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  • edible hen
    Club Member
    • Feb 2016
    • 187
    • Yoder Durango 20
      Maverick ET-733
      Maverick Pro Temp

    Greetings from North Florida

    Hi, my name is Don. My journey here is a journey born of frustration. I was never a big bbq fan until about 15 years ago when I found a place that made what I thought was good bbq. 10 years ago they had the nerve to close on an Easter Sunday when I was really craving some q(lol, I know, but I was young and didn't know better). So, being frustrated with them, I decided I would start making my own ribs and show them. That led me to Bass Pro Shops and a little bullet smoker from Brinkmann that cost $25. And I was off and running. Man those 1st ribs were absolutely horrible. You couldn't get the meat to come off the bone if you had a tow truck helping you. But i was happy because it was something I made, and I was hoping there was no way it could get any worse, or at least I was hoping that was the case. They got worse. The next few times, I tried boiling them for 10 minutes prior to smoking(if you decide to suspend my membership over that, I understand). needless to say it was a nice failure. Then I found the Texas crutch. The 1st time I unwrapped the ribs, was the moment I officially had the bug. I always hoped, but wondered if I could get ribs that tender. After playing around with seasonings and sauce for a few more years, I ended up with a rib that I deemed acceptable. My next challenge was pulled pork. Which came along very quickly. I didn't know until this site it was actually a more forgiving meat than ribs.

    About 2 years ago, I realized that little bullet smoker had served it's purpose, and it was time to take the training wheels off and find something bigger. So I started looking online for smokers. I knew I wanted a big, woodburning smoker because I had eaten some q in Amarillo that I swear is still imprinted on my tastebuds. I also knew that I wanted a utility smoker that I could grow with as my knowledge increased. I knew it was gonna be a goal to make bacon and sausage at home eventually, and have the ability for massive cookouts without worrying about space. And my search kept coming back to the same pit, over and over. The price was a bit unnerving, but I figured if I did right by it on maintainence, I wouldn't have to buy another pit for a long time. So in October 2015, I took the plunge and ordered a Yoder, Durango 20 loaded. I'll admit it has been a steep learning curve going from a CBS(cheap bullet smoker), to what my friends and family call The Beast. But it has been an awesome journey. When people 1st see it, their 1st word is usually "Whoa". So far I have surpassed my previous ribs and pork butt, bacon, whole chickens, smoked a prime rib, and managed to even smoke some turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My current project is 2 fold; brisket and fire management. Fire management is coming along better than brisket now that I have found a good source of seasoned cherry, pecan, and hickory. Brisket will eventually get there with reps.

    I'm not really good at tech stuff, but I will try and post some pictures of the pit soon.

  • DWCowles
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 9760
    • 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.

    #2
    Welcome edible hen

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    • fuzzydaddy
      Charter Member
      • Nov 2014
      • 4949
      • Winchester TN
      • Hardware
        Slow N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
        22" Weber Kettle.
        Slow N Sear, DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
        Chimney starters.
        PartyQ.
        Joule.
        GrillGrates, GrateGriddles.
        Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
        ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

        Consumables / Favorites
        KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks)
        Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins.
        SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
        MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

      #3
      edible hen Welcome to The Pit! I just bought a house outside of Pensacola in Milton that we'll close on at the end of March. What area are you in?

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      • edible hen
        edible hen commented
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        I'm over in Tallahassee

      • Stoney
        Stoney commented
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        I'm in between you two, in around Destin
    • LA Pork Butt
      Charter Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 4919
      • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

      #4
      Welcome to the Pit! After my non-ceramic original kamado from Japan wore out I cooked on a bullet smoker for 10 years or so. There wasn't much info on the web or many BBQ books available back then, so the learning curve was slow, but I could get good results. I finally got tired of getting up at 3 or 4 in the morning to add more fuel on the 12 hour plus cooks, so I bit the bullet five years ago and bought a Big Green Egg. This site has given me some great insights to up my game.
      Last edited by LA Pork Butt; March 20th, 2016, 06:08 AM.

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      • CeramicChef
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 1188
        • OKC, OK

        #5
        edible hen - welcome to The Pit and welcome to The Addiction!

        I have a friend who has a Yoder that I've cooked on a few times while we sit, listen to some hard driving rock 'n roll, shoot the bull, and stay in shape doing our 12 ounce curls! It's a very good cooker and it pops out some really good BBQ.

        Glad you're on board!
        Last edited by CeramicChef; March 19th, 2016, 07:19 AM. Reason: Dadgum typos!

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        • Huskee
          Pit Boss
          • May 2014
          • 14552
          • central MI, USA
          • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

            Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

            Smokers / Grills
            • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
            • PBC
            • 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
            • (1) Signals 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.

          #6
          Welcome to The Pit edible hen! Glad to have you here. That Durango 20 is definitely a BEAST! Nice one.

          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. This will help you learn your way around so you can get the best experience from our forum.

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          Hope to hear & see more from you!

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          • Danjohnston949
            Former Member
            • Dec 2014
            • 4437
            • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

            #7
            edible hen, Welcome to The Pit! I enjoyed your intro! It's obvious you have lost your Pin Feathers when it come to Q!
            Eat Well and Prosper! From Fargo ND, Dan

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            • jharner
              Club Member
              • Jan 2016
              • 1056
              • Louisiana - North West but a coon ass at heart
              • Cookers

                Camp Chef DLX Pellet Grill
                Weber 22.5 Kettle
                Brickman Box Smoker

                Accessories

                Slow N Sear
                Tube Smoker
                Turkey Cannon
                Rib racks
                Weber chimney starter

                Thermometer's

                Maverick ET 735
                Tru Temp 3619n
                Thermapen mk4
                Thermapop

                Favorite Drink

                Free beer
                Coors Light
                Windsor ( Canadian blended whiskey )

              #8
              Welcome to the pit, enjoy.

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              • edible hen
                Club Member
                • Feb 2016
                • 187
                • Yoder Durango 20
                  Maverick ET-733
                  Maverick Pro Temp

                #9
                Thanks for the warm reception. I'll admit I do alot of reading and not much posting. And it's all quality reading. I really enjoy the fact that people are willing to help build the next pitmaster.

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                • edible hen
                  Club Member
                  • Feb 2016
                  • 187
                  • Yoder Durango 20
                    Maverick ET-733
                    Maverick Pro Temp

                  #10
                  I finally was able to upload some pics.

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                  • Twharton
                    Twharton commented
                    Editing a comment
                    I'm in Gulf Breeze (Pensacola / Pensacola Beach)...Florida's westernmost speed trap! I've been cooking on a Komodo Kamado for 10 years now. What is your source for seasoned cherry, pecan, hickory? Or is that DTS (Double Top Secret) Thanks in advance...Tom

                  • edible hen
                    edible hen commented
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                    No big secret, I found a local supplier on Craigslist. It's all seasoned logs.
                • fuzzydaddy
                  Charter Member
                  • Nov 2014
                  • 4949
                  • Winchester TN
                  • Hardware
                    Slow N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
                    22" Weber Kettle.
                    Slow N Sear, DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
                    Chimney starters.
                    PartyQ.
                    Joule.
                    GrillGrates, GrateGriddles.
                    Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
                    ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

                    Consumables / Favorites
                    KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks)
                    Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins.
                    SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
                    MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

                  #11
                  Twharton I have a house in Milton, close to I-10, so not too far from you! Welcome to The Pit!

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                  The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

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                  thermapen

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