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  • AlanInSitges
    Former Member
    • Jan 2016
    • 3

    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!
  • Huskee
    Administrator
    • May 2014
    • 15303
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

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      Smokers / Grills
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      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • 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 by ThermoWorks
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      • Thermapen MkII, orange
      • ThermoPop, yellow
      • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
      • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
      • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
      • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

      Accessories
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      • Anova Bluetooth SV
      • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
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      • BBQ Dragon
      • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
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    #2
    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"?

    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.

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    Hope to hear & see more from you!

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    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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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
      Huskee commented
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      Thanks Henrik I didn't notice the spelling, boy do I feel dumb now
  • Danjohnston949
    Former Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 4418
    • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

    #3
    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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    • DWCowles
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 9703
      • 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.

      #4
      Welcome AlanInSitges

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      • fuzzydaddy
        Charter Member
        • Nov 2014
        • 4970
        • 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.

        #5
        Welcome to the Pit!

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        • MBMorgan
          Club Member
          • Sep 2015
          • 6358
          • 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

          #6
          Welcome, Alan!

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          • Breadhead
            Banned Former Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 0

            #7
            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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            • Henrik
              Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
              • Jul 2014
              • 4415
              • Stockholm, Sweden

              #8
              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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              • Jerod Broussard
                Moderator
                • Jun 2014
                • 9861
                • East Texas
                • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
                  Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
                  Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
                  Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
                  Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
                  Weber Smokey Joe Gold
                  Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
                  Vortex
                  Maverick ET-732 White
                  Maverick ET-732 Copper
                  2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
                  Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
                  Thermoworks Timestick
                  Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
                  B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
                  B & B Pellets

                #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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                • BigBear
                  Former Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 657
                  • Dallas-Ft. Worth

                  #10
                  Welcome to The Pit Alan. We're glad you're here. Good luck with the new restaurant!

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                  • AlanInSitges
                    Former Member
                    • Jan 2016
                    • 3

                    #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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                    • JohnF
                      Former Member
                      • May 2015
                      • 164
                      • NoCal

                      #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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                      • AlanInSitges
                        Former Member
                        • Jan 2016
                        • 3

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

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

                        • MrMeat
                          MrMeat commented
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                          YUM!!!!
                      • jmott7
                        Charter Member
                        • Dec 2014
                        • 170
                        • Woodland Hills, CA
                        • PBC
                          Weber Performer
                          Rotisserie Ring
                          Rotisserie Basket
                          Smokenator
                          Maverick 732 (featuring a melted back panel, courtesy of a disastrous attempt at pizza)
                          Thermoworks Pocket Thermometer
                          Three Bricks

                        #14
                        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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                        • LA Pork Butt
                          Charter Member
                          • Dec 2014
                          • 5517
                          • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                          #15
                          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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