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  • RunSMK
    Former Member
    • May 2016
    • 1
    • Pittsburgh, PA

    Looking to learn

    After my last grill stopped working a week or so ago, I thought it was time to step up my game, get out of my comfort area and learn! I went out and made 3 main purchases:

    1. A Weber S-330 NG Grill - I know, gas, but with 2 young kids nothing beats the convenience of wanting to fire it up during the week! Plus.....
    2. A Weber Charcoal Kettle Grill, after the constant prodding of a friend of mine to move to the Charcoal side.
    3. Meathead's book and joining the Pitmaster Club.

    I have grilled casually on gas for years, but have never dabbled with Charcoal. I am very excited to learn all about it and try to perfect the craft through practice, practice, practice. oh and reading. I feel that I have made the right decision! Looking forward to exploring the vast amount of content on the site.
  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10238
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
      Instagram: JRBowlsby
      Smokin' Hound Que
      Minnesota/ United States of America

      ********************************************
      Assistants
      Dexter (Beagle mix)
      Kinnick (American Foxhound)
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      Grills/Smokers/Fryers
      Big Green Egg (Large) X2
      Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

      Broil King Keg
      Karubeque C-60
      Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
      Lodge L410 Hibachi
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
      R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

      Weber Spirit Gasser
      ******************.
      Thermometers
      FireBoard (Base Package)
      Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
      Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
      **************

      Accessories
      BBQ Dragon
      Big Green Egg Plate Setter
      Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
      Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

      Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
      Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

      Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
      Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
      Eggspander Kit X2
      Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

      Finex Cat Iron Line
      FireBoard Drive
      Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
      Grill Grates
      Joule Water Circulator
      KBQ Fire Grate

      Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
      Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
      Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
      Large Vortex
      Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
      Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
      Smithey No. 12
      Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
      Stargazer No.10, 12
      Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
      Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
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      Fuel
      FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
      Kingsford Blue and White
      Rockwood Lump Charcoal
      Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
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      Cutlery
      Buck 119 Special
      Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
      Global
      Shun
      Wusthof
      *******
      Next Major Purchase
      Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

    #2
    Welcome to the Pit. We are glad to have you here. Get an SNS for the kettle and you will be golden. RunSMK

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    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 5807
      • 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 aboard!

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

        #4
        Welcome to The Pit RunSMK .

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        • 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.

          #5
          Welcome RunSMK

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          • LA Pork Butt
            Charter Member
            • Dec 2014
            • 4689
            • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

            #6
            Welcome to the Pit! With your purchases you are off to a good start. If you don't have a thermometer you will need a instant read and something to keep in the meat for your low and slow cooking.

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            • RunSMK
              RunSMK commented
              Editing a comment
              Thank you for that advice. I already have a thermapen, but don't have anything for low and slow, I will need to do some research. Looks like the site has me covered on research!
          • fuzzydaddy
            Charter Member
            • Nov 2014
            • 4940
            • Near my cookers...Pensacola FL
            • Hardware
              Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
              Weber Kettles: 2-22" & 1-26".
              Slow 'N Sear, DnG Racks/Pans, SnS GrillGrates, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates. (Several of each)
              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.
              Adrenaline BBQ salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
              MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

            #7
            Welcome aboard RunSMK!

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

              #8
              RunSMK, Welcome to The Pit! You have enrolled in the BBQ Univ! Spinaker is absolutely Right You Need a S 'n S for Your Weber! Good Choice On the Thermapen, now you Need a Maverick 732 - 733 Dual Probe Leave in Digital Thermometer to keep track of Food Temps and Pit Temps! The Mavericks to monitor your Grill from inside the house! Oh Buy The Way this is one of those hobbies where it seem like somebody else Hand is Always in Your Pocket Book! Eat well and Prosper! From Fargo ND, Dan
              Last edited by Danjohnston949; May 24th, 2016, 12:54 PM.

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

                #9
                RunSMK - welcome to The Pit and welcome to The Obsession!

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                • Nate
                  Charter Member
                  • Apr 2015
                  • 3770
                  • Quarantined
                  • INFO
                    ~Known as: Nate
                    ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
                    ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


                    SMOKERS & GRILLS
                    ~Grilla Original Grilla
                    ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
                    ~Pit Barrel Cooker
                    ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
                    ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
                    ~Weber Q1000


                    THERMOMETERS
                    ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
                    ~Thermoworks Thermapen
                    ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
                    ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
                    ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
                    ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
                    ~Maverick ET-733
                    ~Maverick XR-50


                    ACCESSORIES
                    ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
                    ~Slow 'n' Sear
                    ~Drip 'n' Griddle
                    ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
                    ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
                    ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


                    DRINKS
                    ~Sweet Tea
                    ~Bourbon
                    ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

                  #10
                  Welcome to a community where we are all brought together by our journey and passion for improving our skills, helping others, and turning out amazing food for our friends, families, and loved ones.

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                  • Medusa
                    Charter Member
                    • Sep 2014
                    • 660
                    • For those who are about to Cook - WE SALUTE YOU!

                      Weber Genesis Silver B - 14 years
                      GG's
                      Weber OTS
                      Vortex
                      SnS
                      Maverick ET-733 dual 6' probes / Thermo-Pop
                      ennoLogic eT650D IR ( -58 to 1202F)
                      Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
                      Kingsford Blue

                    #11
                    Welcome Aboard! You will learn here. I have and still am! I'm really a novice / newb compared to the greats here! This site has changed my cooking game. I've cooked a gasser ( Weber, OC ) for years, and still do; however, Charcoal is King for low 'n slow!

                    -- Ed

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                    • Storlok
                      Club Member
                      • Mar 2016
                      • 245
                      • Hernando, MS

                      #12
                      Welcome to the pit RunSMK ! You have certainly come to the right place to learn the smoking, BBQ game. Got my first smoker this past Christmas and learning a LOT here.

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                      • TheSmokingYeti
                        Charter Member
                        • Oct 2014
                        • 108
                        • let's get this smoke a rollin'

                        #13
                        It will never stop. Can't stop. Won't stop. Welcome to the boards, good luck with the new stuff.

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                        • Huskee
                          Pit Boss/Manager
                          • May 2014
                          • 14325
                          • 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.

                          #14
                          Welcome to The Pit RunSMK! We're glad you've joined up with us, thanks for the support. You are well rounded for cooking with that nice gasser and the charcoal kettle. There's some great advice above in the Slow 'N Sear suggestion as well as the Maverick ET-732. Be sure to ask any questions you might have, we're all here to help if you need it.

                          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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                          Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

                          maverick PT55 thermometer

                          A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

                          Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


                          If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

                          slow n sear

                          The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

                          Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


                          Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

                          the good one grill

                          The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

                          Click here to read our complete review


                          The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

                          the good one grill

                          The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

                          Click here to read our complete review


                          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                          Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                          The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

                          Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                          The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                          The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

                          Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


                          The Undisputed Champion!

                          thermapen

                          The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


                          Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                          Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

                          Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                          The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                          NK-22-Ck Grill

                          Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

                          Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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                          G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                          Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

                          If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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                          GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

                          grill grates

                          GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

                          Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


                          PK 360 grill

                          Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                          The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

                          Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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                          kareubequ bbq smoker

                          Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                          The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

                          Click here for our review of this superb smoker


                          Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

                          masterbuilt gas smoker

                          The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                          Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

                          Click here to read our detailed review


                          Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

                          masterbuilt gas smoker

                          Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

                          Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                          Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                          fireboard bbq thermometer

                          With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

                          Click here to read our detailed review


                          Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                          Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                          Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

                          Click here to read our detailed review and to order