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

    #16
    Hey fellas, thanks for all the responses. Let me address some of your questions and concerns.

    Budget? Roughly $600

    How many you are likely to cook for? Typically I cook for 6-8 people. But several times a year I cook for 20 or 30.

    Set and forget or tend often? It doesn't matter to me. I like the science behind things (I'm an engineer). Even if it's set and forget, you bet I'll be out there tending anyways.

    What do you like to cook? My favorites are really, what I would consider, the norm. Pork Butts, chicken, wings, meatloaf. As fuzzydaddy mentioned, I just finished my first brisket cook last week. I'm a big hunter and almost always have wild game in the freezer. I host an annual wild game dinner at my house for friends and family and share in the bounty from the year. I'm looking for new menu items every year and would love some insight there. This is why I've joined the pit.

    As far as my current vertical propane smoker goes, I don't really have any problems with it, until I try to shove a whole brisket in, or hang sausages/jerky. I'm kind of a trinket type person and am always looking at getting something new/different.

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    • Huskee
      Administrator
      • May 2014
      • 15541
      • 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.

      #17
      Welcome to The Pit fellow MI'er MrMisunderstood! My advice, get a 26" kettle with a Slow 'N Sear, and a few other essentials as outline below...and later on (or if you can swing over $600 total now), a PBC also. Then you're prepared for anything from 1 burger to smoking a brisket or enough pork butts for a small crowd. Both cookers would definitely get you in the 20-30 people ability.

      26" kettle ~$300
      SxS XL ~$145
      Thermoworks Smoke wireless thermometer ~$99
      Thermoworks ThermoPop $29
      Weber charcoal chimney ~$15

      Total ~$590 not counting shipping.

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

        #18
        Thanks for the recommendations Huskee ! I want to upgrade to the Smoke thermometer (currently use a Maverick ET732), but have been waiting for the wireless bridge to come out. I own 2 thermopops and a charcoal chimney, so I'm at least part of the way there

        I've never heard of the Slow n Sear products. Would you mind elaborating on the usefulness of this tool?

        I forgot to mention that I also have a brinkman charcoal bullet, but I don't use it very much anymore.

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        • Huskee
          Administrator
          • May 2014
          • 15541
          • 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.

          #19
          MrMisunderstood Great! Since you have the Mav and T-pop some of that expense is out of the way. If your Mav is working fine you don't need the Smoke, but you'll certainly love it if you do get it.

          The Slow 'N Sear (SnS) is a device that helps you effectively and efficiently smoke on your kettle grill turning out a product (liek ribs or brisket) that rivals the expensive stick burning smokers, as well as do a perfect reverse sear on a steak, and anything in between. Meathead's article on the SnS is here.

          Let me know if you have any more questions.

          By the way, have you ever been to Two Scotts BBQ in GR? I've heard good things and am meaning to try it when I visit family in the area next time.

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

            #20
            Huskee Two Scotts is one of the best in the area. I live about 10 mins South of there. It's been a while since I've been there, but they used to have Scottish Eggs that were to die for. If you come to GR, also look into Slow's BBQ in the Grand Rapids Marketplace, or one of my personal favorites American Char in Zeeland. It's a bit away from downtown GR like the other two (20 mins) but it's totally worth it.

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            • Huskee
              Huskee commented
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              Excellent. Thank you for the info! I've been to Slow's in Detroit, and I have no complaints with their brisket. I'll watch for the GR one. I've been to that marketplace I think, but everything was closing when we got there so little time was spent.
          • GadjetGriller
            Club Member
            • Dec 2015
            • 754
            • Lubbock tx
            • I have 3 outdoor devices (plus a couple indoor items) Starting with the PBC, Faux Kamado Kooker,(Akorn metal Kamado) & Oklahoma Joe offset grill and smoker. I use the FireBoard WiFi Thermometer. IQ110 (heat control device for akorn) recently acquired a Char-Broil Big Easy TRU-INFRARED 3-in-1 Roaster, Smoker and Grill, I also have A Anova & Joule Sous Vide Wands and The Steakager ( a unit for Dry aging big hunks of meat!)

            #21
            check out his video about the Slow n Sear https://youtu.be/YctEIFigx6I from their YouTube channel

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