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  • LDimick
    Club Member
    • Sep 2019
    • 32

    Smoking it in the REAL OC

    Howdy,

    My name is Lynn (Male with Female spelling)

    I reside in the REAL OC with my wife of 38 years. I have lived in OC since 1969

    The reason I joined was not for the great recipes. It was because this is the first group that I have found that has an intellect based approach to something that is passion of mine.

    My wife worked for our school district in Food Services while she was getting her teaching degree/credential. Every day she would come home and share with me some new tidbit about safe food handling. And this is the first group where this seems to be considered and talked about.

    I like to know why something I am doing works or does not work and why it makes things react the way they do. I don't just want to follow a recipe I want to KNOW what I am doing.

    I have been grilling for more than 40 years and for the past few years I have been using a Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill that I loved. learned about convection cooking and managing smoke to enhance the flavor. I recently (last month) acquired a Camp Chef.

    So far I have done five tri-tips, salsa, burnt tips, corn on the cob, ribs and some other things with very good results.

    Today I am doing wings, roasted potatoes, salsa, and bacon apple krisp.

    Between the smoker and the pool I think some of my kids want to move back home with their kids.
  • Mr. Bones
    Birthday Hat Master
    • Sep 2016
    • 7947
    • 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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    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 5790
      • 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

      #3
      Welcome from Colorado ... I gotta admit I had to google "the REAL OC". I assume Laguna Beach is correct?

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      • holehogg
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 1677
        • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

        #4
        Greetings from South Africa

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        • theroc
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 549
          • Altadena, CA
            • Camp Chef 24" Smoke Vault
            • Buckaroo Chunk Wood Grill
            • Weber Summit Gold D Gas Grill
            • Fireboard
            • Thermapen MkIV

          #5
          Greetings from up the road in Altadena.

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          • ofelles
            Club Member
            • Jun 2018
            • 1207
            • Brentwood CA
            • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
              Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
              LSG Insulated Cabinet (coming in April)
              Jumbo Joe
              VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
              FireBoard and Fan
              Thermoworks Signal
              Thermoworks Dot
              Thermopen Mk4

            #6
            Welcome from the California Delta

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            • Donw
              Club Member
              • Jul 2017
              • 2300

              #7
              Welcome from Maryland

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              • LDimick
                Club Member
                • Sep 2019
                • 32

                #8
                Originally posted by MBMorgan View Post
                Welcome from Colorado ... I gotta admit I had to google "the REAL OC". I assume Laguna Beach is correct?
                Well, rlly Westminster. Grew up in Irvine from 69-88 then moved to Westminster. Laguna Beach is nice but I about the only time I go there is for the festival or passing through on a motorcycle.

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                • LDimick
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2019
                  • 32

                  #9
                  Originally posted by theroc View Post
                  Greetings from up the road in Altadena.
                  Thanks! My wife spent her pre-teen years in La Crescenta and you have one of the finest motorcycling roads there ion your backyard.

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                  • LDimick
                    Club Member
                    • Sep 2019
                    • 32

                    #10
                    Originally posted by ofelles View Post
                    Welcome from the California Delta
                    Thanks. I work remote but we have ourt offices in Woodland Hills so once or twice a month I drive through your area.

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                    • mountainsmoker
                      Club Member
                      • Jun 2019
                      • 1466
                      • Bryson City, NC

                      #11
                      Welcome from the mountains of NC It is always nice to know where a member is from. You will enjoy the Camp Chef for your smokes. It sounds like we are of an age. I have been smoking on various devices for 40 years. What ever you do have fun and do not be discouraged if things come out bad the first couple of smokes.

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                      • HouseHomey
                        Club Member
                        • May 2016
                        • 4576
                        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
                        • Equipment
                          Primo Oval xl

                          Slow n Sear (two)
                          Drip n Griddle
                          22" Weber Kettle
                          26" Weber Kettle one touch
                          Blackstone 36” Pro Series
                          Sous vide machine
                          Kitchen Aid
                          Meat grinder
                          sausage stuffer
                          5 Crock Pots
                          Akootrimonts
                          Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
                          Too cast iron pans,
                          Dutch ovens
                          Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732 and various pocket instareads.
                          The help and preferences
                          1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
                          KBB
                          FOGO
                          A 7 year old princess foster child
                          Patience and old patio furniture
                          "Baby Girl" The cat

                          Erik S.

                        #12
                        Huntington Beach welcomes you sir!
                        “The Real OC?” Hmmmm.....

                        Born n raised in Santa Ana. 8th/civic center and Raitt. Moved between Orange, Tustin and Newport over the years. Met my current wife who moved me to HB and I never looked back.

                        I currently work in Newport just off Newport Blvd and PCH.

                        welcome.

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                        • jgreen
                          Charter Member
                          • Oct 2014
                          • 2533
                          • 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.

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                          • HawkerXP
                            Club Member
                            • Jul 2016
                            • 4393
                            • Northern Virginia
                            • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
                              Thermopop
                              Dot w two probes
                              Slo n Sear
                              Cold beer

                            #14
                            Welcome to the Pit!

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                            • jfmorris
                              Club Member
                              • Nov 2017
                              • 2337
                              • Huntsville, Alabama
                              • Jim Morris

                                Cookers
                                • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
                                • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
                                • Weber Genesis Silver A w/ GrillGrates (2002)
                                • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
                                • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
                                • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
                                • Anova
                                Thermometers
                                • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
                                • Thermoworks Dot
                                • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
                                • Thermoworks RT600C
                                Beverages
                                • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

                              #15
                              Welcome to the pit from the Heart of Dixie (my license plates used to say that anyway!)

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