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  • Alphatrex
    Club Member
    • Jul 2020
    • 33
    • Chino, CA

    New to full time charcoal griller

    Hi Fellas

    New to the Charcoal and Smoking scene, use to only use gas, My arsenal for grilling consist of a Americana Walk-A-Bout Portable Grill for now that’s all they had at Home Depot on 4th of July but surprise it gets the job done, also just got a Pit Barrel Cooker and hoping to cook my first ribs tomorrow. I came across this website from reddit and I hope to learn a lot more as I am now a full paid member.

    Thank you
  • Mr. Bones
    Charter Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 9835
    • 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!!!!



      Thermometers:
      *********************************************
      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

      Accessories:
      *********************************************
      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.)



      Cookware:
      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

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

    #2
    Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!
    Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

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    • Henrik
      Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
      • Jul 2014
      • 4465
      • Stockholm, Sweden

      #3
      Welcome to the Pitmaster Club!

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      • tiewunon
        Club Member
        • May 2020
        • 522
        • Virginia Beach, Va

        #4
        Welcome aboard Alphatrex from Va Beach.

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        • DavidNorcross
          Club Member
          • Nov 2017
          • 1996
          • 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

          #5
          Welcome from Virginia!

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          • FireMan
            Charter Member
            • Jul 2015
            • 8032
            • Bottom of Winnebago

            #6
            What an intro you will have with the PBC, it probably be other worldly fer ya. Welcome, eat good and have fun!
            Let us know on first cook & how it goes. Plus, take some pics.
            Last edited by FireMan; July 24, 2020, 04:39 PM.

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            • Alphatrex
              Alphatrex commented
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              I sure will, hopefully i wont forget will all the excitement haha
          • Ann-Marie in the backyard
            Club Member
            • Jun 2020
            • 87
            • SE Michigan
            • Weber One-Touch Gold 22.5", Black (6/2006), functional but in need of rehab
              Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill 22", Copper ("Coppertop"), 5/2020
              Weber Original Premium Charcoal Kettle 26", Glen Blue ("Blooregard Q. Kazoo"), 8/2020

              Weber BBQ System pizza stone
              Weber BBQ System cast iron griddle

              Smoke n Sear deluxe

              ThermoPro TP20 dual probe thermometer
              Alpha Grillers instant read probe thermometer
              FireBoard 2 Drive
              Pit Viper fan (reserved for Bloo, to be installed at a later date)

            #7
            Welcome from SE Michigan! Looking forward to hearing how your first cook on the PBC goes (mmmm . . . ribs)!

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            • holehogg
              Club Member
              • Nov 2017
              • 2521
              • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

              #8
              Greetings from South Africa

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              • klflowers
                Club Member
                • Sep 2015
                • 3544
                • Tennessee

                #9
                Welcome from TN

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                • Texas Larry
                  Club Member
                  • May 2017
                  • 1663
                  • 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 Wilson County, Texas!

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                  • LA Pork Butt
                    Charter Member
                    • Dec 2014
                    • 5574
                    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                    #11
                    Welcome to the Pit from Dallas! This year may be different, but August is usually the month that stores put grills on close out pricing.

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                    • Alphatrex
                      Alphatrex commented
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                      Will keep an eye out for a Weber thanks

                    • Richard Chrz
                      Richard Chrz commented
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                      Alphatrex, keep an eye on the used market around you. Depending on which Weber you are looking for, with some patience, you can save a significant money buying pre enjoyed,

                    • ComfortablyNumb
                      ComfortablyNumb commented
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                      I think this is the year the stores just close. :-(
                  • Donw
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2017
                    • 3380

                    #12
                    Welcome from Maryland

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                    • HawkerXP
                      Club Member
                      • Jul 2016
                      • 6091
                      • Virginia
                      • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
                        Thermopops
                        Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
                        Slo n Sear
                        Cold beer

                      #13
                      Welcome to the Pit! Ribs in the PBC are delicious! Have you found the PBC section under channels yet? Lots of good info there. PBC, PBC, PBC!

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                      • HawkerXP
                        HawkerXP commented
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                        A lot to read and understand but works great once you have the knowledge. Just a few quick tips. I do ribs all the time, double hook for safety, St Louie or babbybacks usually take about 3 hours so forget the 3-2-1 one thing on the PBC. Most important thing is to get your fire started correctly. This barrel likes to run around 280*. Don't try to get it down to 225*. New barrels usually leak around the lid. This is normal until you build up a nice layer of soot. Put a couple of bricks on the lid.

                      • HawkerXP
                        HawkerXP commented
                        Editing a comment
                        One last thing. You know when ribs are done? I look for the meat pulled back from the end of the bone and when I probe the meat between the bones with a toothpick it should go in nice and smooth, like melted butter. Enjoy!

                      • Alphatrex
                        Alphatrex commented
                        Editing a comment
                        Thanks I had to force my self to go to sleep last night so much good information could not stop reading.
                    • Whiskeyman53
                      Club Member
                      • May 2020
                      • 314
                      • Massachusetts
                      • Smokers/Grills:
                        Camp Chef Smokepro DLX pellet grill
                        Weber Kettle
                        Dyna-Glo vertical offset smoker

                        Favorite whiskey:
                        Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon
                        Angels Envy Bourbon
                        Whistle Pig Rye


                        Everyday sipper:
                        Jim Beam Black and Wild Turkey Rye 101

                        Favorite beer:
                        Coffee Porter or Stouts

                        Pabst Blue Ribbon and Narragansett for grilling and lawn mowing.

                      #14
                      Welcome to the pit, from Massachusetts.

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                      • ofelles
                        Club Member
                        • Jun 2018
                        • 2414
                        • Brentwood CA
                        • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
                          Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
                          LSG Insulated Cabinet
                          Jumbo Joe
                          VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
                          FireBoard and Pit Bull fan
                          Thermoworks Signal
                          Thermoworks Dot
                          Thermopen Mk4

                        #15
                        Welcome from the California Delta.

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                        • Alphatrex
                          Alphatrex commented
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                          I am in California as well Chino hills.

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