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  • phrogpilot73
    Club Member
    • Oct 2017
    • 171
    • Virginia Beach, VA
    • Outdoor Equipment
      • Myron Mixon Pitmaster Q3
        • Pellet Pro by Smoke Daddy Controller
      • Weber Original Kettle Premium Limited Edition
      • Blackstone Tailgater Combo
      • Ooni Karu 12
      • A-Maze-N 6" Tube & 5x8
      • Char-Broil The Big Easy Tru Infrared
      • iGrill 2 with ambient probe
      Indoor Equipment
      • Anova Precision Cooker
      • Instant Pot Duo 6 Qt
      • FreshRoast SR500 Coffee Roaster
      • T-Fal EZ-Clean Oil Filtration Fryer
      Favorite things to smoke
      • Pork Belly
      • Brisket
      • Babyback Ribs
      Favorite beverages
      • Cream Soda
      • Swamp Pop Sodas
      • Fruit Flavored Water
      • Horchata

    Retired Marine, current Government Civil Servant (waiting to find out if I'm getting furloughed or not). Hobbies are BBQ'in, photography, videography, building computers, etc, etc, etc.


    • lonnie mac
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 1351
      • Bacliff, TX
      • Motovlogging for the freedom of old Hippies...


        Home of Brutus Ten!



        Weber Performer Deluxe W/ SNS, Craycort CI grates

        WSCGC (Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center W/ SNS Plus, DNG

        Texas Original Pits Offset Smoker

        RecTec 590

        WSM 18" W/ Upside-down door mod

        Camp Chief Flattop, The big one...

        Weber Genesis II S-335

        Texas Fire Pit


        Maveric's Most all of em...
        FireBoard W/ Fan Control, GURU Fan
        ThermoWorks, most all of em...

      Aerospace manufacturing my whole career with NASA. Current design engineer for Boeing. BBQ, guitars, brewing, acoustic luthier. Rod I was just up at the Mesa plant. Love your weather man.


      • EdF
        EdF commented
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        lonnie mac Were you in Huntsville for a while?

      • lonnie mac
        lonnie mac commented
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        A LONG time ago. For NASA and Boeing, I hit all the sites from coast to coast. But it's' been years since I been there.

      • Willy
        Willy commented
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        I remember when the Boeing plant was orange groves. Then, if memory serves, they were replaced with a Hughes plant that turned into a MacDac plant which finally turned into a Boeing plant. There used to be escaped pheasants in those orange groves.
    • CandySueQ
      KCBS President, and Moderator
      • Jul 2014
      • 1527
      • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

      Pellet pusher (sales), customer relations, HR person, product development, chief cook & dishwasher, sometimes janitor, phone answerer, tech department, procurer of supplies. More but that's what I've done today.


      • HouseHomey
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        My lady... you need not explain.
    • USMC Recon
      Former Member
      • Jan 2018
      • 17
      • Tennessee

      70 & Retired - and smoking pork products a hobby!


      • HouseHomey
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    • Rpfahl
      Club Member
      • Jun 2017
      • 100
      • Euclid Ohio

      Retired firefighter/paramedic. Waiting for Cleveland golf season to begin. Any month now🏌🏻


      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        Our Golf season hasn't ended. I'm still peddling my wares on the turn, beer, booze and handfood!! Please be generous in the tip jar.got a tournament on Sunday, lucky me!

      • richinlbrg
        richinlbrg commented
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        From what we've seen, HouseHomey , it is the golfers who are lucky!

      • Georgia rookie 903
        Georgia rookie 903 commented
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        much appreciation and respect for all those that run into fire while everyone else runs out ..thanks
    • MarkSimmers
      Club Member
      • Aug 2017
      • 25
      • Harrisonburg, Virginia
      • Pit Barrel Cooker
        Meadow Creek PR42
        22" Weber Performer w/ SnS

      Office manager for a local construction company. My biggest hobbies outside of BBQ are SCUBA (I'm an instructor if anyone else wants to get certified, just cover the cost of my trip somewhere tropical and I won't charge you a dime for my services!) and trying to keep playing sports as long as I can, mostly basketball, soccer, and flag football.


      • HouseHomey
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        This is a land body built for comfort and not speed.
    • Spinaker
      • Nov 2014
      • 10847
      • Land of Tonka
      • John "J R"
        Instagram: JRBowlsby
        Smokin' Hound Que
        Minnesota/ United States of America

        Dexter (Beagle mix)
        Kinnick (American Foxhound)

        Big Green Egg (Large) X3
        Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

        Karubeque C-60
        Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
        Lodge L410 Hibachi
        Pit Barrel Cooker
        Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
        R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

        Weber Spirit Gasser
        FireBoard (Base Package)
        Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
        Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)

        Big Green Egg Plate Setter
        Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
        Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

        Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
        Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

        Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
        Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
        Eggspander Kit X2
        Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

        Finex Cat Iron Line
        FireBoard Drive
        Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
        Grill Grates
        Joule Water Circulator
        KBQ Fire Grate

        Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
        Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
        Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
        Large Vortex
        Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
        Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
        Smithey No. 12
        Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
        Stargazer No.10, 12
        Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
        Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
        FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
        Kingsford Blue and White
        Rockwood Lump Charcoal
        Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60

        Buck 119 Special
        Cuda 7' Fillet Knife

        Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
        Next Major Purchase
        Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

      I work with my father and brother. We trade chemicals and agricultural products for various industries.

      Moderator for AmazingRibs.com.

      My favorite hobby is SCUBA diving. If I could do one thing for the rest of my life, it would be diving. There is nothing else I would rather do. (Good thing I live in Minnesota.) One day, I hope to own a small place in the Caribbean. I try to take one diving trip per year, either solo or with one of my brothers.

      I also love to fish. Walleye, Esox and Smallies are my favorites around home. Up north, I love to hit the laker trout and deep water walleyes. I take one big fishing trip per year, either to Canada or Alaska.

      BBQ, of course.


      • Spinaker
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        You will love Roatan! it is a wonderful place. Incredible wall diving. MarkSimmers

      • JimLinebarger
        JimLinebarger commented
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        Did my diving on Guam and the Marshall Islands. Long time ago. Miss it sometimes...

      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        MarkSimmers let me know when you hit SoCal on the west coast. Bomb arse tacos at your disposal unless you like fried chicken, wings or all three?
    • Steve B
      Club Member
      • Jun 2016
      • 3108
      • 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

      34yrs as an auto mechanic/technician. The first 10yrs was managing a quick lube. The 2yrs prior to that I polished optics for lasers for the government.

      Hobbies hmmmm. I see several here enjoy brewing their own beer. This is something I should get into. Instead of just drinking it. 🤫😉
      I also like cooking in general and eating what I make.


      • Barry Friesen
        Former Member
        • May 2017
        • 101
        • Altona Manitoba Canada

        I'm a maintenance manager for a school district and have been a volunteer firefighter for 27 years. I teach some technical rescue courses for departments around the province of Manitoba. Hobbies include fishing (like Spinaker above), camping, golfing brewing wine.


        • Pirate Scott
          Club Member
          • Mar 2017
          • 1341
          • Clay, New York
          • - Plain old Charbroil Charcoal Grill
            - 26" Weber Kettle
            - Jack Daniels No7, Four Roses

          Life long Mechanic. Cars, Transport Refrigeration, Diesel Truck Mechanic. Currently an HVAC&R Technician, Specializing in Supermarket Refrigeration and Controls. My Hobbies are Fishing, Making Fishing Rods and Tackle, Woodworking, Guitar( But I am terrible), and some gardening.


          • wrgilb
            Club Member
            • Jan 2018
            • 230
            • Santa Cruz, Ca. area

            Back in the late 60's I was a meat cutter. I worked for some chains and independents as well. Also worked in a slaughter house for my dad. I came from a family of butchers, my dad, uncle and my grandpa & grandma, who were butchers during WWII. Went into the hardware and lumber business with my in-laws in the early 70's. We became Ace dealers and built it up into 6 stores and 1 garden center. Retired from the day to day business back in 2000 and now our nieces and nephew run them. I handle the property management for the commercial property we own as a family.

            Hobbies are landscaping and golf and watching 6 grand kids grow up.
            Last edited by wrgilb; January 7, 2019, 04:49 PM.


            • Jared49
              Jared49 commented
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              Very interesting, I too grew up in the family meat market in Wisconsin. Loved it so much that I chose printing as a profession. 😳😂
          • 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 Air
              ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
              Thermoworks Hi temp IR
              BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
              Various other stuff

            Me, I build software machine tools (for building software, much of which is safety and security critical). Lots of ways to carry on heritage (my Dad was one of the first machine tool programmers). Though I've been as much of a salesman, marketing and manager guy as a software developer. Happens with enough years at it.

            My hobby is learning enough to satisfy myself and execute on whatever serial obsession happens to have come to my attention. Those have included meditation, woodworking, astrology, BBQ, cooking in general, saxophone, cryptocurrency, cheap but effective audio, music, various trends in software development. Well, I guess I'm a bit of a dilettante, except that those things being serial obsessions, I go deep. And they recur.

            Did I say hanging out and discussing life and partying with people?


            • Mudkat
              Mudkat commented
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              Hear! Hear!

            • EdF
              EdF commented
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              Yep, astrology. Understanding comes in many forms. My favorite is currently live fire, though!

            • holehogg
              holehogg commented
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              You are serially a gentleman and a scholar
          • BourBonQ
            Club Member
            • Oct 2017
            • 844
            • Lowcountry of South Carolina
            • Pit Barrel Cooker
              Blaze 32" Gasser with Sear Station and Rotisserie
              Jenn-Air 6 Burner w/ Dual Oven and Stainless Flat Top
              Camp Chef Explorer 60EX with Grill Box and Griddle
              Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4
              Maverick ET-733 2-Probe Wireless Thermometer
              Thermopro TP20 2-Probe Wireless Thermometer
              Anova 900W Sous Vide Immersion Circulator
              Selection of Grandma's Antique Cast Iron Cookware
              Bayou Classic Stainless Steel Oyster/Turkey Cooker
              Weber Standard Size Chimney Starter
              Foodsaver Vac Sealer

            24 years mechanical engineer, I design and sell commercial and industrial cooling/heating/controls systems for a large HVAC manufacturer.

            Hobbies/interests in no particular order...
            Family boating, travel, BBQ, bourbon, guitarist, Clemson football/tailgating, fishing, shooting sports, tennis, golf, certified SCUBA.


            • vandy
              Club Member
              • Aug 2015
              • 611
              • Olive Branch, MS

              This is a great thread, I love finding out what everyone does as an occupation.


              • FishTalesNC
                Club Member
                • Dec 2017
                • 1254
                • Durham, NC

                • Cookers
                  • Oklahoma Joe’s Bronco
                  • Weber Premium Kettle 26” w/ SNS XL
                  • Weber Smokey Joe 14”
                  • Pit Barrel Cooker

                  • Fireboard Extreme BBQ Edition
                  • ​​​​​​​Weber iGrill 2 w/ 1 ambient and 3 meat probes
                  • Thermapen mk4

                  • Oklahoma Joe’s Triple Grate
                  • Oklahoma Joe’s Super Skewers
                  • ​​​​​​​Weber Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone
                  • Weber Gourmet BBQ System Wok
                  • EasySpin Cooking Grate (26”)
                  • Custom Cut GrillGrates for SNS XL
                  • Frogmat cut to fit 26" w/ SNS
                  • Weber Original Rib Rack
                  • Pampered Chef BBQ Pizza Pan (2)
                  • Weber Chimney Starter (2)
                  • Beast Armor Gloves
                  • CharGon Grate Cleaner
                  • PBC Chimney Starter
                  • PBC Ash Pan
                  • PBC Hinged Grate
                  • PBC Corn Hanger
                  • PBC Vertical Skewers (10" & 15")
                  • PBC Sausage Hanger
                  • PBC Basket Hanger

                Software Quality Engineer, 24 years at the same company. Hobbies... played guitar for many years, but haven’t picked up my Taylor much in a decade, ugh. Fishing any chance I get. Grew up chasing smallies on the rivers in VA, spent a decade in San Diego fishing the bays and surf, and now hit the NC surf whenever I can. And my daughter... anything I do with her is the best.


                • HouseHomey
                  HouseHomey commented
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                  NC/SD military???

                • FishTalesNC
                  FishTalesNC commented
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                  Good guess HouseHomey, plenty of military both places. But nope, worked for Intuit all this time. They paid to move me from VA to SD in ‘97 and let me start working remotely when we moved to NC in ‘06.



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