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  • jhoskins
    Club Member
    • Dec 2020
    • 69
    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • Smokers / Grills
      • Weber Original Kettle Grill
      • Weber Q Gas Grill
      • Big Green Egg (Large)
      • Weber Silver A (fixer upper project, currently sitting dead in my garage)

      Accessories
      • Weber iGrill Mini
      • Weber Instant Read
      • Random Digital Instant Read from the Grocery Store (in a pinch)
      • Weber Charcoal Chimney
      • Slick University of Michigan apron w/built in bottle opener

      Beverages
      • Favorite beer(s): Bell's Oberon, Founders All Day I{A, Corona Extra, Heineken, Guinness
      • Red Wine: Anything dry and under $15 per bottle
      • Whiskey: Oak & Eden, Larceny... not extremely picky

      About Me
      Real name: Jesse
      Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
      Favorite Football Team: Michigan Wolverines (NCAA) and the Detroit Lions (primary NFL) / Baltimore Ravens (secondary NFL, after the Lions are statistically eliminated from the playoffs... usually by Thanksgiving)

      Occupation:
      • Aerospace/Software/Systems Engineer

    Hello from Michigan!

    Hi All,

    I am new to the Pit and relatively new to amazingribs.com. I learned 95% of what I know about BBQ from Malcolm Reeds over at howtobbqright.com, but I am excited to join the Pit and soak in the knowledge. I am located in West Michigan (Grand Rapids), and interested in all types of cooking and food science as a means to an end... eating delicious food. My current specialties & favorites are smoked chicken, ribs, steaks, making Indian curry from scratch, Hot Chicken, handmade pasta (shoutout Chef Evan Funke) and Chilaquiles

    I am interested in improving/learning/discussing the following in no particular order:
    - Making my own chili powder. Currently experimenting with various pepper combinations
    - Building a dry aging setup, as well as taking a crack at making Pancetta (although Bot scares me quite a bit), which I can't seem to find any of high quality near me.
    - Brisket Brisket Brisket
    - Food science. I am a science guy, love Alton Brown, and the more science oriented nature of this site!
    - Consistent excellence with Ribs, Pulled Pork, and Brisket
    - Improving my side dishes with grilled smoked food
    - Sourcing high quality meat and smoker wood in West Michigan

    Jesse
  • ofelles
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 2570
    • Brentwood CA


    #2
    Welcome from the California Delta. Lotsa knowledge and lotsa good people willing to share here.

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    • LA Pork Butt
      Charter Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 5650
      • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

      #3
      Welcome to the Pit from Dallas!

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      • Texas Larry
        Club Member
        • May 2017
        • 1744
        • 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!

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        • bbqLuv
          Club Member
          • Jan 2020
          • 1467
          • Milwaukie, OR

          #5
          Hello from NW Oregon

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          • Donw
            Club Member
            • Jul 2017
            • 3487

            #6
            Welcome from Maryland. You can’t go wrong learning from Malcom and Alton so you are well on your way. Looking forward to your posts.

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            • MBMorgan
              Club Member
              • Sep 2015
              • 6508
              • 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, Jesse ...

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              • BigCountryQ
                Club Member
                • Jan 2017
                • 351
                • Grand Rapids, Michigan

                #8
                Welcome to the Pit fellow Grand Rapids dweller!!

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                • jhoskins
                  jhoskins commented
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                  Hey BigCountryQ ! Where do you source your wood and meat from? I love going up to Bird Farm Meats in Howard City... but am still in the process of finding a local butcher.
              • RonB
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 13508
                • Near Richmond VA
                • Weber Performer Deluxe
                  SNS
                  Pizza insert
                  Rotisserie
                  Smokenator 1000
                  Cookshack Smokette Elite
                  2 Thermapens
                  Chefalarm
                  Dot
                  lots of probes.
                  CyberQ

                #9
                Welcome to The Pit Jesse.

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                • Ann-Marie in the backyard
                  Club Member
                  • Jun 2020
                  • 88
                  • 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)

                  #10
                  Welcome from SE Michigan!

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                  • jharner
                    Club Member
                    • Jan 2016
                    • 1281
                    • Louisiana - North West but a coon ass at heart
                    • Cookers

                      Camp Chef DLX Pellet Grill
                      Weber 22.5 Kettle
                      Brickman Box Smoker

                      Accessories

                      Slow N Sear
                      Tube Smoker
                      Turkey Cannon
                      Rib racks
                      Weber chimney starter

                      Thermometer's

                      Maverick ET 735
                      Tru Temp 3619n
                      Thermapen mk4
                      Thermapop

                      Favorite Drink

                      Free beer
                      Coors Light
                      Windsor ( Canadian blended whiskey )

                    #11
                    Welcome to the pit. Enjoy the Wikipedia of BBQ

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                    • Whiskeyman53
                      Club Member
                      • May 2020
                      • 390
                      • 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.

                      #12
                      Welcome to the pit from the bbq capital of New England, Massachusetts.

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                      • RichieB
                        Club Member
                        • Apr 2018
                        • 1759
                        • Western Mass

                        #13
                        Welcome from Western Massachusetts.

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                        • Soonerpop
                          Club Member
                          • Jan 2020
                          • 445
                          • 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?)

                          #14
                          Welcome from north Texas. You’ll get lots of help here with your laundry list.

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                          • Mr. Bones
                            Charter Member
                            • Sep 2016
                            • 10003
                            • 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

                            #15
                            Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!

                            Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

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                            We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for tentatively March 18-21, 2022. Click here for more info: https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/forum/announcements/misc/1014106-meat-up-in-memphis-2021-canceled
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