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  • eugenek
    Former Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 214
    • SoCal

    Going whole hog

    Excuse the pun… This has become either an exciting new business venture or a very expensive hobby. With all the encouragement from friends/family, the recent response at my local butcher shop, and feeling good about my short ribs, I've taken that next step towards running my own catering business. I talked with my welder recently and he drew up plans that include a reverse flow smoking chamber, warmer box, gas starter for the offset firebox, 3-sink wash compartment, food prep table, and storage space. He just told me today he found a 5' x 30" tank that's 1/4" steel. Wow, that sounds big, haha.

    I've got a quarter cord of Oak just sitting here ever since I bought that cheap Brinkmann… We're finally gonna burn some logs!
    Last edited by eugenek; February 9, 2015, 03:09 AM.
  • David Parrish
    Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
    • May 2014
    • 5042
    • Charlotte, NC
      • Slow 'N Sear Kamado (SnSK)
      • Lots of grills that work with Slow 'N Sear
      • LOTS of digital thermometers (my fav)
      • LOTS of accessories
      • Favorite Beer - Fat Tire
      • Favorite Bourbon - Woodford Reserve
      • Favorite White Wine - Cakebread Chardonnay
      • Favorite Red Wine - Yes, Please
      • President/Owner - SnS Grills

    #2
    Very cool! And you're going into it with the right mindset. Love what you do, if it makes money, even better.

    Can't wait to see where this journey takes you Sir.

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    • _John_
      Former Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 2447

      #3
      Interested to see how it works out, sounds like it is all going well.

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      • Gunderich_1
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 205
        • Paris, TN

        #4
        Follow that dream! You have our full support and attention. Please keep us posted. You are doing something that many of us here are only dreaming of doing.....We will live vicariously through you. All the best! Make sure you take pictures!

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        • fzxdoc
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 5247
          • My toys:
            Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
            Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
            Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
            Weber Kettle Premium 22"
            Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
            Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


            Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
            Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
            Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
            Grill Grate for SnS
            Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
            Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
            2 Grill Grate Griddles
            Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

            Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
            Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
            Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
            2 Fireboard Driver Cables
            Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
            Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
            Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
            Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
            Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
            Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
            Thermoworks Timestick Trio
            Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
            Maverick ET 733
            Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

            Grill Pinz
            Vortex (two of them)

            Two Joule Sous Vide devices
            VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
            Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
            Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
            Charcoal Companion TurboQue
            A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

            BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

            Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
            Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
            Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
            Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

          #5
          Congrats and best wishes, Eugene, on your new venture. May you become the most sought-after caterer in SoCal.

          Kathryn

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          • mr.brisket
            Former Member
            • Jan 2015
            • 76
            • Old Lyme, Ct

            #6
            Best of luck, cant wait to see pictures of the completed rig!

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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

              #7
              That's great. If I were still in L.A., I'd come be your BBQ sous chef

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              • Dewesq55
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 2040
                • The Poconos, NEPA
                • Smoker:
                  Landmann Smoke Master Series Heavy Duty Barrel Smoker (COS) - With mods including 2 level rack system with pull-out grates
                  Masterbuilt 40.2" 1200W Electric Smoker
                  Masterbuilt ThermoTemp XL 40" Vertical Propane Smoker

                  Gas Grill:
                  BBQPro (cheap big box store model) Stainless steel 4 burnerswith aftermarket rotisserie.

                  Charcoal Grill:
                  Weber Smokey Joe Charcoal Grill 14"

                  Thermometer:​​​​​​
                  Fireboard 2 with Drive cable and 20 CFM fan and Competition Probe Package
                  Fireboard 1st Generation
                  ThermoWorks Mini Instant Read
                  Lavaworks Thermowand Instant Read
                  2 Maverick 733
                  ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
                  ThermoWorks ThermaPen Mk4 x 2
                  Govee Bluetooth Thermometer with 6 probes

                  Miscellaneous:
                  Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator - 1st generation
                  Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator - wifi/bluetooth connected

                  Favorite Beer:
                  Anything to the dark side and malty rather than hoppy. Currently liking Yuengling Porter and Newcastle Brown Ale. In a bar or pub I will often default to Guiness

                  Favorite Spirit:
                  Bourbon - Eagle Rare for "every day"; Angel's Envy for special occasions, Basil Hayden's, Larceny

                  Favorite Wine:
                  Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Super Tuscan Sangiovese (Including Chianti Classico Riserva) Brunello di Montalcino

                  Favorite Meat(s):
                  Pork - especially the darker meat. I love spare ribs and anything made from shoulder/butt meat
                  Chicken - Mainly the dark meat and wings
                  Beef Ribeye steak

                  Favorite Cuisine to Cook:
                  Can't list just one: Indian, Chinese, Thai, West Indian/Carribean, Hispanic/Latin American, Ethiopian, Italian, BBQ

                  Favorite Cuisine to Eat:
                  Indian, followed closely by BBQ.

                  Disqus ID:
                  David E. Waterbury

                #8
                Sounds fascinating, Eugene. Keep us posted on the progress.

                ​DEW

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                • jmott7
                  Charter Member
                  • Dec 2014
                  • 170
                  • Woodland Hills, CA
                  • PBC
                    Weber Performer
                    Rotisserie Ring
                    Rotisserie Basket
                    Smokenator
                    Maverick 732 (featuring a melted back panel, courtesy of a disastrous attempt at pizza)
                    Thermoworks Pocket Thermometer
                    Three Bricks

                  #9
                  Excellent. Let us know when you next fire up.

                  Comment

                  • cdd315
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 359
                    • Warman, Saskatchewan Canada
                    • Curtis D

                      BGE Large
                      45 gal Imp. UDS
                      Weber 22.5" Silver - for the lake
                      Weber 22.5" OTG - 2014
                      Centro Natural Gas - on it's last legs

                      Couple Maverick ET-733's
                      Thermapen
                      ThermoPop
                      BBQ Guru DigiQ II

                      Beer - Original 16
                      Bourbon - Bulleit
                      Rye - Gibsons Sterling

                    #10
                    Nice Eugene!! Best of luck

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                    • eugenek
                      Former Member
                      • Oct 2014
                      • 214
                      • SoCal

                      #11
                      Thanks everyone, I appreciate the warm support!

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                      • Marauderer
                        Founding Member
                        • Jul 2014
                        • 1471
                        • Powder Springs, Georgia
                        • [ATTACH=CONFIG]temp_6496_1424176307798_786[/ATTACH] Barry
                          Powder Springs, GA

                          Weber S470 with smoker box and insulated custom cover
                          RecTec w/grilling mat, front shelf, cover, Nomex Sealing Gasket, Hurd Downdraft Hood, Fuller's Earth,oversize wheels
                          GMG Davy Crockett Wifi
                          Blackstone 1575
                          Seville Classics Rolling Workbench
                          Grill Grates searing kit
                          (2) Maverick ET-732
                          Thermopen Classic w/glo case, Thermopop, Time Stick, Extra Big and Loud Timer, Chef Alarm
                          Wine maker from kits, Merlot, Liebfraumilch, N.Z. Pinot Noir, and some other fuity tuity wines that are great with "Q"
                          PickleMeister
                          Pampered Chef Knives
                          All Clad BD5
                          Tyent Water Ionizer

                          I want a "Stick Burner"!! Looking at Lang 36" Hybrid Deluxe. Either patio or trailer haven't made up my mind.

                        #12
                        You go Eugene!!

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                        • eugenek
                          Former Member
                          • Oct 2014
                          • 214
                          • SoCal

                          #13
                          I'd like to get some more info on the warming box and opinions on what's the best way to transfer heat/smoke to it. Here are a few questions in my mind:

                          1) Can the temperature of the warming box be vastly different from the smoking chamber, say if I wanted to use it as an oven for my vegetables during the cook?
                          2) Can I control the amount of smoke that travels to the warming box? In the example above, I wouldn't want any smoke flavor but only the heat that rises from the firebox.

                          I've seen a version of the Meadow Creek TS250 that separates the connection between the smoking chamber and the warming box, and instead connects straight from the firebox. It's like you have an offset smoker and an upright smoker all in one. It doesn't really prevent smoke, but it seems like you'd be able to control the heat better. Does anyone have any experience with a solution like this?

                          Here are a few pics of it borrowed from the seriousbbqs.com website:
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                          • Beefchop
                            Beefchop commented
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                            I had a chance to check some of these out at the BBQ outlet in New Holland, PA, when were visiting family for Christmas. They make some nice smokers, but they are pricey! I'd say they are pricey even when compared to an expensive offset given the steel thicknesses. I was specifically looking at the Pig Roasters, but saw the TS series offsets and the vertical smoker on display. I hear that some dealers are going to raise prices on their MC product line soon.

                          • eugenek
                            eugenek commented
                            Editing a comment
                            Very cool BC, is it true they're made by Amish craftsmen over there in Pennsylvania?

                          • Beefchop
                            Beefchop commented
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                            It's true. I wasn't at the manufacturing facility but they had some Amish (or maybe they were plain Mennonites) at the store. That area of the country has a lot of Amish and Mennonite families living there...
                        • Huskee
                          Administrator
                          • May 2014
                          • 15304
                          • central MI, USA
                          • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

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                            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.

                          #14
                          I am in love with that smoker! I wish you the best in your design too, and your new endeavor, you really seem to have the heart and enthusiasm for it. But I could only speculate same as you as far as running the warming box on that. I would love a couple days to play with it and find out!

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                          • Ray
                            Ray
                            Charter Member
                            • Sep 2014
                            • 222
                            • Central IN
                            • ​Green Mountain Davy Crockett pellet grill/smoker
                              Weber Summit Gas grill
                              Masterbuilt 30" electric smoker
                              Maverick ET-733
                              Thermapen
                              ThemoPop thermometer
                              Favorite beer: Fuller's ESB
                              Favorite cheap beer: Old Chub or Robert the Bruce if they are ever on sale.
                              Favorite wine: Cabernet Savignon, some Super Tuscans

                            #15
                            Kudos, Eugene!!! Sounds like an exciting journey that you're on. Given your high aspirations, have you considered converting an Airstream into a combo cooker/catering trailer? May have some possibilities.....not that I've thought about that myself, of course...let us know how this thing develops for you!

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