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July 2018 - Gold Medal Giveaway Winner!

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  • Jetski
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    Congrats!!

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  • crunchysue
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    Here's another question: Is it easy enough to move the HB around? I'd probably want to store it up against the house, then move it out during use. It looks like it would roll around a concrete patio with no problem.

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  • crunchysue
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    You've echoed my thoughts exactly, jfmorris - except that I see no reason to add a third type of fuel burner to my collection. My Weber Genesis is from 2011, and I paid around $700 for it brand new; that's all I know. True, it's fast, but there's no denying that steaks cooked on gas don't taste as good as charcoal cooked ones, or even pan cooked ones.

  • ecowper
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    The firebox has a range of motion that is about the same as a true Santa Maria grill. So, you are moving the firebox, not the grill, but it is a very similar outcome. Which is why it’s fantastic for cooking Tri-Tip. :-)

  • EdF
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    I feel the Force moving towards Hasty-Bake!

  • Mosca
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    Wow, got to move your market over this way a bit! Wagyu is available, but ridiculously expensive here. At $13.99 per, I think it's all I would eat!

  • jfmorris
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    If it were me, considering you have the charcoal smoker (PBC) and a gas grill, the choice really comes down to pellet smoker or charcoal grill/smoker. I know you said you would sell the Weber Genesis, but there are good reasons to keep a gas grill around for those times you just don't have time to deal with the added time charcoal takes. If its an older Genesis, those were much better at reaching searing temperatures than the new Genesis II, and I would hang onto it for sure.

    Good luck with your decision - it looks like you are gradually working your way towards the Hasty Bake, which is what I've had my eye on too. I've also considered the Green Mountain pellet grill if I were to ever win, but to be honest - you already have a pretty much hands off smoker in the PBC. What you don't have is a good charcoal grill. While the PK360 is super nice, as others have pointed out - no one ever says "my grill is too big". The Hasty Bake has a much larger grilling capacity for direct, and has the added bonus that you can pretty much use the full grill for indirect AND I think you can even control the distance from the charcoal to the grate letting you somewhat emulate what a Santa Maria grill does. It seems very flexible.
    Last edited by jfmorris; July 12th, 2018, 09:38 AM.

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  • jfmorris
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    I agree with JCBBQ and Potkettleblack - seeing the winner think through the choice and discuss it is good to see.

  • crunchysue
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    Or maybe just the most indecisive? Discussing this with y'all is fun, for sure.

  • Potkettleblack
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    Maybe the best winner yet, just for the whole discussion.

  • JCBBQ
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    Spinaker, jimmac is smart - staying under 10 posts until he wins the giveaway.

  • JCBBQ
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    Well isn't this fun. I like reading crunchysue 's thought process here. Can't wait to see your choice. Congrats!!

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  • crunchysue
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    OK, that doesn't sound bad at all. Thanks!

  • JCBBQ
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    FireMan hahahaha

  • ecowper
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    crunchysue great question ..... Here's my normal keep it clean routine

    1. During the cook, keep a aluminum drip pan under the food you are cooking indirect. The v-shaped grills and grease trap is nice, but not perfect.
    2. After the cook, dump grease trap if needed, sweep the coals, dump the ash, scrape the grills
    3. Prior to next cook, quick clean of the grills and the flat exterior surfaces with non-toxic grill cleaner (I like Weber)
    4. Monthly, I use a wire brush and clean the "gunk" buildup off the interior walls and firebox rails. I don't try to get to bare metal, because I don't want a reflective interior. Clean exterior with oven cleaner to get smoke and such off the exterior surfaces - this is aesthetic more than anything else. Clean interior of glass to get smoke/soot buildup removed.

    I don't spend more than 5 minutes pre/post cook and my monthly maintenance takes about 30 minutes. YOu will get a bit dirty on the monthly maintenance, so I wear shorts and a t-shirt that are reserved for that task and I don't care if they have grease/soot stains on them.

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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.

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

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The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. 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.

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Griddle And Deep Fryer In One

Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

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!

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The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

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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 because temperature control is so much easier.

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The Undisputed Champion!

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The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. The MK4 includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight and rotating display. Don't accept cheap substitutes.

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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

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We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5" x 29.5" footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.

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Delta by Nuke,
Stylish and Affordable
Gaucho Grill

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Delta by Nuke burns wood or charcoal and comes with an adjustable height grill grate. This Argentinian grill will get your flame on!

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Genesis II E-335 
A Versatile Gasser That Does It All!

Weber Genesis Grill

Weber’s Genesis line has long been one of the most popular choices for gas grillers. The new Genesis II E-335 offers solid performance, a sear burner for sizzling heat and an excellent warranty.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily rmoved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

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Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

PK 360 grill

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 beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

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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.

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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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

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Track Up To Six Temperatures At Once

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

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