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2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for March 18-20, 2022. More details and re-booking info coming soon! For now click here for more info.
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  • PhillyRibs
    Former Member
    • May 2020
    • 6
    • Central NJ / Philly area

    Looking to expand my repertoire

    Hey folks! Glad to be joining the group instead of occasionally lurking. Just purchased my first real smoker (Meadow Creek BX50 stainless). It's a bit of a step up from the $70 brinkman I learned on =P.

    Anyway I'm a spare ribs kind of guy first and foremost but I'd definitely like to try out brisket, shoulders and a turkey or two over the holidays.

    I'm interested to hear from any other MC vertical box smoker owners for any advice. I'm on the fence about getting a guru just yet...figure I want a few cooks under my belt and learn to dial in my temps manually first. I won't mind standing in from of my new beast with a few Sierra Nevada's in hand for hours at a time with a big-ass grin on my face.

    Also looking to meet some other BBQ minded folk in the not exactly known for BBQ culture area around Philly /NJ. Curious about any great meat suppliers in the area (I love John's butcher shop in Glenside PA for my steaks). Anyone have any recommendations on the NJ side? I just moved from Bucks county to Mercer and am curious what's out there besides Costco & Sam's Club. Especially where I might be able to land more than a single 3 pack of baby backs during the pandemic.

    Other than BBQ, I'm a guitar head. I like loud rock music from the 60s thru 2000s. I build guitar amplifiers on occasion too. When I'm not grilling, cooking indoors or playing my music too loud, I earn a paycheck as a cardiac RN.

    Hope to meet some cool people here and learn from others with much more experience than myself. I'll be happy to pass along whatever I can learn about my BX50 smoker and if any of you want to talk baby backs, I'm always willing to pass along my "sweet & heat" technique/recipe.
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  • tenphases
    Club Member
    • Nov 2016
    • 351
    • Jersey City NJ
    • Fast Eddy's Cook Shack PG 1000
      Humphrey's Pint with Fireboard + Pit Viper
      Hasty-Bake 256 Gourmet Dual Finish
      Camp Chef DLX pellet pooper/sear burner/jerky rack
      Broil King Keg Kamado
      Charbroil Kamander
      Original Pit Barrel Cooker
      Barrel House Cooker
      Akorn Kamado with cart
      WSM 22 with Flame Boss
      WSM 18.5 with Flame Boss
      Weber Kettle Performer (with Slow n Sear/Drip n Griddle)
      Weber Jumbo Joe
      Weber Smokey Joe
      Weber Q gasser with stand
      Blackstone Griddle 22 with stand and lid
      Blackstone Griddle 36
      Akorn Kamado jr

    Hey welcome! If you join the KCBS you can get unlimited day passes to restaurant depot. You can buy meat in large quantities for pretty good prices there.
    Last edited by tenphases; May 23, 2020, 08:28 AM.


    • PhillyRibs
      Former Member
      • May 2020
      • 6
      • Central NJ / Philly area

      Thanks for the tip. Do they have locations below Princeton? I'm a lot closer to Philly/Trenton.


      • tenphases
        tenphases commented
        Editing a comment
        Your good to go, I saw 3 in your area

        1070 Thomas Busch Memorial Hwy, Pennsauken Township, NJ 08110

        700 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

        2950 Roberts Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129
    • Mr. Bones
      Charter Member
      • Sep 2016
      • 10125
      • 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!!!!

        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

        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.)

        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

        Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
        Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
        Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

      Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!
      Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

      Glad to have ya here!

      They's a few folks, round here, what pick some, as well...


      • RonB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 13623
        • Near Richmond VA
        • Weber Performer Deluxe
          Pizza insert
          Smokenator 1000
          Cookshack Smokette Elite
          2 Thermapens
          lots of probes.

        Welcome to The Pit.

        You are in the right place to learn for sure. You might want to try smoking a chuck roast before you tackle a brisket. It's a much easier cook.

        And we have a number of guitar heads here including one who is also a nurse. Calling Huskee !


        • HouseHomey
          Club Member
          • May 2016
          • 5569
          • 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
            Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
            cast iron pans,
            Dutch ovens
            Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
            The help and preferences
            1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
            A 9 year old princess foster child
            Patience and old patio furniture
            "Baby Girl" The cat

            Erik S.

          Huntington Beach welcomes you and all that jazz.

          Oh Yeah, your gonna fit right in without missing a beat. The eating is good and the learning is often.

          (BTW Restaurant Depit is open to the public right now, or was?)


          • Skip
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 3741
            • Blue Earth, Minnesota
            • LSG Adjustable Grill/Smoker, MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

            Welcome from Minnesota.


            • LA Pork Butt
              Charter Member
              • Dec 2014
              • 5692
              • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

              Welcome to the Pit from Dallas!


              • ofelles
                Club Member
                • Jun 2018
                • 2618
                • Brentwood CA
                • LSG large insulated cabinet
                  Yoder YS640
                  David Klose 20x42 Grill Chef Grill
                  Weber Jumbo Joe
                  FireBoard controller and PitBull fan
                  Thermapen Mk4

                Welcome to the Pit from the California Delta. Nice new cooker! Learning to use it manually first is the way I am choosing to go with my LSG unit. Not too difficult so far. We can travel together.


                • mountainsmoker
                  Banned Former Member
                  • Jun 2019
                  • 1815
                  • Bryson City, NC

                  Welcome from the mountains of NC. Nice pretty new toy.


                  • Texas Larry
                    Club Member
                    • May 2017
                    • 1778
                    • Wilson County, TX
                    • Kamado Joe Big Joe 2
                      Weber 22” Premium/SNS
                      Weber Jumbo Joe/SNS
                      Thermoworks Smoke
                      Thermoworks 2K Thermocouple
                      Thermoworks Dash
                      Too many gadgets, accessories, and tools
                      Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

                    Welcome from south Texas! Glad you’re here!


                    • MBMorgan
                      Club Member
                      • Sep 2015
                      • 6551
                      • 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

                      Welcome from Colorado ...


                      • Donw
                        Club Member
                        • Jul 2017
                        • 3541

                        Welcome from Maryland


                        • ecowper
                          Founding Member
                          • Jul 2014
                          • 3674
                          • Maple Valley, WA
                          • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
                            Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

                            Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
                            Thermometer = Maverick ET732
                            Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
                            Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
                            Thermapen Classic = Grey
                            PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

                            Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
                            Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
                            Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
                            Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

                            Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"

                            Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

                          Welcome aboard! I’m in the Pacific Northwest, so can’t be much help with local meat suppliers. Except one tip: Costco is actually a great source for meat, especially stuff for low n slow .... I buy brisket, pork shoulders, and ribs there. I am friends with one of their meat buyers. He’s the guy that sourced all the stuff for their ribs. He gave me some good insight into that program and it’s really quality.

                          As far as cooking brisket, pork shoulder, etc .... Meathead’s recipes on the public side are outstanding, can’t go wrong with them. On the Pitmaster side, a bunch of us have write ups on those things and there is some really great content. Give it a search or ask questions and we can point you to good resources!


                          • DavidNorcross
                            Club Member
                            • Nov 2017
                            • 2286
                            • Virginia
                            • SNS Kamado
                              Weber Summit S-670
                              Camp Chef FTG 600
                              Camp Chef Escape

                              Old Hickory Knives
                              More Cast Iron than I care to admit

                            Welcome from Virginia!




                            2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

                            We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for March 18-20, 2022. More details and re-booking info coming soon! For now click here for more info.
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