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  • MarkRees
    Former Member
    • Oct 2017
    • 3
    • Oxnard, Ventura CTY, CA

    Hello from the SoCal Coast

    Hi All,
    Kids didn't want to go to college so I decided to use some of it to redo the backyard. New patio, shower enclosure, landscaping AND a beautiful built in Blaze 32" four burner w/infrared rotisserie burner of which I know very little about. Bbq'd with charcoal mostly on Webers. Just the basics----chicken, steak and a turkey once or twice during the holidays. Would like to learn to bbq/grill different items with this new gas grill. Bought Meatheads book and the Maverick ET-732 Therm. set. Followed all the directions in the book and fired up the grill after washing all the innards. My first question is How in the heck do you get the temp to stay halfway stable? I set up the Maverick temp set and used the method described in the book to figure out the burner settings. Once the temps were reached (225 & 325) they would fluctuate 10 to 20 degrees no matter how many times I readjusted the burners. Is this normal for a gas grill? Then the BBQ temp probe quit on me. Kind of a rocky start huh? Hopefully with a bit more education and some help from you seasoned pit masters things will smooth out
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 12157
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #2
    Welcome to The Pit Mark. Most here would be satisfied with a 25* swing in either direction so I wouldn't worry about it. Did you use two burners so that you could have a hot and indirect side? To do long cooks at low temps, you will need to learn how to control the temps for a two zone setup. Once you are satisfied you can do that, try smokin' either a pork butt or a chuck roast. Both are forgiving and will turn out great smoked anywhere between 225* and 275*. Some here even cook at higher temps.

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    • DWCowles
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 9763
      • 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.

      #3
      Welcome MarkRees

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      • ComfortablyNumb
        Club Member
        • May 2017
        • 3098
        • Northeast Washington
        • KBQ C-60
          PK360
          Thermoworks Smoke
          Thermoworks Thermopop
          Thermoworks Dot

        #4
        Welcome to the Pit from NE Washington state from a Cal escapee. Spent time in Del Mar, Encinitas, La Jolla, PB, and OB. Along with tips, techniques, and recipes about BBQ we have a lot of fun. If you like music, go to this thread to hear what others are listening to and share what you like. For jokes, go to this thread. Happy to have you along and looking forward to your participation.

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        • MBMorgan
          Club Member
          • Sep 2015
          • 6042
          • 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

            > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
            > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
            > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

          #5
          Welcome from Colorado! Spent 5 or 6 years in the Sacramento area ... good times ... great memories!

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          • Nate
            Charter Member
            • Apr 2015
            • 3815
            • Quarantined
            • INFO
              ~Known as: Nate
              ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
              ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


              SMOKERS & GRILLS
              ~Grilla Original Grilla
              ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
              ~Pit Barrel Cooker
              ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
              ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
              ~Weber Q1000


              THERMOMETERS
              ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
              ~Thermoworks Thermapen
              ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
              ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
              ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
              ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
              ~Maverick ET-733
              ~Maverick XR-50


              ACCESSORIES
              ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
              ~Slow 'n' Sear
              ~Drip 'n' Griddle
              ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
              ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
              ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


              DRINKS
              ~Sweet Tea
              ~Bourbon
              ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

            #6
            Welcome from Indiana

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            • fuzzydaddy
              Charter Member
              • Nov 2014
              • 4949
              • Winchester TN
              • Hardware
                Slow N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
                22" Weber Kettle.
                Slow N Sear, DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
                Chimney starters.
                PartyQ.
                Joule.
                GrillGrates, GrateGriddles.
                Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
                ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

                Consumables / Favorites
                KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks)
                Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins.
                SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
                MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

              #7
              Welcome from the Florida panhandle!

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              • Oakgrovebacon
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 1815
                • South central Illinois

                #8
                Welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois

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                • Henrik
                  Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 4090
                  • Stockholm, Sweden

                  #9
                  Welcome to the pit MarkRees! Yes, I wouldn't worry about 10-20 degree temp swings. Keep going, you'll be fine. Now to the "rules": starting a post about kids not going to college, instead remodeling the backyard and not posting pictures, what up with dat? Photos please, don't leave us hanging!

                  Since you’re new, and if you haven't already done so, 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.

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                  • jgreen
                    Charter Member
                    • Oct 2014
                    • 2684
                    • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
                    • Cookers:
                      Broil King XL
                      Broil King Smoke
                      Weber Kettle 26
                      Grilla Pellet smoker
                      Capital 40 natural gas
                      Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

                      Thermometer:
                      Maverick 733
                      Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
                      Thermo works DOT (or two)
                      Fireboard (probably my favourite)
                      Thermworks Smoke (or two)

                      Accessories:
                      SnS (original, plus and XL)
                      DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
                      Vortex
                      Grillgrates
                      and, maybe some other toys as well

                    #10
                    Welcome from Winnipeg. Sounds like a great new space to cook. Have fun.

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                    • LA Pork Butt
                      Charter Member
                      • Dec 2014
                      • 5094
                      • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                      #11
                      Welcome to the Pit!

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                      • Mr. Bones
                        Birthday Hat Master
                        • Sep 2016
                        • 8767
                        • Kansas Territory
                        • Grills / Smokers
                          *********************************************

                          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

                        #12
                        Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to th' Pit!
                        Glad to have ya' here with us!
                        Enjoy yer newly remodeled back yard...
                        Please, show us pics...
                        Tell yer kids I said to enjoy a long an' happy life of bein' Blue Collar wage slaves, as well
                        Goodness knows, I have/am!

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                        • Pirate Scott
                          Club Member
                          • Mar 2017
                          • 1343
                          • Clay, New York
                          • - Plain old Charbroil Charcoal Grill
                            - 26" Weber Kettle
                            - Jack Daniels No7, Four Roses

                          #13
                          Welcome From Clay, Ny.

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                          • hoovarmin
                            Founding Member
                            • Jul 2014
                            • 818
                            • Neptune Beach, FL
                            • Weber Performer 22
                              SNS
                              Joule
                              Thermoworks Smoke
                              Thermoworks Thermapen
                              Kingsford Blue Bag

                            #14
                            Yo So Cal, Welcome to the Pit from Neptune Beach, FL!

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                            • kmhfive
                              Club Member
                              • Mar 2017
                              • 3006
                              • Northern Illinois
                              • Weber Kettle -- 22.5" (In-Service Date June 2015)
                                Slow-n-Sear/Drip-n-Griddle/Grill Grates (In-Service Date March 2016)
                                Pit Boss 820 (Retired)
                                GMG Jim Bowie WiFi (In-Service Date April 2017)
                                Maverick ET-733
                                Fireboard
                                Home-brewer

                              #15
                              Welcome to the Pit!

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                              Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

                              maverick PT55 thermometer

                              A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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                              If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

                              slow n sear

                              The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

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

                              the good one 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.

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                              The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

                              the good one grill

                              The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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                              Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                              Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                              The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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                              Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                              The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                              The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

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                              The Undisputed Champion!

                              thermapen

                              The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


                              Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                              Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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                              NK-22-Ck Grill

                              Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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                              G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                              Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

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                              Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

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                              Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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                              The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes 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'.

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                              Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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                              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.

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                              Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                              Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                              Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet 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 Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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