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  • Pork Lord
    Former Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 91
    • Pasadena Texas

    Howdy from Houston Texas!

    I have been lurking on this site for quite awhile and once a "Pit Masters Club" was formed, I had to join! I graduated from Texas Tech University in '01 and now teach theatre arts to 6-8th graders in Houston. I'm what you call a "weekend warrior" but I also go nuts during the holidays with smoking and grilling all kinds of stuff. If I'm not bbq'ing in the backyard, you'll find me onstage acting in lots of community theatre shows. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to feed a hungry cast and crew from my pit! I recently purchased my first "real" stick burner from a manufacturer called Johnson Smokers out of Ennis Texas. I named her "Irene" and she's a reverse flow kinda gal as I like to say. 10 square feet of cooking space with 1/4 inch steel all around. I'm a dorkimus prime when it comes to sauces, rubs, and the outdoor culinary arts in general. This site is right up my alley because I also love the science behind what we do (a.k.a. Alton Brown)another fave. Glad to be here and look forward to meeting y'all!
    Last edited by Pork Lord; October 3, 2014, 08:55 PM.
  • Jon Solberg
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 4729

    #2
    Hey Pork,

    WELCOME!

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    • Pork Lord
      Former Member
      • Oct 2014
      • 91
      • Pasadena Texas

      #3
      THANKS JON! (I need to turn my caps lock off) Tee Hee :-)

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      • Huskee
        Administrator
        • May 2014
        • 15384
        • central MI, USA
        • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

          Smokers / Grills
          • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
          • PBC
          • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
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          • 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
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          • (1) Smoke X4 by ThermoWorks
          • Thermapen MkII, orange
          • ThermoPop, yellow
          • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
          • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
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          • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

          Accessories
          • Instant Pot 6qt
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          • 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
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          • 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
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        #4
        Welcome PL, I urged you to visit this page before I noticed you already had! Kudos!

        Next up, let's get to work on that signature! To get help with that, check out Pit Boss' Welcome & Announcements channel (if you haven't already) and read through the tips posts in that channel. There's also a post that explains the best way to post nice big pics here... we like to see bragging pictures of equipment and your cooks. We look forward to hearing more from you! Enjoy!

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        • Marauderer
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 1443
          • Powder Springs, Georgia
          • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
            Powder Springs, GA

            Weber S470 with smoker box and insulated custom cover
            RecTec w/grilling mat, front shelf, cover, Nomex Sealing Gasket, Hurd Downdraft Hood, Fuller's Earth,oversize wheels
            GMG Davy Crockett Wifi
            Blackstone 1575
            Seville Classics Rolling Workbench
            Grill Grates searing kit
            (2) Maverick ET-732
            Thermopen Classic w/glo case, Thermopop, Time Stick, Extra Big and Loud Timer, Chef Alarm
            Wine maker from kits, Merlot, Liebfraumilch, N.Z. Pinot Noir, and some other fuity tuity wines that are great with "Q"
            PickleMeister
            Pampered Chef Knives
            All Clad BD5
            Tyent Water Ionizer

            I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

          #5
          PL, Welcome!! I look forward to your posts and pics. I see you have jumped right in and are active on the boards.

          Barry

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          • Marauderer
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 1443
            • Powder Springs, Georgia
            • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
              Powder Springs, GA

              Weber S470 with smoker box and insulated custom cover
              RecTec w/grilling mat, front shelf, cover, Nomex Sealing Gasket, Hurd Downdraft Hood, Fuller's Earth,oversize wheels
              GMG Davy Crockett Wifi
              Blackstone 1575
              Seville Classics Rolling Workbench
              Grill Grates searing kit
              (2) Maverick ET-732
              Thermopen Classic w/glo case, Thermopop, Time Stick, Extra Big and Loud Timer, Chef Alarm
              Wine maker from kits, Merlot, Liebfraumilch, N.Z. Pinot Noir, and some other fuity tuity wines that are great with "Q"
              PickleMeister
              Pampered Chef Knives
              All Clad BD5
              Tyent Water Ionizer

              I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

            #6
            So PL, tell us more about your Johnson Custom Smoker. What model do you have? What others did you consider before getting the Johnson? Why the Johnson? IMWTK

            The reason for all the questions is I am looking at "Stick Burners". I really like the setup on the "Compact Ultimate Patio" model.



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            • Marauderer
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              Whatareyoutalkingabout?? Isn't that a handsome looking unit? Jon, if you bought two of them you could give me one!!

            • Jon Solberg
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              If I strike it big I'll do it.

            • Marauderer
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              You da Man, Jon!!
          • Pork Lord
            Former Member
            • Oct 2014
            • 91
            • Pasadena Texas

            #7
            Originally posted by Marauderer View Post
            So PL, tell us more about your Johnson Custom Smoker. What model do you have? What others did you consider before getting the Johnson? Why the Johnson? IMWTK

            The reason for all the questions is I am looking at "Stick Burners". I really like the setup on the "Compact Ultimate Patio" model.



            pThat's exactly my model! I had it custom made with a Double "T" and "Guns Up" across the stacks! After reading so many articles here, I visited Lang, Gator pits (here in Houston) and a few others! Ultimatley, I wanted a reverse flow pit because of the efficiency in cooking (I'm turning out briskets and pork shoulders in almost a 1/3rd less time at 225!) and elimination of hot spots! I met Chad who runs the business and he really knows his craft. His business is run out of a fabricated steel building on his property in Ennis Texas. This was a labour of love as I waited 3 1/2 months to have it built and then drove 4 hours up to Ennis to pick it up in my buddies truck. It is sealed perfectly. He will slightly season it for you before pickup with a little Pecan. You have to leave the intake door open fully for your fire to really get going which takes about 30 minutes as I don't have an accelerator for the smoke box. As far as stick burners go, You really can't go wrong with a reverse flow pit. "Irene" can hold 225 or whatever temp you need for about 3-4 hours before you need to add fuel and I mean it's pegged at the temp! It actually took me awhile to sto checking on it so much because I'm used to that on my old Brinkmann that leaked smoke and air like a siv. I chose Johnson because I wanted to support a small business, in TEXAS :-), and he specializes in the reverse flow tech. I think all of his pits except for the "T" design are built reverse flow.

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            • Marauderer
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 1443
              • Powder Springs, Georgia
              • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
                Powder Springs, GA

                Weber S470 with smoker box and insulated custom cover
                RecTec w/grilling mat, front shelf, cover, Nomex Sealing Gasket, Hurd Downdraft Hood, Fuller's Earth,oversize wheels
                GMG Davy Crockett Wifi
                Blackstone 1575
                Seville Classics Rolling Workbench
                Grill Grates searing kit
                (2) Maverick ET-732
                Thermopen Classic w/glo case, Thermopop, Time Stick, Extra Big and Loud Timer, Chef Alarm
                Wine maker from kits, Merlot, Liebfraumilch, N.Z. Pinot Noir, and some other fuity tuity wines that are great with "Q"
                PickleMeister
                Pampered Chef Knives
                All Clad BD5
                Tyent Water Ionizer

                I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

              #8
              Well PL, that sure is a handsome unit!

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              • Pork Lord
                Former Member
                • Oct 2014
                • 91
                • Pasadena Texas

                #9
                Originally posted by Marauderer View Post
                Well PL, that sure is a handsome unit!


                If you want more information about Johnson smokers PM me and I'll give ya all the details. I'm very happy with my unit. I honestly believe you can't go wrong with them.

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                • Pork Lord
                  Former Member
                  • Oct 2014
                  • 91
                  • Pasadena Texas

                  #10
                  Originally posted by Huskee View Post
                  Welcome PL, I urged you to visit this page before I noticed you already had! Kudos!

                  Next up, let's get to work on that signature! To get help with that, check out Pit Boss' Welcome & Announcements channel (if you haven't already) and read through the tips posts in that channel. There's also a post that explains the best way to post nice big pics here... we like to see bragging pictures of equipment and your cooks. We look forward to hearing more from you! Enjoy!


                  What do you mean by signature? I'm confused as I have gone to my profile and cannot locate a "signature" option I have read the mods posts but nothing on signature. Perhaps it's the Texan in me and I'm missing it somehow? Please advise.

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                  • Pork Lord
                    Former Member
                    • Oct 2014
                    • 91
                    • Pasadena Texas

                    #11
                    I think I just solved my own problem.. advise as necessary mods. Thanks!

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                    • Ernest
                      Founding Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 3418
                      • Dallas, Texas
                      • Pit Barrel Cooker AKA The Chicken Whisperer, WSM 14.5 AKA Smokey, WSM 22.5 AKA Big Worm, Weber Performer Platinum. KARUBECUE

                      #12
                      Welcome PL! What part of Houston?

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                      • Pork Lord
                        Pork Lord commented
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                        Southeast side of town Pasadena

                      • Ernest
                        Ernest commented
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                        OK. I go to Stafford for work quite often.
                    • smarkley
                      Former Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 1421

                      #13
                      These pits sound awesome... I am intrigued with that reverse flow

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                      • Pork Lord
                        Former Member
                        • Oct 2014
                        • 91
                        • Pasadena Texas

                        #14
                        Thanks Smarkley! I did a ton of research on them and like anything else in the BBQ world debate swirls in an unending crap shoot. It alleviates hot spots mainly. There are pits similar that have "tuning plates" which are a series of plates that run underneath the main cooking chamber but they seemed a bit complicated to me and I didn't want to have to jack with my machine any more than I already do.

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