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New to the Pit - Burt 'Grillin' Blanchard here

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  • burtgrillinblanch
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 2
    • Oak Park, IL

    New to the Pit - Burt 'Grillin' Blanchard here

    Fellow grill masters - Howdy! My name is (mi llamo es) Burt Blanchard, and I'm new to the Pit. Thanks for taking my payment to join the club (lol)! My desire to smoke every meat I can get my hands on came two years ago. After 20+ years of gas grilling, and a weekend camping trip where we used charcoal outdoors to cook our frozen-patty hamburgers for the troop - that lead me to switch back to charcoal. That lead to searching sites for ALL good recipes I could find on 'low 'n slow' grilling. 'Amazingribs.com' was the second site I came across. It's been two years and I finally feel like I'm inching my way out of the 'beginner' column, lol! This site is a blessing and not only gives you tips, recipes and the like, but also the science behind your meats, and answers the 'why' you should do something this way/that, etc.

    So, I'm looking forward to better tips, graduating from where I started, where I'm at, to get to where I want to be. I started with going out on craigslist right after that camping trip to find a grill - cold! Figured I go with a Weber because that's what I knew and heard was best. So, scored a deal on an 18". That lasted 2 weeks, I posted that grill for sale (got it looking almost new with a pumice stone and a little Comet - ha!), and graduated to a 22". Did that for a year, then last year, found a deal from a guy who got a 26" Weber kettle from his father as a wedding gift - and he hated charcoal grilling. So, talked him down and out of that grill - and that's what I use. Smoked ribs mostly, but looking to do more.

    And that came two days ago when I tried a high-heat version of Texas beef brisket. I used some of the technique and rub here, but cooked at a higher temp to cut time down to about 5 hours - and it came out great for the fam Christmas Eve dinner. 'Mmmmm' is all I heard. Pictures attached after the grills I posted. The gas grill I use mainly for vegetables when the 26" Weber is filled to capacity. Otherwise, I'm cooking on the charcoals.

    So if anyone reading this needs to justify joining, or needs more encouragement - you'll have to just take a dive, go by faith and believe what you've just read, and the other posts to move to just do it! It's worth joining and these recipes are awesome - as are the tips that go with trying out smoke grilling. My tools for smoking - mostly Weber for now, check out the pics attached!
  • The Burn
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 990
    • 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 Burt. That 26-incher is a nice big grill. Should give you plenty of room to do some great low & slow or fast & hot for that matter. Nothing wrong with higher temps - depending on who you ask, you'll hear of 225, 275, 325 - whatever works for you.


    • burtgrillinblanch
      burtgrillinblanch commented
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      I'm with you The Burn...thanks!
  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 4465
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    Welcome, Burt!


    • burtgrillinblanch
      burtgrillinblanch commented
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      Thanks Henrik! Grill on...!
  • David Parrish
    Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
    • May 2014
    • 5046
    • Charlotte, NC

    Welcome Burt! I love your story. We're glad you're here.


    • burtgrillinblanch
      burtgrillinblanch commented
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      Thanks Pit Boss! Looking forward to reading yours and getting great tips. Grill on...!
  • Deuce
    Former Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 227
    • Sulphur, Louisiana

    Hi Burt, welcome to the Pit.


  • DWCowles
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 9703
    • 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 Burt


  • Huskee
    • May 2014
    • 15417
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

      Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

      Smokers / Grills
      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • 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 by ThermoWorks
      • (1) Signals 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.

    Welcome Burt! AWESOME intro post! It was a pleasure reading your post and 'meeting' you. You will fit in nicely here with your enthusiasm. I like the idea of a 26" grill too....but after using the Smokey Joe as my kettle ("Baby Weber" I call it, sometime "Web' Jr.") anything else seems really big.

    I think you did great on your brisket, the pic of it sliced looks very moist. Have you tried a longer hold? Like 1-3 hrs? A longer faux cambro hold softens things more. But it looks like your was all it needed to be!

    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!

    Again, welcome aboard and hope to hear more from you!


    • burtgrillinblanch
      burtgrillinblanch commented
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      This is awesome Huskee - thanks! Love the name - 'Baby Weber...Web Jr.' - too funny! I started to read it and got distracted. I'm going back to do that. Up next - bacon from scratch. Thanks again Huskee, and grill on!
  • _John_
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2447

    Welcome, was happy to see 15 pics, we love pics around here.


    • burtgrillinblanch
      burtgrillinblanch commented
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      Thanks John, then I'll appease this group just fine! Have to take pix of this stuff when you get it done right. A memory of good eats I say. Grill on!
  • richinlbrg
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1892
    • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
    • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

    Welcome, BGB! What a great intro! Just a comment on your 26" Weber. If this is the model I think it is (and I have and love), the cover can just be rolled up to vertical, and stay there. In this configuration, the cover makes a really outstanding wind sail on a breezy day. One nice gust, and bye bye grill. Been There, Done That! Look forward to reading your posts. Here's to good eats!


    • burtgrillinblanch
      burtgrillinblanch commented
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      Hey Richinlbrg - you got that right on the head! It's the 26" kettle, and that baby has a back guard whereby you just take the lid and slide back vertically. Exactly right. I almost had one of those gust days , but was right there to avert the spillage. I'd a' been one made griller that day - no wasting good meat here! Looking forward to reading your posts. Grill on....!
  • Jon Solberg
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 4819

    Hey Burt! Welcome.


    • BBQLipscken
      Founding Member
      • Aug 2014
      • 38
      • HotLanta
      • Equipment
        Weber Kettle
        MasterForge Gas Grill
        Masterbuilt 40" electric Smoker

        Maverick ET-732
        Maverick Instaread

        Favorite Drink
        Beer- Any Chocolate Stout, especially the one I brew!
        Don Julio Tequila
        Flor de Cana 18yr Rum

      Welcome to the Pit Burt! Enjoyed the pics!




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