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  • Scot L
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1
    • Southeastern PA
    • ● Pit Barrel Cooker
      ● Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5”
      ● Weber Kettle, OTS 22.5” w/ GrillGrates
      ● Red Thermapen
      ● Purple Thermapen
      ● Maverick ET-732
      ● Party Q
      On my wish list:
      ● Shirley Fabrication Patio Model or Meadow Creek SQ36

    Scot from PA

    I was thrilled to hear about the Pitmaster Club today as this site has played a huge role in my bbq development. As briefly as I can, I was bitten by the bbq 'bug' about a year and a half back and I give credit for that to Meathead and AmazingRibs.com. My wife, on the other hand, blames Meathead but has come to accept that this bbq thing is not so bad after all.

    It started innocently enough...I had purchased a Weber Kettle and promptly failed on my first couple of tries at dinner for the family. My wife - being from a family that could be described as “a little bit (extremely) paranoid” about undercooked meat – was not pleased. And who could blame her? We had recently been to a freinds house – whose wife had declared him to be a grillmaster - where we were served raw – and I’m not talking a little undercooked or a little pink, I’m talking raw on the inside – hamburgers, followed the next week by raw chicken.

    So, fearing my wife would never eat another thing cooked on a grill I decided I’d better figure out how to do it right. A quick search led to this website and the rest is history. When I started that search I knew nothing; I mean I could tell a burger from a chicken thigh, but I was pretty clueless about it all to say the least. That first night I read and perused this site until the sun came up. Told my wife all about this site I had found and about this guy Meathead…she just gave me a look. But when I started to explain how “Meathead says” you have to have a good digital thermometer (because cooking without a thermometer is like driving without a speedometer) so you know when that chicken is safe to eat; and how “Meathead says” undercooked ground meat can kill, and on and on…she started to realize that this guy was probably a good guy for me to learn from. So I did. I’ve read most everything on this site over the past year and return here often to brush up and check out recipes. My wife is thrilled when I cook and we have her whole paranoid family (and I mean that in the nicest way ) over for dinner quite often where they eat and genuinely enjoy the food.
    The biggest compliment came from my daughter last month as she called my wife one afternoon and said she and her husband were planning on going into the city for dinner, but they just wanted to check to see if dad was cooking tonight. Dinner reservations cancelled and another wonderful night with family.

    Of course the kettle led to the WSM which led to the PBC, and now trying to convince the wife that “Meathead says” it’s better to get an even larger cooker, but she wants to see that one in writing. I’d purchase another membership or 3 if you guys could make that happen!
  • Huskee
    Pit Boss
    • May 2014
    • 14901
    • 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)

      • (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

      • 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

      • 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)

      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    What an awesome post, Scott! Welcome aboard. Great job filling out your signature too. (Two Thermapens too? Wow, no wonder your wife is questioning another cooker ) The biggest compliment you can get is when people tell you your cooking is better than a restaurant. I've been there before and the feeling is awesome! I've had several older guys who are friends of the family tell me my ribs "are every bit as good as _____'s ribs" and "________'s ribs don't hold a candle to yours." AmazingRibs scores again!

    We look forward to more posts from you, the help we can provide you, and the help you can share with us too! We all learn from each other 'round here.


    • Scot L
      Scot L commented
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      Aaron, I know...2 Thermapens suggests I may have at least the start of a problem. But I've got it under control...I think.
  • Mayhem Mike
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 41
    • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Scot . . . love your post! Reminds me of my BBQ "experimenting" before I found this terrific site (Kudos to Meathead and all the moderators who "make it happen!"). I've learned soooo much that membership in the PIT was the LEAST I could to do support its content.


    • Scot L
      Scot L commented
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      Couldn't have said it better Mike!
  • Ozric
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 57
    • Flagstaff, AZ

    Or, Scot, you could do like we did in my olden days as an engineer/programmer. If we had a bug we couldn't fix, we documented it and called it a "feature"!

    So, what you had was "steak tartare"! Thrilled that your grillin's winnin'!

    Please to meet you.


    • Scot L
      Scot L commented
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      Ozric I like the way you think And great to meet you too!
  • Suburb-e-q
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 14

    Howdy Scot, where from in PA? I'm in the NW Philly burbs.


    • Scot L
      Scot L commented
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      Hey Suburb-e-q, I'm in the SW Philly burbs...Prospect Park area. I have quite a few friends, family and co-workers up in your area come to think of it.
  • fmjr0510
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 22
    • Louisiana
    • SmokinJeaux
      Smoker - Offset Tank Smoker
      Grill - Weber Kettle
      Fuel - splits for smoker / briquttes and lump for grilling
      Thermometer - Maverick ET 733
      Instant read - Thermapen
      Favorite beer - OP (other peoples beer) Not realy Yuengling Lager

    Welcome to the pit Scott. It always great to hear of others successes. I was touch by the fact your daughter canceled dinner plans to eat with the family. It cant get any better then that.


    • Scot L
      Scot L commented
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      Thank you fmjr! I agree, being able to do this for those closest to me who really do enjoy it is the best I could ask for.



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