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  • Huskee
    Pit Boss/Manager
    • May 2014
    • 14070
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

      Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

      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)

      • (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

      • 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

      • 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)

      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    "Great Giveaway" Monthly Sweepstakes Info

    What is the "Great Giveaway" Monthly Sweepstakes? This is a monthly sweepstakes for members with an address in the US. Each month a third party sweepstakes administration company selects a winner at random from all eligible entrants. Winners get to pick a Gold or Platinum Medal-awarded prize from the prize page for free no strings attached, including free shipping. You do have to report the winnings if they are worth more than $600, and most are, on your taxes. Check with your accountant or tax preparer if you win to avoid surprises. For the full list of rules, see the bottom of this page.

    Do I have to be a paid member? No. Non-members and Free Trial Members can enter, and can win, but they must enter by mailing in a postcard as noted in the full rules. Postcards must be postmarked by the contest end date, which is the last day of the month before, at midnight CT, and MUST be received no later than the 7th of the next month. Non-winning entrants are not carried over into the next month's drawing. All non-members and Free Trial Members must enter each month by the end date to be in the next drawing. All eligible paid Pitmaster Club members will receive automatic monthly entry if they are in paid/current status (not lapsed/past due) on 11:59:59pm CT on the last day of the previous month.

    What are the cutoff dates for each monthly Sweepstakes? Mailed-in entries for all non- and Free Trial Members must be postmarked by the last day of the previous month and received by the 7th of the Sweepstakes announcement month. Automatic entry will be granted to all eligible paying Members who are in active status (not past due/lapsed) at 11:59:59pm CT on the end date. For instance, for June's Sweepstakes the end date would be 11:59:59pm CT on May 31st. In addition, any mailed-in entries postmarked by May 31st and received by the 7th of June would be eligible for June's Sweepstakes.

    Why is it for US members only? Most countries have laws governing contests like this to make sure they are honest. In the US they are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. It cost us $3,000 to have lawyers write our rules that put us in compliance with US law and we pay an annual fee to have the winner drawn at random by a third party. We have members in more than 20 countries and we could never afford to do legal compliance for all of them. In addition, many of the manufacturers do not ship outside the US, and even if they did, the shipping costs and customs charges are prohibitive. And no, we cannot offer free memberships or something else as a prize to non-US members because that is still considered a sweepstakes. But there are many many other good reasons to be a member!

    Do non-USA Members get a discount since they're ineligible? No. It is illegal to charge entry into a sweepstakes in the US. We do not charge a premium for the sweepstakes, it's a fun free perk we've offered since day 1. Your $23.95USD per year is for all other aspects of the Pitmaster Club, including a 5% donation to Operation BBQ Relief and other charities, and support of AmazingRibs.com. If we discount non-USA members, that would equate to charging a premium to USA members for their eligibility, and this would be unlawful.

    How is the winner notified? The winner gets an email from us at the email address supplied in your account details when you joined. To check which email is on file, click your username in the top-right of the screen, select My Settings from the drop down menu, then click the Account tab on the My Settings page. If you need us to change the email address on your account, click here to fill out the Change Email Form. We also make an announcement right there in the Pitmaster Club forum, and we clearly indicate the winner's username (if a member) and we "tag" them, or the winner's actual name (if a non-member). So be sure to check your email and watch our posts here in this Gold Medal Giveaway Channel! We sometimes have winners who do not respond in time and forfeit their prize! In February of 2018 & February of 2019, 2 winners forfeited by not responding in time!

    To see past winners and what they selected, click here.

    If you have any questions, please read the complete rules or post them below!
    Last edited by Meathead; July 21st, 2018, 10:56 AM.
  • Grill Master Dave
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 38
    • West Monroe,Louisiana

    I would be happy to win a Pit Barrel Smoker. I'm using a 22 inch weber.


    • jbones
      jbones commented
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      Just got one and it's amazing.

    • tenphases
      tenphases commented
      Editing a comment
      I got cookers from 50 bucks to 2000$ and I love my Weber, it's the main cooker on my deck.......with slow n sear/drip n griddle for steak and small smokes. And Cajun bandit extender for brisket, and rottiserie for smoke roasting/prime rib, and flame boss for pork butt/brisket, and arteflame cause it looks cool, and vortex cause of wings........ F it, big boys big toys, start slow and have fun and know that there is absolutely nothing that can't be done with a nice, clean, stock Weber kettle.

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Yup, what tenphases sez is true; Most anything can be done on a bone -stock Weber 22.5" kettle, with sufficient imagination, an creativity.
      Accessories certainly can expand th horizon...
  • smokenoob
    Club Member
    • Dec 2017
    • 771
    • Gulf Breeze, Florida

    I see what you did there.... Huskee probably has his HD aluminum hat on so it won’t work......good luck anyway!


    • Hulagn1971
      Charter Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 757
      • NC, The Triad
      • WSM 22.5", Pitmaster IQ110, Weber 22.5" Kettle with SNS, Weber 14" Smokey Joe.

      I have a WSM 22, Weber 26 kettle, Weber 22 kettle, Weber Smokey Joe, and a BGE XL. The choice would be very easy for me. The Blaze gasser.


      • fracmeister
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 1050
        • Sprang, TX
        • Dances with lemmings

          (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

        You know I'd probably give my winnings to my son who has not been as afflicted with MCS as I have been. I gave him a PBC but he covets a nice pellet smoker, something above the Traeger COSTCO models. That said he doesn't have agasser either. Or the Good one. As for me I missed out when someone else drew the Karubecue... that didnt last long in the prize inventory like some of these have!


        • Bufflerman
          Charter Member
          • Sep 2014
          • 1
          • David City Nebraska

          The Giveaway is a great program, and winning something would be a great day indeed. But I have often wondered why there has never been an offset stick burner offered. There are some fine offsets for sale within the Giveaway price range. To have an opportunity to win a smoker of that caliber, could be the beginning of a good time in the backyard tonight. Oh yes!


          • Spinaker
            Spinaker commented
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            As, sos2979 mentioned
            a Horizon Smoker 20RD was offered for about 2 years.

          • Bufflerman
            Bufflerman commented
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            I have heard a lot about shipping being the problem with offering a Good offset. If the day ever happens that my name is drawn,and I had the option for a well made offset. I would be more than happy to pay for shipping to get it in my backyard.

          • Huskee
            Huskee commented
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            It's all manufacturer participation.
        • tenphases
          Club Member
          • Nov 2016
          • 113
          • Jersey City NJ
          • Humphrey's Pint with CyberQ
            Hasty Bake 256 Gourmet Dual Finish
            Camp Chef DLX pellet pooper with sear burner
            Broil King Keg Kamado
            Charbroil Kamander
            Original Pit Barrel Cooker
            Barrel House Cooker
            Akorn Kamado with cart
            WSM 22 with Flame Boss
            WSM 18.5 with Flame Boss
            WSM 18.5
            Weber Kettle Performer (with Slow n Sear/Drip n Griddle)
            Weber One Touch Silver
            Weber Jumbo Joe
            Weber Smokey Joe
            Weber Q gasser with stand
            Blackstone Griddle 22 with stand and lid
            Blackstone Griddle 36
            Akorn Kamado jr
            Masterbuilt Electric Turkey fryer

          I have a hasty bake gourmet but damn I might need another one, I love my gourmet. but throwing a kamado on a hitch sounds really good.....conflicted


          • Spinaker
            Spinaker commented
            Editing a comment
            I think I would take the HB too.
        • Larryp
          Club Member
          • May 2017
          • 1

          Where do I send my postcard to enter one contest to when a new smoker? lp426063@gmail.com


          • MBMorgan
            MBMorgan commented
            Editing a comment
            You don’t need to do anything. Paying members are automatically entered every month.
        • wmarandu
          Club Member
          • Sep 2016
          • 18

          Why is contest only for US? Members in Canada are not eligible? We grill/smoke too!


          • RonB
            RonB commented
            Editing a comment
            The short answer is "legal stuff". AR would have to meet the rules of each country they wanted to run the contest in.

          • pkadare
            pkadare commented
            Editing a comment
            Also, taxes, duty, shipping, etc., etc. And then there's Quebec which has a whole different set of laws when it comes to contests and sweepstakes.

          • Huskee
            Huskee commented
            Editing a comment
            Please see this topic for the rules & regulations we are bound by: https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...reat-giveaways They are also listed on the Prizes page at the bottom. Many more FAQs on our Help page (red menu bar) if you wonder something or have questions.
        • johnardoin
          Club Member
          • Jan 2017
          • 44
          • Port Orchard, Washington
          • Horizon 20" Backyard Smoker
            2 each Santa Maria Style BBQs
            Weber Spirit Gas Grill
            Vintage Charcoal Grill (restored)
            ThermoPop Thermometer

          Congratulations, all you winners, keep on smokin!




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