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  • Spinaker
    • Nov 2014
    • 11082
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
      Instagram: JRBowlsby
      Smokin' Hound Que
      Minnesota/ United States of America

      Dexter (Beagle mix)
      Kinnick (American Foxhound)

      Big Green Egg (Large) X3
      Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

      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
      FireBoard (Base Package)
      Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
      Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)

      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
      FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
      Kingsford Blue and White
      Rockwood Lump Charcoal
      Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60

      Buck 119 Special
      Cuda 7' Fillet Knife

      Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
      Next Major Purchase
      Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

    Spinaker Here!

    Moderator, March 2017 - present

    Well....My real name is John Bowlsby, I usually go by J.R because me and my Father have the same name and middle name is Robert. I am 32 years old, and I live west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, about 20 miles. I love spending time on the lakes and going up to northern Minnesota.

    I have always been interested in cooking, even as a kid. I loved to help my mom in the kitchen. She loved to make all kinds of hearty mid-western meals that were outstanding, but they have contributed significantly to my current physique. My interest in BBQ probably started where most people's started.....out on the deck with my Dad flipping burgers and steaks. I remember as a kid, taking the seats out of the back of our Volkswagen Bus, driving to a cattle farm and filling the whole thing with frozen meat. Then I me and my brothers would pile in and have to sit on the frozen meat, all the way home! Dad was in charge of grilling. he usually made burgers, steaks and kabobs on our Brinkmann gasser. When I was in high school, I got my first smoker. A Brinkmann Vertical Electric Smoker. I played around with this sucker for about 10 years, off and on. I would put out some decent food but I knew nothing of what I was doing. In the winter of 2012, my brothers all got together and surprised me with a Broil King Keg. (I still think they did this for their own benefit as much as mine) I was hooked after I did my first cook, NY Strips.(Even thought I really didn't know what the Heck I was doing)

    In 2014, I discovered AmazingRibs.com and everything changed from there. Four years later, I now own a Broil King Keg, Pit Barrel Cooker, Webber Kettle with SNS, a Lodge Hibachi, Kamado Joe Jr and a Karubeque. I fell, cut and split my own wood for BBQ. Oak, Cherry and Apple are my staples. I also have more accessories than I can possibly use at once. Like most of you, Amazing Ribs has totally changed the way I look at cooking. I owe all of my BBQ success and knowledge to the articles and people here. This really is an awesome place to hang out.

    In my free time, other than BBQ, I love to Scuba dive, when I get the chance. If I could do one thing the rest of my life, I would be diving. I hope to, one day, have a small place in the Caribbean where I can shore dive the days away! I also love Cast Iron restoration, dogs, fishing, being in the outdoors, solitude and anything science related. I love spending time with my family as much as possible. I am a family first type of guy. There is nothing in this world more important to me than my family. This is probably why BBQ was a natural fit for me, it brings everyone together!

    I am grateful and honored to be a moderator here at AmazingRibs.com. My fellow Pit members are what makes The Pit a truly special place. I am looking forward to hanging out with all of you in the Pit for years to come!!!

    Keep the Smoke Rollin' !!!!!!

    Last edited by Spinaker; March 31, 2017, 10:38 PM.
  • Michael Brinton
    Club Member
    • May 2016
    • 277

    Fell, cut and split your own bbq wood? Awesome!


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Gotta try to offset the Bbq somehow!
      Last edited by Spinaker; March 31, 2017, 10:38 PM.

    • RonB
      RonB commented
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      I read it that he fell and cut himself on the BBQ wood. Was that wrong??

    • Michael Brinton
      Michael Brinton commented
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      No, no, he fell and did a split on the cut wood while he was bbqing. That's why we're all chipping in for new pants :-)
  • LA Pork Butt
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 5878
    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

    Gland you are here.


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Thanks! Glad to be here!
  • LarryO47
    Former Member
    • Feb 2017
    • 468
    • Unadilla, New York

    So great to see you as a moderator, John.


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Cheers Larry! Thanks for the kind words.
  • Mr. Bones
    Charter Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 10659
    • 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!!!!

      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

      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.)

      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

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

    Thanks fer the interestin' bio, Brother! I'm delighted to have ya as a moderator here, and lookin' forward to all the good things to come in this Pit!


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Your a good man Bones! I'm going to hit you up when I am back in KC for work!

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Lookin' froward to it, Amigo! Ya got to hold the Pit record fer avatar changes over a short time span!!!
      Smoke On, my Brother!!!!
  • EdF
    In Memoriam
    • Jul 2016
    • 3228
    • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
      Karubeque C-60
      Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
      TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
      Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
      Thermapen Air
      ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
      Thermoworks Hi temp IR
      BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
      Various other stuff

    Hey man - Ruatan. I'm looking at it as a retirement (well get out of here) option.


    • EdF
      EdF commented
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      I'm finding it pretty attractive myself. Maybe we both retire early and open a BBQ joint?

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Let's go! EdF

    • EdF
      EdF commented
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      My wife is getting serious about this overseas retirement stuff. If we get more serious, I'll give you a yell.
  • PJBowmaster
    Former Member
    • Dec 2016
    • 548
    • Black Hills of SD

    Congratulations! And thank you for stepping up to take on what can be a challenging job. Cheers!!!


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Thanks, PJ. Y'all make it much easier than it could be!!!
  • Breadhead
    Banned Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 0

    Hmmm... I was 33 years old when you were born 32 years ago. Now here you are scuba diving for fun and talking about BBQ for a living. Sounds to me like you have an aversion to real work.πŸ™ˆ

    You obviously contacted MCS long before joining the Pit. Your collection of cast iron shows you are unable to limit your desire to acquire massive quantities of cooking equipment. So now that you've seen all of the new toys a moderator is exposed to I suggest you build a YUGE BBQ Shed like CandySueQ did. Last I heard her's is 9000 sq ft. 10,000 square feet would give you the record.πŸ€— Plus you need to get busy on real cookers, Ms Candy has admitted to 16 cookers but I bet she's got a couple that she's not fessing up too.πŸ€”

    Having an outdoor kitchen all that gear would require would make your backyard the family gathering place. Your family would be bring you mountains of meat to BBQ & Grill for them. That means they would probably bring the beer, wine and whiskey too.πŸ€—

    Congrats Spinaker you've got a nice enjoyable lifestyle to look forward to for years to come my friend🍺

    Now you just need to learn to make some sourdough bread. I tried to get Meathead to make a loaf of sourdough bread but he says he has a fear of flour.😑 You need to become the ONLY moderator in the Pit that is a bread maker. Artisan handmade sourdough bread is a natural for a science freak.
    Last edited by Breadhead; April 1, 2017, 01:10 AM.


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      LOL, I trade chemicals for a trading firm just outside of Minneapolis, but I just don't let it run my life. I do need to get on that sourdough train. It would open a whole new chapter in the cooking department. Thanks for the kind words BH! Always enjoy hearing from you!
      Last edited by Spinaker; March 31, 2017, 09:45 PM.

    • Breadhead
      Breadhead commented
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      Oh... you do have a legitimate job huh.πŸ™ˆ I bet you could make a really outstanding loaf of bread on your very first attempt like some of the other guys have. There really is science involved in making sourdough bread. All you are doing is igniting a chemical reaction.πŸ‘
  • fuzzydaddy
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 4977
    • Winchester TN
    • Hardware
      Blackstone 36” Griddle.
      Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado & Kettle Grill.
      Slow 'N Sear (1.0, Deluxe, 2.0).
      DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
      Weber Chimney Starters (regular and compact).
      Joule, Instant Accu Slim.
      Maverick XR-50, ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

      Consumables / Favorites
      KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks), B&B Hardwood Briquettes when I'm out of Weber.
      Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins, Shrimp, Fajitas.
      SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
      MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPG.

    It's an honor to know you Spinaker. It was good to learn a bit more about you. See you around!


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Thanks FD. Lucky to be working with everyone here!
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 14070
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    So I'm guessing you did this to avoid the BBQ Central grillin", (pun intended ).
    And welcome to The Pit as a mod.
    And I'm glad it's you, (and not me... LOL )

    But seriously - no, wait - I'm not going to get serious...


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      No, I've been in contact with Greg. I think we are going to do one next week, maybe. I'm for it, why not? I listen to his show weekly so it will be cool to get the chance to chat with him and talk BBQ. Everyone loves that, Right?
  • Butchman
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 510
    • Estero, FL

    Great Bio and intro Spinaker. I've never been scuba diving. I'm in Florida so I should make that a priority probably. Congrats on your new position here!


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Thanks man! If you go diving, you will love it. Just make sure you take IN POOL lessons first. Controlling buoyancy and breath re the two most important skills you can learn. It will make your diving much more enjoyable! Get in and blow some bubbles!
  • Skip
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3935
    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
    • LSG Adjustable Grill/Smoker, MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Gasser, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

    Nice intro Spinaker . Glad you are a moderator for The Pit. Looking forward to meeting up with you soon. Best of luck to you!


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Next weekend brother!!
  • tbob4
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 2494
    • Chico, CA
    • BBQ's
      California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
      California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
      Santa Maria Grill
      Vision Grill

      Sierra Nevada IPA


    Two Avatar changes in a week? What am I going to do? Breadhead was 12 when I was born. I figured that out by counting down on my fingers. Congrats again on the promotion! I couldn't write one because like Chuck Barris, only my years around the Gong Show are part of the public record. You are doing well - keep up the good work!


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Thanks tbob4!!
  • badf00d
    Club Member
    • Mar 2016
    • 223

    • Cookers
      • Karubecue C-60 [aka KBQ]
      • Weber 22" Performer Kettle [Red gen1 with stainless steel]
      • Slow 'N Sear
      • Lodge Sportsman's Grill
      • Weber Genesis Silver-B [old gasser]

      Sous Vide
      • ChefSteps Joule

      Other Tools
      • VacMaster PRO380 vacuum sealer
      • VacMaster VP215 vacuum chamber
      • Thermapen Mk4
      • ThermoWorks Smoke
      • ThermaQ with smoke house and high temp air probes
      • IR gun
      • BBQ Dragon

    Scuba, that's awesome! I'm open-water certified, but live in southwestern Ohio. Not much scuba water around here. I've only ever managed to go on one real dive in Florida...


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Yeah I'm also land locked!! But there is lake diving here. Brrrrrrr.... I like 82 F. Hahahahaha. You should give it another shot!
  • Steve B
    Club Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 3269
    • Rockland county New York
    • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
      Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

      22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

      Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

      1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
      1 maverick et-733 - gray
      1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
      1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
      1 thermoworks thermopop - red

      Pre Miala flavor injector
      taylor digital scale
      TSM meat grinder
      chefs choice food slicer
      cuisinhart food processor
      food saver vacuum sealer
      TSM harvest food dehydrator

    Damn John, I don't know who the hell you are. Next time I log on You might be a polar bear?? but seriously I think you will be "amazing " at your new role here. You're 20yrs my younger, brother but I have the utmost respect for you. I'm looking forward to conversing with and learning from you and hopefully meeting you one day. It's a great day in the pit.


    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Wow! Thanks Steve. You never know, one of my brothers lives in the Big Apple. So I make it out there every once and a while! He went to school out east and never came backl!



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