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  • Santamarina
    Club Member
    • Aug 2018
    • 570
    • Wildomar, CA

    I’m the Worship Arts Director at a church in Southern California. I started part-time in high school,and turned it into a career - over 20 years of fulltime music ministry. My wife and two young boys are the other part of my life.

    Hobbies of photography and graphic design ended up being a part of my actual job, so I sadly don’t do them for fun as much anymore. Active hobbies include cooking (indoor and outdoor, I do most of it in our family), and homebrewing beer - a 10+ year hobby! 🤘🏿🔥🍻

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    • dbray45
      Club Member
      • Jan 2017
      • 23
      • Florida
      • Have a Char-Griller Duo Black Dual-Function Combo Grill
        and offset firebox - Made some changes, will be making more
        Use iGrill air and meat thermometers
        Use cherry, maple, oak (all air dried) scraps from making furniture and stuff.

      I am updating. Now RETIRED - moved to Florida - lovin life !!!!!

      I don't know if this is relaxing but - bought a new gas grill (works great) until I get a place for the smoker established (hurricane pad and anchor, camera and maybe a fence) and get it ordered. The garage is on its way to becoming a wood shop - running electric, lights, insulated walls, and a/c. Put in a hurricane rated front door. I have a new batch of hard cider on tap. Working on getting an addition to the house started. So far, I have been retired for 2 months and spent 2 weeks back in Maryland to help my daughter. And - only got to the beach 2 or 3 times.

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      • dbray45
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        I need a vacation ;-)

      • Willard
        Willard commented
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        Welcome to Fla! My guess is you are close to the beach. It’s impossible not to be 😎

      • dbray45
        dbray45 commented
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        Updating again - bought a Weber smoker. It is a fair size, reasonably durable, allows liquid over the fire, can add fuel without taking everything out, had a thermometer port and in a first burn - looks promising. Have not had time to smoke anything yet (soon). Will let you know how it shakes out in a different location when I get the time.
    • scullybones
      Former Member
      • Dec 2018
      • 9
      • Northern Virginia

      Manage a team of software engineers for Factory Automation at a semiconductor company. Current interests include Data Science, Fly Fishing, and wood working.

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      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        Isn't managing software engineers kind of like herding hissing and spitting cats?

      • EdF
        EdF commented
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        In my experience, not much hissing and spitting. But they do have minds of their own, and they're often enough not quite focused on what matters. And they don't like leashes.
    • HouseHomey
      Club Member
      • May 2016
      • 4199
      • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
      • Equipment
        Slow n Sear
        Drip n Griddle
        22" Weber Kettle
        26" Weber Kettle one touch
        Blackstone 36” Pro Series
        Sous vide machine
        Kitchen Aid
        Meat grinder
        sausage stuffer
        5 Crock Pots
        Akootrimonts
        Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
        cast iron pans,
        Dutch ovens
        Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, thermapop and maverick T-732 and various pocket instareads.
        The help and preferences
        1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
        KBB
        A 7 year old princess foster child
        Patience and patio furniture
        Lots of ice cubes
        "Baby Girl" The cat

        Erik S.

      Update:
      Banquet (Slave) Chef for a Marriott "Autograph Collection" Hotel. I'm the only guy who doesn't work on the restaurant line though I help out when I can. But mainly that crew save my arse every time as it's just Chef, Sous Chef and I actively on Banquets.

      Im the "Troll in the Back" and work out of the other kitchen as my food goes out of the back doors to banquet rooms and lawns. The amount of SRF Wagyu I blow through is AMAZING!! Hundreds and hundreds of pounds.

      I miss the line sometimes but not really. I think it's more the comradeship of the trenches. My nightmares are no longer fueled the sound of the non stop ticket machine but have been replaced with the sound of the Rational Combi Oven Buzzer.

      Ive been here since May18 and I absolutely love my Chef and Love my job for the first time in a long time. I couldn't be happier.

      Now, if only everything in my body would stop hurting that would be great!
      HH

      (I wonder if Just Kyle knows what he started)

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      • gabulldog
        gabulldog commented
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        Have stayed at a handful of Marriott's autograph collection properties, always good food!

      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        gabulldog Ever get to SoCal?

      • gabulldog
        gabulldog commented
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        Not often but be assured that I'll let you know when I do!
    • DavidNorcross
      Club Member
      • Nov 2017
      • 600
      • Virginia
      • Rec Tec RT-680
        Coleman RoadTrip LXX
        Javelin Pro Duo
        More Cast Iron than I care to admit

      I am in sales and sales management. I have been in printing and marketing for 40 years. Aside from spending time with my wife and family, I love to cook....which is my only hobby. I am a huge baseball fan but only watch when the Yankees are playing...

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      • DavidNorcross
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        Nats have a good team. Great pitching....if they resign Harper they could be tough.

      • ComfortablyNumb
        ComfortablyNumb commented
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        If the Yankees and the Dodgers meet in The Series, let's just agree to disagree.

      • DavidNorcross
        DavidNorcross commented
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        ComfortablyNumb fair enough....
    • Bob Musil
      Charter Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 2
      • Ontario, Oregon

      Commercial Real Estate Appraiser, started doing this work back in 1989. Aside from BBQ, my main hobby is computerized Christmas light shows, and I am a world-class college football couch coach!

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      • skipsdaughter
        Club Member
        • Dec 2018
        • 40
        • Eastern Iowa

        I work as a college administrator, at a small liberal arts college in Iowa. I usually describe my job to students and parents is I "help students be successful on campus," and often times that means I'm helping them navigate stresses and crises.

        When I'm not working, my hobbies (other than going to sports, music, theater, and other events to support our students" fit into a few categories: time outdoors (rucking -- hiking with a weighted backpack, gardening, etc), food (cooking, baking, preserving), and things you associate with your grandma (quilting, knitting). I also have a great dog who joins me in some endeavors and encourages others.
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        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          We have a couple of friends who are alumni of Grinnell. One sits on the board of the foundation now. Just wondering. Have a great weekend!

        • Bogy
          Bogy commented
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          Well, I could start naming small liberal arts colleges in eastern Iowa...but I won't. Welcome from north central Iowa.

        • ComfortablyNumb
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          Hey, I'm into rucking as well, only I do it on a sofa with a cold beer!
      • Maineac
        Former Member
        • Dec 2018
        • 37
        • Central Maine

        I spent 2 years in SE Asia (government sponsored). Then I spent 41 years in the electro/mechanical repair of large motors and generators (think paper mills and hydro stations). I retired in 2010. At that time I took up the challenge of producing palatable meat products and have not looked back.

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        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          Thank you for your service, and welcome home.

        • HouseHomey
          HouseHomey commented
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          How’s that palatable thing working out for you?

        • RustyHaines
          RustyHaines commented
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          Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
      • Bellefonte Smoker
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 16
        • Not far from Blackstone, VA

        I work for Virginia State Police as an Equipment Repair Technician II, aka team supervisor at the communications division installation facility in North Chesterfield. Long story short, we take new police vehicles and install the radios and other bits and pieces to get them ready for the troopers. We do all the VSP vehicles for the entire state at our shop. In addition, most of the state gun and badge agency vehicles go through our shop. 5 teams, with from 1 to 3 members each plus 3 support folks take care of business.

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        • Bellefonte Smoker
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          RonB, those folks were doin the initial install of a new radio system. Motorola required their folks do the install of the equipment, after that we did subsequent installs (reinstalls if you will). At the time Motorola was doing that, we were still installing the legacy radio equipment.

        • Bellefonte Smoker
          Bellefonte Smoker commented
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          CaptainMike, I enjoy my part in the process.

        • HouseHomey
          HouseHomey commented
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          3 support people... apparently you staffed up. CaptainMike Especially considering the abuse that equipment takes. I wonder who does the suspensions for police and file.
      • Jared49
        Club Member
        • Oct 2016
        • 82
        • Appleton, WI
        • WSM-18.5"
          Green Spot
          Blues Hog

        Recently retired sheetfed Offset Pressman for 47 years, woodworking & gardening as hobbies.

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        • ddmcwhirter
          Charter Member
          • Nov 2014
          • 107
          • Leon Springs northwest of San Antonio, Texas

          Retired nuclear engineer...was gonna be a consultant after 37 years at my muni utility company, but my mom moved in with us and for four years I just hauled her around to doctors' appointments. Going on two years ago, I started a real pond of only 1/10 acre but eight feet deep with real fish...bluegill, bass and channel cats...we recently caught a 27 inch channel weighing ten pounds and bluegill 9 inches weighing twelve ounces...the bass are there to police the spawn. This represented fulfillment of a twenty-eight year dream to dam a ravine. I did it without permission of the HOA, then begged for forgiveness for my putting in a "water feature." Three years ago, I went down the golf simulator route and the man cave still evolves. Just got a Perfect Draft blower for my stick burner, so I have to learn from experience how to build a "controllable" fire. Life is good!
          I have posted a movie of the pond from last spring on this site.

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          • ddmcwhirter
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            Bogy, we also have a small koi pond. I managed to kill all the koi in two disastrous events, but still have some goldfish and ugly fish crosses of koi and goldfish.

          • ComfortablyNumb
            ComfortablyNumb commented
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            ddmcwhirter I just purchased a new place with a low spot that I've been told is historically too cold to plant and thought it woud be a perfect place to put in a pond. I may have to consult!

          • ddmcwhirter
            ddmcwhirter commented
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            ComfortablyNumb Your place looks cold! Northeast Washington? Regarding a pond...you will want to join the PondBossMagazine forum, where you can spend many hours exploring and getting good info for your area...from A to Z. You would be the steward of a pending legacy and you will want to know your A to Zs before ever starting excavation. I both get the magazine and support that forum.
        • Mark V
          Club Member
          • Oct 2018
          • 122
          • Minnesota

          I was a computer engineer. Designed math processors for main frame computers. Retired 9 years ago. I golf, not well, but not really bad. I also started building wood model ships, getting into warships from the 16th thru 18th centuries. I bicycle to keep the pounds off from bbq, not fast but I can go low and slow and long time. Judge and Table Captain with KCBS. Should become master judge this year.

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          • Red Man
            Club Member
            • May 2018
            • 607
            • Western Washington

            I’m an HVAC and commercial/industrial refrigeration service technician. I do repair, maintenance, start up, and install of HVAC and refrigeration equipment. I work in all types of places like military bases, a big variety of manufacturing plants, oil refineries, border patrol stations, farms, and all types of businesses. I like going to different places every day and always doing something different. It’s an interesting and rewarding job with new challenges every day.

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            • jgreen
              Charter Member
              • Oct 2014
              • 2436
              • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
              • Cookers:
                Broil King XL
                Broil King Smoke
                Weber Kettle 26
                Grilla Pellet smoker
                Capital 40 natural gas
                Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

                Thermometer:
                Maverick 733
                Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
                Thermo works DOT (or two)
                Fireboard (probably my favourite)
                Thermworks Smoke (or two)

                Accessories:
                SnS (original, plus and XL)
                DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
                Vortex
                Grillgrates
                and, maybe some other toys as well

              Work is for a Real Estate Investment Trust based in Canada but with a mix of Canadian and US properties, including office, retail and industrial. I run the financial side as well as operations and investor relations. Lots of travel. Getting closer to retirement but have not picked a date yet. Hobbies, other than cooking have largely dropped off due to work demands.

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              • mww5440
                Club Member
                • Dec 2018
                • 2
                • Hammond, WI

                Long-time software engineer and application developer. Hobbies (aside from the grill) are hiking and watching sports. I used to coach my boys in all their sports growing up but this is the first time I've not coached since 2005. Miss the interactions with the kids but NOT the parents . Also currently going back to school to get my masters degree so hopefully can find a way to balance "the books and the BBQ".

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

                maverick PT55 thermometer

                A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

                Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


                If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

                slow n sear

                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.

                Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


                Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

                the good one grill

                The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

                Click here to read our complete review


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

                the good one grill

                The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. 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.

                Click here to read our complete review


                Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

                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. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

                Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                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 in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

                Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


                Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

                Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                NK-22-Ck Grill

                Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

                Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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                G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

                If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

                Click here to read our detailed review

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                GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

                grill grates

                GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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                kareubequ bbq smoker

                Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                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.

                Click here for our review of this superb smoker


                Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

                masterbuilt gas smoker

                The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

                Click here to read our detailed review


                Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

                masterbuilt gas smoker

                Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

                Click here to read our detailed review and to order


                PK 360 grill

                Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                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 much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

                Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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                Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                fireboard bbq thermometer

                With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

                Click here to read our detailed review


                Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

                Click here to read our detailed review and to order