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  • frijolefrito
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 302
    • Right now Minot AFB ND

    Thank you Amazing ribs happy new year. Food pictures included!!!

    I'd just like to thank this site and the people in it for helping me. *Note this gets long* Last year I did a nasty deployment and ended the year freaked out. I hated being deployed, felt trapped, wanted to leave the military but felt there was no way I could support my family of 6. While deployed my kids went from straight a's to zeros and it was just chaos. When I got back I was excessive drinking (functioning alcoholic), had crazy medical issues (stress induced), and just all around not good. While I was deployed I received a bbq package from richinlbrg that I used to make some delicious food. Believe it or not this package helped a lot and gave me something to do on my offtime. At the begging of this year (back home) I was treated for ptsd and stress induced panic attacks. I'm good now but still have a hard time dealing with the feeling of letting people down. Cooking and exercise has been my saviour. A lot of those recipes have come from this site and anytime I've had a question you've all jumped in to help me or offer advice. Now I'm looking at getting out of the military around June and scared but know I can't be in the military anymore... specifically I can't deploy again. So here I am california dreaming (LA area it's where my family is at) and hoping I can land an IT job that will support us. I just want to say thanks to this community for being positive and helping me with all your awesomeness. Starting 2017 hopeful, excelsior!
    Last edited by frijolefrito; January 1, 2017, 01:04 PM.
  • EdF
    EdF
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 3229
    • 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
      Thermapen Air
      ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
      Thermoworks Hi temp IR
      BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
      Various other stuff

    #2
    Keep up the courage! These kinds of changes really test you - best wishes to you and your family for 2017 and beyond. And thanks for your service!

    Keep on Q-ing!

    ps good IT guys remain in high demand.

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    • frijolefrito
      Former Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 302
      • Right now Minot AFB ND

      #3
      OH I also promised to post what I cook so here. Duck Le Orange, Scallops, crab, and asparagus.

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      • MBMorgan
        Club Member
        • Sep 2015
        • 6519
        • Colorado
        • > Weber Genesis EP-330
          > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
          > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
          > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
          > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
          to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
          > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
          > Thermoworks Smoke
          > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
          > Thermoworks Thermapen
          > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
          > Anova sous vide circulator
          > Searzall torch
          > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

        #4
        Happy new year! I (and quite a few others around here) am living proof that there is indeed life after the military. I'll go out on a limb here and predict that this time next year you'll be smiling about your choice to move on ... and great pics BTW ...

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        • lschweig
          lschweig commented
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          I second that thought.

        • frijolefrito
          frijolefrito commented
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          Thanks for the support! I'll have to post another one next new years.
      • Steve B
        Club Member
        • Jun 2016
        • 3176
        • Rockland county New York
        • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
          Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

          22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

          Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

          1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
          1 maverick et-733 - gray
          1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
          1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
          1 thermoworks thermopop - red

          Pre Miala flavor injector
          taylor digital scale
          TSM meat grinder
          chefs choice food slicer
          cuisinhart food processor
          food saver vacuum sealer
          TSM harvest food dehydrator

        #5
        My wife and I love scallops. They look delicious. Keep up the good work. And know we're all here pulling for you.
        We thank you for your service and courage.

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        • LA Pork Butt
          Charter Member
          • Dec 2014
          • 5653
          • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

          #6
          Bless yo my brother, and keep on cooking!

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          • RonB
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 13549
            • Near Richmond VA
            • Weber Performer Deluxe
              SNS
              Pizza insert
              Rotisserie
              Smokenator 1000
              Cookshack Smokette Elite
              2 Thermapens
              Chefalarm
              Dot
              lots of probes.
              CyberQ

            #7
            You will totally overcome this and will be happier too. Just take it one day at a time. Cook more - worry less.

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            • Huskee
              Administrator
              • May 2014
              • 15581
              • central MI, USA
              • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

                Smokers / Grills
                • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                • PBC
                • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
                • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
                • 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 X4 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.

              #8
              Thanks for sharing personal details with your friends here. I wish you success and happiness in life, and most important is that you're there for your family, they need you more than anything/one else! Keep your chin up bro!

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              • frijolefrito
                frijolefrito commented
                Editing a comment
                Buzzwords like ptsd, deployment, ect... It's embarrassing. It's a revelation when you get help and work towards a better future. I never thought I'd be one of those... but I am. I just appreciate you all and am swelling with emotions and god bless.
            • frijolefrito
              Former Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 302
              • Right now Minot AFB ND

              #9
              So I figured I'd give a quick recap. I put together a resume, got a linkedin account, and have been getting job offers pretty regularly. The only problem is I started too soon. It looks like I won't have any problems, sorry if i freaked out a little bit. I'll try to make my post more about food! Thanks for being supportive to a complete stranger

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              • tbob4
                Charter Member
                • Nov 2014
                • 2511
                • Chico, CA
                • BBQ's
                  _____________________
                  California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
                  California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
                  Santa Maria Grill
                  Vision Grill

                  Beer
                  _______________________
                  Sierra Nevada IPA

                  Wood
                  _______________________
                  Almond
                  Oak
                  Madrone
                  Cherry
                  Peach
                  Apple

                #10
                Don't ever be worried about posting your trials and tribulations about cooking or life here. This is a community of folks from everywhere - lots of us are older and have been through a whole lot at a time in which there was no "community" like the internet where we could get advice or just an ear. I'm happy to hear that you are getting the help you need to deal with the anxiety - it's a tricky thing to treat because no two people react the same to treatments. Exercise and sun can be lifesavers. Relaxation to people with normal anxiety is beneficial but when it becomes a disorder, it can make you feel like you are crazy. It sounds like you are finding your good place. Keep up the good work and thank you for your service! Don't ever feel embarrassed to post or ask for help.

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                • customtrim
                  Former Member
                  • Dec 2016
                  • 1119
                  • stow ohio

                  #11
                  Don't forget we are here because of you

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                  • customtrim
                    customtrim commented
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                    We should all give a big smoke ring salute and thanks to all past present and future military personnel
                • MBMorgan
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 6519
                  • Colorado
                  • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                    > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                    > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                    > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                    > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                    to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                    > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                    > Thermoworks Smoke
                    > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                    > Thermoworks Thermapen
                    > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                    > Anova sous vide circulator
                    > Searzall torch
                    > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                  #12
                  Glad to hear that things are already turning out well! Now sit back and enjoy the ride ...

                  Comment

                  • Gooner-que
                    Club Member
                    • Sep 2015
                    • 260
                    • Woodlake

                    • Smokers / Grills
                      • Weber 22" Original Kettle (black) modified for Party-Q
                      • Weber 22" Original Kettle (black) unmodified
                      • Great Outdoors Smokey Mountain gas cabinet smoker


                      Thermometers
                      • Maverick ET-732: Black
                      • (2) Smoke by ThermoWorks
                      • Lavatools PT12 Grey


                      Accessories
                      • Weber chimney
                      • BBQ Dragon
                      • Slow 'N Sear
                      • Drip 'N Griddle
                      • BBQGURU Party-Q


                      Beverages
                      • Teetotaler


                      About me
                      Location: Ft Meade, Maryland

                      Occupation:
                      • USAF

                    #13
                    Great job getting help! We have too many brothers and sisters that didn't get help and paid the ultimate price. Don't ever be afraid to reach out and don't let the monster tell you that you are a failure because you reached out. Strength is in asking for help not in gutting it out. Aim High!

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                    • frijolefrito
                      Former Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 302
                      • Right now Minot AFB ND

                      #14
                      People I work with keep requesting one more smoke (pulled pork, brisket, ect) I may do a big prime rib and go out on a swan song.

                      I always like to give a little back: http://www.mexicoinmykitchen.com/201...-homecomo.html

                      This is by far THE best pork taco marinade for this style of taco. What I do is get the pork butt cut into small pieces to get more marinade and I doubled the marinade. I don't use the spit I use the cast iron skillet, flower tortillas or home made corn tortillas. ANY of the salsa's work with this mmm it's so good you have to try it. If you can do it the rotisserie way even better but I haven't tried that. We had to get some of the ingredients from amazon.
                      Last edited by frijolefrito; February 1, 2017, 01:35 PM.

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