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  • David Parrish
    Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
    • May 2014
    • 5034
    • 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

    The Globetrotting Pitmaster Club Birthday Hat

    I'm starting a new tradition for the Pitmaster Club. I'll make up the rules as we go but the gist is that we're going to pass a funny hat around and I hope it spans the globe!

    The gist so far:
    1) The Pitmaster Club members will pass around chef hats to wear on their birthday for a photo.
    2) Once member has properly displayed the adornment, on his/her head on his/her day of birth celebrations, he/she will send it to the next club member that wants to participate.
    3) Next member recipient's birthday should be far enough away the hat can be sent using a reasonable shipping method.
    4) Once you've made arrangements (via Private Messaging) with the person you're shipping the hat to, make a post in this thread and we'll update the list below.
    5) The hat pic MUST be posted in this thread, and MUST become your avatar as well (for at least a week or two​​​.)
    6) So you have to commit to wearing the hat, on your birthday, taking a photo, sharing it in The Pit, making it your avatar, and then shipping it to the next person brave, or naive, enough to participate.
    7) BONUS POINTS if the photo gives you great, but legal, embarrassment. See my tips and techniques thread for the rules on cashing in bonus points. They can really stack up if you do it right.
    8) International members may participate if they can arrange shipping with the person sending it to them as well as the next recipient, so this will be a case by case basis based on member's desire to participate.

    fuzzydaddy has a 4th hat that he'll ship as needed to handle upcoming birthdays

    Here is the list of folks signed up for the hat.


    Mr. Bones tbob4 please edit this post as needed with new member birthdates as they chime in wanting to participate.
    Last edited by Mr. Bones; September 9th, 2018, 01:06 PM.
  • Danjohnston949
    Former Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 4440
    • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

    Pit Boss, Dave a Great Idea! My Birthday won't come arround Until 9 Sept. 2017! But I wish You and the Hat Well!
    Eat Well and Prosper! From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan


    • Jerod Broussard
      • Jun 2014
      • 9028
      • East Texas
      • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
        Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
        Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
        Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
        Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
        Weber Smokey Joe Gold
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        Maverick ET-732 White
        Maverick ET-732 Copper
        2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
        Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
        Thermoworks Timestick
        Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
        B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
        B & B Pellets

      OK, Slovenia and Jan 18th


      • Henrik
        Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
        • Jul 2014
        • 3602
        • Stockholm, Sweden

        Hey, I'm in! My birthday is on New Year's Eve, so I might beat you to it! Will just have to find a silly hat to wear.


        • AZRedneck
          Club Member
          • Sep 2016
          • 360
          • Arizona. 90 miles from water and 9 miles from hell.
          • Pit Barrel Cooker
            Weber Kettle 22.5
            CharBroil Gasser 5 burners
            3 x Thermapen
            MAV 732
            Anova Sous Vide

          I'm in July so I'll see how this all plays out.


          • fuzzydaddy
            Charter Member
            • Nov 2014
            • 4921
            • Near my cookers...Pensacola FL
            • Hardware
              Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
              Weber Kettles: 2-22" & 1-26".
              Slow 'N Sear, DnG Racks/Pans, SnS GrillGrates, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates. (Several of each)
              Chimney starters.
              GrillGrates, GrateGriddles.
              Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
              ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

              Consumables / Favorites
              KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks)
              Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins.
              Adrenaline BBQ salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
              MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

            January 20. Jerod, you can drive it over to me in Pensacola.


            • Jerod Broussard
              Jerod Broussard commented
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              DHL so that you will have it by March
          • tbob4
            Charter Member
            • Nov 2014
            • 1901
            • Chico, CA
            • BBQ's
              California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
              California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
              Santa Maria Grill
              Vision Grill

              Sierra Nevada IPA


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            Something like this?


            • tbob4
              tbob4 commented
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              Thanks Mr. Bones. The dog was scared I would try a photo op on her!
              Last edited by tbob4; December 19th, 2016, 11:00 AM.

            • Meathead
              Meathead commented
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              Nice portrait, but did you forget you are supposed to wear something on your head?

            • tbob4
              tbob4 commented
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              Meathead - Hahahahaha. There are too many funny responses I could come back at you with that your moderators would delete. Just thinking of them is making me laugh, thanks.
          • Nate
            Charter Member
            • Apr 2015
            • 3608
            • Pawnee, Indiana
            • INFO
              ~Known as: Nate
              ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
              ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.

              SMOKERS & GRILLS
              ~Grilla Original Grilla
              ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
              ~Pit Barrel Cooker
              ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
              ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
              ~Weber Q1000

              ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
              ~Thermoworks Thermapen
              ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
              ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
              ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
              ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
              ~Maverick ET-733
              ~Maverick XR-50

              ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
              ~Slow 'n' Sear
              ~Drip 'n' Griddle
              ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
              ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
              ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula

              ~Sweet Tea
              ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

            Jan. 22 ... I may be game.


            • Breadhead
              Banned Former Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 1

              This is going to fun Pit Boss πŸ˜† Our extended family loves getting pictures of everyone's birthday hat picture. I think the Pit will have fun with it too. Put me down for next December 11th.πŸ‘


              • SMOG MAN
                Club Member
                • Jan 2016
                • 285
                • San Diego, California
                • Rec Tec 680
                  Weber Performer
                  Weber Rotisserie for kettle
                  Weber Summit
                  My old worn out Gasser for burgers

                I'm in for November 16, should be in Spring Valley (CA.)


                • Dr ROK
                  Charter Member
                  • Dec 2014
                  • 1342
                  • Morrill, Nebraska
                  • Retired high school teacher and principal
                    Dr ROK - Rider of Kawasaki &/or rock and roll fan
                    Yoder 640 on Husker themed comp cart
                    Cookshack Smokette smoker
                    Antique refrigerator smoker
                    Weber 22 1/2" kettle w/ GrillGrates AND Slow and Sear
                    Rec Tec Mini Portable Tailgater w/ GrillGrates
                    Plenty of GrillGrates
                    Uuni wood pellet oven, first generation
                    Roccbox Pizza Oven
                    Meater Block
                    "Go Big Red" Thermopen instant read thermometer
                    Ultrafast instant read thermometer
                    CDN quick read thermometer
                    Maverick ET-732 thermometer
                    Maverick ET-735 thermometer
                    Tru-Temp wireless thermometer
                    Infrared thermometer (Mainly use for pizza on the Uuni and Roccbox)

                    Beverages - Is there really anything other than Guinness? Oh yeah, I forgot about tequila!

                  Count me in! Feb 26.


                  • EdF
                    Club Member
                    • Jul 2016
                    • 3140
                    • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
                    • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
                      Karubeque C-60
                      Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
                      TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
                      Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
                      Thermapen Air
                      ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
                      Thermoworks Hi temp IR
                      BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
                      Various other stuff

                    Well, if you were to use Breadhead hat, it would be a renewable resource.

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                    Then again, there's nothing like a "Panama" for stylish BBQ-ers:

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                    Or maybe a "Yosemite Sam"?


                    • EdF
                      Club Member
                      • Jul 2016
                      • 3140
                      • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
                      • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
                        Karubeque C-60
                        Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
                        TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
                        Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
                        Thermapen Air
                        ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
                        Thermoworks Hi temp IR
                        BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
                        Various other stuff

                      At work, we have something called "The Ears of Shame" - Mickey Mouse ears that people get to wear when they screw something up big-time. And haven't we all done that with BBQ?


                      • HawkerXP
                        HawkerXP commented
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                        For sure.
                        We have a couple of hats on board the jet for when the boss feels like that last landing just wasn't good enough. Said pilot has to wear until boss approves latest landing. So much fun!
                    • scottranda
                      Charter Member
                      • May 2015
                      • 1408
                      • Charlotte, NC

                      January 2nd. I'll have lunch with Pit Boss and give him the hat next!


                      • carolts
                        Charter Member
                        • Dec 2014
                        • 245
                        • Cookers:
                          KBQ C-60C
                          Primo Jr. + accessories
                          Pit Barrel Cooker
                          Weber Genesis propane
                          Vintage PK Grill
                          Frontgate portable infrared grill
                          Propane Lobster/Corn cooker
                          Magma Marine Kettle 2 Grill and Stove Party Size

                          Weber charcoal chimney
                          Chimney of Insanity
                          BBQ Dragon
                          BBQ Guru Party Q
                          GrillGrates for all grills (including custom set for Primo)
                          iGrill2 and iGrill mini
                          Backlit Thermapen
                          Stainless smokebox for gas grill
                          sawdust "maze" for cold smoking

                          Coffee stuff:
                          Gene Cafe CBR101 Coffee Roaster
                          Toddy cold brew coffee maker
                          Cuisinart burr grinder
                          KitchenAid blade grinder (with spice grinder attachments)

                          And, while cooking:
                          Harpoon IPA
                          Tuckerman's Pale Ale
                          Wachusett Light IPA
                          Dogfish Head American Beauty
                          Bent Water Thunderfunk

                        Is it too late to get the turkey hat for December 23? It'll be the big 60.




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