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  • Owensaz
    Club Member
    • Nov 2015
    • 4

    Here goes it- Phoenix, AZ

    Been lurking the frontpage for a number of years, finally started hunkering down this year and buying all the GOLD Medal gadgets and felt it was time to pay my respects to the gang that helped up my Grill Game. I really wished you guys had a donate button as initially I didn't want to join, but hell forcing me to interact with other flame and smoke enthusiast may do me some good! So thank you to the Men & Women behind the site.

    I hail from the East Coast and Uncle Sam brought me out West and several years in the traveling game the family decided to plant roots in Arizona. So here I am, at times I'm an professional hobbyist that is eagerly looking to find the best gear I can get my grimy lil paws on, but usually not before I've spent some years doing it the "hard" way to develop an appreciation for the craft. To the gun & ammo guys and gals in the crowd as a point of reference for my methodical ways, I'll say I spent about 6 years on an Single Stage Rock Chucker making bullets one by one before I bought a Dillon and it's not auto-indexing because I'm that much of an Anal Retentive prick at times and like to take my time. I'm a gun guy, ammo guy, scotch & whisky/whiskey guy, cigar guy, food guy, and I pretend to be a car guy every so often and do some performance mods on the F30 with supervision from friends far more engine inclined than I.

    Onto the meat & potatoes- started on the cheaply made grill baskets you see out at parks at my apartment complex about 3 years ago, it was in direct sunlight dirty as sin and required me to lug all the charcoal and dreaded lighter fluid outside my apartment and down some steps. No good. Fast forward 3 years no longer into Apartment living, I'm the proud owner of Weber 22.5 Kettle with the coal baskets, I've since rid myself of the lighter fluid and have an Chimney. I just recently took a trip out Scottsdale and purchased some cooking wood in addition to being now 45 days into the Traeger Elite Jr with just a slight Nomex Mod. So now I'm into Pellet, Charcoal and Chunk. Grilling and smoking has taken on an whole new meaning and it's slowly becoming an additional food item that's being requested of me at friend get togethers.

    I'll likely be reading in the shadows trying to find a butcher so I can get more variety then what my neighborhood Sprouts has, thanks for reading and making this site so insightful!

  • Danjohnston949
    In Memoriam
    • Dec 2014
    • 4398
    • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

    #2
    Owensaz, Welcome to The Pit! Your Story sounds all to familiar, right down to casting bullets for my black powder Ruger Revolver! My Model T solves my craving for automotive experience! I have Two Weber 22.5" Kettle Grills, a S 'n S and a BBQ Guru DigiQ that I just learning how to use! I would recommend the S 'n S to you! It gives a whole new dimension to BBQ in a Weber! Eat Well and Prosper! 👍👍🦃👍👍 Happy Thanks Giving, Dan

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    • DWCowles
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 9696
      • Smiths Grove, Ky
      • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

      #3
      Welcome Owensaz

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      • Jon Solberg
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 4729

        #4
        Welcome abaord!

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        • CeramicChef
          Former Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 1184
          • OKC, OK

          #5
          Welcome to The Pit and welcome to The Addiction!

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          • gardenfish
            Club Member
            • Jul 2015
            • 168
            • Phoenix, Az.
            • 2002 Weber Green Performer
              2015 22.5" WMS
              Old Char Broil 2 burner
              10" Deep Lodge cast iron

              733 Maverick Black
              733 Maverick Copper w/Meathead magnet
              Purple Thermapen

              Weber chimney
              Cheap smaller chimney

            #6
            Welcome. Ill be looking for your smoke cloud

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            • LA Pork Butt
              Charter Member
              • Dec 2014
              • 5776
              • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

              #7
              Welcome to the Pit! I guess you are a year round griller.

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              • Baker Dan
                Charter Member
                • Nov 2014
                • 338
                • North Eastern IL. McHenry County

                #8
                Welcome. Wise choice to join. You will learn something new every week.

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                • PappyBBQ
                  Charter Member
                  • May 2015
                  • 496
                  • Los Angeles
                  • Equipment:
                    Brinkman Gas/Charcoal duo with offset firebox
                    Pit Barrel Cooker
                    Maverick Remote Temperature Gizmo with Pit and meat probes
                    Thermopen Instant thermo

                  #9
                  Welcome aboard! We could be brothers!

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                  • jgg85234
                    Charter Member
                    • Nov 2014
                    • 736
                    • Gilbert, AZ (Suburb of Phoenix)
                    • *Cooking Equipment
                      Kamado Joe Classic in Eucalyptus Table (2016)
                      Kamado Joe Joetisserie (2017)
                      Weber 22.5" Kettle (K Date Code - 1988) Wooden handles/wood side table
                      Adrenaline BBQ Company Slow n Sear #61
                      Adrenaline BBQ Company Drip n Griddle
                      Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5" (2014)
                      *Controllers
                      Flame Boss 200
                      *Thermometers
                      Thermapen MK4 (Red)
                      Thermopop (Red)
                      Thermoworks TW8060 with grill and meat probes
                      *Favorite Whisky - Knockando Speyside Single Malt
                      *Favorite Red Wine - Clos du Bois Marlstone
                      *Favorite White Wine - Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay
                      *Favorite Beer - Budweiser Budvar (Czechvar in the US) frisch vom fass
                      *Favorites to grill - New York Strips or Top Sirloins, pizzas are fun too
                      *Favorites to smoke - Baby Back or St. Louis Ribs, Pork Butts, Standing Rib Roast, Strip Loin Roast, Tri-Tip, Chicken, Turkey, Pork Loin, Cornish Hens

                    #10
                    Welcome to the Valley of the Sun. Whereabouts are you living?

                    Best regards,
                    Jim

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                    • SaturdayShoppe
                      Former Member
                      • Nov 2015
                      • 98
                      • Just North of Green Bay, Wisconsin

                      #11
                      Welcome, and if you are like me you will homepage the pit and when it is time to relax check in with todays posts. As far as gold gadgets I purchased the ET-733 wireless thermometer via meatheads link. Pretty relaxing to be able to watch the big game and check the meat and bbq temp, like every couple minutes since it is right there with you. Being able to hang out in the pit is worth the price of admission!
                      The ET-733 Redi-Check is a dual-probe transmitter/receiver designed for food and oven monitoring from a remote location.

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                      • Owensaz
                        Club Member
                        • Nov 2015
                        • 4

                        #12
                        Originally posted by jgg85234 View Post
                        Welcome to the Valley of the Sun. Whereabouts are you living?

                        Best regards,
                        Jim
                        Right down from Luke AFB.

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                        • Owensaz
                          Club Member
                          • Nov 2015
                          • 4

                          #13
                          Gents thanks for the warm reception, far as gadgets i grabbed a few. Almost did the wireless thermometer but then decided on the:

                          http://www.thermoworks.com/kits/?tw=AMAZINGRIBS ThermaQ MEATHEAD KIT

                          Model: 860-400

                          In addition to that kit I picked up:
                          TimeStick, Blue
                          Burger Probe
                          Sous Vide Needle Probe 60mm
                          Smoke House Penetration Probe-Stainless overbraid
                          Infrared Thermometer

                          Literally waited years before dropping the coin on the proper tools, but it was well worth it no more guesswork.

                          I bought a few probes that personally I felt were a bit more tech than I needed, but having a wife that feels she HAS to cook everything full-done to be safe I figured the additional gear would make her comfortable cooking an Medium-Rare steak. She'll eat anything I cook and my little one likes the consistency of a Medium steak, hopefully the extras help. I was proud to watch her cook a burger we made 50/50 (chuck, top sirloin) to 140 and letting it sit there for a few minutes vs cooking it to death at well done.

                          We absolutely grill all year, there's been times I've gone outside and the weber analog dial is reading 110 plus and I have to use a glove to remove the lid BEFORE coals are lit, but I've got just enough shade out back for me and drinking a gallon of water for every two beers or so is not uncommon for me during the summer. After Turkey Day I'll be trying my hand at making some fresh pizza in the Weber on a stone using some Pecan Wood. My IR gun should be here bright and early Friday and we'll be making some fresh dough, wish me luck lol!

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                          • Huskee
                            Administrator
                            • May 2014
                            • 15541
                            • 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.

                            #14
                            Welcome to The Pit Owensaz! We're glad to have you here and thanks for your support. We have a "Know a Good Butcher?" thread, and here's the link to AZ butchers so far. If it doesn't help you, be sure to contribute to it once you find some in your area worth sharing (or warning others about!)

                            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!


                            We have a "Know a Good Butcher?" thread, and here's the link to AZ. If it doesn't help you, be sure to contribute to it once you find some in your area worth sharing (or warning others about!)

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