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  • Huskee
    Pit Boss/Manager
    • May 2014
    • 13929
    • 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.

      About me
      Real name: Aaron
      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      Occupation:
      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    Danjohnston949, a.k.a Dan Johnston, Fargo ND

    In Loving Memory of everyone's favorite "backyard cremator", Dan Johnston.

    Dan passed away in February 2019. He was always good for a humorous post and kind word. No one had more trouble posting here with their iPad or used more emojis in a post than Dan! Dan sat for a PitCast interview with Greg Rempe in July of 2017, and that hilarious interview can be found here, give it a listen, you will enjoy it!

    Best wishes to his family from all of us here, he will be greatly missed here!
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 4197
    • Northern Virginia
    • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
      Thermopop
      Dot w two probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    #2
    Amen to that. Good man gone to soon.

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    • Mr. Bones
      Birthday Hat Master
      • Sep 2016
      • 7875
      • 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

      #3
      Ain't no way words can ever convey jus what I'm feelin, so I'll leave off tryin.

      Jus wanna say, Rest Easy, Cuz!

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      • Skip
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 2503
        • Blue Earth, Minnesota
        • Memphis Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates

        #4
        I met him in person a couple times. Dan and Eunice came to the BBQ Spring Training at The U of MN in St Paul MN and I met up with him at NDSU BBQ Boot Camp in Fargo ND last year. He was a lot of fun! RIP Dan!
        Last edited by Skip; February 24th, 2019, 12:15 PM.

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        • RonB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 11067
          • Near Richmond VA
          • Weber Performer Deluxe
            SNS
            Pizza insert
            Rotisserie
            Smokenator 1000
            Cookshack Smokette Elite
            2 Thermapens
            Chefalarm
            Dot
            lots of probes.
            CyberQ

          #5
          He will be sorely missed. 😒

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          • JOE E
            Club Member
            • Jan 2017
            • 73
            • Erie Pennsylvania

            #6
            Rip.

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            • RickyBobby
              Club Member
              • Jul 2016
              • 344
              • Kingwood, Texas

              #7
              I always enjoyed reading Dan’s posts. I never met him personally, but I have no doubt he was a guy you would want to stand around a cooker with! In addition to being the self proclaimed Backyard Cremator from Fargo, his other signature tag line, Eat Well and Prosper, always made me smile. Rest easy, brother!

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              • ecowper
                ecowper commented
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                I loved reading Dan's posts and comments. I'm going to miss him telling me to Eat Well, and Prosper.
            • ecowper
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 2614
              • 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

              #8
              Rest in Peace my favorite Backyard Cremator ... you will be missed around the Pit

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              • gcdmd
                Charter Member
                • Sep 2014
                • 923
                • The Republic of Texas

                #9
                This is something I read over a comatose friend and cooking partner during the final hours of his life and later at his celebration of life. I wish I could have read it for Dan. It somehow seems to fit him. I didn't write it myself but would like to credit a poet named Carolyn Brunelle and also St. Paul.

                Life is a matter of choices made at every fork in the road, and none made for an easy way to carry or lighten the load. But I’ve been strong, carried on through the fog of life, able to say I fought the good fight, did my very best, triumphed over my fears and laid them all to rest. I’ve made my share of mistakes, but by my choices I still stand, for in all my chosen paths, there’s always been God’s hand reaching out to guide and comfort in each and every day, and in all my darkest hours, that grace has shone the way.

                For I am already being poured out like a libation to the Lord, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that dayβ€”and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

                Last edited by gcdmd; February 24th, 2019, 06:26 AM.

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                • Troutman
                  Troutman commented
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                  2Timothy 4:6, a beautiful passage and one I dearly love. Thank you for that brother, it was very appropriate.

                • RickyBobby
                  RickyBobby commented
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                  +1 to Troutman .
              • Spinaker
                Moderator
                • Nov 2014
                • 9980
                • Land of Tonka
                • John "J R"
                  Instagram: JRBowlsby
                  Smokin' Hound Que
                  Minnesota/ United States of America

                  ********************************************
                  Assistants
                  Dexter (Beagle mix)
                  Kinnick (American Foxhound)
                  ************************

                  Grills/Smokers/Fryers
                  Big Green Egg (Large) X2
                  Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

                  Broil King Keg
                  Karubeque C-60
                  Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
                  Lodge L410 Hibachi
                  Pit Barrel Cooker
                  Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
                  R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

                  Weber Spirit Gasser
                  ******************.
                  Thermometers
                  FireBoard (Base Package)
                  Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
                  Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
                  **************

                  Accessories
                  BBQ Dragon
                  Big Green Egg Plate Setter
                  Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
                  Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

                  Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
                  Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

                  Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
                  Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
                  Eggspander Kit X2
                  Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

                  Finex Cat Iron Line
                  FireBoard Drive
                  Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
                  Grill Grates
                  Joule Water Circulator
                  KBQ Fire Grate

                  Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
                  Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
                  Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
                  Large Vortex
                  Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
                  Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
                  Smithey No. 12
                  Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
                  Stargazer No.10, 12
                  Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
                  Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
                  ********************************
                  Fuel
                  FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
                  Kingsford Blue and White
                  Rockwood Lump Charcoal
                  Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
                  **************************

                  Cutlery
                  Buck 119 Special
                  Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
                  Global
                  Shun
                  Wusthof
                  *******
                  Next Major Purchase
                  Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

                #10
                I am very sorry to hear this. Dan was a very good man, with a wonderful heart. He was one of there very first people I conversed with in The Pitmaster Club, back in 2014. He was always positive, welcoming and showed a genuine interest in what I was doing. Sure his posts were a bit goofy at times, but that is part of what made Dan who he was. I was also fortunate enough to talk to him quite a few times, over the phone. And every time he was nothing but happy and filled with laughter. I will always remember Dan for what he brought to all of us, a huge smile. Every time I saw one of his posts, it made me smile.

                Dan and Eunice would send me little gifts every once in a while. Out of the blue! Their generosity and kindness knew no bounds. I must admit, I was always a little leery of opening the box, because I never knew what I would find. Sometimes it would be a cast iron cook book, Grill Pinz, oven gloves, smoking wood, news paper articles or some other BBQ related item. One time he sent me some steel folding traps for "Those DAMN bird-sized mosquitos" that we have here in Minnesota. I still have them, they hang on the wall in my BBQ room, next to some old vintage pans that I know Dan would enjoy seeing. Every time I look at those traps hanging in my BBQ room, I chuckle. Now when I look at those traps hanging on my wall, I may feel some sorrow, but I know that Dan's good humor and warm heart is what they really mean to me.

                I am surely going to miss seeing him in The Pitmaster Club. He was a good man and one that can never be replaced. Unfortunately, they don't make them like Dan anymore. He was a true gem.

                Smoke on my friend, you will be terribly missed.

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                • CaptainMike
                  CaptainMike commented
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                  Beautiful tribute John. Forget the sorrow when you look at those traps, only joy and laughter, that's what The Cremator meant!

                • lonnie mac
                  lonnie mac commented
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                  Spinaker brother I am sure he would be! I think it is hilarious! Same thing I would do. I sent him these grill pinz along with the B Day hat, and two guitar picks, and a bottle of Hurricane Harvey water.

                • smokinfatties
                  smokinfatties commented
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                  So well put, Spin!
              • Jerod Broussard
                Moderator
                • Jun 2014
                • 9132
                • 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

                #11
                I will always remember Dan for what he brought to all of us, a huge smile.
                IMPOSSIBLE to read his posts without smiling. Loved his full screen weather reports, the bird mutts....loved it all. Stinks to be typing this.

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                • Spinaker
                  Spinaker commented
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                  Don;t forget about his "Basement Diving" escapade! The man had a way with words, my friend.
              • ribeyeguy
                Charter Member
                • Jun 2015
                • 1261
                • S. E. Wisconsin
                • Weber Platinum Performer, 18"WSM, Smokenator, Slow 'n Sear.

                #12
                When I first joined here I couldn't locate the first post I'd made. I don't remember exactly how but Dan helped me find it and then walked me through the ins and outs of the board.

                Dan and I bought Weber Performers at roughly the same time. We both enjoyed messaging each other about our cooks and our learning curves.

                Just recently we were discussing his Model T. I have what I believe is an old Model T alignment kit that he really wanted to see. I was planning on sending it to him as a surprise but now it's obviously not going to happen.

                He loved his dogs that he always referred to as "chit bird mutts" but you knew that he loved them. Just like he loved his wife Eunice even though he always said that he "owned" her.

                This is by far the best site on the internet but with Dan gone it'll be a bit less of a Pit. Not to sound sappy but I for one am really going to miss him.

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                • Spinaker
                  Spinaker commented
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                  You are not alone, brother. We will all miss him. :/

                • RickyBobby
                  RickyBobby commented
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                  +1 to what Spinaker said.
              • Troutman
                Club Member
                • Aug 2017
                • 6522
                • Republic of Texallence

                • OUTDOOR COOKERS
                  22" Weber Kettle - Red Premium Limited Edition
                  6 Burner Weber Summit Gasser
                  22" and 18" Weber WSM Smoker
                  18” Jumbo Joe
                  36" double door Lyfe Tyme offset stick burner (SOLD !)
                  Pitts & Spitts Pellet Pro 2436
                  BBQ ACCESSORIES
                  Classic Thermopen
                  Thermoworks SMOKE
                  Fireboard Pro with Pit Viper fan
                  Grill Grates
                  SNS for the 22" Weber kettle
                  A-MAZE-N Smoker 12" Tube & Tray
                  Weber stainless veggie basket
                  Weber stainless fish basket
                  Weber stainless rib rack
                  Phat Mat cooking mats
                  Barbestar BBQ Cooking Gloves
                  WOOD & PELLET PREFERENCES
                  For Beef (brisket, beef ribs, large clods/roasts) = 100% mesquite, oak or hickory
                  For Chicken & other fowl = competition blend, cherry/oak/hickory
                  For Turkey = 100% hickory or competition blend
                  For Pork Shoulder = mesquite, oak or hickory
                  For Pork Chops or Ribs = 100% applewood
                  SOUS VIDE
                  Anova Immersion Circulator 900 watt & 12 & 18 quart Rubbermaid containers with hinged sous vide lids
                  INDOOR COOKWARE
                  Generic Calphalon non-stick cookware set of pots and pans
                  12" & 14" All-Clad Stainless skillets
                  Cast Iron 12" skillet by Victoria
                  La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Yellow Round
                  La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Cherry Oval
                  Old Revere Wear Copper & Stainless Pots (handed down)

                  JA Henckels 15 piece Stainless Knife Set
                  Victorinox 12" Fibrox Pro Slicing Knive
                  Victorinox 6" Curved Boning Knife
                  Set of Dalstrong Japanese Steak Knives

                #13
                You guys were a lot closer and knew him better than I did. Somehow he took me under his wing even in the short time I knew him. He would LIKE every post I made, I mean sometimes I’d log in and there would be 9-10 Dan likes, even for the silliest of them. It got to be I’d actually look forward to them.

                And then they stopped....and I knew something was wrong....and now he’s gone. I only wish I could be missed as much as he. He touched a lot of lives, but I know I’ll somehow see another final post from him again. His spirit will live on as a true legend of the Pit. I confirm that status unto him.

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                • ecowper
                  ecowper commented
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                  Dan the Backyard Cremator will live on forever .... he is legendary. I hope he knows that. I hope someone tells Eunice what a legend he is in the Pit.
              • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
                Club Member
                • Jun 2018
                • 359
                • Eastern NC
                • 2018 MAK 2 Star
                  Charbroil Big Easy SRG

                #14
                I haven't been around here long, but I could tell from the posts he had from the time I joined that he was a good dude. I know that like a select few around here, you could tell who it was without seeing his avatar or forum name. Best wishes for his wife and family for sure. I suppose the only thing I can do in his memory is attempt a protein I have problems with. Wheteher I burn it or succeed I'll know it was his will

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                • Huskee
                  Huskee commented
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                  especially if you cremate it!
              • Huskee
                Pit Boss/Manager
                • May 2014
                • 13929
                • 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.

                  About me
                  Real name: Aaron
                  Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

                  Occupation:
                  • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

                #15
                A year or two ago Dan made a comment about a particular BBQ accessory that he wanted to get his hands on so I thought it'd be nice to send him one, anonymously. But I couldn't send it anonymously because I needed to know his mailing address...so I had to ask him. And of course he was quick to offer it and wanted to know why, if I was coming to visit or something, so I told him I wanted to send him a little something to show my appreciation for him and his cheerful presence here.

                About 2 weeks after I sent it to him there's a mysterious box that shows up at my house. My wife says "who do we know from Fargo ND?" Lol! "Dan Johnston!" I said. That stinker couldn't let me send him a gift w/o a return gift. The box was addressed in large letters to "Mrs Huskee". In the box on the gift is a note that says 'this gift is for Mrs Huskee for putting up with Huskee' or something to that effect I forget the exact wording. My wife got a kick outta that. He cracked me up.

                In honor of Dan here's a slew of emojis that I know he'd have loved seeing since that was his trademark. ❓ ❔ ‼️ ⁉️ πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ˜€ 😁 πŸ˜‚ 🀣 πŸ˜ƒ πŸ˜„ πŸ˜… πŸ˜† πŸ˜‰ 😊 😎 πŸ‘΄πŸ‘΄πŸ‘΄πŸ‘΄β“ ❔ ‼️ ⁉️

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                • jecucolo
                  jecucolo commented
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                  Yeah seeing a bunch of emojis on a post meant Dan was on the Pit. No one quite does emojis like he did.

                • troymeister
                  troymeister commented
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                  That is an awesome story!!

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              Order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.

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              This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

              Click here for more info.

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              Spotlight

              These are not ads or paid placements. These Are Some Of Our Favorite Tools And Toys.

              These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

              Use our links when you buy things

              Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon

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              Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

              Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


              Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

              maverick PT55 thermometer

              A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

              Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


              If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

              slow n sear

              The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

              Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


              Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

              the good one grill

              The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

              Click here to read our complete review


              The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

              the good one grill

              The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

              Click here to read our complete review


              Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

              Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

              The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

              Click here to read our detailed review and to order


              Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

              The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

              The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

              Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


              The Undisputed Champion!

              thermapen

              The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


              Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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              Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

              Click here to read our detailed review and to order


              The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

              NK-22-Ck Grill

              Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

              Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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              G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

              Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

              If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

              Click here to read our detailed review

              Click here to order from Amazon


              GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

              grill grates

              GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

              Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


              kareubequ bbq smoker

              Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

              The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

              Click here for our review of this superb smoker


              Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

              masterbuilt gas smoker

              The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

              Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

              Click here to read our detailed review


              Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

              masterbuilt gas smoker

              Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

              Click here to read our detailed review and to order


              PK 360 grill

              Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

              The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

              Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

              Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only


              Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

              fireboard bbq thermometer

              With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

              Click here to read our detailed review


              Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

              Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

              Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

              Click here to read our detailed review and to order