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  • Jpe616
    Club Member
    • Feb 2020
    • 8
    • Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Newbie from Pittsburgh, PA..

    Hi Everyone,

    Newbie in Pittsburgh, PA that just joined up. I started with a charcoal torpedo smoker about 3 years ago that I found cheap at an estate sale and was hooked instantly with how flavorful the meats were that came off of it. It was inefficient, and a pain in the butt to try to maintain temperature, but it was enough to set me on the path of BBQ and smoking.

    I upgraded two years ago to a Masterbuilt electric digital smoker and that made things so much easier to maintain temperature. It's the smaller model, so I find I do have to often separate the point and flat of a brisket so it will fit, but it's allowed me to continue to learn and improve.

    My basic items have been brisket, pork butt and ribs so far. I've been trying to formulate my own rubs to suit my taste for my ribs and have come close, but never quite hit the mark yet. Going to be doing several racks tomorrow and going to try Meathead's Memphis Dust on them tomorrow.

    Glad to be here and look forward to learning!

    Joe
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  • smokin fool
    Club Member
    • Apr 2019
    • 1214
    • Mississauga, Ont

    #2
    Your in for a ride on this site.
    These guyzngalz know how to cook.

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    • Elton's BBQ
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 2022
      • Saltnes Norway
      • Genesis 320 Limited
        Weber One Touch 57cm
        Weber Smokey Mountain 47cm

      #3
      Welcome to the Pit Jpe616
      Cheers from Norway!

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      • HawkerXP
        Club Member
        • Jul 2016
        • 4692
        • Northern Virginia
        • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
          Thermopop
          Dot w two probes
          Slo n Sear
          Cold beer

        #4
        Welcome to the Pit! Love that avatar!

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        • LA Pork Butt
          Charter Member
          • Dec 2014
          • 4908
          • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

          #5
          Welcome to the Pit from Dallas!

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          • Texas Larry
            Club Member
            • May 2017
            • 1084
            • Wilson County, TX
            • PrimoXL
              Maverick 732
              Thermoworks 2K Themocouple
              Thermapen
              Weber Go-Anywhere (for the beach!)
              Dreaming of a really good stick-burner...
              Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

            #6
            Welcome from Wilson County, Texas! You’re going to love the Memphis Dust on your ribs. (I usually lay down a light layer of SOG under it.)

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            • Voodoo628
              Club Member
              • Dec 2019
              • 118
              • Pasadena, Maryland
              • DJ
                Weber Kettle and a PBC!

              #7
              Welcome from Maryland!

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              • Donw
                Club Member
                • Jul 2017
                • 2578

                #8
                Welcome from Maryland too!

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                • ComfortablyNumb
                  Club Member
                  • May 2017
                  • 3040
                  • Northeast Washington
                  • KBQ C-60
                    PK360
                    Thermoworks Smoke
                    Thermoworks Thermopop
                    Thermoworks Dot

                  #9
                  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.

                  And here to enjoy some beautiful sunsets.

                  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.

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                  • ofelles
                    Club Member
                    • Jun 2018
                    • 1499
                    • Brentwood CA
                    • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
                      Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
                      LSG Insulated Cabinet
                      Jumbo Joe
                      VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
                      FireBoard and Fan
                      Thermoworks Signal
                      Thermoworks Dot
                      Thermopen Mk4

                    #10
                    Welcome from the California Delta

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                    • Spinaker
                      Moderator
                      • Nov 2014
                      • 10378
                      • Land of Tonka
                      • John "J R"
                        Instagram: JRBowlsby
                        Smokin' Hound Que
                        Minnesota/ United States of America

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                      #11
                      Welcome to the Pitmaster Club!

                      Since you’re new, and if you haven't already done so, please check out our homework assignment post for new members, it contains a few how-tos and please-dos. This will help you learn your way around so you can get the best experience from our forum.

                      Also, it's very important that you:

                      Give us an email address you actually use. You can check the email we have on file for you by clicking your name in the upper-right, then User Settings, then the Account tab. It’s tied to your Pitmaster Club account as well as our payment processor, Stripe. Don’t worry though, you can change it by simply visitinghttps://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/pi...il-request.php

                      Add the domain AmazingRibs.com to your email safe list. We NEVER spam! This is important so you can receive special deals we occasionally work out for our members, receive notices about your account, such as if you’re up for renewal or are ever drawn as our monthly Great Giveaway Monthly Sweepstakes winner, which is open to all paying USA members or those with a USA delivery address (we’d hate to have to pick another person because you don’t answer us)!

                      Keep the smoke rollin’

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                      • Jpe616
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                        Going through the homework assignment now. The email address on file is a good one. Thanks Spinaker!
                    • Skip
                      Founding Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 2869
                      • Blue Earth, Minnesota
                      • Memphis Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates

                      #12
                      Welcome to the Pit from Minnesota.

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                      • Santamarina
                        Club Member
                        • Aug 2018
                        • 652
                        • Wildomar, CA

                        #13
                        Welcome from California! I’m a big fan of Memphis Dust. I have a slightly modified version I use on ribs and shoulders. Trial and error are great learning tools, and you just joined a community of passionate cooks who love to share!

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                        • RonB
                          Club Member
                          • Apr 2016
                          • 11839
                          • Near Richmond VA
                          • Weber Performer Deluxe
                            SNS
                            Pizza insert
                            Rotisserie
                            Smokenator 1000
                            Cookshack Smokette Elite
                            2 Thermapens
                            Chefalarm
                            Dot
                            lots of probes.
                            CyberQ

                          #14
                          Welcome to The Pit.

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                          • MBMorgan
                            Club Member
                            • Sep 2015
                            • 5941
                            • Colorado
                            • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                              > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                              > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
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                              > 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
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                              > 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

                            #15
                            Welcome from Colorado, Joe ...

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                            • Jpe616
                              Jpe616 commented
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                              Thank you. Spent a quick weekend in Colorado 2 years ago. Ran from Denver up to Estes Park. Hands down, THE most beautiful scenery I've ever seen. Hope to get back there soon.

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