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  • Mark "FFF" Jenner
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 11
    • I'm Mark Jenner. I travel about a bit, and currently live in the UK with my wife, son (16yo) and daughter (4yo)...that is until late 2020 when we will be off to NZ for a year or three.

      I'm currently a self employed digital marketer, and a former Electronic Engineer and tech support specialist. There's no way I can make any of that sound interesting, so we'll quickly move on, :-)

      I'm addicted to outdoor cooking, there's no better way to eat, and I write about my learnings, successes and failures over at my website: FoodFireFriends.com

      The kit I currently own and cook with:

      Smokers and grills:
      • Kamado Big Joe V3
      • Kamado Classic V1
      • Weber Smokey Mountain
      • Weber Mastertouch
      • Weber Kettle Original
      • Weber Smokey Joe
      • Weber Go Anywhere
      • Mezzo 76 Wood Fired Oven
      • Kadai Fire Bowl
      Thermometers and controllers:
      • Flame Boss 500 controller
      • Maverick ET732
      • Maverick ET733
      • Thermopro TP08
      • Thermopro TP20
      • iGrill2
      • Two Meater+ Probes
      • Thermapen MK3 instant read
      • Lavatools Javelin instant read
      • Maverick Instant read
      • LURICO Digital Dual Laser Infrared Thermometer
      Accessories:
      • Weber charcoal kettle rotisserie
      • Two Weber Chimney charcoal starters
      • Looftlighter
      • Plancha to fit weber kettle
      • Two kamado joe grill expanders, one for each size grill
      • Two Kamado Joe cast iron grates, one for each size grill
      • Two Kamado Joe reversible cast iron griddles, one for each size grill
      • Kamado Joe pizza stone
      • ProQ afterburner grate to fit weber chimney
      • Kitchen aid kitchen machine with ALL accessories
      • Sous vide bath
      • Sous vide wand
      • ProQ cold smoke generator
      • Buffalo 10" meat slicer
      • Himalayan salt blocks
      • Kadai firebowl swing grill, tripod to hang meat, grates and accessories
      • ...a few more bits besides :-)
      Favorite Drinks:
      • Old Fashioned bourbon cocktail
      • Gin and Tonic - Loving the huge range of different gins become available in recent years.
      • Most bourbons
      • Craft beers and real ales
      • Red wine
      • ...anything else you've got. I'm really not too fussy ;-)

    Hello from the UK!

    Hi. I'm Mark Jenner, currently living in the UK and not enjoying the wintery weather AT ALL ;-)

    I'm an experienced outdoor cook, have been doing it for years, but really got obsessed with it back in 2015 and tend to now cook outdoors 3 to 5 days a week, and have done for years now.

    I did join the Pitmaster Club back in about summer 2017, when I purchased Meatheads 'Science of BBQ and grilling' book. There was a voucher for - 90 days free access (I think?). So I signed up...and then completely forgot about it and never looked into the forum and community.

    But from this year, 2020, I'm hoping to get a bit more involved in the BBQ and grilling community, and so here I am, a fully paid up member to the club, with this as my 2 years+ late intro post!

    I'm hoping to dig into this forum, occasionally help and advise when I can, and seek help when I need it (always learning!) But mostly I just want to share in our mutual love of all things outdoor cooking.

    In the spirit of showing off (I know, I know...nobody likes a show off. But if not here, then where?) and for a bit of what I'm all about, here's a selection of what I currently cook on:
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    Though missing from that pic is a couple of extras that I really love cooking on right now. A Kamado Joe V3:
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    And my latest toy: A kadai firebowl with tripod, swing grill and accessories:

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    It's amazing for hanging large cuts like rib roasts and leg of lamb over a live fire, to cook slow and absorb those smoky flavors:

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    I have to admit I'm not so great at cooking on the Kadai though...yet! Temperature control is a bit hit and miss, so I've a bit to learn there and it will be a priority during 2020 to do so. I also want to dig into making curries as I have a pan that can swing over the grill and a few curry making books I have yet to dig into properly.

    So what do I like to cook? Absolutely everything.

    I can honestly say the only thing I've eaten in the last 20 years+ that I didn't enjoy was sea urchin. I can only describe the taste as what I imagine 3 gallons of sea water condensed and concentrated down into a small orange blob would taste like. It was a long time ago though, so maybe I should try it again?

    So yes, I cook everything and anything; all meats, game birds, veg, occasionally homemade breads, I make my own bacon, and cold smoke my own cheeses and salmon. I like to follow others recipes, create my own, mix things up and have fun.

    We have to eat 3 times a day, might as well make some of it good and interesting is my motto :-)

    Anyway, that's enough (too much?) waffle from me. Speak with some of you in the forums soon!

    Mark.
    Last edited by Mark "FFF" Jenner; January 9, 2020, 06:17 AM.
  • Skip
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3542
    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
    • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

    #2
    Welcome from Minnesota. Nice Grills and patio.

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    • Mark "FFF" Jenner
      Club Member
      • Jul 2017
      • 11
      • I'm Mark Jenner. I travel about a bit, and currently live in the UK with my wife, son (16yo) and daughter (4yo)...that is until late 2020 when we will be off to NZ for a year or three.

        I'm currently a self employed digital marketer, and a former Electronic Engineer and tech support specialist. There's no way I can make any of that sound interesting, so we'll quickly move on, :-)

        I'm addicted to outdoor cooking, there's no better way to eat, and I write about my learnings, successes and failures over at my website: FoodFireFriends.com

        The kit I currently own and cook with:

        Smokers and grills:
        • Kamado Big Joe V3
        • Kamado Classic V1
        • Weber Smokey Mountain
        • Weber Mastertouch
        • Weber Kettle Original
        • Weber Smokey Joe
        • Weber Go Anywhere
        • Mezzo 76 Wood Fired Oven
        • Kadai Fire Bowl
        Thermometers and controllers:
        • Flame Boss 500 controller
        • Maverick ET732
        • Maverick ET733
        • Thermopro TP08
        • Thermopro TP20
        • iGrill2
        • Two Meater+ Probes
        • Thermapen MK3 instant read
        • Lavatools Javelin instant read
        • Maverick Instant read
        • LURICO Digital Dual Laser Infrared Thermometer
        Accessories:
        • Weber charcoal kettle rotisserie
        • Two Weber Chimney charcoal starters
        • Looftlighter
        • Plancha to fit weber kettle
        • Two kamado joe grill expanders, one for each size grill
        • Two Kamado Joe cast iron grates, one for each size grill
        • Two Kamado Joe reversible cast iron griddles, one for each size grill
        • Kamado Joe pizza stone
        • ProQ afterburner grate to fit weber chimney
        • Kitchen aid kitchen machine with ALL accessories
        • Sous vide bath
        • Sous vide wand
        • ProQ cold smoke generator
        • Buffalo 10" meat slicer
        • Himalayan salt blocks
        • Kadai firebowl swing grill, tripod to hang meat, grates and accessories
        • ...a few more bits besides :-)
        Favorite Drinks:
        • Old Fashioned bourbon cocktail
        • Gin and Tonic - Loving the huge range of different gins become available in recent years.
        • Most bourbons
        • Craft beers and real ales
        • Red wine
        • ...anything else you've got. I'm really not too fussy ;-)

      #3
      Thanks, Skip, nice to meet you!

      The grills are great year round...but the patio is windy and cold right now. I need to build something with walls, the gazebo's just not cutting it!

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      • holehogg
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 2488
        • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

        #4
        Greetings from South Africa.
        Very cool setup.

        Comment

        • Old Glory
          Club Member
          • Feb 2018
          • 1127
          • Northshore MA
          • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
            XL BGE
            DCS Gasser
            Humphrey's Cabinet Smoker
            Weber Performer

            Slow & Sear
            Vortex
            Ceramic Grill Store Reducer Ring
            Woo Rig;
            Adjustable Rig
            BGE Pizza Stone
            FireBoard
            Pit Bull Fan
            Griddle Store Griddle

          #5
          Welcome aboard! Sweet set-up!

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          • Donw
            Club Member
            • Jul 2017
            • 3318

            #6
            Welcome from Maryland

            Comment

            • mrteddyprincess
              Club Member
              • Sep 2018
              • 386

              #7
              Wow! Thanks for showing us all your toys! Welcome back and I look forward to seeing more pictures.

              Comment

              • HawkerXP
                Club Member
                • Jul 2016
                • 5985
                • Virginia
                • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
                  Thermopops
                  Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
                  Slo n Sear
                  Cold beer

                #8
                Welcome to the Pit! Nicely set up garden!

                Comment

                • Thunder77
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 2837
                  • Halethorpe, MD
                  • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

                  #9
                  Welcome to the Pit from Baltimore, MD! That is quite an impressive setup you have. And my wife says that I have too many cookers at 5!
                  Last edited by Thunder77; January 11, 2020, 10:06 AM.

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                  • Mark "FFF" Jenner
                    Mark "FFF" Jenner commented
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                    Too many? Surely she knows that no matter how many you have, it's always just the right amount...minus 1, haha.

                  • Thunder77
                    Thunder77 commented
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                    I have yet to convince her of the validity of that formula.😬

                  • Mark "FFF" Jenner
                    Mark "FFF" Jenner commented
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                    Bugger. Pretty sure I've hit my limit for a while too. Or more to the point, I'm certainly not going to risk showing my wife any new receipts any time soon!
                • Texas Larry
                  Club Member
                  • May 2017
                  • 1624
                  • 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
                  Welcome from south Texas! Looks like a great outdoor cooling setup. Lived in London 3 years, was not able to grill.

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                  • Texas Larry
                    Texas Larry commented
                    Editing a comment
                    We lived in a tiny 3rd floor flat in the Docklands. No balcony. Didn’t even try to cook out.

                  • Mark "FFF" Jenner
                    Mark "FFF" Jenner commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Makes sense!

                    When was you here? Did you ever make it to Meatopia at the tobacco docks? I've been the last couple of years, it's a good weekend!

                  • Texas Larry
                    Texas Larry commented
                    Editing a comment
                    We were there 2003-2005. Meatopia came along later I believe.
                • smokin fool
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2019
                  • 2039
                  • Mississauga, Ont

                  #11
                  Man, and all I have is one paltry lil Keg....I'm not worthy,,,,

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                  • Mark "FFF" Jenner
                    Mark "FFF" Jenner commented
                    Editing a comment
                    And that's really all you need! A hole in the ground with some fire is enough to produce good food :-)
                • RonB
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2016
                  • 13160
                  • Near Richmond VA
                  • Weber Performer Deluxe
                    SNS
                    Pizza insert
                    Rotisserie
                    Smokenator 1000
                    Cookshack Smokette Elite
                    2 Thermapens
                    Chefalarm
                    Dot
                    lots of probes.
                    CyberQ

                  #12
                  Welcome to The Pit Mark. It looks like you will fit right in.

                  Comment

                  • Elton's BBQ
                    Club Member
                    • Apr 2016
                    • 2466
                    • Saltnes Norway
                    • Genesis 320 Limited
                      Weber One Touch 57cm
                      Weber Smokey Mountain 47cm

                    #13
                    Welcome to the Pit!
                    impressive collection of grills n gear..
                    Cheers from Norway

                    Comment

                    • Murdy
                      Club Member
                      • May 2018
                      • 464
                      • North-Central Illinois

                      #14
                      Welcome from Northern Illinois, nice set up!

                      Comment

                      • ScottyC13
                        Club Member
                        • Jul 2019
                        • 564
                        • Boston Area
                        • Name: Scott, Chemical Engineer

                          Equipment:
                          Weber Genesis
                          Weber Spirit Special Addition, with Griddle and Grillgrates (just got)
                          Thermoworks Smoke (2)
                          Thermoworks Thermapen (2)
                          Thermoworks IR (1)
                          Maverick IR (1)
                          Penzey's Spice rack with loads of spices

                          Hobbies:
                          Cooking, wine, guitar, golf, beach, board games, travel, herb gardening

                          Want to get into BBQ and Smoking.

                        #15
                        Welcome from Massachusetts. Nice set up!

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