingy, etc.) and the rest on the smoker itself.

                        I want to be able to cook enough ribs in one go for at least 15 people. if everyone it's half a rack, then that's room for 7-8 full racks. Brisket, Pork butt, turkey, chicken, and salmon are also on the list.

                        Keep the help coming!

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                        • Skip
                          Founding Member
                          • Jul 2014
                          • 3702
                          • Blue Earth, Minnesota
                          • LSG Adjustable Grill/Smoker, MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

                          #13
                          Welcome to The Pit! I can see lots of fun coming for you real soon. Whatever unit you choose will be good. It seems as we move along in our BBQ lives we always find more equipment that we need. Yes you read it right--Equipment and Gadgets that we NEED! Good luck and have fun. Skip

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                          • Papa Bob
                            Founding Member
                            • Jul 2014
                            • 277
                            • stokton ca

                            #14
                            welcome young man enjoy and most of all have fun we all seem to also it is a good place to find out what you need, and if what you want is really a good thing. spend good money on good stuff.
                            Last edited by Papa Bob; November 1, 2015, 02:36 PM.

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                            • Jon Solberg
                              Former Member
                              • Jul 2014
                              • 4729

                              #15
                              WELCOME!

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