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  • loadpin
    Club Member
    • Oct 2016
    • 15
    • Central Coast of California
    • It is better to have Burnt and Lost, then to Never have Bar-B-Q'd at All. (W. Shakespeare)

    Greetings from the Central Coast of California

    How is everyone doing today? I've been bar-b-q'ing for many years with the standard adjustable open pit style rig, way before they were called Santa Maria style bar b q's ;-), plus I remember when tri-tip was only around .89 cents a pound or so. I was lucky to have learned to bar b q from my Dad and Uncle. I'm lucky to still live on the little farm my Grandparents bought in 1914, so I guess I'm now considered one of the real old time locals, plus my place has plenty of coastal red oak available on it to trim for my pit. Besides my open pit I have a gasser with the 12 inch pellet tube smoker addition for it and I've just purchased a MES 40" that I'm going to attempt to get the hang of, so I'll be reading up on this from you pros, I've never done the true low and slow cook. Well all you Cooks have a great day. This looks like fun.
    Thanks in advance for upcoming answers, Rj
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 6433
    • 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

    #2
    Greetings, RJ ... welcome to the Pit!

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    • Jerod Broussard
      Moderator
      • Jun 2014
      • 9940
      • 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

      #3
      Welcome!!

      I've used plenty red oak in east Texas.

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      • smokinfatties
        Former Member
        • Oct 2015
        • 521
        • Upland, CA

        #4
        Welcome sir! I am in southern CA. Let me know if you ever want to part with any of that Red Oak, i'd gladly make the drive! Cheers

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        • Spinaker
          Moderator
          • Nov 2014
          • 10855
          • 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) X3
            Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

            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
            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
            ********************************
            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
            Cuda 7' Fillet Knife

            Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
            Global
            Shun
            Wusthof
            *******
            Next Major Purchase
            Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

          #5
          Welcome to the Pit!! I use red oak all the time. Great stuff. Its sound like your place is incredible.

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          • fuzzydaddy
            Charter Member
            • Nov 2014
            • 4970
            • Winchester TN
            • Hardware
              Blackstone 36” Griddle.
              Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado & Kettle Grill.
              Slow 'N Sear (1.0, Deluxe, 2.0).
              DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
              Weber Chimney Starters (regular and compact).
              Joule, Instant Accu Slim.
              GrillGrates.
              Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
              ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

              Consumables / Favorites
              KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks), B&B Hardwood Briquettes when I'm out of Weber.
              Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins, Shrimp, Fajitas.
              SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
              MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPG.

            #6
            Welcome aboard loadpin! I'm great today as was your introduction! Hope to see you around The Pit often.

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            • DWCowles
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 9703
              • 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.

              #7
              Welcome loadpin

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              • AZRedneck
                Club Member
                • Sep 2016
                • 360
                • Arizona. 90 miles from water and 9 miles from hell.
                • Pit Barrel Cooker
                  Weber Kettle 22.5
                  CharBroil Gasser 5 burners
                  3 x Thermapen
                  MAV 732
                  Anova Sous Vide

                #8
                Welcome to the Pit!

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                • LA Pork Butt
                  Charter Member
                  • Dec 2014
                  • 5583
                  • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                  #9
                  Glad to have you in the Pit!

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                  • Huskee
                    Administrator
                    • May 2014
                    • 15420
                    • 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 loadpin! Great to have an ol' pro here! Thanks for your support. That MES will do some killer smoked salmon, if that's your thing. As much as I love my wood- or wood & charcoal-smoked salmon, I LOVE it done on an electric.

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                    Hope to hear & see more from you!

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                    • Danjohnston949
                      Former Member
                      • Dec 2014
                      • 4418
                      • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

                      #11
                      loadpin, Welcome to The Pit! You are Now Enrolled in the BBQ Univ.! Attendance and Participation are Mandatory! Enjoy "The Pit"!
                      Eat Well and Prosper! From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

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                      • loadpin
                        Club Member
                        • Oct 2016
                        • 15
                        • Central Coast of California
                        • It is better to have Burnt and Lost, then to Never have Bar-B-Q'd at All. (W. Shakespeare)

                        #12
                        Thank you everyone for sending out such great welcome greetings to all of us newbies. It's really great to see a group who gets along, having the set of guidelines is also nice so everyone stays focused. Again Thanks!!

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                        • Meathead
                          Administrator
                          • May 2014
                          • 1470
                          • Chicago area
                          • Remember, no rules in the bedroom or kitchen
                            Meathead

                          #13
                          I was in Paso last week. Such beautiful country and great wines. You are luc ky!

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                          • loadpin
                            loadpin commented
                            Editing a comment
                            Thank You Meathead, I really am truly blessed to live where I do. Don't know if you were headed north or south, but my place is about 10 miles east of Pismo and there's always cold ones in my fridge for weary travelers and 3 or 4 winery's within a couple miles with great tasting rooms.
                        • surfdog
                          Club Member
                          • Mar 2016
                          • 1193
                          • Sunny SoCal
                          • Cooking gadgets
                            Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
                            Weber Summit Platinum D6
                            Blue Rhino Razor
                            Dyna-Glo XL Premium Dual Chamber
                            Camp Chef Somerset IV along with their Artisan Pizza Oven 90
                            Anova WiFi

                            Thermometers
                            Thermapen Mk4 - ThermaQ High Temp Kit - ThermaQ Meathead Kit - ThermaQ WiFi - ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S - ThermoWorks Signals & Billows - ThermoPop -ThermoWorks ProNeedle - ThermoWorks TimeStick Trio x2 - and a Christopher Kimball timer - NO, I do not work for ThermoWorks...I just like their products.

                            Other useful bits...
                            KitchenAid 7-qt Pro Line stand mixer
                            A Black & Decker food processor that I can't seem to murder
                            A couple of immersion blenders, one a "consumer" model & the other a "high end" Italian thing. Yes, the Italian one is a bit better, but only marginally
                            Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 8-qt + accessories like egg-bite & egg holders
                            All-Clad pots & pans, along with some cast iron...everything from 7" Skookie pans to 8.5qt Dutch ovens
                            Weber GBS griddle, pizza stone, and wok
                            Knives range from Mercer to F. Dick to "You spent how much for one knife? One knife?!" LOL

                          #14
                          Welcome...and you're in a prime location for wood, meat, and wine. Fell right into that one! Very lucky. Enjoy.
                          And enjoy your time spent here as well.

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                          • Livermoron
                            Charter Member
                            • Aug 2014
                            • 435
                            • 22" Weber one touch w/roti and SnS
                              PBC
                              Volcano3
                              Lodge Sportsman

                            #15
                            Currently live in the Bay Area, but had relatives in the SLO/Grover Beach area. I do tri tip all the time...send some red oak my way!

                            Welcome!

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