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  • Mosca
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    There are several ways to use AR, and the main differences are how quickly you need to know something and how specific or general your question is.

    The AR website is for in depth research. Read and learn, like going to school. It is general information, travels in one direction, and comes from a single point, the AR team. The information isn't time sensitive, and can be considered static.

    Dont forget that you can ask specific questions about the information on Amazing Ribs at the bottom of each article. This is like raising your hand in class: it is more specific, and can take the form of questions, clarifications, or feedback. Information travels two ways, between you and the AR team, and is dynamic: it can change depending on circumstances and situations. It is not time sensitive.

    There is the AR newsletter email, Smoke Signals. This is news and information, without feedback. Information flows in one direction, and it generally acts as an update for the goings on of AR. Information is static. This is a nice alert for changes and additions to the main site, like the videos, and because it is "push" information you always get it.

    You can communicate through the Amazing Ribs Facebook page. This is news and information, and reader feedback. It can be time sensitive, especially if the information is about special events and promotions. Information flows two directions, broadcast from the AR team to the world, and from the world back to the AR team... different from the point to point of the questions, and different from the push notifications of Smoke Signals. Don't overlook the Facebook page, though. Some nice stuff comes through there. The Facebook page is dynamic, in that it is constantly changing. Stuff goes out of date.

    If you join The Pitmasters Club, you get access to The Pit. The Pit is networked, point to point, crowd to point, point to crowd, or crowd to crowd, depending on the situation. If you need the specific answer to something that is happening in your back yard RIGHT NOW, this is where you ask the question. If you want to share general knowledge, if you want to just add to the attitude of the crowd, this is where that happens. Information in The Pit flows in all directions, and information in The Pit is ephemeral: every specific question gets asked again eventually. Information in The Pit is highly dynamic, and changes daily. Although general questions do get asked, they still tend to be asked about specific situations; a general "What's the best charcoal grill" question is still really "What's the best charcoal grill for me and my situation?"

    You can use any or all all of the channels, and you get full functionality with The Pit. How you use everything is up to you. For myself, I think of my Pit contributions as, "If I can do this, you can do this, too." I'm the kind of cook who thinks waaaaay too hard, and then I take a deep breath and decide that it's just heat and meat, and if I do what the instructions say it should all work out... and anyhow no one can taste the pictures!

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  • Steve_D12
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    Jim Rust Congrats! I would have picked the Green Mountain Grill Pellet Smoker too. I actually thought I had my mind set to buy that as my first cooker until I joined the forums here and saw that the Weber Kettle and Slow n Sear would be a better option for me. Enjoy and congrats again from another new guy!

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  • rototiller78
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    I'm w/ ya Spinaker. I'd probably take the Hasty-Bake myself.

  • David Parrish
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    Originally posted by Mr. Bones View Post

    tbob4 - This is a great reply, and echoes many of the things I love about this here forum, in a nutshell. KUDOS!!!

    Many (most) forums swat ya' on the nose, or the other end, for askin' simple newbie questions. Yikes!!! WTH needs that?

    Here, the members greet you, and quietly spread the newspapers out to cover the floor, cause they know you likely gonna make a mess, or two, least at first.

    You'll be so busy, learnin', and readin', an' cookin', that you'll never notice, one day, alla the newspaper is gone.

    Shazam!!!

    BTW, I'm new here too, and still walkin' on newsprint! Welcome to The Pit!!!!
    This has gotta be one of my most favorite posts here ever.

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  • Huskee
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    Originally posted by Mr. Bones View Post

    tbob4 - This is a great reply, and echoes many of the things I love about this here forum, in a nutshell. KUDOS!!!

    Many (most) forums swat ya' on the nose, or the other end, for askin' simple newbie questions. Yikes!!! WTH needs that?

    Here, the members greet you, and quietly spread the newspapers out to cover the floor, cause they know you likely gonna make a mess, or two, least at first.

    You'll be so busy, learnin', and readin', an' cookin', that you'll never notice, one day, alla the newspaper is gone.

    Shazam!!!

    BTW, I'm new here too, and still walkin' on newsprint! Welcome to The Pit!!!!
    One thing we try really hard to be here is welcoming, supportive, and fun! I've posted a few times on an car forum and every time I post I get someone, usually a mod, saying "that's already been asked, please use the search box that's why it's there"...instead of linking me or just answering me. So frustrating. Who cares! Answer the question, that's why it's a forum! Add a link if it's been discussed before if it helps in the discussion, but that doesn't mean you can't answer just 'cause it's been asked before.

    Anyway, we try not to be 'that' forum. We're thrilled that we're succeeding!

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  • Mr. Bones
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    Originally posted by tbob4 View Post
    <SNIP>... and don't worry about being a novice about posting. It took me a long time to post anything and I have zillions of photos of my cooks and cookers. I also have years of experience cooking/smoking. However, I was on the site to learn not to post. I became comfortable asking questions and sharing. I hope you find us all a good group to share with - good cooks and bad.
    tbob4 - This is a great reply, and echoes many of the things I love about this here forum, in a nutshell. KUDOS!!!

    Many (most) forums swat ya' on the nose, or the other end, for askin' simple newbie questions. Yikes!!! WTH needs that?

    Here, the members greet you, and quietly spread the newspapers out to cover the floor, cause they know you likely gonna make a mess, or two, least at first.

    You'll be so busy, learnin', and readin', an' cookin', that you'll never notice, one day, alla the newspaper is gone.

    Shazam!!!

    BTW, I'm new here too, and still walkin' on newsprint! Welcome to The Pit!!!!

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  • FireMan
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    I not only want to see pics of the smoker, let's see a pic of the big smile as you take delivery. 2 pics minimum, nothing else will do. Congrats!

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  • RonB
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    Congrats Jim. you will love the CyberQ. The PitPal app for your phone allows you to monitor through your phone.

  • tbob4
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    I'm glad you received good advice and I think you made a wise decision. The prizes have all of us saying "Darn, I didn't win again." Everyone has different needs and wants. Congrats, again and don't worry about being a novice about posting. It took me a long time to post anything and I have zillions of photos of my cooks and cookers. I also have years of experience cooking/smoking. However, I was on the site to learn not to post. I became comfortable asking questions and sharing. I hope you find us all a good group to share with - good cooks and bad.

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  • Steve B
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    Congrats Jim Rust feel free to ask any questions about your new toy and all the cooks you do. We are all here to help one another.

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  • fuzzydaddy
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    Jim Rust Some pictures of your first cook would be great!

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  • David Parrish
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    Stick around Jim Rust! We can't wait to see that new cooker!

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  • ecowper
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    Jim Rust this place is full of people who are eager and willing to help you out, whether novice or advanced. And there's none of the judgement, superiority, or other nastiness that I find in so many online forums. The place is really great.

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  • Jim Rust
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    I talked to Dave about my pick. I really did not understand what the Cyber Q did. Dave explained it to me. It became clear that it was not applicable for my current smoker. There was no way I could install it into my basic smoker. So I took the opportunity to ask Dave about the pellet smoker which I also liked but did not understand how it worked. After Dave explained it to me it became clear it was the for better choice for me, so I changed my pick to the pellet smoker. As a novice it, it is comforting to know there is help here so I can make better decisions.



    are there to help me make better decisions

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  • smokinfatties
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    Harry's class is great! Make the trip!!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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


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.

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