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  • Lost in China
    Charter Member
    • Mar 2015
    • 409
    • Wenzhou, China
    • 22" Weber kettle
      Slow 'N Sear
      Hovergrill
      Maverick 732
      Thermopop

    I'm back

    Hi, I'm back. I didn't renew my subscription two years ago because I had learned pretty much all I needed to know. I bought just about everything this site recommends and brought it over in my luggage: Weber 22" kettle, Slow-n-Sear, Thermopop, a couple Super-Fast to give away as gifts, a Maverick ET-732, a Smoke (when I thought someone had stolen the Maverick but it turned out I had left it at a friend's house when I brought it over to use for the Thanksgiving turkey, so now I have two), Hovergrill, CharGon, OXO 8" chef's knife, a Premiala injector that I have never used, and Meathead's cookbook. I printed the cook records and filled them in. I made paraffin and cotton ball firestarters by hand because nobody stocks lighter fluid.

    I've learned how to make damn good chicken thighs, leg of lamb, and lamb lollipops. I can also make pork or chicken kebabs using the marinades. I once made a pork loin that turned out really well, and last week I did some steaks that someone bought. But all other meats are hard to find. Things have gotten better, and now you can get some traditional American BBQ meats like pork butt or brisket in Shanghai, but the price is through the roof. I did recently stumble out of the bar at 2am one night, and just down the street was a place where they had a bunch of whole pigs piled up, I made a note to go back there and see if I can get some ribs.

    My cookouts are well-known locally and everyone thinks I'm the king of BBQ, all because I can follow instructions from this website. I have this sweet outdoor terrace area on the roof between two buildings that is perfect for parties. The spring just sprung last week so it's cookout time again. I'm going to be cooking 2 or 3 weekends a month until it's too cold.

    So, AmazingRibs.com and the Tao of Meathead have been a big success story for me. Thanks for all of you who endured my endless strings of literal-minded questions back when I was learning. I really learned a lot and put it to good use. Now it's time to take it to the next level.

    A friend who owns a local bar (different from the other ones I've talked about in the past) asked me to do cookouts once a week at his establishment, and offered me some cash plus all I can drink for free. I didn't actually want to take the deal, but I'm at a point now where I need every bit of cash I can pull in, and I drank enough for free at his bar so I figure I kind of owe him. I'm trying to learn more about not just cooking for friends, but for larger groups. I did kebabs outside the bar a few weeks ago, and it was kind of a pain. It was from 9pm - 1am, and the charcoal fire won't burn that long. But if someone orders a kebab, I can't just light the fire, cook a couple, and then let it die out. It takes too long and is wasteful of charcoal. If I light one big fire, it dies out within an hour or so. So, I don't know what to do.

    I could just cook something else, but generally you have to eat my BBQ chicken/lamb right away, as if you let it sit for a while it gets cold and the wonderful juices turn into solid fat. Not that cold chicken isn't nice, but this is a fancy establishment. I could make burgers, but the Chinese have a different mental idea of where is appropriate for burgers and it wouldn't work at a bar. I'm at a loss.

    Anyway, it's nice to be back. There has been some progress on making American style BBQ known in my town, but I'll save that for other posts. Thanks for all your advice!
  • fuzzydaddy
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 4974
    • Winchester TN
    • Hardware
      Blackstone 36” Griddle.
      Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado & Kettle Grill.
      Slow 'N Sear (1.0, Deluxe, 2.0).
      DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
      Weber Chimney Starters (regular and compact).
      Joule, Instant Accu Slim.
      GrillGrates.
      Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
      ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

      Consumables / Favorites
      KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks), B&B Hardwood Briquettes when I'm out of Weber.
      Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins, Shrimp, Fajitas.
      SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
      MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPG.

    #2
    Welcome back!

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    • Nate
      Banned Former Member
      • Apr 2015
      • 3794
      • Quarantined

      #3
      Welcome back. Was curious what had happened to you.

      you know you are probably going to catch crap for that first sentence lol.

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      • tRidiot
        Club Member
        • Dec 2015
        • 768
        • NE OK
        • Traeger BBQ124
          Yoder YS480
          Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

        #4
        Always more to learn! Just when you think you've got it all... lol

        Glad to hear you are going to be cooking a lot. It's a great hobby and icebreaker.

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        • Mosca
          Charter Member
          • Oct 2014
          • 3894
          • PA
          • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

          #5
          Have you considered going with wood and gas? Because what you will need is what you said: a way to turn it off and on. And that’s gas.

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          • RonB
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 13835
            • Near Richmond VA
            • Weber Performer Deluxe
              SNS
              Pizza insert
              Rotisserie
              Smokenator 1000
              Cookshack Smokette Elite
              2 Thermapens
              Chefalarm
              Dot
              lots of probes.
              CyberQ

            #6
            I thought you were Lost, but I'm glad to see you are back.

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            • FireMan
              Charter Member
              • Jul 2015
              • 8517
              • Bottom of Winnebago

              #7
              About that first sentence, no comment. Welcome back, was wonderin.

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              • JakeT
                Club Member
                • Mar 2018
                • 682
                • Cowtown (NorCal), CA
                • Lonestar Grillz 24x48
                  Forno Bravo Casa 110
                  Sunterra 60" Argentine Grill w/ Rear Brasero
                  KBQ C-60
                  Weber Kettle 22"
                  Fire Magic a660i
                  PK 360

                  Fireboard
                  Bernzomatic w/ Mapp Gas

                #8
                The first line should create some interesting responses!
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                • DeusDingo
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 1158
                  • Madison, WI
                  • Weber Q320 grill
                    Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 Propane Smoker
                    Maverick and thermo Pen thermometers

                  #9
                  i always wondered where you went. glad to hear things are going well.

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                  • Danjohnston949
                    In Memoriam
                    • Dec 2014
                    • 4398
                    • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

                    #10
                    Lost in China, I Agree With Mosca on The Fuel Choices❗️ To Me You're Trying To Run a Short Order Grill❓ You Might Want to Consider Daily or Weekly Features and Explore the Advantage of a Faux Cambro
                    For Finishing and Temp Control and Short Term Storage of Cooked Meals❓ That's My $00.02 Worth❗️
                    Welcome Back❗️ From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

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                    • FireMan
                      FireMan commented
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                      Wow, 2 cents with a dollar sign included, very good.

                    • Powersmoke_80
                      Powersmoke_80 commented
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                      Is there a cent sign? Inquiring minds want to know.

                    • Lost in China
                      Lost in China commented
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                      Here are a couple for you to save: ¢ ¢ ¢ ¢ ¢

                      If you lose them, you can hold down ALT and type 0162 on your numeric keypad.
                  • jfmorris
                    Club Member
                    • Nov 2017
                    • 3700
                    • Huntsville, Alabama
                    • Jim Morris

                      Cookers
                      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (2021)
                      • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
                      • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
                      • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q & Rotisserie (2007)
                      • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
                      • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
                      • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
                      • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
                      • Anova
                      Thermometers
                      • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
                      • Thermoworks Dot
                      • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
                      • Thermoworks RT600C
                      Beverages
                      • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

                    #11
                    I would work on cooking recipes where you can cook enough to hold for a couple of hours above 140F in a cooler with towels (faux cambro), unless the establishment has an oven inside that can be set to a low temperature to hold the meat at safe temperatures.

                    The advantage of items like pulled pork or even ribs is that you can easily wrap those in foil and hold them hot for hours in a cooler or warm oven. Don't think that will work well for kabobs, as the meat is just too small.

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                    • Troutman
                      Club Member
                      • Aug 2017
                      • 7968
                      • 1521

                      • OUTDOOR COOKERS

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                      #12
                      One thing I've learned in life is that there is always something new to learn EVERY DAY. But then again my wife thinks I'm a dumb ass so what do I know?

                      As to lugging everything to China in your luggage, you must have a big suitcase if you got a Weber 22" in there !!

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                      • FireMan
                        FireMan commented
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                        Either that or a small 22”.
                        BtW, should we take a poll. I’ll make sure it’s not rigged

                      • Lost in China
                        Lost in China commented
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                        When I added the three dimensions up, the number in inches was below the airline's checked luggage maximum dimensions. So I just opened the box, filled it with stuff until it was 50lbs, and then taped it shut and checked it as a piece of luggage.

                      • Lost in China
                        Lost in China commented
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                        Took a bunch of trips over a couple years to get everything, but I got it. You can see the happy day I got it back to my apartment here: https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...-my-purchasing
                    • 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.

                      #13
                      Welcome back Lost in China

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                      • jfmorris
                        Club Member
                        • Nov 2017
                        • 3700
                        • Huntsville, Alabama
                        • Jim Morris

                          Cookers
                          • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (2021)
                          • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
                          • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
                          • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q & Rotisserie (2007)
                          • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
                          • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
                          • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
                          • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
                          • Anova
                          Thermometers
                          • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
                          • Thermoworks Dot
                          • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
                          • Thermoworks RT600C
                          Beverages
                          • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

                        #14
                        Let me ask this. Do they sell any sort of small propane powered gas grill over there? Here's my thinking. Cook your chicken thighs or whatever on the Weber, getting them nice and smoky, keep it warm in a cooler, and toss on the small gas powered grill to crisp up the skin for a minute or two per side when someone asks for one.

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                        • ComfortablyNumb
                          Club Member
                          • May 2017
                          • 3548
                          • Northeast Washington
                          • KBQ C-60
                            PK360
                            Thermoworks Smoke
                            Thermoworks Thermopop
                            Thermoworks Dot

                          #15
                          Welcome back to the Pit Lost in China from NE Washington state. 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. Go to this thread to post where you work and what your hobbies are and get to know other members here. We are happy to have you back and looking forward to your participation.

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