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  • Evil Swine BBQ
    Club Member
    • Aug 2020
    • 22
    • Detroit, Michigan

    Greetings From The Motor City

    After years of coming to Amazingribs.com for product reviews, recipes and advice, I finally joined the pitmaster club.

    I'm a backyard cook that has learned throgj self teaching, learning the science and techniques through Amazingribs.com and a whole lot of trial and error.

    I started knowing absolutely nothing about BBQ other then my time in the service where I frequently ate it while down south. After one bite I was hooked and I had to learn how to make great BBQ.

    Fast forward 25 years to today and I now make my own spice rubs and make several homemade BBQ sauce flavors. All in all, I feel like I make pretty good BBQ... For a Yankee lol.

    My biggest flaw is I do not own a high-end cooker so I have a heck of a time with fire managment and I go through a lot more wood than most. I have my eye on 24x48 Lone Star Grill and plan on adding some bells and whistles but it is a pretty big expense but I've been saving up. I was close to getting it but my wife got sick and a year of cancer treatment and a major surgery racked up a hefty set of medical bills...not to mention the fear of losing the love of my life. I'm happy to report she has made a full recovery and all is well. I'll gladly keep cooking for her on my cheap offset haha. I love good BBQ but there's no point if you can't share it with the one you love, right?

    Things are much better now and I started the fund saving for my dream pit once again. I look forward to getting to know you guys and learning and sharing our success... And even our BBQ failures.
  • LA Pork Butt
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 5583
    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

    #2
    Welcome to the Pit from Dallas!

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    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 13316
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        SNS
        Pizza insert
        Rotisserie
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        Chefalarm
        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      #3
      Welcome to The Pit. Keep an eye out on craig's list or the local facebook for sale page. Something good occasionally pops up.

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      • Texas Larry
        Club Member
        • May 2017
        • 1672
        • 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

        #4
        Welcome from south Texas! Thank you for your great intro story!

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        • Evil Swine BBQ
          Club Member
          • Aug 2020
          • 22
          • Detroit, Michigan

          #5
          I'm saving up for a LSG offset. From what I can tell they are really well built and last forever. Well, it will last longer than me anyway lol. I look at it as a big one time purchase but it's a pit that can do everything I need it too and I won't have to buy another pit.

          It's tough up here in Michigan as far as buying pits. We don't have many manufacturers and most pits are cheap ones sold by big box stores. Heck, it's hard to find cooking wood splits here. I love hickory but it's not easy to get here, same with pecan. But I can get cherry and apple so it's not all bad I guess.

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          • Ahumadora
            Ahumadora commented
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            Just use oak and call it good. I don't bother too much with different woods. Most can't tell a difference.
        • Soonerpop
          Club Member
          • Jan 2020
          • 378
          • Plano, Texas
          • Cookshack Smokette 008 (2005)
            Weber 18.5” Kettle
            Weber 22.5” Performer (drop-down shelf)
            SNS Elevated Grate
            Pit Barrel Junior (PBJ)
            Freedom Grill (for tailgating, but don’t do much anymore)
            Sizzle-Q Stainless Griddle
            Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter

            Thermapen (Red, of course)
            Smoke Alarm (Likewise)

            Kingsford Professional
            Weber Briquettes (longer cooks)

            Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
            Coors Banquet (why bother with light beer?)

          #6
          Welcome from north Texas. Good luck with buying a new smoker. I think there are many success stories of good barbecue here without a “high-end” smoker. Enjoy your time here.

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          • MBMorgan
            Club Member
            • Sep 2015
            • 6432
            • 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

            #7
            Welcome from Colorado ...

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            • Mr. Bones
              Charter Member
              • Sep 2016
              • 9846
              • 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

              #8
              Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!
              Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

              What kinda offset are ya currently rollin?
              Mebbe we can share some tips an experience that'll help ya endure, while ya wait fer an LSG...

              Congrats on yalls successful recovery from th cancer, an Many Thanks fer yer Service, Brother!
              Ooorrraaahhh!!!





              Last edited by Mr. Bones; August 8, 2020, 05:32 PM.

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              • Ahumadora
                Ahumadora commented
                Editing a comment
                Yo need to get into leasing some of your 50 smokers. I know you ain't going to sell em.

              • Mr. Bones
                Mr. Bones commented
                Editing a comment
                Ahumadora, ya done seen my collection, some, an I done seened yer products...

                Work me out a trade deal, an I'll un-arse some cookers, Brother, lol!

                Don't ya likely need a Norteamericano Test Pilot?
                Last edited by Mr. Bones; August 8, 2020, 05:37 PM.
            • ofelles
              Club Member
              • Jun 2018
              • 2443
              • 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

              #9
              Welcome to the Pit from the California Delta.

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              • Blues1
                Club Member
                • Mar 2020
                • 388
                • SC
                • Steve

                  RecTec RT700, Weber Genesis 2

                #10
                Welcome from South Carolina

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                • Skip
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 3601
                  • 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

                  #11
                  Welcome to The Pit from Minnesota! All the best to your Wife and You.

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                  • FireMan
                    Charter Member
                    • Jul 2015
                    • 8068
                    • Bottom of Winnebago

                    #12
                    Understand the spousal situation, I live with it daily. Good to see things are lookin up. I know you’ve got yer heart set on a really good stick burner, but have you considered going charcoal with a kettle. They’re cheap & ya can get by makin some pretty good Q whilst yer Savin fer the LSG. Welcome, eat good & have fun!
                    BTW, where in Motown?

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                    • Elton's BBQ
                      Club Member
                      • Apr 2016
                      • 2526
                      • Saltnes Norway
                      • Genesis 320 Limited
                        Weber One Touch 57cm
                        Weber Smokey Mountain 47cm

                      #13
                      Welcome to the Pit!
                      Cheers from Norway 🇳🇴

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                      • DavidNorcross
                        Club Member
                        • Nov 2017
                        • 2019
                        • 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

                        #14
                        Welcome from Virginia!

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                        • HawkerXP
                          Club Member
                          • Jul 2016
                          • 6115
                          • Virginia
                          • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
                            Thermopops
                            Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
                            Slo n Sear
                            Cold beer

                          #15
                          Welcome to the Pit!

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