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  • Rick13175
    Charter Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 14
    • Rapid City, SD
    • Thermapen
      Marverick 733
      Ancient Sunbeam gasser grill
      3/4" Pizza stone
      Beer Fridge--typically well-stocked and close by

    Hey Everybody!!

    I've been following and advocating this site for several years now. There is not a week that goes by that I'm not telling someone about or directing them to this site for equipment reviews or recipes. I am excited about being a member of the community. I was born and raised in the South not terribly far from where Meathead hails from. I don't have a fancy grill or smoker (yet), been making do with an old Sunbeam gas grill that my folks bought for my wife and I as a housewarming gift 15 years ago. This site has taught me to use thermometers like a doctor uses a stethoscope--they sure take the guess work out of producing outstanding meals time-after-time. I'm able to do some light smoking on the old grill and there's nothing like a slab of slow-cooked ribs. I appreciate the way we did things in the South: pressure cooking, canning, sausage making, and making tasty meals out of what was then, cheap ingredients (because we had to). I, like most folks that use a BBQ grill, thought I was pretty decent at making some good meals. This site has made me realize that I was a small fish in a big pond. I still have a very long way to go, but it sure is nice to be able to sit and talk with professional BBQ folks and talk about the "stall," maillard reaction, and reverse sear. Hoping to get enough pennies saved up to upgrade my equipment. For a long time I thought that I wanted to get the Weber EP330, but I believe that the Rec Tec may prove to be the big purchase. Looking forward to many more years of association with this site and the fine folks who subscribe to it. When I get some time, I will make an attempt at a better signature and photo. Cheers!
  • BBQLipscken
    Founding Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 38
    • HotLanta
    • Equipment
      Weber Kettle
      MasterForge Gas Grill
      Masterbuilt 40" electric Smoker

      Thermometers
      Maverick ET-732
      Maverick Instaread

      Favorite Drink
      Beer- Any Chocolate Stout, especially the one I brew!
      Don Julio Tequila
      Flor de Cana 18yr Rum

    #2
    Welcome to the Pit, Rick!

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    • Marauderer
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1471
      • Powder Springs, Georgia
      • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
        Powder Springs, GA

        Weber S470 with smoker box and insulated custom cover
        RecTec w/grilling mat, front shelf, cover, Nomex Sealing Gasket, Hurd Downdraft Hood, Fuller's Earth,oversize wheels
        GMG Davy Crockett Wifi
        Blackstone 1575
        Seville Classics Rolling Workbench
        Grill Grates searing kit
        (2) Maverick ET-732
        Thermopen Classic w/glo case, Thermopop, Time Stick, Extra Big and Loud Timer, Chef Alarm
        Wine maker from kits, Merlot, Liebfraumilch, N.Z. Pinot Noir, and some other fuity tuity wines that are great with "Q"
        PickleMeister
        Pampered Chef Knives
        All Clad BD5
        Tyent Water Ionizer

        I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

      #3
      Welcome Rick, I look forward to yuour posting and comments.

      Barry

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      • _John_
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 2447

        #4
        Originally posted by Rick13175 View Post
        This site has taught me to use thermometers like a doctor uses a stethoscope
        This is one of the best things I have picked up from this site. I was on a trip and someone asked me to put some burgers on the grill. I didn't have a thermometer with me and there wasn't one on the grill so I was pretty lost. I did a decent job just timing it, but with no idea how hot the coals were it was just a guess. I am lost without my thermometer.

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        • Huskee
          Pit Boss
          • May 2014
          • 14909
          • central MI, USA
          • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

            Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

            Smokers / Grills
            • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
            • PBC
            • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
            • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
            • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
            • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
            • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
            • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
            • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
            • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

            Thermometers
            • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
            • (7) Maverick ET-732s
            • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
            • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
            • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
            • Thermapen MkII, orange
            • ThermoPop, yellow
            • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
            • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
            • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
            • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

            Accessories
            • Instant Pot 6qt
            • Anova Bluetooth SV
            • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
            • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
            • BBQ Dragon
            • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
            • Weber grill topper
            • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
            • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
            • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

            Beverages
            • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
            • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
            • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
            • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
            • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
            • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
            • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

            About me
            Real name: Aaron
            Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

            Occupation:
            • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

          #5
          Originally posted by John View Post

          This is one of the best things I have picked up from this site. I was on a trip and someone asked me to put some burgers on the grill. I didn't have a thermometer with me and there wasn't one on the grill so I was pretty lost. I did a decent job just timing it, but with no idea how hot the coals were it was just a guess. I am lost without my thermometer.
          Too funny. Sometimes we get so used to our toys...I mean tools... that when they're absent we have to resort to pre-thermometer know how. I can do burgers ok without therms, but going to chicken pieces scares me. I don't want undercooked or dried out chicken...not after having it perfect for so long.

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          • _John_
            Former Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 2447

            #6
            I hear Phil in my head when this happens: "You yuppies have spent too long in the subdivision"

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            • David Parrish
              Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
              • May 2014
              • 5036
              • Charlotte, NC
                • Slow 'N Sear Kamado (SnSK)
                • Lots of grills that work with Slow 'N Sear
                • LOTS of digital thermometers (my fav)
                • LOTS of accessories
                • Favorite Beer - Fat Tire
                • Favorite Bourbon - Woodford Reserve
                • Favorite White Wine - Cakebread Chardonnay
                • Favorite Red Wine - Yes, Please
                • President/Owner - SnS Grills

              #7
              Welcome Rick! The Rec Tec is a great smoker.

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              • Marauderer
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 1471
                • Powder Springs, Georgia
                • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
                  Powder Springs, GA

                  Weber S470 with smoker box and insulated custom cover
                  RecTec w/grilling mat, front shelf, cover, Nomex Sealing Gasket, Hurd Downdraft Hood, Fuller's Earth,oversize wheels
                  GMG Davy Crockett Wifi
                  Blackstone 1575
                  Seville Classics Rolling Workbench
                  Grill Grates searing kit
                  (2) Maverick ET-732
                  Thermopen Classic w/glo case, Thermopop, Time Stick, Extra Big and Loud Timer, Chef Alarm
                  Wine maker from kits, Merlot, Liebfraumilch, N.Z. Pinot Noir, and some other fuity tuity wines that are great with "Q"
                  PickleMeister
                  Pampered Chef Knives
                  All Clad BD5
                  Tyent Water Ionizer

                  I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

                #8
                So Rick are you still leaning towards the Rec Tec? I am looking at a Pellet smoker and that is one that I am considering. Your thoughts on the Rec Tec??

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                • Jon Solberg
                  Former Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 4819

                  #9
                  Yo Rick WELCOME

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                  • SlowRollin'
                    Founding Member
                    • Aug 2014
                    • 16
                    • Magnolia, Texas
                    • *Custom built stick burner smoker
                      *Brinkman 5 burner duel gas grill for daily cooking
                      *Custon built charcoal grill
                      *Weber Q200 gas grill that stays in the bed of the truck
                      *Custom built Cowboy Cooker or Discada if you like
                      *Maverick Redi Check's
                      *Thermapen (limited edition Flames)
                      *Assorted Victorinox and Dexter knifes
                      *Favorite Beers...... To many to list! Drinking alot of micro brewery now
                      *Favorite drink while cooking....... 1800 Anejo Tequila or Makers Mark

                    #10
                    Welcome

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                    • Rick13175
                      Charter Member
                      • Aug 2014
                      • 14
                      • Rapid City, SD
                      • Thermapen
                        Marverick 733
                        Ancient Sunbeam gasser grill
                        3/4" Pizza stone
                        Beer Fridge--typically well-stocked and close by

                      #11
                      Thanks to everyone for the welcome--sorry to take so long to reply. I was on a motorcycle trip to Glacier National Park last week and I avoided Internet and email for the entire week. If you folks have not done any traveling into the Northwest portion of Montana, I highly recommend it. The sheer beauty of that state is beyond words.

                      Maurauderer, I am still very much inclined towards the Rec Tec. There are others out there that have some desirable features, but none seem to have all of the qualities that this grill/smoker offers--especially for the price. As soon as I have enough Franklin's saved up, I intend to make the purchase.

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                      • Marauderer
                        Founding Member
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 1471
                        • Powder Springs, Georgia
                        • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
                          Powder Springs, GA

                          Weber S470 with smoker box and insulated custom cover
                          RecTec w/grilling mat, front shelf, cover, Nomex Sealing Gasket, Hurd Downdraft Hood, Fuller's Earth,oversize wheels
                          GMG Davy Crockett Wifi
                          Blackstone 1575
                          Seville Classics Rolling Workbench
                          Grill Grates searing kit
                          (2) Maverick ET-732
                          Thermopen Classic w/glo case, Thermopop, Time Stick, Extra Big and Loud Timer, Chef Alarm
                          Wine maker from kits, Merlot, Liebfraumilch, N.Z. Pinot Noir, and some other fuity tuity wines that are great with "Q"
                          PickleMeister
                          Pampered Chef Knives
                          All Clad BD5
                          Tyent Water Ionizer

                          I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

                        #12
                        Originally posted by Rick13175 View Post
                        Maurauderer, I am still very much inclined towards the Rec Tec. There are others out there that have some desirable features, but none seem to have all of the qualities that this grill/smoker offers--especially for the price. As soon as I have enough Franklin's saved up, I intend to make the purchase.
                        I am in the final throws of getting my Weber Gasser to smoke to my standards. Check out the LINK.

                        http://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/for...ng-on-a-gasser


                        If it doesn't work I am going to get the Rec Tec. I believe they are made in Georgia so I will go and pick it up from the factory if I get one. I don't have a lot of room on my deck and have to be careful so the floor plan doesn't get to cluttered.

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                        • Rick13175
                          Rick13175 commented
                          Editing a comment
                          Right now I use my old Sunbeam gasser to do some light smoking. I get the grill good and hot then turn off the right burner and turn the left burner nearly off. I put wood chips in foil, poke some holes in it and throw the foil over my left burner. I then use a piece of wood to prop the lid just a bit and this helps to keep my temp right around 225. I put the food over the unlit right burner--Not the best, but it works for now.
                      • Marauderer
                        Founding Member
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 1471
                        • Powder Springs, Georgia
                        • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
                          Powder Springs, GA

                          Weber S470 with smoker box and insulated custom cover
                          RecTec w/grilling mat, front shelf, cover, Nomex Sealing Gasket, Hurd Downdraft Hood, Fuller's Earth,oversize wheels
                          GMG Davy Crockett Wifi
                          Blackstone 1575
                          Seville Classics Rolling Workbench
                          Grill Grates searing kit
                          (2) Maverick ET-732
                          Thermopen Classic w/glo case, Thermopop, Time Stick, Extra Big and Loud Timer, Chef Alarm
                          Wine maker from kits, Merlot, Liebfraumilch, N.Z. Pinot Noir, and some other fuity tuity wines that are great with "Q"
                          PickleMeister
                          Pampered Chef Knives
                          All Clad BD5
                          Tyent Water Ionizer

                          I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

                        #13
                        Have you considered getting a water tray to put over the lit burner and closing the lid completely? I use a water tray to keep the moister up but still get a good bark on my butts and ribs

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                        • Rick13175
                          Rick13175 commented
                          Editing a comment
                          I hadn't--I keep thinking that this is going to be a temporary thing--3 years later still saying the same thing. I think a lot of it is that I have a hard time forking over a lot of cash for a grill or smoker and the other part is that if I do, I want to have researched the daylights out of it beforehand.
                      • Marauderer
                        Founding Member
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 1471
                        • Powder Springs, Georgia
                        • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
                          Powder Springs, GA

                          Weber S470 with smoker box and insulated custom cover
                          RecTec w/grilling mat, front shelf, cover, Nomex Sealing Gasket, Hurd Downdraft Hood, Fuller's Earth,oversize wheels
                          GMG Davy Crockett Wifi
                          Blackstone 1575
                          Seville Classics Rolling Workbench
                          Grill Grates searing kit
                          (2) Maverick ET-732
                          Thermopen Classic w/glo case, Thermopop, Time Stick, Extra Big and Loud Timer, Chef Alarm
                          Wine maker from kits, Merlot, Liebfraumilch, N.Z. Pinot Noir, and some other fuity tuity wines that are great with "Q"
                          PickleMeister
                          Pampered Chef Knives
                          All Clad BD5
                          Tyent Water Ionizer

                          I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

                        #14
                        Ya know when you make a decision it will be based on all the data you had up until the purchase. Many times within 24 hrs after a purchase new information comes available that would have effected my decision. Did I make a bad decision? No, and maybe the other unit cost a little less or had another feature that made it a bit better but, I have never regretted a decision I made on a given date and time. That is how life's journey is. Now go cook something and enjoy it!!

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