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  • MarkInNorthernKY
    Club Member
    • Nov 2018
    • 1
    • Boone County KY

    Hello from Northern KY!

    Hello from Kentucky!

    Coy from Pitts & Spitts, the maker of a pellet grill/smoker I’m having built, recommended I come here to ask all my smoking questions and learn a bunch! So here I am:-)

    My relationship with wood and smoke began when I threw a piece of wood onto a charcoal grill and Eureka, it was love at first taste and smell!

    Somehow I ended up with a cheap bullet charcoal grill that I attempted to smoke some meat on. Temperature management was awful, so that didn’t last long. So off to Craigslist I went and bought a $25 electric smoker and that went pretty well but I didn’t love it. It was too small.

    I then decided I would be a smart person and buy a Masterbuilt propane smoker. I liked everything about it except temperature management was once again a big problem. I tried all kinds of regulator modifications but nothing worked. I was frustrated and gave it away.

    So so that brings me to today. I have a pellet smoker on the way soon and I’m going to need some help. Help with every aspect of smoking meat, the cooking, adding flavors, and making it great!

    So thanks I’m advance to anyone who helps me in the future, and I look forward to one day being able to help others as well!

  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 8311
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    We do have many pellet pooper officianados here. They will be along shortly. Welcome, eat good & have fun!
    Last edited by FireMan; November 5, 2018, 07:35 PM.


    • Donw
      Club Member
      • Jul 2017
      • 3541

      Welcome from Maryland. You are going to love the convenience of a pellet smoker. Once you get it I would suggest you do a toast test to learn all the hot and cooler spots. If you are not familiar with that, just put white bread on the grills, and you will be able to find those areas that run hotter. Alos ask any questions that come up. We will be here to try and get them answered.


      • MarkInNorthernKY
        MarkInNorthernKY commented
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        Sounds like a good idea:-) Thanks!!
    • Steve R.
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 2516
      • Elizabethtown, KY
      • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

      Welcome to the Pit, from Central KY!


      • MarkInNorthernKY
        MarkInNorthernKY commented
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        Thanks Steve in E-Town! I went to a BBQ place in E-Town once. Close to the interstate I believe. Big place:-)

      • Steve R.
        Steve R. commented
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        Texas Outlaws. I used to think their ribs were awesome (and they are good), but then I found this site and I never want to buy restaurant bbq anymore.
    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 6551
      • 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 ... you’re going to really enjoy that pellet pooper.


      • MarkInNorthernKY
        MarkInNorthernKY commented
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        Thanks! I lived in Boulder from 1976 to 1986. I miss Colorado. I'll figure the pooper out... got to get used to calling it a pooper :-)
    • Oakgrovebacon
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 2000
      • South central Illinois

      Welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois!


      • LA Pork Butt
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 5692
        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

        Welcome to the Pit! I can’t help you with pellet cooker temp management, since I cook on a Big Green Egg. But, I am sure there are plenty in the Pit who can help. Many of the cooking techniques are transferable from one cooker to another, so I can be of help there - especially with a Boston Butt which I would recommend for you 1st cook on your new pellet smoker.
        Last edited by LA Pork Butt; November 6, 2018, 06:53 AM.


        • MarkInNorthernKY
          MarkInNorthernKY commented
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          There is nothing a good pork butt can't cure! Great idea! Thanks, Mark
      • Mr. Bones
        Charter Member
        • Sep 2016
        • 10125
        • 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!
        Glad to have ya here, to learn along with me!
        I'm lookin forward to yer pellet cooker adventures...


        • RonB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 13623
          • Near Richmond VA
          • Weber Performer Deluxe
            Pizza insert
            Smokenator 1000
            Cookshack Smokette Elite
            2 Thermapens
            lots of probes.

          Welcome to The Pit Mark.


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

            Welcome from southeast Michigan!


          • HawkerXP
            Club Member
            • Jul 2016
            • 6387
            • Virginia
            • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
              Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
              Slo n Sear
              Cold beer

            Welcome to the Pit!


          • JGo37
            Club Member
            • Apr 2018
            • 1576
            • the LOU
            • Cookers:

              22" Blackstone Griddle, with stand & hood
              CharGriller Portable Firebox - so modified you'll BLOL
              Kitchenaid #810 Charcoal Grill - highly modified
              Weber BI-code Black Performer w/Igniter
              Weber DE-code Red Limited - 'Lucille'


              Ancient heavy CI Propane Turkey Fryer, for lighting chimneys
              BBQ Dragon kettle shelves - 2
              Fyre Dragon Kettle Drippin' Ring, Burnin' Cone & Drippin' Pan - 2 sets
              Fyre Dragon Kettle Ribbin' Ring
              Fyre Dragon Kettle 2-Zone Smokin' Sheet
              OneGrill Rotisserie for the Kitchenaid
              Smoking Tubes: 2x12" & 1x6"
              Weber Gourmet Grill w/Griddle, Pizza Stone & Wok

              My Helpers:

              Anova 900W Sous Vide Cooker w/Radios
              Instant Pot 6Q Duo
              Nesco Tabletop Roaster
              & the PIT!

            Welcome to the PIT. Don't forget about the recipes on the public side - AR. There's plenty there to try right off the bat!

            and don't forget the pics...
            Last edited by JGo37; November 5, 2018, 07:47 PM.


          • randy56
            Club Member
            • Aug 2017
            • 503
            • Newburgh In

            Welcome from southern IN, You will probably like a little more smoke that you receive on a pellet grill, I have a Rec Tec and love it, When I want more smoke I use a smoke tube, there about 10/15 bucks. On my controller, it has a extreme smoke setting under 250 which works well, as the wife sometime's do not like as much smoke as men. Buy meatheads book it will help you more than know.


            • MarkInNorthernKY
              MarkInNorthernKY commented
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              Thanks, I think the pellet pooper will work out fine because my wife does like a little lighter smoke than I do. That’s one of the reasons I chose a pellet smoker :-). Of all the pellet smoker review videos I saw on YouTube, the Pitts & Spitts smoker visibly had more fine blue smoke in the videos. I did pick up one of those amazing tubes for my dad and he does not use it, might swipe it!

            • mrteddyprincess
              mrteddyprincess commented
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              I'm sticking another welcome from middle Indiana on this conversation since @rand56 is representing the land north of the Ohio River. My buddy just got a Traeger and loves it. I think he smoked for six days straight when he first got it.
          • panteracfh3
            Club Member
            • Jul 2018
            • 281
            • Tewksbury, MA
            • "Jump in the fire!" - Metallica

            Welcome from Boston. I have a pellet cooker myself and love it. Can't argue with set it & forget it! Lots of good info on here though.


            • mattcotool
              Club Member
              • Mar 2016
              • 110
              • Cincinnati, Ohio
              • - 22" Weber Kettle
                - SNS
                - Thermoworks Smoke
                - BBQ Guru Party Q
                - Thermoworks Thermapen

              Welcome to the Pit! I work in Boone County and live in Cincinnati.


              • MarkInNorthernKY
                MarkInNorthernKY commented
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                Hi neighbor! Maybe one of these days we can meet up. I have a new grill on the way so maybe after the new year we could meet and share what foods and techniques make our families happy. Just a thought:-). Mark



            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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