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  • Smokeandbarleybbq
    Former Member
    • Aug 2018
    • 1

    First timer

    First time using a forum like this. I joined because I am looking to start my own bbq catering company in my area. I’m looking for some feedback on what to look out for, ideas on how to simplify or better my bbq and help on finding quality product.

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

    #2
    Welcome from southeast Michigan! You're in the right place for reliable advice!

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    • Huskee
      Administrator
      • May 2014
      • 15452
      • 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)

        Thermometers
        • (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

        Accessories
        • 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

        Beverages
        • 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)

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

      #3
      Welcome to The Pit! Happy to have you here, we hope you'll choose to stick around.

      Have you seen Meathead's article on the subject? Packed with info and things you may not have considered: https://amazingribs.com/barbecue-his...ering-business I'm sure you'll find it useful. And, congrats and best o' luck to you!

      Since you’re new here, 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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      Hope to hear & see more from you!

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      • MBMorgan
        Club Member
        • Sep 2015
        • 6437
        • 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

        #4
        Welcome from Colorado ...

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        • Sephon
          Club Member
          • Jan 2017
          • 198
          • NW, PA
          • Setup
            • Primo Oval XL
            • Charbroil 990 w/ Custom Firebox
            • Fireboard w/ Fireboard Drive
            • Pit Viper Fan
            • iGrill 2
            • Thermapen Mk. 4
            • FOGO Premium Lump Charcoal
            Favorites
            Beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest
            Whiskey: Bulleit ; Weller 12
            Cook: Wings or Spare Ribs
            Hobby: Saltwater Fly fishing; Warhammer 40k

          #5
          Welcome from Northwest PA.

          I think this thread will be right up your alley. It's one of my favorite threads on this site. Full of positivity and great info!!

          https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...ckbarbecue-com

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          • EdF
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            And just shout down PaulstheRibList - he likes to discuss this stuff.
        • RichieB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2018
          • 1667
          • Western Mass

          #6
          Welcome from Western Mass...

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          • bten
            Club Member
            • Apr 2017
            • 404
            • Richmond, Tx
            • Delta Heat 32" Gas Grill on Cart
              Yoder YS-640 on Comp Cart
              Camp Chef SmokePro SE pellet grill - Sold
              LSU Purple Thermapen MK4
              Maverick Et-732
              Griddle grate
              Boiling and turkey fryer pots and burners

            #7
            Welcome from Texas

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            • RonB
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 13329
              • Near Richmond VA
              • Weber Performer Deluxe
                SNS
                Pizza insert
                Rotisserie
                Smokenator 1000
                Cookshack Smokette Elite
                2 Thermapens
                Chefalarm
                Dot
                lots of probes.
                CyberQ

              #8
              Welcome to The Pit.

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              • DoubleUpOrQuit
                Club Member
                • Dec 2017
                • 343
                • Minneapolis, MN
                • Old Country offset smoker, 22” Weber Kettle, 4 burner gas. Oak logs, Royal Oak Lump, Kingsford Briqs, Gas.

                #9
                Greetings, from MN. Cheers!

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                • Donw
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2017
                  • 3407

                  #10
                  Welcome from Maryland.

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                  • Oakgrovebacon
                    Club Member
                    • Apr 2016
                    • 1982
                    • South central Illinois

                    #11
                    Welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois

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                    • Mr. Bones
                      Charter Member
                      • Sep 2016
                      • 9857
                      • 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, to learn along!

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                      • jgreen
                        Charter Member
                        • Oct 2014
                        • 2738
                        • 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

                        #13
                        Welcome from Winnipeg. Looking forward to your stories as you get this venture going.

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                        • FireMan
                          Charter Member
                          • Jul 2015
                          • 8076
                          • Bottom of Winnebago

                          #14
                          Man, we have BBQers from all woks (pun intended) of catering, classes, you name it, ready willing and able to help. You just have to ask. And I am not one of them. Welcome, eat good & have fun!

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                          • MeatMonster
                            Club Member
                            • Mar 2017
                            • 636
                            • Ellon, Aberdeenshire
                            • I love beer, BBQ and rugby, just don't make me choose between them!

                              GMG Jim Bowie
                              ProQ Elite Smoker
                              Boomerang 3 Ring Burner
                              Fast Eddy Cookshack 120
                              Fast Eddy Cookshack 240

                            #15
                            Welcome, I'm opening my own smoke house and BBQ at the end of the year happy to share my experiences so far.

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