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  • BigCountryQ
    Club Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 354
    • Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Hello from SW MI

    Been smoking gourmet meats for about 5 years now and love it. I'm excited to be part of a community of people that share their thoughts! I currently use a vertical propane smoker, but am looking into upgrading. Any thoughts?
  • smokinfatties
    Former Member
    • Oct 2015
    • 521
    • Upland, CA

    #2
    Hi There! Lots of thoughts and a million questions will come through. A general consensus of reading previous posts around this forum will tell you a 22" weber kettle + SnS or a Pit Barrel Cooker. Maybe a Weber Smokey Mountain as your 3rd choice. If your budget allows for more, then that's when the thoughts really start coming to play!

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    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 13835
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        SNS
        Pizza insert
        Rotisserie
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        Chefalarm
        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      #3
      Welcome to The Pit. It would help us help you if we knew a few things:

      Budget?
      How many you are likely to cook for?
      Set and forget or tend often?
      What do you like to cook?

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      • LA Pork Butt
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 5776
        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

        #4
        My big questions would be what are you unhappy with, what are your goals and what is your budget?

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        • MBMorgan
          Club Member
          • Sep 2015
          • 6634
          • 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

          #5
          (What RonB said) and welcome to the Pit ...

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

            #6
            MrMisunderstood, Welcome to "The Pit"! You are Now Enrolled in the BBQ Univ.! Attendance and Participation are Mandatory! Enjoy "The Pit"!
            Be careful Asking this Crowd of High Graders for Advice on What "You" Should Aquire! Seriously What Quantities Are You Planning on? For Large Quantities You Might want to watch Posts by PaulstheRibList, DWCowles, CandySueQ and Several Others who have Scaled up for Large Comercial or Competitve Cooks!
            Eat Well and Prosper! From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan
            Last edited by Danjohnston949; January 24, 2017, 07:10 AM.

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

              #7
              A hearty welcome from Illinois.

              Ditto what RonB said.

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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 MrMisunderstood

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

                  #9
                  Welcome from Indiana!

                  What exactly do you consider gourmet meats?

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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.

                    #10
                    Welcome to The Pit MrMisunderstood! We’re glad you joined! Congrats on your first brisket cook I read about in another post.

                    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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                    • Mr. Bones
                      Charter Member
                      • Sep 2016
                      • 10411
                      • 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
                      MrMisunderstood !!!Welcome to th' Pit, glad yer here!!!
                      I got a younger brother in Grand Rapids, so I might git up yer way b'fore too awful long.
                      How is smokin' them Gourmet meats???
                      Most of 'em look t' have a powerful fatcap, from what I done seen on th' boob tube...

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                      • PaulstheRibList
                        Founding Member
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 1582
                        • Lake Charles, LA
                        • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
                          1.) A pair of Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5's
                          2.) #LilTex, a 22" Expensive Offset Smoker (looks like a Yoder Witicha)
                          3.) #WhoDat1, a HUGE Gravity Fed Insulated Cabinet Smoker (cooking chamber 3'x2'x6')
                          4.) A Full Size Commercial Dryer/converted to Vertical Smoker.
                          5.) Jambo Backyard stickburner (my FAVORITE Pit so far)
                          6.) GrillMeister, a huge 24"x48" Adjustable, Charcoal Grill from Pitmaker.com
                          7.) 22" Weber Kettle with Slow-N-Sear
                          8.) Vault insulated reverse-flow cabinet smoker from Pitmaker
                          9.) BarbecueFiretruck...under development
                          10.) 26 foot BBQ Vending Trailer equipped with HUGE Myron Mixon 72xc smoker is HERE, Oct 2016!
                          11.) Opened www.PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com Food Trailer officially in March 2017
                          12.) Austin Smoke Works 500 Gallon Propane Tank Offset Smoker, named "Lucille" as travel pit for PaulsRibShack, Oct 2018.
                          12.) Opening Brick & Mortar location at 4800 Nelson Rd, Spring 2019. Had a pair of 1,000 Gallon Austin Smoke Works pits, both in RibShackRed for our new place!

                          Fabulous Backlit Thermapens, several Maverick Remote Thermometers (don't use any remotes anymore), Thermoworks Smoke, Other Thermoworks toys, Vacuum sealer, lots and lots of equipment...

                          I'm loving using BBQ to make friends and build connections.
                          I have #theRibList where I keep a list of new and old friends and whenever I'm cooking, I make 1 to 20 extra and share the joy.

                        #12
                        In other words, these guys can't wait to give you some insight to aid you in making your decision! #SuperFun

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                        • Oakgrovebacon
                          Club Member
                          • Apr 2016
                          • 2017
                          • South central Illinois

                          #13
                          Welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois! I used a brinkman vertical charcoal smoker for years, wore it out, simple to use and good flavor-charcoal of some type would be my recommendation.

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                          • PJBowmaster
                            Former Member
                            • Dec 2016
                            • 548
                            • Black Hills of SD

                            #14
                            Welcome to the Pit from a fellow Michigander. I'm a new guy around here and not the best source of info. (Yet) But there is a lot of knowledge in here. And I'm sure they will get your pointed in the right direction.

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                            • Rfhd69
                              Charter Member
                              • May 2015
                              • 241
                              • SW Washington
                              • WSM 22.5, PBC, GMG Jim Bowie, Traeger Texas

                              #15
                              Welcome from SW Washington! I'd start with a WSM 22.5 inch, PBC (pit barrel cooker) and Weber charcoal kettle (if budget allows). You can accomplish nearly everything you need to do. Good luck!!!

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