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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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  • commoose
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 5

    Hi from Michigan

    My parents gave me a Brinkman barrel smoker for Christmas in the early 1990's. I didn't have a clue what to do with it, but over the holidays I had to try it out. I smoked 2 chickens without any seasoning and they were not very impressive tasting but they were cooked well, nice and juicy with more than enough smoke flavor. So when friends visited at Easter, I had to do more chickens to show off my new smoker. That's all I knew how to make. So after dinner, my friend suggested we smoke some ribs. I actually thought that was a novel idea and so we visited the local grocer and purchased their last rack of ribs. I don't remember exactly how we came up with idea of using Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning as a rub but we did. I finished them Bivens BBQ Sauce (a locally produced sauce that's no longer made). The thing I remember most was about 10 minutes or so after starting the meal no one was even talking. After the long silence, my friend commented "these might be the best ribs I've ever had". After that I was hooked.

    I used the 2 Brinkman barrel smokers for years. Three years ago my gas grill met it's end and my Brinkmans needed to be replaced, so I switched Chargriller Akorn Kamado.

    I have several BBQ books I've used over the years to try and refine my skills, my favorite is Peace, Love and BBQ. Barbecue America: A Pilgrimage in Search of America's Best Barbecue is another favorite and gave me a taste of the many various types of BBQ across the country. I had no idea. I've also found Steve Raichlen's BBQ Bible and How to Grill very useful.

    My next upgrade will probably be a tempature controller. I'm leaning toward a Auber SYL-2615 unless I happen to be a lucky Gold Medal Giveaway winner. LOL

    The best thing about this website is that it is full of information that inspires me to up my game.
  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 8340
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    Really cool story about the wibs. Love silence when someone is eatin your wibs for the first time. Ya know you’re going to have to get ahold of Meatheads’ book. It’s the masters class of edjamacation. Welcome, eat good & have fun!


    • commoose
      commoose commented
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      Good Idea! Ok I just went and bought it... Excuse me I'm going to read my new book. LOL

    • FireMan
      FireMan commented
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      Where abouts in MI. I was originally from Detroit.

    • commoose
      commoose commented
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      I'm in Wixom, west of Detroit. Originally from Flint area.
  • Sweaty Paul
    Founding Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 1624
    • Hays, KS
    • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
      (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

      Weber Genesis Gas grill
      Weber Kettle grills x 2

    Welcome from Hays, KS!


    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 6560
      • 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

      Welcome from Colorado ...


      • ComfortablyNumb
        Club Member
        • May 2017
        • 3493
        • Northeast Washington
        • KBQ C-60
          Thermoworks Smoke
          Thermoworks Thermopop
          Thermoworks Dot

        Welcome to the Pit commoose from NE Washington state. 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. 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 along and looking forward to your participation.


        • commoose
          commoose commented
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          Didn't I see you on the KBC list. That baby looks awesome. That's on my wish list now.

        • ComfortablyNumb
          ComfortablyNumb commented
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          commoose If you meant KBQ, yes.
      • Henrik
        Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
        • Jul 2014
        • 4491
        • Stockholm, Sweden

        Welcome to the pit! Nice story, I’m sure many of us bbq heads can relate. And the journey never stops!

        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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        Thanks for joining!


        • Elton's BBQ
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 2595
          • Saltnes Norway
          • Genesis 320 Limited
            Weber One Touch 57cm
            Weber Smokey Mountain 47cm

          Welcome to the pit!
          Cheers from Norway


          • Oakgrovebacon
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 2004
            • South central Illinois

            Welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois


            • fuzzydaddy
              Charter Member
              • Nov 2014
              • 4972
              • 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.
                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.

              Welcome from the Florida panhandle.


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

                Welcome from Indiana


                • Keiferr
                  Club Member
                  • Jun 2018
                  • 964
                  • Southeast Michigan

                  Welcome from southeast Michigan!


                  • Mr. Bones
                    Charter Member
                    • Sep 2016
                    • 10168
                    • 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!!!!

                      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

                      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.)

                      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

                      Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
                      Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
                      Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

                    Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!
                    Nice intro, glad to have ya here, to learn along with me!
                    I still have two of th lil Brinkmanns, one electric, one charcoal...


                    • RonB
                      Club Member
                      • Apr 2016
                      • 13644
                      • Near Richmond VA
                      • Weber Performer Deluxe
                        Pizza insert
                        Smokenator 1000
                        Cookshack Smokette Elite
                        2 Thermapens
                        lots of probes.

                      Welcome to The Pit. I agree that you need Meathead's book.


                      • dmcneil
                        Club Member
                        • Jun 2018
                        • 43
                        • Leavenworth County, Kansas
                        • Weber Genesis 310 (Vintage 2007 and still works)
                          Mak 1 Star w/Wifi (Purchased June 2018)
                          Spitjack Magnum Injector
                          Lavatool Javelin PRO Duo Digital Thermometer
                          Geekhom Grilling Gloves

                          Favorite Beer: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
                          Favorite Wisky - Macallen 12 Year neat with a splash of water (18 Year when I have $$$$ to spend)
                          Favorite Drinks - Manhattan (Bulleit Rye), Old Fashioned (Bulleit Rye) and Martini (Sapphire Gin)

                        Welcome from Eastern Kansas near Kansas City where they have a few BBQ joints. ;-)


                        • Scout789
                          Club Member
                          • Jun 2018
                          • 153
                          • Texas Gulf Coast
                          • Smoker: Lyfe Tyme Offset. Firebox 16" Diameter X 16" Long. Cooking chamber 16" Diameter X 32" Long
                            Grill: Lyfe Tyme 16" Diameter X 24" Long.
                            Thermometer: Maverick ET-732 and XR50
                            For smoking, I am a committed stick burner.
                            For grilling, it's all about charcoal. Almost always HEB brand mesquite charcoal. If not that, then Kingsford mesquite charcoal.

                          Welcome from the Texas Gulf Coast. I use Tony C.'s as my main rub on ribs, brisket, pork butt, chicken and steaks. I have tried other rubs and seasoning combos, but I keep coming back to Tony. I use it as a dry brine because of the salt content. On my ribs, I dry brine with it and then coat with honey a couple of times while cooking.




                          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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