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  • Beefchop
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 477
    • Lafayette, LA
    • XL Big Green Egg, Shirley Fabrication 24"x42" Patio Cooker

    Lafayette, Louisiana

    Michigan native now living in the heart of Cajun country (by way of Baltimore). Discovering the joys of smoker cooked boudin and other regional delights! I love cooking pork ribs, wild game and homemade sausage on my WSM. Learned to BBQ from some Armenians (informally) and the 3 Eyez BBQ team through a class sponsored by 5.0 BBQ in Hampstead, MD. Great guys. I started on an Old Smokey grill and moved to a 18.5" WSM after I took the class. I cooked on a Pit Barrel Cooker for a year but sold it when I moved south and kept my Weber. The PBC is everything they say it is but I had room for one cooker. Thinking of upgrading to an offset (Houston is a few hours away) or a Louisiana made Backwoods...but am inclined to double down on the WSM. Looking forward to learning and sharing.
  • Huskee
    Administrator
    • May 2014
    • 15371
    • 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.

    #2
    Welcome Beefchop! I use an offset, there are a few of us here and if you have a good heavy one they, IMO, make some of the best meat when you use logs ("sticks"). What brand are you thinking of going with? Texas sure has a lot of quality pit makers. Backwoods are also very nice smokers, I had to make the hard choice between a Yoder and a Backwoods. I opted for the Yoder offset since they are more versatile and can be used as a giant charcoal grill too, compared to a cabinet smoker. It was not an easy choice though.

    Beefchop, when you get a minute check out Pit Boss' Welcome & Announcements channel, as well as the tips posts in that channel. These will help you learn your way around The Pit, as well as set up your signature. There's also a post that explains the best way to post nice big pics here... we like to see bragging pictures of your equipment and your cooks. We look forward to hearing more from you! Enjoy!

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    • Beefchop
      Charter Member
      • Oct 2014
      • 477
      • Lafayette, LA
      • XL Big Green Egg, Shirley Fabrication 24"x42" Patio Cooker

      #3
      Thanks, I checked that out but was too lazy to set it up from my iPhone last night! I'm looking at offset makers in the Houston area to minimize shipping and freight, although I'm very impressed with the Yoder lineup!

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      • Deuce
        Former Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 227
        • Sulphur, Louisiana

        #4
        Welcome to the pit Beefchop. I live about 60 miles west of you in Sulphur. Dons in Scott near you is where I like to get my cajun treats for the grill or smoker. Hope you enjoy your time in La. and The Pit.
        Last edited by Deuce; October 29, 2014, 04:45 PM.

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        • Jon Solberg
          Former Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 4729

          #5
          Hey thereBC! Welcome to the pit.

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          • David Parrish
            Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
            • May 2014
            • 4900
            • Charlotte, NC

            #6
            Welcome Beefchop! We're glad you're here.

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            • Jerod Broussard
              Moderator
              • Jun 2014
              • 9895
              • 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

              #7
              Hey Beef, look up Gueydan, La....that is where I am from.

              Check out Lonestargrillz.com

              Great bang for the buck on offset smokers. I have no affiliation with them, they are just soooooooo sweet.

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              • Beefchop
                Charter Member
                • Oct 2014
                • 477
                • Lafayette, LA
                • XL Big Green Egg, Shirley Fabrication 24"x42" Patio Cooker

                #8
                Thanks Jerod. You have a popular surname here in LA! Gueydan looks to be about an hour from Lafayette. : )

                I've been looking at Lonestar's smokers and am impressed...considering one of their vertical offsets but there isn't much info. out there on them.

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                • Jerod Broussard
                  Moderator
                  • Jun 2014
                  • 9895
                  • 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

                  #9
                  Yeh, Lafayette was our gateway to civilization. Johnston street and Ambassador Caffery. Only roads I knew.

                  I actually snuck a fifth of Crown into the Cajun Dome for a USL (now ULL) basketball game. I was in the 7th grade.

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                  • Jon Solberg
                    Jon Solberg commented
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                    well at least you started with the good stuff... just sayin
                • The Burn
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 960
                  • West Chester, PA
                  • Gas Grill: NXR Tabletop/Portable Propane
                    Charcoal: Weber Performer Silver (i.e., 22.5")
                    Charcoal: Weber OTG 22.5"

                    Kettle Accessories: Slow 'n Sear, Smokenator and Vortex and bound to be more on the way
                    Smoker: GOSM Propane 38" 2-drawer
                    Pellet: CampChef/Browning Deluxe PGP24LTD

                    Thermometer: 2 Mavericks, Red backlit Thermapen
                    Anova Wi-Fi Sous Vide

                  #10
                  Originally posted by Jerod Broussard View Post
                  USL (now ULL)
                  Or as some more affectionately call it: Ooh La La

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                  • Ozric
                    Former Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 47
                    • Flagstaff, AZ

                    #11
                    Laugh e yette. Love the town. I was in the oil business for a decade and we had some operations in Lafayette. I don't know if things have changed since the BP disaster in the gulf, but I used to stay at the Hilton Hotel on the Vermilion River (riiiiiight, slowly flowing mud was what it looked like to me ). There was a restaurant on the opposite side that I walked over to. The first time in, I sat at the bar, order a beer and a dozen oysters. The bartender looked at me funny and said I oughta try 6 first. I'm thinking, yeah, OK.

                    I had to cut those things in 3 pieces to eat them. They were huge. And delicious. And not the least bit tough. But I never went back there. Why?

                    Gumbo hopping!!!! Dayaam, but the gumbo in Lafayette is awesome. And different at each place. My colleagues and I would hit 3 to 5 restaurants per night. Pitcher of beer and a bowl of gumbo. Each. At each restaurant.

                    Most of the dives (sorry, restaurants) we loved had super-lacquered tables (bit of humidity down there). If you let go of your pitcher, it'd slid off onto the floor. Waste of good beer. (Not one level table anywhere in Lafayette. )

                    And the crawfish were awesome, too.

                    LOVED my time there! Welcome aboard! Looking forward to your Cajunization!!!

                    Here's a local joke for you.

                    What are the only two things that Cajun men think about?

                    Right! What they're eating. And what they're gonna eat next!

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                    • Beefchop
                      Beefchop commented
                      Editing a comment
                      Thanks Ozric, that's a great anecdote about life here! I'm telling you, the food has been awesome. I love to eat, so this town suits me just fine! Can't wait for crawfish season.

                      What I think is interesting is that it's not a big BBQ town. I had some ribs at 2Pauls that were just ok. So far the best place I've found is Johnson's Boucaniere - they do a boneless country style rib in a spicy rub that is mighty tasty. Seems like a BBQ joint with a Cajun flair, but it's the only one I've found that does good ribs. I haven't tried their pulled pork, chicken or brisket yet.

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