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  • Jdpetey82
    Club Member
    • Aug 2019
    • 2

    Smoking in MA

    Hi all, thanks for having what seems to be a pretty great club. I’ve used the site for years and thought i should join the club to learn more, get more help, and hopefully assist some others along the way. I’m located in MA and BBQ at least several times a week on average.

    My primary grill is a Webber gas however it doesn’t see as much use these days. Thanks to this site I bought a pit barrel cooker several years ago and that is my go-to cooker. Ribs are the specialty but I’m trying to branch out. I also just picked up a Webber performer charcoal grill used for a steal because I have been wanting to learn to use and smoke on one. I spent yesterday doing empty cooks just to learn temps and control. I’m currently smoking a pork loin on it as my first cook.

    I am hoping to add two more cookers soon. The first being a green egg (or similar) when I can find a sweet used one for a deal. The second is a pellet grill/smoker for when I want to do larger cooks or can’t babysit it as much. I could use some help here. I’m really liking the Rec Tec 700 but can not find many reviews on it or realistic comparisons to other pellet grills. I want to make sure I buy quality that will last but don’t want to way overpay if it’s not needed. Any help/info is appreciated.

    Thanks for reading all of this and any responses/messages anyone cares to send along.

    Stay safe and happy smoking!
  • Mr. Bones
    Birthday Hat Master
    • Sep 2016
    • 8432
    • 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

    #2
    Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!
    Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

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    • Greygoose
      Club Member
      • May 2019
      • 459
      • South Shore,MA

      #3
      Well after readin’ what you have and what you want to do is kinda rendundant I think
      U have a PBC and it is an outstanding smoker and you have a Weber performer,,,,good set up
      best of both worlds,,,,I think ur good unless ur goin BIG

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      • Donw
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2582

        #4
        Welcome from Maryland

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        • capoteo
          Club Member
          • Nov 2018
          • 18
          • Florida
          • Barbecue is the spice of life. Love it, savor it, live it!

          #5
          Hey Grey nice to have you in the pit with us from Florida. I am sure we are on our way to becoming great with the amount of information in this site. Looking forward to trying some of the techniques given to us here.

          Comment

          • ofelles
            Club Member
            • Jun 2018
            • 1505
            • Brentwood CA
            • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
              Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
              LSG Insulated Cabinet
              Jumbo Joe
              VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
              FireBoard and Fan
              Thermoworks Signal
              Thermoworks Dot
              Thermopen Mk4

            #6
            Welcome from the California Delta. You seem to have most of the bases covered. The RecTec is a good brand but I'm parcel to Yoder. RecTec, Yoder or Trager won't lead you wrong. People are very loyal to which ever they own.

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            • Jdpetey82
              Jdpetey82 commented
              Editing a comment
              Thank you. I’ve found what you say to be very true. In speaking with a few owners it seems the Rec Tec is ahead of the Traeger in build and options as well as price. It’s a bit more affordable than the Yoder. I’ve only spoken with one Yoder owner and he couldn’t say enough good about it
          • mountainsmoker
            Club Member
            • Jun 2019
            • 1705
            • Bryson City, NC

            #7
            Welcome from the mountains of NC

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            • LA Pork Butt
              Charter Member
              • Dec 2014
              • 4912
              • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

              #8
              Welcome to the Pit from Dallas! I cook on a Large Big Green Egg and have cooked 40# of Boston Butt wi a second grate, so it can handle a pretty large without baby sitting it

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              • RonB
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 11852
                • Near Richmond VA
                • Weber Performer Deluxe
                  SNS
                  Pizza insert
                  Rotisserie
                  Smokenator 1000
                  Cookshack Smokette Elite
                  2 Thermapens
                  Chefalarm
                  Dot
                  lots of probes.
                  CyberQ

                #9
                Welcome to The Pit. A Slow N Sear will take your kettle up a huge notch.

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                • Jdpetey82
                  Jdpetey82 commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Thank you, looking that up now
              • Oakgrovebacon
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 1800
                • South central Illinois

                #10
                Welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois!

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                • Texas Larry
                  Club Member
                  • May 2017
                  • 1085
                  • Wilson County, TX
                  • PrimoXL
                    Maverick 732
                    Thermoworks 2K Themocouple
                    Thermapen
                    Weber Go-Anywhere (for the beach!)
                    Dreaming of a really good stick-burner...
                    Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

                  #11
                  Welcome from south Texas! We’re glad you’re here! As far as pellet grills go, my experience with the Yoder YS640 has been stellar. Very reliable once you learn it and learn to trust it.

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                  • Skip
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 2870
                    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
                    • Memphis Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates

                    #12
                    Welcome from Minnesota--enjoy The Pit!

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                    • SmokingSteve
                      Club Member
                      • Jun 2018
                      • 279
                      • Mesa Arizona
                      • SmokingSteve

                      #13
                      Welcome! Glad you went ahead and pulled the trigger! Around here we like grilling our chops, not busting yours. If there is any such thing as a silly question I figure I have already cornered the market. So you go right ahead and ask anything you want, we're all friendly. Looking forward to seeing what you're cooking!

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                      • Henrik
                        Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 3976
                        • Stockholm, Sweden

                        #14

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                        • DavidNorcross
                          Club Member
                          • Nov 2017
                          • 1044
                          • Virginia
                          • Rec Tec RT-680
                            Coleman RoadTrip LXX
                            Javelin Pro Duo
                            More Cast Iron than I care to admit

                          #15
                          Welcome from Virginia!

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                          Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

                          maverick PT55 thermometer

                          A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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                          If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

                          slow n sear

                          The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

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                          Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

                          the good one grill

                          The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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                          The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

                          the good one grill

                          The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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                          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                          Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                          The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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                          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                          The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                          The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

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                          The Undisputed Champion!

                          thermapen

                          The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


                          Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                          Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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                          The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                          NK-22-Ck Grill

                          Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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                          G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                          Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

                          If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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                          GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

                          grill grates

                          GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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                          PK 360 grill

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                          The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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                          kareubequ bbq smoker

                          Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                          The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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                          Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

                          masterbuilt gas smoker

                          The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                          Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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                          Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

                          masterbuilt gas smoker

                          Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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                          Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                          fireboard bbq thermometer

                          With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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                          Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                          Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                          Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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