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  • Shane Rakow
    Club Member
    • Oct 2016
    • 568
    • Nebraska
    • Traeger Pellet w/ add-on Cold Smoker attachment (2008)
      Weber-22" Kettle w/SnS Plus (2002)
      Brinkman Bullet Smoker (super old)
      Little Chief (really, really old)
      Kenmore Propane 4-burner w/Searing Station (2015)
      Burn Pit (1992)
      ThermoWorks Smoke (2016)
      ThermoWorks Thermapen (old, waiting to win a new one)

      Favorite Dog Breed: German Shorthair Pointer
      Favorite Car: The ones that start
      Favorite Month: October
      Favorite Steak: Ribeye, rare, and reverse seared

    The new guy!

    Howdy all! My name is Shane Rakow, and Nebraska is my home. Some people like to refer to Nebraska as the "floor drain" of the U.S., and some days, I tend to agree. There's lots of corn, soybeans, and, well, flat ground. I've cooked all my life, and have always appreciated the craft of smoking foods to perfection. Multiple smokers are in my line-up: offset,pellet,vertical, and a hole in the ground, and love them all for what they can do. I've been lurking around reading, and trying to familiarize myself with the website for a week or so. The information here is incredible, informative, and researched. Thanks so much for the help you have already shown me regarding bacon, and ham curing from Meathead, Jerod, and Huskee!
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 6359
    • 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, Shane ... welcome to the Pit!

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    • Jerod Broussard
      Moderator
      • Jun 2014
      • 9861
      • 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 man!! Don't forget the deer in Nebraska!

      You do any bird chasing with them dogs?

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      • Shane Rakow
        Shane Rakow commented
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        Love to chase the birds! Season opens end of this month.
    • shush
      Club Member
      • Sep 2016
      • 141
      • Northern Virginia
      • RecTec RT-680
        Brinkmann Bullet (Electric)
        Thermapen
        Maverick ET-732

      #4
      Welcome! I have heard "There is nothing to stop the wind between Canada and Nebraska, but a barbed wire fence." before... My Father lived there for a couple of years in Sidney.

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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.

        #5
        Welcome Shane Rakow

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        • Steve_D12
          Former Member
          • Aug 2016
          • 65
          • Pennsylvania

          #6
          Hey Shane! Welcome another new guy If you're into listening to podcasts make sure to check out the PitCast!

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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.

            #7
            Welcome to The Pit Shane Rakow. It's great to have you here and thank you for your support!

            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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            • Give us an email address you actually use. You can set or change your email on file with us by clicking your name in the upper-right, then User Settings, then the Account tab.
            • Add the domain AmazingRibs.com to your email safe list. We never spam! This is important to receive notices about your account, such as if you’re up for renewal or are ever drawn as our monthly Gold Medal Giveaway winner (we’d hate to have to pick another person because you don’t answer us)!

            See you around The Pit!

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            • Thunder77
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 2825
              • Halethorpe, MD
              • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

              #8
              Welcome to the Pit from Baltimore MD! 😎

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              • Spinaker
                Moderator
                • Nov 2014
                • 10756
                • Land of Tonka
                • John "J R"
                  Instagram: JRBowlsby
                  Smokin' Hound Que
                  Minnesota/ United States of America

                  ********************************************
                  Assistants
                  Dexter (Beagle mix)
                  Kinnick (American Foxhound)
                  ************************

                  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
                  **************************

                  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

                #9
                Welcome to the Pit!! We are happy to have you here.

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                • DBoone
                  Former Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 19
                  • San Diego

                  #10
                  Welcome to the Pit Shane!

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                  • Mr. Bones
                    Birthday Hat Master
                    • Sep 2016
                    • 9724
                    • Kansas Territory
                    • Grills / Smokers
                      *********************************************

                      Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
                      Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
                      Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
                      Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
                      Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
                      Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
                      Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
                      Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
                      Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
                      Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
                      Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

                      Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
                      Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
                      Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

                      Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
                      Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
                      Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
                      Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
                      Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
                      Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
                      (Lime Green)
                      Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
                      Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



                      Thermometers:
                      *********************************************
                      Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
                      Maverick ET-732, (Black)
                      Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
                      ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
                      Blue ThermaPen Mk4
                      Orange Thermapen Mk4
                      Pink Thermapen Mk4
                      ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
                      ThermoWorks Smoke
                      ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
                      4 Pro Series cable extensions
                      Smoke Gateway

                      Accessories:
                      *********************************************
                      2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
                      BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
                      Warming shelf
                      MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
                      Backyard Grill marinade injector
                      Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
                      Bear Paws
                      Meat Rakes
                      BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



                      Cookware:
                      Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
                      G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
                      '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
                      60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
                      50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
                      Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
                      Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

                      Cutlery, etc.:
                      Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
                      Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
                      Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
                      Multiple steels, from all over the planet
                      Crock sticks
                      Diamond stones, various
                      Lansky Sharpening System

                      Tableware
                      Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
                      Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
                      Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

                    #11
                    Howdy, neighbor, and welcome!

                    I'm right down here in NE KS.

                    When the weather is right, reckon we can smell each others smoke!

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                    • FireMan
                      Charter Member
                      • Jul 2015
                      • 7829
                      • Bottom of Winnebago

                      #12
                      I remember the first time I saw Nebraska, about 45 yrs ago. I was driving on the straightest, longest road I had ever seen, and there was corn on both sides, forever. Welcome aboard the train to Pittville. Enjoy the ride & keep cooking!

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                      • LA Pork Butt
                        Charter Member
                        • Dec 2014
                        • 5517
                        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                        #13
                        Welcome to the Pit!

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                        • edible hen
                          Club Member
                          • Feb 2016
                          • 185
                          • Yoder Durango 20
                            Maverick ET-733
                            Maverick Pro Temp

                          #14
                          Welcome Shane Rakow

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                          • Huskee
                            Administrator
                            • May 2014
                            • 15303
                            • 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.

                            #15
                            Welcome to The Pit Shane Rakow

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