Welcome!


This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 5 pages for free. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Login | Contact Us ]

There are 4 page views remaining.

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Hello from SoCal

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Hello from SoCal

    I bought a smoker (Traeger Jr.) off a friend who was looking to fund his smoker upgrade, and figured I'd better start trying to get my money's worth of out the thing. I started with Traeger's recipes on their website, but they were horrible. Not bad food, but complete lack of actual detailed instructions (ie, no measurements, no wood recommendations, etc) which was super frustrating since I'm not the kind that flies by the seat of their pants and likes to make stuff up with expensive meat. Also I bought a bunch of their rubs only to discover that they contained so much salt, that a lot of what I initially tried to make was so salty that it was practically inedible.

    So I started googling and wound up here. I made some stuff off this site, and it was the best results I'd had with a smoker but I had always just cooked for myself because I don't like experimenting and then having others eat it.

    I wasn't really sure I needed to join this Pitmaster's club, but it was following Meathead's Ultimate Thanksgiving turkey recipe that changed my mind. After dry brining and using the wet Simon & Garfunkel rub under the skin, and rubbing the skin with oil and salting it, I wound up with a Turkey that my family thought was out of this world and one of the best turkeys they had ever had. And yet I was so busy cooking the entire meal that I spaced out and forgot to check the thermometer and overcooked the bird (just a little). But we used a derivative of his thin gravy and it all turned out fine.

    So, Meathead, I had to join because you really allowed me to do something that just didn't make good food for myself, but my whole family benefited from your site, so here's my support!

    As for what else I've cooked on this site, I've tried the Last Meal ribs, the tri-tip, beef ribs, and Pig Candy. I've now made Memphis Dust, Big Bad Beef Rub and Simon & Garfunkel rubs and stocked my shelves with lots of herbs and spices (since I always seem to need something I've never normally bought before). This is now my go-to site, and I've recommended it to two friends with smokers.

    Keep up the good work, I now look forward to smoking more stuff from this site! I bring it up on my phone while I'm in the market if the bug hits me to smoke something and I get what I need knowing it's going to be good eating!

    DHRacing

    #2
    Awesome intro post DHRacing, welcome aboard! Yours is a classic success story experienced by most if not all of us. Meathead's recipes are great, time tested and proven, plus the science behind the 'why' of each recipe or technique. I find even a well known national barbecue association's online recipes to be similar to what you described- lack of real detail and technique, such as 'cook over medium high heat for 3-5 hrs'. Could it be any more vague? That's like saying how to get to Vegas- drive medium fast for 3-5 hrs. Lol.

    Attention to every last detail is what makes things great, from cars to furniture to food!

    Since this is your first post, please check out our homework assignment post for new members, it contains lots of how-tos and please-dos! Hope to hear & see more from you.

    Comment


    • DHRacing
      DHRacing commented
      Editing a comment
      Hey Huskee, I never received that meat temp guide magnet thing that was promised when joining up. Did you guys run out of it? Just curious. Let me know. Thx!

    • David Parrish
      David Parrish commented
      Editing a comment
      Send Max Good a private message from here in The Pit. He'll get you squared away. I'll forward this to him so he knows you're coming

    #3
    Don't forget about the recipes for the side dishes! The Greek potatoes are one of our new fav's.

    The Huli Huli chicken is definitely worth a shot also!

    Welcome from the Lowcountry of SC!

    Comment


      #4
      Welcome! Your education really begins after you join The Pit my friend. You'll soon realize how great the people here are and how every one here is still learning and bouncing ideas off each other. That what make this place special. Smoke On!!!

      Comment


        #5
        "Smoking at 5200 feet" in SoCal? Arrowhead?

        Comment


          #6
          Welcome to the Pit DH

          Comment


            #7
            Originally posted by The Burn View Post
            "Smoking at 5200 feet" in SoCal? Arrowhead?
            Yup. I sometimes wondered if the thinner air up here affects cook times, but I've since learned its really not the time, its the temp it gets to, so I quit worrying about it. I know my biggest problem is temp control on the smoker since its pretty windy where I am, so I just throw a towel over the smoker (but not blocking the vents) and the temp stays more consistent now.

            Comment


            • The Burn
              The Burn commented
              Editing a comment
              That's a beautiful part of SoCal. Lived in Manhattan/Hermosa/Redondo beaches for 15+ years.

            #8
            Welcome DH what does the racing stand for? What kind do you do?? Just curious. Thanks for the support of this site. It is really great.

            Guy

            Comment


              #9
              Originally posted by Guy View Post
              Welcome DH what does the racing stand for? What kind do you do?? Just curious. Thanks for the support of this site. It is really great.

              Guy
              Hey Guy,

              I totally forgot to check on this thread so I guess better late than never. DH aren't my initials, it's Dark Horse Racing. We are a family of weekend warriors and we do stuff on the cheap but we have fun nonetheless. A dark horse is a little known participant that makes an unusually good showing and we felt that matched us. We boat raced for several years and won a bunch of national class championships. It was fun but the grind got old so we moved on and now we do Poker Runs. One of the things about race days is the downtime after the day is over. While one could tend a bbq and try to keep up with the race day, it was easier to throw stuff on a smoker and let it work its magic while you're busy. We had lots of friends with smokers and the food was awesome after a long day and that is what got me thinking about getting my own. Anyway that's the story on my handle.

              Comment


                #10
                Welcome DHRacing

                Comment


                  #11
                  Welcome aboard DHRacing.

                  Comment


                    #12
                    Welcome to the Pit!

                    Comment


                      #13
                      DHRacing, Welcome to The Pit! Eat Well and Prosper! From Fargo ND, Dan

                      Comment

                      Announcement

                      Collapse
                      No announcement yet.
                      Working...
                      X
                      false
                      0
                      Guest
                      500
                      ["pitmaster-my-membership","login","join-pitmaster","lostpw","reset-password","special-offers","help","nojs","meat-ups","gifts","authaau-alpha","ebooklogin-start","alpha","start"]
                      false
                      false
                      {"count":0,"link":"/forum/announcements/","debug":""}
                      Yes
                      Rubs Promo

                      Spotlight

                      These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

                      These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

                      Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

                      A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs


                      Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

                      3 burner gas grill

                      The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

                      Click here to read ourcompletereview


                      Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                      Green Mountain Grills Trek smoker

                      Green Mountain Grills Trek smoker

                      Green Mountain’s portable Trek Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Trek from your smart phone or laptop.

                      Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                      Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                      Fireboard Labs Product Photo Shoot. Kansas City Commercial Portrait and Wedding Photographers ©Kevin Ashley Photography

                      With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
                      Click here to read our detailedreview


                      Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker


                      This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

                      Click here to read our detailed review


                      Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

                      Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

                      The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. We gave Spark a Platinum Medal for pushing the envelope of product capability while maintaining high standards of design and workmanship.

                      Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review


                      Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                      The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
                      Click here for our review of this superb smoker


                      Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

                      We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
                      Click here for our review on this unique smoker