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  • Jim S
    Club Member
    • Mar 2016
    • 4
    • Garfield, NJ 07026
    • Weber S330
      Super Grill (25 year old clay cooker)
      Homemade cold smoke generator
      Maverick 733
      Taylor instant read thermometer
      MK4
      Most importantly: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling
      Sous Vide

    Rookie to smoking from NJ

    Hi, I'm Jim S from NJ about 12 miles west of NYC. I've been cooking various things for many years, mostly baking, grilling, pizza and homemade ice cream. I started getting into smoking less than a year ago and have been reading and trying different things. The information that I have learned from AmazingRibs has been invaluable, everything that I've made using the information and recipes has turned out great: pulled pork, pork loin, tri-tip and pizza just to name a few. The equipment reviews are great. I've spent many hours reading information and watching videos and have just scratched the surface. The equipment I have is a Weber S330 with a homemade smoker attachment (the typical pipe with a variable speed air pump setup), I also have a Super grill (a cheap 25 year old clay Kamado cooker that I bought from Craiglist for $75 and restored) I have a Maverick 733 and a Taylor instant read thermometer. After reading your recommendation for the Thermoworks Mk4 I will cry once and get one. Looking forward to cooking with everyone!
  • 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.

    #2
    Welcome to the pit!

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    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 6029
      • 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

        > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
        > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
        > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

      #3
      Welcome to the Pit, Jim!

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      • DWCowles
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 9762
        • 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 Jim S

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

          #5
          Jim S - welcome to The Pit an d welcome to The Addiction!

          That's one fine restoration on that kamado! Very nice indeed.

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          • pknj
            Club Member
            • Aug 2015
            • 82
            • Weber 22 with SnS
              Weber 330 Spirit Gasser
              Too many thermometers to count
              Two kids
              Not enough sleep

            #6
            Welcome! I am about 14 miles west of New York, so I must be in the country! I am still a noob, but like you I am learning a ton from this place.

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            • LA Pork Butt
              Charter Member
              • Dec 2014
              • 5071
              • 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!

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              • Jerod Broussard
                Moderator
                • Jun 2014
                • 9491
                • 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

                #8
                Welcome and thanks for the support!!!

                Smoking cheese and grilling pizza some how eluded me yet again this past year. grrrrrr....

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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 )

                  #9
                  Welcome to the pit, enjoy.

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                  • Huskee
                    Pit Boss
                    • May 2014
                    • 14666
                    • 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.

                    #10
                    Welcome to The Pit Jim S! Great to have you here, thanks for your support.

                    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.

                    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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                    • BigBear
                      Former Member
                      • Sep 2015
                      • 659
                      • Dallas-Ft. Worth

                      #11
                      Welcome to The Pit Jim S . Looks like you have some great equipment.

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                      • Danjohnston949
                        Former Member
                        • Dec 2014
                        • 4436
                        • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

                        #12
                        Jim S, Welcome to The Pit! Jim you are going to have to Post your recipie for BBQ'd Ice Cream? The closest I have ever heard of such a thing is Mexican Fried Ice Cream, balled, deep fried topped with honey, Excellant but too rich for Me! Regards the Thermopen, I think it truly is one of those rare items where the Quality Remains Long After The Price Is Forgotten!
                        Eat Well and Prosper! From Fargo ND, Dan

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                        • Jim S
                          Jim S commented
                          Editing a comment
                          Hi Dan, Thanks for the kind words, I don't presently make BBQ'd ice cream, but you just gave me an idea. I can cold smoke the custard before freezing it. Thanks, I'll post it when I do. Jim
                      • Sayhey
                        Club Member
                        • Feb 2016
                        • 7

                        #13
                        Welcome to the Pit from someone who is about the same distance west of NYC.

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                        • Meathead
                          BBQ Whisperer, Mythbuster
                          • May 2014
                          • 1263
                          • Chicago area
                          • Remember, no rules in the bedroom or kitchen
                            Meathead

                          #14
                          Welcome! LOVE the smoke generator!

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                          • FireMan
                            Charter Member
                            • Jul 2015
                            • 7327
                            • Bottom of Winnebago

                            #15
                            Welcome! What exit are you off of? Enjoy the ride!

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                            • Jim S
                              Jim S commented
                              Editing a comment
                              Hi Fireman,
                              Exit 16 but I'm closer to the parkway exit 156.

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                          thermapen

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