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  • creolechef64
    Club Member
    • May 2016
    • 16
    • Romeo, Michigan
    • CreoleChef64

    Hello from Washington Twp Michigan!

    I have been cooking professionally as a Chef for over 30 years. I have been dabbling in BBQ for about 3-4 years seriously. I currently have a Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite electric smoker. I know....electric!! LOL. It works for my sub backyard. We just purchased a home on over an acre and I am looking to invest in a decent wood/charcoal smoker. I have about $800 to spend. I would like something that I could do about 3 briskets at a time and prefer an offset. Any Pitmasters out there have any suggestions or recommendations?? Any help is appreciated. Thank you!
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 5802
    • 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

    #2
    Welcome! ... and I seriously recommend that you have a look at the Pit Barrel Cooker, too ...

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    • LA Pork Butt
      Charter Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 4681
      • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

      #3
      Welcome to the Pit! I hope you will share your food experience as a chef. The folks in the Pit will be more than willing to share their smoking experience.

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      • creolechef64
        creolechef64 commented
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        Thank you. It's great to be a member

      • LA Pork Butt
        LA Pork Butt commented
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        creolechef64 I grew up in New Orleans. Any chance you have roots down that way? I have thought exploring smoking and grilling with a Creole flair.

      • creolechef64
        creolechef64 commented
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        No roots in New Orleans. Just really like the cuisine and learned about the cooking from an old relative.
    • 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.

      #4
      Welcome aboard creolechef64! We're glad you're here. Looking forward to hearing about your cooks and seeing some photos. See you around.

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      • creolechef64
        creolechef64 commented
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        Thank you. I will definitely share. Cajun creole, meat butchery, seafood, Italian, Southern, everything from down home to fine dining.
    • Storlok
      Club Member
      • Mar 2016
      • 245
      • Hernando, MS

      #5
      Welcome to the Pit creolechef64 !

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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.

        #6
        Welcome creolechef64

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        • GadjetGriller
          Club Member
          • Dec 2015
          • 730
          • Lubbock tx
          • I have 3 outdoor devices (plus a couple indoor items) Starting with the PBC, Faux Kamado Kooker,(Akorn metal Kamado) & Oklahoma Joe offset grill and smoker. I use the FireBoard WiFi Thermometer. IQ110 (heat control device for akorn) recently acquired a Char-Broil Big Easy TRU-INFRARED 3-in-1 Roaster, Smoker and Grill, I also have A Anova & Joule Sous Vide Wands and The Steakager ( a unit for Dry aging big hunks of meat!)

          #7
          creolechef64 dont know how much this will help but here goes. go read What meathead has to say about off set smokers (http://amazingribs.com/tips_and_tech...t_smokers.html) I read Franklins Barbque book. it said cooking with wood was the only way. I went out and bought a middle of the line off set (Oklahoma Joe highlander). I was using a pellet smoker and a faux Kamado (with a temp control unit that made it set and forget) I was use to putting on the meat and then going back inside with my wireless Thermometer and waiting for the stall. Sleeping during all night cooks. But no more That off set demands attention and it wants it about ever 40 to 60 min. (or about 15 trips during a 10 cook) you gotta cut the splits to the right size! They call it hard wood for a reason!! its hard to split lol. I have done 4 cooks in my off set made a pretty darn good Brisket some so so Ribs I'm burnt out I'm gonna do a Pork shoulder in it Monday if it is as much of a drain as the others the Off set is gonna start collecting dust. (glad I didn't spend a lot of money on it) Maybe you should see if any of your friends (or someone from this forum lives close) has an offset and let you do a simple cook on it like a tri tip it only takes a couple of hours to cook. I'm most likely just a whiner! I know I'm lazy! so dont take what I say to seriously. ow just to make this post a little longer! 800 is kind of no mans land the cheap ones like mine or around 400 bucks the really good ones (I would suggest looking into a revers flow off set. The cheapest I can find of those is 1200 bucks (and that's bare bones) The amount of space you need for 3 briskets at a time means a bigger SQ inch than I think you can get for 800 bucks. Green Mountain Grills has a pellet smoker for around that price that may fill the bill. Good luck with your search. A lot of these guys swear by the Weber kettles (18 and 22") and the pit barrel cooker is gaining a lot of Praise (that's where I'm thinking I'll go next if I dump the off set) have a good Holiday weekend.

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

            #8
            creolechef64, Welcome to The Pit! You are now enrolled in BBQ Univ! Attendance is Mandatory! You are probably qualified to go right into the Masters Program! I am just a BackYard Cremator with two 22 1/2" Weber Kettles one is a Summit Performer Deluxe, the other an Older Performer! The older one has been Modified by adding a BBQ Guru DigiQ-2 Temp Control and an accessory S 'n S (Sow & Sear) by Adrenaline BBQ Co.,ABC.Com! I also have a 20 Ga SS Baffle over the Coal Grate between the S 'n S Water Reservoir to the opposite side of the Kettle! This combination gives nearly Perfect Temp Contol! I also have a Brinkman COS that I have modified with firebrick and SS Baffles! It is Mainly called into Service for Larger Cooks! As GadjetGriller, Said it takes More and Continuous Attention! I truly Like It! Eat Well and Prosper! From Fargo ND, Dan
            Last edited by Danjohnston949; May 29th, 2016, 08:37 AM.

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            • Huskee
              Pit Boss/Manager
              • May 2014
              • 14291
              • central MI, USA
              • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

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                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.

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                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.

              #9
              Welcome to The Pit creolechef64! Great to have you and your experience here. It would be hard to recommend a decent offset for $800, they're just more expensive than that for one big enough to do 3 briskets, and one that's worth buying in the first place. However a Pit Barrel Cooker is a great option, and you'll even have $500 left over for meat!

              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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