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    Hola from Spain

    Hey there BBQ people! My name's Alan, I'm an American guy living in a cute li'l beach town called Sitges outside Barcelona. I've lived here a long time, and about four years ago I got fed up that the burgers in this country really suck. It seemed like every month a new "American" burger restaurant would open up, and each was a little bit worse than the last. I decided to open a little place and sell real American burgers. Three years later we have three restaurants and I've decided that what this country needs now is some real barbecue We have a space and a Fast Eddy pellet smoker on order, counting down to Easter weekend when our high season starts.

    I've been lurking here for quite a while and decided to pay my fair share, so here I am, looking forward to getting to know everybody and especially eager for any tips from restaurant people!

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    Welcome to The Pit AlanInSitges! What a cool story, I've read similar things about American burgers not tasting right in other countries....not sure why, it's just grilled meat. But you're doing burgers right it sounds like, congrats on your success! By the way, how do you pronounce Stiges? I'm guessing "Stiggs"?

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    Hope to hear & see more from you!

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    • Henrik
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      I believe it is pronounced like the two English words "sit" and "guess" together as one word, with emphasis on the first.

    • Huskee
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      Thanks Henrik I didn't notice the spelling, boy do I feel dumb now

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    AlanInSitges, Welcome to the Pit! Do You Run With the Bulls? Good Fortune to you and Your BBQ expansion! Your are in the right place Now! There are many BBQ Guru's here of Gourmet Standard or Above!
    The Amazing Ribs Staff from Meathead to the Pit Boss and the Moderators are all extraordinary people!
    Eat well and Prosper! From Fargo ND, Dan
    Last edited by Danjohnston949; January 9, 2016, 10:36 AM.

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      Welcome AlanInSitges

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        Welcome to the Pit!

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          Welcome, Alan!

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            AlanInSitges ...

            Welcome to the Pit.

            Hopefully you've noticed Meathead's Steakhouse Steakburger listed under hamburgers. I think that burger belongs on a restaurant menu.

            I'd cook it exactly the way Meathead suggests and then offer it with caramelized onions and his Brioche hamburger buns.👌

            I've grilled them many times. They look beautiful too.

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              Welcome to the pit AlanInSitges! Glad to hear we have representation in Spain! I was actually in Sitges in October, spent a few days there during a wedding I was attending. It's a lovely village, with lots of good tapas and pintxos restaurants. I did enjoy classic Spanish/South American bbq with picanha among other things. They did that very well. Not so many American places though, great to hear that you are doing well with your three restaurants.

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                #9
                I crave a burger every time I am in a restaurant......then order something else.

                I'll order if I am in your part of Spain.

                Welcome and thanks for the support.

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                  Welcome to The Pit Alan. We're glad you're here. Good luck with the new restaurant!

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                    #11
                    Thanks for the welcome everyone It's pronounced SEET-JES. Trivia: Sitja (singular) is the Catalan word for silo; back in Roman times there were lots of natural caves that the people of Barcelona used to store grain away from the city and keep it out of the hands of bands of marauders.

                    We are working on getting our menu together this week, once it's done I'll post it for feedback.

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                      #12
                      Welcome and good luck with your adventures, looking forward to viewing the menu and please we really really like pictures here, how about som of your restaurants.

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                        #13
                        Here you go, JohnF. https://www.instagram.com/bigalssitges/

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                        • Stoney
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                          Wow those are some monstrous burgers you serve there. Look great though.

                        • MrMeat
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                          YUM!!!!

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                        Alan, my friend, what you need is an assistant. Yes, a bald-headed assistant from Los Angeles.
                        The wife and I honeymooned in Spain. I could spend the rest of my life at a tapas bar and die a happy man.

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                          Welcome to the Pit! I am amazed at how BBQ spread across regions in the U.S. Regions used to stick to their particular style, and now I am seeing them doing BBQ from multiple regions. Stores that once carried sauces and rubs exclusively from their region now carry them from various regions. Now as I watch the Pit on Amazingribs.com people are checking in world wide.

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