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  • josh_karpf
    Club Member
    • Aug 2019
    • 43
    • Brooklyn, NY; Long Beach Island, NJ
    • Master Forge 2-door propane water smoker, Weber Genesis II grill (summertime only)

    Hi from a Brooklynite at the Jersey shore

    Hi from a longtime lurker on the free side. I've been barbecuing for the past five years, all thanks to AR wisdom. Summers only. But there's a small chance I'll be able smoke at our new home, all year round.

    I'm a fiftysomething editor working from home in Brooklyn, with breaks at the Jersey shore. I introduced my lovely spouse to 'cue. She breaks my heart with the hot sauce, but was happy to marry at Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke, the first Manhattan restaurant allowed to smoke on site thanks to very heavy scrubbing in its stacks (satellite view of that crowded neighborhood, showing ducts running up the side of the building up to roof gear, @ https://goo.gl/maps/r6bNuH2wiXeB1Daw6 ). The wedding (including its meat) was fantastic, and even a great deal (by inflated East Coast urban price points), though we prefer the central-Texas-style restaurant Hill Country.

    My first real 'cue was in the midnineties, at Robert Pearson's Carolinas- and Texas-style "Stick to Your Ribs" in an otherwise desolate stretch across the river in Queens, near a big power plant (https://www.nytimes.com/1998/07/15/d...ing-dixie.html ). They lost their permit after neighbors complained about the smoke (and the begging tailless cats).

    I don't remember why I began smoking at the beach house, only that I felt compelled. At first I improvised with chips in Corningware, with the meat placed at the coolest spot I could find on the Weber Genesis II grill. After a few rounds of meat charcoal (props to whoever posted that in another channel; I can't find it again) my starving in-laws got me a "value" propane Master Forge vertical water smoker, which I use fruit and nut wood chunks with.

    I dry-brine overnight and add mostly spicy rubs (all learned on AR), with occasional exceptions for the sugar/capsaicin/salt intolerant/neurotic. The chamber's big enough to fit quite a variety. I might baste with apple juice, but haven't been interested in mops or sauces. Brisket; pork and lamb and beef short ribs; chicken and duck. I should experiment more (mac and cheese!) but I've loved the staples I've made, and I've had very happy eaters. I make enough to freeze to take back to NYC. Also, failures that are too undersmoked (or charred/sooty) to enjoy as is also get frozen for a whittled-down future as ragus or sloppy joes. And I always make stock (as I am this minute) from raw chicken trimmings and smoked pork/lamb/duck bones/gristle. ("Don't throw that out! I don't care if it was in your mouth!!!")

    The few beach-town butchers here have pretty high-quality meat, though the spices you find might have been left over from the Eisenhower administration. One Sunday I had to have a pork shoulder when all the butchers were closed. A convenience store sold me a fresh extra that he'd been saving for grinding for breakfast sausage. I love this town.

    My Master Forge is badly leaky (even after I did the rope-gasket mod I learned here) with thin uninsulated walls. But so long as I avoided rainy or breezy days, it's served me well till now. I bought the Maverick wireless thermometer a while ago, but the smoker's so fussy anyway, requiring tweaking of fire and air, that I stopped using it and have relied on patience and an instant-read thermometer (and a backup fuel tank).

    This fifth year may be this smoker's last. It burns cooler than ever. After the sooty, let's-get-takeout-instead disaster of a mostly orange fire last month, I replaced the regulator. That helped a lot, but I still begin losing the hot, clean blue flame by the time I crank the box up to a max of only 200 degrees on a warm, still day. Two days ago, after three hours of 150 degrees, I almost threw out the whole load. Friends and family rebelled, convincing me it was still safe to finish in the oven.

    I will try cleaning the Venturi/burner/etc. one more time before junking this smoker. But I have a second reason to hope for upgrading. Since our new apartment has a deck, I'd love to have one medium-size, higher-end smoker to drive between home and summer home at the start and end of each season. If propane, it would have to sip from those smallest, 14-ounce cylinders; otherwise, pellet. And there's constant, even gusty wind on that deck, so it'd have to be bottom-heavy and very well insulated, as if for winter.

    A daydream, maybe. Here's to 'cue dreams coming true.
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  • Texas Larry
    Club Member
    • May 2017
    • 797
    • Wilson County, TX
    • PrimoXL
      Maverick 732
      Thermoworks 2K Themocouple
      Weber Go-Anywhere (for the beach!)
      Dreaming of a really good stick-burner...
      Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

    Welcome, welcome indeed! From south Texas!


    • Ground Chuck
      Club Member
      • Apr 2019
      • 101
      • Northern Kentucky

      Very enjoyable read! Welcome, brother .


      • Donw
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2120

        Welcome from Maryland


        • holehogg
          Club Member
          • Nov 2017
          • 1620
          • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

          Greetings from South Africa.


          • Elton's BBQ
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 1751
            • Saltnes Norway
            • Genesis 320 Limited
              Weber One Touch 57cm
              Weber Smokey Mountain 47cm

            Welcome to the Pit!
            Cheers from Norway


            • ofelles
              Club Member
              • Jun 2018
              • 1032
              • Brentwood CA
              • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
                Klose Charcoal Grill
                VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
                Maverick ET-733
                Maverick PT-75
                Thermoworks Signal
                Thermoworks Dot
                Thermopen Mk4

              Welcome from the California Delta


              • ComfortablyNumb
                Club Member
                • May 2017
                • 2758
                • Northeast Washington
                • KBQ C-60
                  Thermoworks Smoke
                  Thermoworks Thermopop
                  Thermoworks Dot

                Welcome to the Pit from the Okanogan Valley of 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.


                • MBMorgan
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 5679
                  • 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

                    > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                    > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                    > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

                  Welcome from Colorado ...


                  • HawkerXP
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2016
                    • 4166
                    • Northern Virginia
                    • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
                      Dot w two probes
                      Slo n Sear
                      Cold beer

                    Welcome the Pit! From a former Jersey boy who spent summers at the shore. Whereabouts do you stay?


                    • FireMan
                      Charter Member
                      • Jul 2015
                      • 6704
                      • Bottom of Winnebago

                      Dress to Eat! OK, we’ll let ya in! Welcome, eat good and have fun!


                      • LA Pork Butt
                        Charter Member
                        • Dec 2014
                        • 4523
                        • 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 from Dallas! I grew up in New Orleans, and the locals are often told the sound like they are from Brooklyn. Go figure.


                        • josh_karpf
                          Club Member
                          • Aug 2019
                          • 43
                          • Brooklyn, NY; Long Beach Island, NJ
                          • Master Forge 2-door propane water smoker, Weber Genesis II grill (summertime only)

                          Thanks, everyone. Wow, didn’t realize this was international.

                          NYC has become so globalized and gentrified that I’m not sure there are any more local Brooklyn, Bronx, etc. accents. On the plus side, thanks to the Caribbean accents in my own neighborhood, I am almost surrounded by the best jerk chicken.

                          HawkerXP, Loveladies on LBI.


                          • AverageJoe
                            Club Member
                            • Jun 2018
                            • 357
                            • Fruita Colorado
                            • Current Grills/Smoker (MCS is hitting)
                              Brinkman Trailmaster Ceramic Egg
                              Classic Pit Barrel Cooker with
                              US ARMY logo plate
                              Nexgrill Deluxe 6 burner gas grill

                              CGS special order WOO Ring
                              CGS 13" round ceramic stone
                              Thermoworks Black Thermapen MK4
                              Thermoworks BlueDot
                              Thermoworks Smoke

                              Cutlery/Prep Stuff
                              Dalstrong 12" Granton Edge Slicer
                              OXO Steel Chef's Mandoline Slicer
                              Random other knives and shears

                            Welcome to the pit from Colorado. Looking forward to your contributions


                            • Rob Johnston
                              Club Member
                              • Apr 2018
                              • 225
                              • Pittsburgh, PA

                              Welcome from Pittsburgh!




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