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  • Kschum1
    Club Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 3
    • Central Illinois
    • Weber 22" kettle, Masterbuilt 30" electric smoker, Master Forge gas grill, Thermapen Mk4, iGrill2 and Maverick 732

    Hello from Central Illinois

    First time poster here, but long time stalker of the site. Santa brought me Meathead's book for Christmas and after a few weeks I think I'm hooked on the Pit. So many good discussions and great experience to learn from!

    I've only been smoking for a year or so, but grew up being the "grill master" for my family because I enjoyed working the grill. Now I'm going on 30 and really enjoy the art and science that go into cooking.

    I hope to learn a lot and contribute where I can!

    -Kenny
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 6645
    • 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
    Welcome, Kenny... from Colorado...

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    • FireMan
      Charter Member
      • Jul 2015
      • 8530
      • Bottom of Winnebago

      #3
      Let me tell you friend, you do not know what hooked is. Let us know about 8 mos from now (the end of summer) whether your assessment of hooked was accurate. Glad to have you with us, eat good & enjoy!

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      • lschweig
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 979
        • Oswego, Il

        #4
        A hearty welcome from northern Illinois.

        To mirror FireMan your journey has barely begun into the magical world of BBQ.

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        • RonB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 13856
          • Near Richmond VA
          • Weber Performer Deluxe
            SNS
            Pizza insert
            Rotisserie
            Smokenator 1000
            Cookshack Smokette Elite
            2 Thermapens
            Chefalarm
            Dot
            lots of probes.
            CyberQ

          #5
          Welcome to The Pit Kenny.

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          • Huskee
            Administrator
            • May 2014
            • 15548
            • 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.

            #6
            Welcome to The Pit Kschum1! Happy to have you here. Good job on your signature, and that's a nice array of gear you have.

            Since this is your first post, 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.

            Also, it's very important that you:
            1. 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 Notifications tab.
            2. 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, which is open to all USA members or those with a USA delivery address (we’d hate to have to pick another person because you don’t answer us)!


            Hope to hear & see more from you!

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            • gdsim1
              Club Member
              • Jan 2017
              • 183
              • KC MO
              • Tryin' not to light my beard on fire east of KC MO. Pit Barrel Cooker for smokin', Char-Griller for grillin' and the cutest little no-name instant read thermometer you've ever seen to keep me from screwin' up!

              #7
              Hi Kenny! We signed up here within minutes of each other, so I think that makes us Pit Twins? LOL Being in central IL, I'll be looking forward to you sharing your recipes for grilled corn as you're surrounded by it! Have fun - Glen

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              • DWCowles
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 9696
                • 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.

                #8
                Welcome Kschum1

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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

                  #9
                  Hi, Kenny! Welcome to the group.

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                  • Nate
                    Banned Former Member
                    • Apr 2015
                    • 3794
                    • Quarantined

                    #10
                    Welcome from SW Indiana! I'm making a trip over to Murphysboro very soon to eat at 17th St BBQ.

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                    • Mr. Bones
                      Charter Member
                      • Sep 2016
                      • 10441
                      • Kansas Territory
                      • Grills / Smokers
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                        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
                      Kschum1 Kenny, welcome to th' Pit!!!

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                      • fuzzydaddy
                        Charter Member
                        • Nov 2014
                        • 4974
                        • 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.

                        #12
                        Welcome aboard!

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                        • Oakgrovebacon
                          Club Member
                          • Apr 2016
                          • 2018
                          • South central Illinois

                          #13
                          Welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois. The pit is a great place to learn. Smoke on!

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                          • LA Pork Butt
                            Charter Member
                            • Dec 2014
                            • 5786
                            • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                            #14
                            Welcome to fun in the Pit!

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                            • Danjohnston949
                              In Memoriam
                              • Dec 2014
                              • 4398
                              • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

                              #15
                              Kschum1, 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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