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  • dancingzorba
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 25
    • Weber Genesis gas grill
      Maverick ET732 Thermometer
      Charcoal Companion Smoke Box
      Weber Stainless Rib Rack
      Favourite Beers: Steamwhistle Pislner, Creemore Springs Lager, Craft Beers in general but a good wine hits the spot too!

    Hello from Toronto!

    hi everybody! I've been smoking meat for about three years now. I'm the guy in January and minus fifteen (C) still making ribs. I didn't always like ribs, I used to think they were too much work to eat. But this was before I met my wife from the Caribbean and they showed me what real ribs are! BBQ in its low and slow sense is not a typically Canadian thing. We normally are the direct heat in the backyard types. Thanks to my wife, a few visits to good BBQ joints and meathead's articles, I have gained a new appreciation for making these things. Like anything, those of us who commit to learning the time honoured processes and try to perfect the art and science that is BBQ, can enjoy truly amazing ribs! Now, all my mates are begging for help and instructions. Who would have thought?

    My issue is that I'm pretty health conscious so keeping it healthy and tasty is a constant battle. I have settled on Memphis style ribs where the flavour comes from the rub not sauce. It's cut the sugar down and interestingly garnered me more recognition for the shock value in sauceless ribs! I'm just happy to feed people good food and enjoy good times with good people!

    Thanks meathead and company! Happy to be a part of this club!

    Mike
  • David Parrish
    Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
    • May 2014
    • 5042
    • 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

    #2
    Welcome Mike! We're glad you're here. Memphis Dust is so well balance for ribs sauce isn't needed at all.

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    • dancingzorba
      Charter Member
      • May 2015
      • 25
      • Weber Genesis gas grill
        Maverick ET732 Thermometer
        Charcoal Companion Smoke Box
        Weber Stainless Rib Rack
        Favourite Beers: Steamwhistle Pislner, Creemore Springs Lager, Craft Beers in general but a good wine hits the spot too!

      #3
      I agree. I took the one from about.com and tweaked it slightly. I am finally at a point where I have the fundamentals down and can start getting creative.

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      • Jonoaf
        Charter Member
        • May 2015
        • 25
        • Woodford, Va
        • Real Name: Jon

          Grills
          Charbroil Masterflame 8000
          Brinkmann Smoke N Pit Professional (Old heavy style)
          Weber Genesis Silver C
          Weber One Touch Silver 22.5"
          Weber Jumbo Joe

          Accessories
          Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
          Weber 6312 Thermometer
          Thermoworks DOT

          Favorite Beer
          Landshark, Guinness, Stella Artois, craft beer

          Favorite Cider
          Bold Rock (Virginia Draft)

        #4
        Welcome to the Pit, Mike!

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        • smarkley
          Former Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 1426

          #5
          Welcome Aboard, Mike!

          When is that crazy mayor Rob Ford coming out of retirement?

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          • Meathead
            Administrator
            • May 2014
            • 1460
            • Chicago area
            • Remember, no rules in the bedroom or kitchen
              Meathead

            #6
            Hello, Mike. Just got back from your beautiful city Monday. What a great town. Every time I go I visit the St. Lawrence Market. And is there a hipper street in the world than Bloor?

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            • DWCowles
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 9703
              • Smiths Grove, Ky
              • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

              #7
              Welcome to the Pit Mike

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              • dancingzorba
                Charter Member
                • May 2015
                • 25
                • Weber Genesis gas grill
                  Maverick ET732 Thermometer
                  Charcoal Companion Smoke Box
                  Weber Stainless Rib Rack
                  Favourite Beers: Steamwhistle Pislner, Creemore Springs Lager, Craft Beers in general but a good wine hits the spot too!

                #8
                Thanks guys!

                Smarkley, he's a special guy! Hope he's getting the help he needs though.

                Thanks, for the compliment Meathead! Toronto is pretty awesome! The St Lawrence market truly is amazing. It's where you get the uniqueness of the farmer's market in a historically rich venue all year round. Which for us is important given the lengthy winters. I used to work near Yorkville which is I think, the core of the hip aspect you mention. Nothing like a summer lunch on a rooftop patio with cool drink!

                If you're looking for super hip though, I admit, Montreal and Rue St Denis are where it's at. Not to mention Schwartz's Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, a staple and required during every visit! Now I'm hungry...
                Last edited by dancingzorba; May 31, 2015, 12:04 PM.

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                • Usernamevalid
                  Banned Former Member
                  • May 2015
                  • 144

                  #9
                  Originally posted by dancingzorba View Post
                  hi everybody! I've been smoking meat for about three years now.
                  You better take it out, it's probably pretty dry!

                  (barrump-bum!)

                  So, how's it goin' eh? (best Canadian accent)

                  SE MI here, and you ROTTEN SOB'S TOOK OUR HOCKEY COACH!

                  Seriously, enjoy him. Mike Babcock is a stand up guy, and he deserves the best. The Leafs will become a destination team for stars, the ride begins now.

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                  • Steve Vojtek
                    Charter Member
                    • Mar 2015
                    • 612
                    • Melbourne Australia
                    • 6 & 2 burner gas BBQ's
                      Diy electric smoker
                      A-maze-n-tube 12 inch
                      Gas powered pizza oven
                      GMG Davy Crockett with Wifi
                      Rosle 24 inch charcoal kettle
                      Slow'nSear - my favourite
                      2 x Thermapens
                      2 x wireless thermometers
                      3 x wired thermometers
                      Favourite drink:
                      Scotch whiskey various brands
                      American Honey WT
                      And beer ....
                      And at work just plain old chilled water....

                    #10
                    Welcome dancingzorba.. and yes - with a good rub there's no need for sauce...

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                    • dancingzorba
                      Charter Member
                      • May 2015
                      • 25
                      • Weber Genesis gas grill
                        Maverick ET732 Thermometer
                        Charcoal Companion Smoke Box
                        Weber Stainless Rib Rack
                        Favourite Beers: Steamwhistle Pislner, Creemore Springs Lager, Craft Beers in general but a good wine hits the spot too!

                      #11
                      Haha! Yeah, I was shooting for jerky!

                      I was accompanying your words, in my head, with Rick Moranis who always brings his 'A' game Canadian accent to his roles.

                      Mike Babcock should be good. We need him in the worst way. I mean, the Leafs are the Yankees of hockey from a profitability perspective but haven't won since the 60's or really made the playoffs since late 90's or early 2000's consistently. To me that says more than players' egos, more than coaches - its systemic in the organisation. If a guy like Babcock can't fix this then the big wigs need to take a look in the mirror.

                      To be fair though, he's just coming back home!

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                      • Usernamevalid
                        Usernamevalid commented
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                        Ha! I had Moranis in my head too, the old Doug and Bob days!

                      • dancingzorba
                        dancingzorba commented
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                        Totally!
                    • Jerod Broussard
                      Moderator
                      • Jun 2014
                      • 9868
                      • East Texas
                      • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
                        Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
                        Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
                        Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
                        Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
                        Weber Smokey Joe Gold
                        Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
                        Vortex
                        Maverick ET-732 White
                        Maverick ET-732 Copper
                        2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
                        Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
                        Thermoworks Timestick
                        Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
                        B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
                        B & B Pellets

                      #12
                      Hey man thanks for the support!!

                      Honey I Shrunk the Kids.....CLASSIC!!

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                      • The Burn
                        Founding Member
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 990
                        • West Chester, PA
                        • Gas Grill: NXR Tabletop/Portable Propane
                          Charcoal: Weber Performer Silver (i.e., 22.5")
                          Charcoal: Weber OTG 22.5"

                          Kettle Accessories: Slow 'n Sear, Smokenator and Vortex and bound to be more on the way
                          Smoker: GOSM Propane 38" 2-drawer
                          Pellet: CampChef/Browning Deluxe PGP24LTD

                          Thermometer: 2 Mavericks, Red backlit Thermapen
                          Anova Wi-Fi Sous Vide

                        #13
                        Welcome Zorba. Anyone who's grilling/smoking in the winter will fit in great here. As for dry rubbed ribs, Memphis Dust is good, Huskee has a good recipe on here, and I use one from Dr. BBQ (Ray Lampe) that also gives great flavor.

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                        • dancingzorba
                          dancingzorba commented
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                          Will give those a try!

                          I always say, the snow makes a great beer holder!
                      • Huskee
                        Administrator
                        • May 2014
                        • 15313
                        • 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.

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                          Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

                          Occupation:
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                        #14
                        ​Welcome to The Pit dancingzorba! Nice to read a good intro post like yours. Like many here, I don't sauce my ribs either. I've tried it but I like a good rub on ribs better than a good sauce.

                        Great job on your signature, looks like you've been here a while?

                        If you haven't already, please check out our homework assignment post for new members, it contains a few how-tos and please-dos.

                        Hope to hear & see more from you!

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                        • dancingzorba
                          dancingzorba commented
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                          Thanks Huskee! Yup, I am a dedicated follower of this site and if for no other reason, my membership is paying back a debt to allow you guys to keep spreading the word! Of course I am excited on many other levels to be here though! Will get through the homework!
                      • bbqoaf
                        Former Member
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 752
                        • Calgary, Alberta, Canada

                        #15
                        Hello from a fellow cold weather 'Qer in Calgary, go Flames!

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                        • dancingzorba
                          dancingzorba commented
                          Editing a comment
                          Cheers mate! We are our own breed! Glad to know me being from Toronto didn't put you off too much!

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