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  • brewbetter
    Charter Member
    • Sep 2014
    • 8
    • Lake Jackson, Texas
    • Bill Tobler
      Brewing great Beer in South Texas
      22" Webber Premium with SnS+ and aluminum grid
      Small Webber for grilling
      Char-Brol BigEasy infrared Turkey Smoker/Grill
      Thermapen from Thermoworks
      Barnant Dual thermocouple Thermometer
      AcuRite Digital Thermometer

    Hello from South Texas!

    Hi everyone. I'm Bill and live in Lake Jackson, Tx., just south of Houston. Just retired from Dow Chemical in June and having a ball. Been grilling, BBQ-ing, and smoking meat for as long as I can remember, and thought I was doing great until I got on AmazingRibs.com, and found out I know nothing about smoking. Been going through this site for 5 days, and am overwhelmed. I was never able to get ribs down pat, so I pretty much quit trying years ago. This past weekend (Had some friends over to watch the Texans on Sunday) I made the "Last meal Ribs" and became the hero of the day. They were the best I've ever cooked, and everybody loved them, and I think I can do better. I'm sold on this web site for sure. I also Brew the beer I drink. Been homebrewing for 15 years or so, and make some great beer. I spent my youth growing up in upstate NY, then 2 years in college in KY, then 4 years in the USAF. This was Vietnam Era service, but I spent my service time in the states and Germany. I got into Commercial Diving with Oceaneering and spent one year in Morgan City, LA., then moved to Texas on the Gulf coast and stayed in Diving for another 14 years. Health issues stopped my Diving career and I got on with Dow and had a great 21 years with them. I've had quite an array of smokers over the years, from old refrigerators, to homemade smoke boxes made of wood with a firebox attached to aluminum charcoal pits, gas grills and gas water smokers. I've been using a "Great Outdoors" Smokey Mountain Series gas water smoker for the last 5 years or so. I'm probably going to get something new this winter, maybe a Weber One touch Gold 22.5" smoker/grill. Have a lot of looking to do before I buy. I have a Thermapen from Thermalworks I use in the house and with the grills. I also have a Dual Thermocouple Thermometer by Barnant I use in the Brewery and sometime grilling. I also have a couple of AcuRite digital thermometers I use. Besides brewing beer, I roast my own coffee, bird hunt, fish and play golf. Plenty to keep me out of trouble. I hope to be a regular on here from now on. Cheers!
  • Jerod Broussard
    Moderator
    • Jun 2014
    • 9895
    • 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

    #2
    Hey Bill, thanks for support and welcome!!

    We had to go to Morgan City in high school to play sports. Quite a drive in a school bus from southwest Louisiana.

    Get any doves??

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    • brewbetter
      Charter Member
      • Sep 2014
      • 8
      • Lake Jackson, Texas
      • Bill Tobler
        Brewing great Beer in South Texas
        22" Webber Premium with SnS+ and aluminum grid
        Small Webber for grilling
        Char-Brol BigEasy infrared Turkey Smoker/Grill
        Thermapen from Thermoworks
        Barnant Dual thermocouple Thermometer
        AcuRite Digital Thermometer

      #3
      Oh yea. Had a great opening weekend. Most everyone got limits the first two days. The first day was all morning dove and then on day two we changed fields and got limits of the big birds, White Wings. Had a great tine.

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      • Jerod Broussard
        Moderator
        • Jun 2014
        • 9895
        • 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

        #4
        Wow, all we had was Mourning back in La. Hated trying to hit them punks.

        Archery next Saturday......I'm stoked....

        Comment

        • Huskee
          Administrator
          • May 2014
          • 15371
          • central MI, USA
          • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

            Smokers / Grills
            • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
            • PBC
            • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
            • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
            • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
            • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
            • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
            • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
            • 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 X4 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.

          #5
          Hi brewbetter Bill! Glad to have such a well-rounded guy as yourself here. I've dabbled in homebrewing myself but my inexperience in it led me to trying to master BBQ instead, to much better results.

          Great job on your signature! Be sure to check out Pit Boss' Welcome and Announcements channel if you haven't already, the tips posts in that channel will help you also learn the best way to post some nice big photos here for everyone to enjoy. Have fun!

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          • Jon Solberg
            Former Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 4729

            #6
            Hey Bill, WELCOME!

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            • charchamp
              Former Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 85
              • Phoenix AZ

              #7
              Thank you for your military service, you must have done your job because I never heard of the viet cong invading Germany or the US.

              Comment

              • David Parrish
                Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
                • May 2014
                • 4900
                • Charlotte, NC

                #8
                Bill welcome to The Pit! That's the most informative first post I've seen so far. It's only fitting I welcome you with my 1,000th post!

                I'm USAF myself, separated in 2005. I spent a few months in Rammstein back in 99, so perhaps we've been in some of the same squadron buildings/barracks.

                Comment

                • brewbetter
                  Charter Member
                  • Sep 2014
                  • 8
                  • Lake Jackson, Texas
                  • Bill Tobler
                    Brewing great Beer in South Texas
                    22" Webber Premium with SnS+ and aluminum grid
                    Small Webber for grilling
                    Char-Brol BigEasy infrared Turkey Smoker/Grill
                    Thermapen from Thermoworks
                    Barnant Dual thermocouple Thermometer
                    AcuRite Digital Thermometer

                  #9
                  I was stationed in Wiesbaden for 2 years. My brother was in stationed in Rammstein at the same time and I got to visit him often, so I did spend some time there. We did a lot of skiing and drinking back then.

                  Comment

                  • Huskee
                    Administrator
                    • May 2014
                    • 15371
                    • central MI, USA
                    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

                      Smokers / Grills
                      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                      • PBC
                      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                      • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
                      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
                      • 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 X4 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
                    Skiing and drinking...at the same time?

                    Comment

                    • brewbetter
                      Charter Member
                      • Sep 2014
                      • 8
                      • Lake Jackson, Texas
                      • Bill Tobler
                        Brewing great Beer in South Texas
                        22" Webber Premium with SnS+ and aluminum grid
                        Small Webber for grilling
                        Char-Brol BigEasy infrared Turkey Smoker/Grill
                        Thermapen from Thermoworks
                        Barnant Dual thermocouple Thermometer
                        AcuRite Digital Thermometer

                      #11
                      You bet!

                      Comment

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