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2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for March 18-20, 2022. More details and re-booking info coming soon! For now click here for more info.
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  • SmokeyBuell
    Former Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 1

    SmokeyBuell Here

    About 14 years ago, I traveled to Iowa to visit/meet my then girlfriend's family for Thanksgiving. My soon to be father-in-law did something that my Southern California born and raised eyes had never witnessed. He smoked the turkey... in the snow. All he had was a little bullet style smoker and some charcoal. It was the most amazingly tasting bird I had ever placed in my mouth up to that time and I was forever changed. Now, with more than a decade of casual tinkering with smoking meats (not to mention a wedding and three kids later) we often host holidays at our home (still in Southern California).

    For Thanksgiving this year (2014) we were going to have a slightly larger crowd of 21 people, so naturally I needed to invest in a better smoker in order to please the guests . I went for the 22" Weber Smokey Mountain (and my wife only put up a nominal amount of resistance because as you've now read, it is in her blood to enjoy such things). This site gave me the advice I needed to properly break in the WSM and prepare it for the holiday cook. The bird was amazing (as expected because after years of minor mistakes and mishaps, I've become rather adept at the turkey prep and smoke process). Christmas yesterday was some cedar planked salmon on the grill and a larger rib roast in the smoker. Again, this site helped in so many ways and I was hooked, so I went ahead and joined, if nothing else just to support the herculean effort of the dedicated folks on this site and forum.

    For work, I've helped people buy and sell homes in the North Orange County part of SoCal for 15 years now. Because of the young family I've been blessed with, about two years ago I opted to step into management with my brokerage, so I could get some of my nights and weekends back without feeling the stress of having to produce income exclusively by selling. So now I help some of the very best real estate agents in Orange County serve their clients, and I also help train agents from my company's other offices which is spread over the Orange, LA and San Bernardino County areas of SoCal.

    After being a dedicated husband, loving dad to three young girls and the work schedule, I don't have time for much else, but I manage to get together with my buddies once in awhile, be involved at church, do a little woodworking, practice pairing wines and beers with the meals we prepare, play the piano and relax with some gaming on XBOX 360. For now, that's life... and it's full and satisfying when I stop complaining long enough to actually think about it.
  • Huskee
    • May 2014
    • 15436
    • 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)

      • (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

      • 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

      • 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)

      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    Wow what a post, nicely done! I feel like I've known you for a while already, lol. We're glad to have you here and a big hearty thank you for your support. Ever work with any celebrities or musicians in your line of work?

    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!

    Hope to hear & see more from you.


    • 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.

      Welcome aboard SB


      • Jon Solberg
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 4729

        Hello SB, Welcome. Great to have you. Great intro!

        Be sure to stop by the bullet channel when you get a chance. Love to see that Weber cooking sometime.



        • Strat50
          Former Member
          • Nov 2014
          • 511
          • Houston, Alaska

          A warm hand hearty welcome to you from Houston, Alaska. Enjoy.


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

            Hi Smokey, welcome to the Pit.


            • David Parrish
              Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
              • May 2014
              • 4905
              • Charlotte, NC

              Great intro SB! We're glad you're here.


              • 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

                Welcome SB. I saw the 22" WSM in person for the first time at Cabela's the other day - that thing is a beast




                2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

                We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for March 18-20, 2022. More details and re-booking info coming soon! For now click here for more info.
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