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  • PaulstheRibList
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1585
    • Lake Charles, LA
    • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
      1.) A pair of Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5's
      2.) #LilTex, a 22" Expensive Offset Smoker (looks like a Yoder Witicha)
      3.) #WhoDat1, a HUGE Gravity Fed Insulated Cabinet Smoker (cooking chamber 3'x2'x6')
      4.) A Full Size Commercial Dryer/converted to Vertical Smoker.
      5.) Jambo Backyard stickburner (my FAVORITE Pit so far)
      6.) GrillMeister, a huge 24"x48" Adjustable, Charcoal Grill from Pitmaker.com
      7.) 22" Weber Kettle with Slow-N-Sear
      8.) Vault insulated reverse-flow cabinet smoker from Pitmaker
      9.) BarbecueFiretruck...under development
      10.) 26 foot BBQ Vending Trailer equipped with HUGE Myron Mixon 72xc smoker is HERE, Oct 2016!
      11.) Opened www.PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com Food Trailer officially in March 2017
      12.) Austin Smoke Works 500 Gallon Propane Tank Offset Smoker, named "Lucille" as travel pit for PaulsRibShack, Oct 2018.
      12.) Opening Brick & Mortar location at 4800 Nelson Rd, Spring 2019. Had a pair of 1,000 Gallon Austin Smoke Works pits, both in RibShackRed for our new place!

      Fabulous Backlit Thermapens, several Maverick Remote Thermometers (don't use any remotes anymore), Thermoworks Smoke, Other Thermoworks toys, Vacuum sealer, lots and lots of equipment...

      I'm loving using BBQ to make friends and build connections.
      I have #theRibList where I keep a list of new and old friends and whenever I'm cooking, I make 1 to 20 extra and share the joy.

    Brick Pits...Big Ones

    Ok, Jon started the conversations on BBQ Resolutions, and #5 on my list is to add more smokers to the portfolio. 5.A. is to construct a (large) Brick Pit behind one of my laundry business locations, because, Why Not! When I pull up to a BBQ joint, and I don't see a large stack of wood, and I don't see and outdoor pit, it's just not as fun. The large commercial smokers with the insulation, rotisserie racks, etc. do produce a good, consistent product, and a lot of it, but they are just not near as fun, cool, and down with the BBQ vibe as wood burning pits.

    I see a lot of the offset stick-burners on the radar, and rightfully so. But I'm wanting to experiment with a Brick Pit that I could cook quite a bit of wonderful BBQ on (like 10 briskets, minimum). That way I can learn from Brick Pit #1, and build on that for the next (bigger) one.

    Any thoughts or suggestions about learning about constructing and cooking on these cool things?

    I'm going to make a road trip the Lockhart soon and check out the Big 3 there who all have these Brick gems, I think! (I may go there next week, I'll be within 100 miles!)

    Isn't this fun?!!
  • _John_
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2447

    #2
    As usual this site has the answer. Haven't tried it myself but a few have, I would love to give this a try but the POA would not approve.
    http://amazingribs.com/recipes/porkn...a_hog_pit.html

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    • PaulstheRibList
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1585
      • Lake Charles, LA
      • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
        1.) A pair of Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5's
        2.) #LilTex, a 22" Expensive Offset Smoker (looks like a Yoder Witicha)
        3.) #WhoDat1, a HUGE Gravity Fed Insulated Cabinet Smoker (cooking chamber 3'x2'x6')
        4.) A Full Size Commercial Dryer/converted to Vertical Smoker.
        5.) Jambo Backyard stickburner (my FAVORITE Pit so far)
        6.) GrillMeister, a huge 24"x48" Adjustable, Charcoal Grill from Pitmaker.com
        7.) 22" Weber Kettle with Slow-N-Sear
        8.) Vault insulated reverse-flow cabinet smoker from Pitmaker
        9.) BarbecueFiretruck...under development
        10.) 26 foot BBQ Vending Trailer equipped with HUGE Myron Mixon 72xc smoker is HERE, Oct 2016!
        11.) Opened www.PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com Food Trailer officially in March 2017
        12.) Austin Smoke Works 500 Gallon Propane Tank Offset Smoker, named "Lucille" as travel pit for PaulsRibShack, Oct 2018.
        12.) Opening Brick & Mortar location at 4800 Nelson Rd, Spring 2019. Had a pair of 1,000 Gallon Austin Smoke Works pits, both in RibShackRed for our new place!

        Fabulous Backlit Thermapens, several Maverick Remote Thermometers (don't use any remotes anymore), Thermoworks Smoke, Other Thermoworks toys, Vacuum sealer, lots and lots of equipment...

        I'm loving using BBQ to make friends and build connections.
        I have #theRibList where I keep a list of new and old friends and whenever I'm cooking, I make 1 to 20 extra and share the joy.

      #3
      John, You are so right that AR has it all!
      I can't wait to build the Brick Whole Hog cooker that MH & Co laid out in that post.

      I'm looking to see how a Brick Indirect Smoker performs, and how to build one. I see the pic's from the Lockhart restaurants have a long horizontal tube with several insulated lids, and an offset firebox. I can't wait to go see them! I've seen a few pic's of people who have constructed 2 rack vertical smokers, with insulated doors. I'm wanting to see if we have some more wisdom and experience with these vertical varieties out there. Seems like vertical would be more fuel efficient and have more even heat, so you would not have to move the meat around as much.

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      • The Burn
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 990
        • West Chester, PA
        • Gas Grill: NXR Tabletop/Portable Propane
          Charcoal: Weber Performer Silver (i.e., 22.5")
          Charcoal: Weber OTG 22.5"

          Kettle Accessories: Slow 'n Sear, Smokenator and Vortex and bound to be more on the way
          Smoker: GOSM Propane 38" 2-drawer
          Pellet: CampChef/Browning Deluxe PGP24LTD

          Thermometer: 2 Mavericks, Red backlit Thermapen
          Anova Wi-Fi Sous Vide

        #4
        Have to say Paul, I remember the Duds and Suds in Austin decades ago that was laundry and a bar, and there was a good Laundromat and Sandwich shop in Hermosa Beach, CA that I used to frequent, but Laundry and 'Que would be a go to place for me even having a washer and dryer at home....

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      • _John_
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 2447

        #5
        Gotcha, misunderstood what you were looking for.

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