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  • JustKyle
    Club Member
    • Dec 2017
    • 31
    • Mustang, Oklahoma
    • Something

    What do you do for work?

    So, purely out of curiosity, what do you do for work? Also on that same note, what’s your hobby, besides bbqing succulent meat?

    I’m a signalman for BNSF Railroad, and I’m a car guy to the core. If I’m not cooking, I’m messing with my car. Just interested in what other people do and enjoy.
  • DWCowles
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 9703
    • Smiths Grove, Ky
    • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

    OTR truck driver and my hobby is bbqing.


    • vandy
      vandy commented
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      My mother and father were OTR truck drivers as a team for a lot of years so I kind of know what you guys go through out there DW, stay safe my friend.

    • ifican
      ifican commented
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      Did that job for quite a while, know and appreciate it well.

    • Joetee
      Joetee commented
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      When do you get time to bbq while working as a truck driver. Wow
  • customtrim
    Former Member
    • Dec 2016
    • 1119
    • stow ohio

    CNC machinist I run a 5 axis horizontal boring mill. Hobbies are many

    most after work time is spent doing something involving horticulture ( Dad and Grandfather were master gardners) electronics,, or carpentry did custom cabinets and kitchens as side work for 20 years
    Last edited by customtrim; January 20, 2018, 05:14 AM.


    • customtrim
      customtrim commented
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      EdF there is a Allen-Bradley  plant not far from where I live, controls on mine are all Siemons some hate them some love them, me i love them when they are working hate them when i am down
      Last edited by customtrim; July 11, 2018, 06:09 PM.

    • Mudbeaver
      Mudbeaver commented
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      Big fan of the old Bridgeports, I’d love to get ahold of one w dro

    • customtrim
      customtrim commented
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      Mudbeaver not sure but I think they can be had around here pretty reasonable not sure with the dro. One would be very handy around the house
  • Jerod Broussard
    • Jun 2014
    • 9938
    • 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
      Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
      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

    I work in food safety (approaching 16 years), amazingribs.com (approaching maybe 4 years), cooking brisket, pork shoulder, turkeys, hams, for whomever wants to pay me (approaching 3 years).

    Hobbies- currently getting back into indoor target archery (2014 Hoyt Pro Comp Elite). Deer and hog hunting(rifle, bow) on the heavily forested public lands of east Texas.


    • Powersmoke_80
      Powersmoke_80 commented
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      I'm a Hoyt guy as well shoot indoor winter league with a Hoyt 38 Pro.
  • vandy
    Club Member
    • Aug 2015
    • 611
    • Olive Branch, MS

    I am basically a retired automotive technician after working on cars since 1973 so I guess you could call me a car guy. My son and I now own an automotive locksmith business. I don't do much work any more but keeping up with the business finances and book keeping is about all I want to do anymore with a bad back and other pains from all the abuse I put my body through over all those years.


    • Steve B
      Steve B commented
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      I hear you vandy this business takes a toll on your body.
  • Attjack
    Club Member
    • Aug 2017
    • 4408
    • Primo XL
      Weber 26"
      Weber 22"
      Weber 22"
      Weber 18"
      Weber Jumbo Joe
      Weber Green Smokey Joe (Thanks, Mr. Bones!)
      Weber Smokey Joe
      Orion Smoker

      DigiQ DX2
      Slow 'N Sear XL
      Arteflame 26.75" Insert

      Blaze BLZ-4-NG 32-Inch 4-Burner Built-In
      - With Rear Infrared Burner
      - With Infrared Sear Burner
      - With Rotisserie
      Empava 2 Burner Gas Cooktop
      Weber Spirit 210
      - With Grillgrates
      ​​​​​​​ - With Rotisserie
      Weber Q2200

      Blackstone Pizza Oven

      Portable propane burners (3)
      Propane turkey Fryer

      Fire pit grill

    Freelance technical illustrator/writer. Hobbies include chasing squirrels and burying bones in the backyard.


    • Black99vette
      Black99vette commented
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      LOL - just read this!
  • jfmorris
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 3396
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

      • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
      • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
      • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
      • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
      • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
      • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
      • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
      • Anova
      • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
      • Thermoworks Dot
      • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
      • Thermoworks RT600C
      • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

    Electrical and Software Engineer, and my main non-BBQ hobby is brewing beer. Shooting guns also. Just don't mix the beer with the guns and you will be ok.
    Last edited by jfmorris; January 19, 2018, 01:32 PM.


    • ComfortablyNumb
      ComfortablyNumb commented
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      Thank you for the inspiration. Maybe if I drink beer next time I am shooting around the farm I can finally hit the broadside of the barn.....;-)

    • Black99vette
      Black99vette commented
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      Terry Kath (Chicago)

    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Terry Kath, just saw a documentary on Chicago. Kath was Jimi Hendrix’s favorite guitarist, Jimi claimed he was better then himself in an interview. Struggling with drugs and alcohol he did “accidentally” shoot himself in the head.

      OK back to your regularly scheduled program...carry on..
  • Potkettleblack
    Club Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 1978
    • Beautiful Downtown Berwyn
    • Grill: Grilla Original / Weber Genesis EP-330 / OK Joe Bronco Drum
      Thermometers: Thermapen / iGrill 2 / Fireboard
      For Smoke: Chunks / Pellet Tube / Mo Pouch
      Sous Vide: Joule / Nomiku WiFi (RIP Nomiku)
      Disqus: Le Chef - (something something something) - it changes

    As discussed in the podcast, I work as an analyst for a cabinet level agency, focusing mostly on travel administration and a small budget, as well as process improvement and various special projects.

    My main hobby aside from cooking is currently a Star Trek game on my phone.


    • jfmorris
      jfmorris commented
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      Which game is it? I need to find something to replace Game of Way on my phone...

    • Potkettleblack
      Potkettleblack commented
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      It was called Star Trek Timelines. I have since quit it. Harder quit than here, as I deleted the app. I dunno that I would recommend it.

    • HouseHomey
      HouseHomey commented
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      Dejavu all over again.
  • SoCal Chris
    Club Member
    • Feb 2017
    • 86
    • Temescal Valley, CA

    I spent 7 years as a Mining Engineer for a very large gold mine in Nevada and now have been working in the Environmental industry in California for the last 25 years. Other than BBQ, I enjoy traveling both with and without our RV and making wine.


    • Black99vette
      Black99vette commented
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      So would the Gold Rush guys be mining like that without the TV money?

    • SoCal Chris
      SoCal Chris commented
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      I think the TV money definitely helps them. There is still plenty of gold out there but the ones making the big money are like where I worked. We were moving 500,000 tons of rock per day and producing 1.6 million ounces per year.

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Sounds nice Chris!
  • geotek230
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 78
    • Lowell michigan

    Service advisor at the local ford dealer. (mopar) car nut and have recently got into bladesmithing love to hunt when i can find the time


    • DoubleUpOrQuit
      Club Member
      • Dec 2017
      • 343
      • Minneapolis, MN
      • Old Country offset smoker, 22” Weber Kettle, 4 burner gas. Oak logs, Royal Oak Lump, Kingsford Briqs, Gas.

      I'm a cubicle dweller in a large accounting department, I'll spare you all the details. Aside from BBQing, I enjoy fishing, photography, gaming, and a few other random things.


      • Jerod Broussard
        Jerod Broussard commented
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        If it makes you feel better they remodeled our office and put in an L-shaped desk and everyone is asking us if we went corporate. Thankfully most of my work is not in the office.

      • BriggsBBQ
        BriggsBBQ commented
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        Me too only they took down the walls so we could collaborate...or more likely just have more distractions around me.

      • smokinfatties
        smokinfatties commented
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        Amen for us bean counters!
    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 13313
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        Pizza insert
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        lots of probes.

      R.E.T.I.R.E.D.! Wildlife photography is my main hobby besides cookin'.


      • Yno
        Yno commented
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        Opened your link and just saw BBQ pictures. Is that your 'wild life'? Kidding, I went on the other galleries. Very nice.

      • Mudkat
        Mudkat commented
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        Beautiful photos Ron. Love bald eagles!

      • Black99vette
        Black99vette commented
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        Damn nice photos! Thanks for the link! And LOL: Aporkalypse Now
    • ComfortablyNumb
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 3457
      • Northeast Washington
      • KBQ C-60
        Thermoworks Smoke
        Thermoworks Thermopop
        Thermoworks Dot

      Well, let's see, in a previous life I owned a landscape business in San Diego, then worked for a public park in the SF Bay Area before becoming a chess instructor and working for UPS where I started off loading package cars, then delivering in lower Berkeley, and finally driving feeder (tractor/trailer). I bought a farm in NE Washington, moved up and for a few years hauled cryogenic gas from Trail, BC to Portland/Vancouver for a couple years. 'Retired' to farm and care for my father who had Alzheimer's Disease while working feeder for UPS in Spokane during peak season (Nov/Dec). Last year went back permanent with UPS for health benefits as our $6000 deductible policy now costs us $1300 a month.

      Hobbies would be games (chess and dominoes) farming (vegetables, chickens, and hogs) old trucks (1950 F6 and 1956 F100) and brewing ale, although I haven't done that in a while.


      • BourBonQ
        BourBonQ commented
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        Much respect for the UPS guys and gals! (Dad was a feeder driver for nearly 30 years...)

      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        Remind us to talk about my only time in real snow. Hint Spokane!

      • smokinfatties
        smokinfatties commented
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        those trucks sound awesome! My gramps had a '56 big window
    • smokenoob
      Club Member
      • Dec 2017
      • 1090
      • Gulf Breeze, Florida

      Peripatetic Circumlocutionist


      • JimLinebarger
        JimLinebarger commented
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        Sounds like a medical procedure, or a mobile trainer who uses powerpoint...

      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        Mr. Bones LMFAO!!! The WPP!

      • Soonerpop
        Soonerpop commented
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        Hey! We don’t need that kind of talk around here.
    • Rod
      Club Member
      • Dec 2015
      • 697
      • Phoenix, AZ
      • Weber Genesis S330 with GrillGrates
        Weber Performer with SnS, DnG and Pit Viper mod
        Weber 26" kettle with SnS and Pit Viper mod
        Blackstone 36" SS griddle

        Thermoworks Smoke
        Thermoworks MK4
        Maverick ET-732

        Accessories ranging from a Vortex to bear claws.

      I've worked in aerospace manufacturing most of my life. For the last 12yrs I've been primarily reverse engineering turbine engine parts for small aircraft. Other than bbq, I like to video game.


      • Rod
        Rod commented
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        Crop dusters are actually one of the main aircraft fleets we support. Suck, squeeze, bang and blow!

      • lonnie mac
        lonnie mac commented
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        Cut my eye teeth with crop-dusters. Got my A&P back in 82 working at a glider port. Lots of crop dusting and banner towing too. Dang those were the days man.

      • HawkerXP
        HawkerXP commented
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        I've read some on how they're reverse engineering parts for some of the old aeroplanes. Interesting stuff. A working A&P since 1979.



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