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  • spartacusjones
    Club Member
    • Oct 2019
    • 5

    The new guy

    While thinking about what to say to introduce myself, it struck me as strange that after spending my whole working life in IT and even building web sites for Fortune 500 companies for a while, that I never really thought about browsing the web in earnest for BBQ related sites. How did I not know this site existed? Tonight I saw the post in Forbes about the Meetup in Memphis 2020 and now here I am.

    I guess you could say I was your typical backyard griller until my wife enrolled me in a BBQ University class at the Greenbriar Hotel in West Virginia a while ago. The class was taught by Steve Raichlen and during the few days I was there, I had my eyes opened about all of the basic stuff I didn't know. The highlight of the class was a demonstration on smoking Brisket. I was hooked and Brisket became my passion. I added a WSM and a 3 burner gas grill to the Weber kettle I already had at home and set about trying all of the many techniques covered in the class. MY wife called the class the best investment she ever made. Not too long after that, and by virtue of having my diploma from BBQ-U, I was appointed the pittmaster at our family July 4th gathering on Cape Cod. The first couple of years were modest immediate family events with your usual burger, hotdog, and chicken items grilled on a Weber kettle. I took it upon myself to provide an offset smoker so that I could add brisket to the menu and the whole event took off. Within a couple of years, the event grew to over 80 attendees and 5-6 grills plus the smoker, bounce houses for the kids, water balloon fights and consumption of copious amonts of adult beverages. I was never so proud as when I heard one of my nieces proclaim "UNCLE JOHN'S BRISKET!!" when asked what was the best thing about the gathering. I spent the next 10 years just doing brisket at the JBQ (as the event became known - named after my father, John) and finally began to train one of my nephews to take over the duties after spending a day nursing a brisket to completion while a hurricane approached. The next day, the pergola I had been working under was a twisted mess in the back yard of my sister's house (she hosts the event) as a result of the hurricane's near miss.

    I have since retired from my day job and now having divested myself of the Weber grills and smoker and moved to a smaller house, spend my time learning my new Camp Chef Woodwind smoker. I alternate between beef, pork and chicken as I try to learn the personality of this smoker and am adjusting to not having to constantly tend the fire during a cook. I look forward to the insights and recipes I hope to gain here and will contribute what I can.
  • jgreen
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 2722
    • 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

    #2
    Nice intro. Welcome from Winnipeg. Sounds like you are well on your way. Enjoy the cooking.

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    • Richard Chrz
      Club Member
      • Mar 2019
      • 1136
      • La Crosse, Wi

      #3
      Welcome to the Pit from La Crosse, WI. Glad you found it, you will fit in nicely!

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      • mountainsmoker
        Banned Former Member
        • Jun 2019
        • 1849
        • Bryson City, NC

        #4
        Nice intro. Welcome from the mountains of NC.

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        • tbob4
          Charter Member
          • Nov 2014
          • 2505
          • Chico, CA
          • BBQ's
            _____________________
            California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
            California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
            Santa Maria Grill
            Vision Grill

            Beer
            _______________________
            Sierra Nevada IPA

            Wood
            _______________________
            Almond
            Oak
            Madrone
            Cherry
            Peach
            Apple

          #5
          Great intro! Welcome. Lots of great people with fantastic advice here.

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          • fuzzydaddy
            Charter Member
            • Nov 2014
            • 4970
            • Winchester TN
            • Hardware
              Blackstone 36” Griddle.
              Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado & Kettle Grill.
              Slow 'N Sear (1.0, Deluxe, 2.0).
              DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
              Weber Chimney Starters (regular and compact).
              Joule, Instant Accu Slim.
              GrillGrates.
              Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
              ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

              Consumables / Favorites
              KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks), B&B Hardwood Briquettes when I'm out of Weber.
              Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins, Shrimp, Fajitas.
              SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
              MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPG.

            #6
            The best introduction I’ve read in quite a while. Welcome from Pensacola Florida!

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            • RonB
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 13131
              • Near Richmond VA
              • Weber Performer Deluxe
                SNS
                Pizza insert
                Rotisserie
                Smokenator 1000
                Cookshack Smokette Elite
                2 Thermapens
                Chefalarm
                Dot
                lots of probes.
                CyberQ

              #7
              Welcome to The Pit John.

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              • Donw
                Club Member
                • Jul 2017
                • 3303

                #8
                Welcome from Maryland

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                • MBMorgan
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 6365
                  • 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

                  #9
                  Welcome from Colorado ...

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                  • Texas Larry
                    Club Member
                    • May 2017
                    • 1609
                    • Wilson County, TX
                    • Kamado Joe Big Joe 2
                      Weber 22” Premium/SNS
                      Weber Jumbo Joe/SNS
                      JoeTisserie
                      Thermoworks Smoke
                      Thermoworks 2K Thermocouple
                      Thermapen
                      Thermapop
                      Thermoworks Dash
                      Too many gadgets, accessories, and tools
                      Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

                    #10
                    Thanks for the great background story. Sounds like you have a lot to pass along. Welcome from south Texas!

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                    • FireMan
                      Charter Member
                      • Jul 2015
                      • 7841
                      • Bottom of Winnebago

                      #11
                      One thing we’ll do is help you build yer arsenal of cookers up again, heh, heh. It’ll be interesting what you think about this site a year from now after extensively using it. Welcome, eat good and have fun!

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                      • holehogg
                        Club Member
                        • Nov 2017
                        • 2481
                        • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

                        #12
                        Greetings from South Africa.

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                        • rwalters
                          Club Member
                          • Aug 2017
                          • 401
                          • MAK 2 Star -- Blackstone Griddles

                            I am not a vegetarian, but I eat animals that are

                          #13
                          Fun and interesting intro! Welcome to the Pit!! Would love to hear details of your brisket cooking process that you mastered

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                          • Elton's BBQ
                            Club Member
                            • Apr 2016
                            • 2453
                            • Saltnes Norway
                            • Genesis 320 Limited
                              Weber One Touch 57cm
                              Weber Smokey Mountain 47cm

                            #14
                            Welcome to the Pit !
                            Cheers from Norway

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                            • RickyBobby
                              Club Member
                              • Jul 2016
                              • 452
                              • Brownsburg, Indiana

                              #15
                              Great intro! Welcome to The Pit from Texas! Sounds like you have been unknowingly suffering from MCS long before you knew it was a disease. I wish I could say that you will be cured here, but we are all MCS enablers. 😜👍. Looking forward to seeing pictures of and hearing about your cooks! As a former Pit legend used to say, eat well and prosper!

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