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  • Deaf Arty
    Club Member
    • Nov 2016
    • 186
    • Cheyenne, WY
    • Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone
      Weber Q-100 gas grill
      Grill Grates
      Original Weber 22" kettle (1978 model!)
      Slow n Sear
      Drip & Griddle
      Thermoworks RT600C
      Thermapen MK4

    Retired from the Marine Corps and then became a professional engineer. Worked for the State of California and the County of San Diego as a civil and a traffic engineer, then worked for myself as a consultant. But now I'm Retired with a capital "R", and i get to BBQ, take landscape photos, and play golf! Lovin' it.


    • Jkahnert
      Club Member
      • Sep 2016
      • 24

      I work for a company that sells CNC Machine tools, mills and lathes etc. Basically I teach our customers how to program and operate their new equipment.
      I enjoy darts and fishing, and of course grilling.....


      • HouseHomey
        Club Member
        • May 2016
        • 5504
        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
        • Equipment
          Primo Oval xl

          Slow n Sear (two)
          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
          Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
          cast iron pans,
          Dutch ovens
          Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
          The help and preferences
          1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
          A 9 year old princess foster child
          Patience and old patio furniture
          "Baby Girl" The cat

          Erik S.

        ComfortablyNumb in n out at Magnolia and Trask off the 22 freeway.


        • gcdmd
          Charter Member
          • Sep 2014
          • 1089
          • The Republic of Texas

          Retired radiologist with 12 years active duty U S Army Medical Corps followed by 20 years private practice. After a 10 year vacation I taught anatomy and physiology at our local community college part time for 7 1/2 years. I'm once again not gainfully employed.

          Cooking in various forms is my main hobby now, along with reading, mostly cook books and history. I just started reading "A Bowl of Red" by Frank X Tolbert, which is a combination cook book and history of chili cooking. I cooked at a soup kitchen for a while and now for various church events. My wife and I are both active in our church.

          I used to help with the grandkids a lot, but they're pretty much grown now, in high school and college. In more recent years it has been fun going to their sporting events.
          Last edited by gcdmd; January 26, 2018, 06:48 AM.


          • FireMan
            Charter Member
            • Jul 2015
            • 8056
            • Bottom of Winnebago

            As Woody Guthrie would say, I work hard, yessir, hard work. Can’t tell ya, but it’s hard.


            • Huskee
              Huskee commented
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              I think you've already told us, haven't you?
          • RobertC
            Club Member
            • Mar 2017
            • 175

            I'm a harmless drudge, a professor who studies arcane things in an obscure field. I spend my time delving deeply into a small question, trying to understand more and more about a smaller and smaller thing with the goal that someday I may know everything about nothing. When you study arcane things in an obscure field it's good to have a Plan B so my mom and step-dad insisted that I work in his butcher shop until it looked like I could actually make (almost) a living as an academic. My step-dad had marvelous 3-D imaging. He could run his hand across a side of beef and visualize the musculature and knew where to make the first reference cut that would determine how much yield he'd get from the rest of the animal. That's where I learned that cows, pigs, sheep, goats, deer, and rabbits all have the same general anatomy. Once you know how to cut up a chicken, you can pretty much cut up a duck, a goose, a pheasant, a quail, or I suppose a hummingbird or an ostrich. Since birds are the modern-day descendants of dinosaurs, I'm thinking I could probably cut up a brontosaurus. It'd probably taste like chicken.

            As a hobby, I mostly ride my bike and follow bicycle racing. I did a bit of racing long ago, but quickly learned that I wasn't good enough, and I abhor drugs both in the meat I eat and the meat I carry on my bones. Nonetheless, because of my academic work, I happened to figure out a way to measure something that world-class cyclists are interested in, so I've had a chance to work with Olympians, Tour de France riders, and world record holders.

            I mention my hobby because there's a connection: athletes care a lot about what they eat, they tend to watch their weight pretty rigorously, and when they do eat meat they tend not to eat large masses of it. I got into smoking meat because it's one of several ways to infuse a lot of flavor into a small quantity of meat. Basically, I trade off quantity for quality, where quality means flavor. Life is too short and pleasure too fleeting to waste time on indifferent food.
            Last edited by RobertC; January 24, 2018, 12:07 PM.


            • EdF
              EdF commented
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              Like VO2?

            • RobertC
              RobertC commented
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              EdF CdA. I figured out a way to estimate aerodynamic drag without a wind tunnel. To go faster you have to both maximize the power you can produce and minimize the power you lose through drag. V02 is about producing power. CdA is about the demand for power.

              As an aside, Enzo Ferrari said "aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines."

            • Mudkat
              Mudkat commented
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              How 'bout that! So eloquenty writen. A big kudo to your mom and step dad for letting you grow and giving you a safety net. Thanks for sharing with us!
          • miked
            Club Member
            • Aug 2015
            • 64
            • Port Charlotte, FL
            • PBC smoker
              ThermoPro TP-08S
              ThermoWorks Superfast RT600C
              Kingsford Blue
              Favorite Beer - Raging Bitch Belgian IPA (Flying Dog)
              Favorite Whiskey - Jefferson's Ocean Bourbon
              Favorite Rye - Pendleton 1910
              Favorite Rum - Kraken
              Favorite Movie(s) - Casablanca, The Quiet Man, Alien
              Favorite Cigar - whatever I can afford and is in the humidor
              Favorite Bible Verse - Jeremiah 33:3

            NASA Project Manager at Goddard Space Flight Center. Currently managing "Lucy" - a mission to the Trojan asteroids co-orbiting with Jupiter. Just launched 'OSIRIS-REx' in Sept 2016 - a sample return mission to the asteroid Bennu. It arrives this year, takes the sample in 2020, and returns to the Utah desert on Sept 24, 2023. Prior to both of those, it was 'GOES-R' (geostationary weather satellite) and 'Aqua' (Earth observing satellite). For fun, i fish in the Chesapeake Bay, race sailboats in the Bay (and bluewater), hack up a golf course or two, reload & shoot, and try to get better at BBQ'ing...


            • Danjohnston949
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              miked, Like RobertC Your Accomplishments Humble This Poor "OLD" ND FarmBoy❗️ It's Good to Get To Know You and Your "Q"
              Better‼️ From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

            • HouseHomey
              HouseHomey commented
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              Danjohnston949 RobertC And that's just on his days off.
          • Mudkat
            Club Member
            • Feb 2017
            • 2088
            • At a river near me, MD
            • Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5"
              Weber 22" Kettel
              Weber Smokey Joe (2)
              One Grill 45" Rotisserie
              Lodge 5 qt. Dutch Oven
              Lodge 10.5" Double Loop Skillet
              Cast Iron 9" Skillet
              Cast Iron 12" Skillet
              Weber 22 Grill Grates
              Home Built 55 Gallon Ugly Drum Smoker - "MUDS"

            I'm sure you get this all the time but.. I'm sure your're great at BBQing. It's not rocket science! Ba dum bum bum.


            • PBCDad
              Club Member
              • Jan 2016
              • 402
              • Seattle area
              • Pit Barrel Cooker - 2015
                22" Kettle + SnS - 2016
                Thermapen - 2016
                Jambo 24x48 offset smoker (Big Tex) - 2017
                Camp Chef Denali griddle - 2018
                Billows and Signals - 2020

              I'm a structural engineer, working mainly to retrofit existing buildings to withstand earthquakes but our work can vary quite a bit. So far it looks like I'm the only structural, although I believe it was Troutman who said he studied it but doesn't do it for work.

              Who has time for hobbies? I have two little kids who are explosions of fun, and I love spending an odd minute or two with my wife. I play piano as a side gig, wish I had time to play my trombone too, and help wherever I can with the charity that my wife started. I love to cook because I love seeing other people enjoy it, and barbecue was kind of the start of that journey. I cook only occasionally though with everything else going on, which is probably good for my waist...


              • Danjohnston949
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                Fortunately Earth Quakes are "EXTREMELY RARE" Here❗️ Roof Snow
                Loads and Winds are Another Issue‼️ Dan

              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                So who's the baby in your avatar?

              • PBCDad
                PBCDad commented
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                Huskee that is our oldest, she is almost six now. She's still at the point when she would probably think the picture is funny if she saw it. Another couple years and she'll be getting embarrassed, but that's what dads are for, right?
            • Jetski
              Club Member
              • Apr 2017
              • 139
              • St. Louis

              My official job title is Property Mapping Specialist for a large coal company. My degree is in geology, which I have not spent one single day actually doing. I spent 15 years surveying in Texas. I got my SIT (surveyor in training) certificate and then almost immediately took the job I'm at today (darn economy was really taking a toll on the small surveying firm I worked for). I sift through lots and lots of title work, stare at a database and occasionally draw a couple of lines on a screen and let everyone know that is the property we control.

              I have had many hobbies over the years, some of which I do often and many I rarely do. Some of these include fishing, hiking, camping, golf (recently disk golf), biking, collecting rocks and fossils (yeah, there was a reason my degree is in geology), BBQ (of course) and brewing beer.

              I've enjoyed reading everyone's stories. There are a lot of very interesting careers posted. Cheers!


              • LuchaPig
                Former Member
                • Feb 2017
                • 9
                • KY

                My bosses are very successful 3rd-party Amazon sellers(wholesale, not private label) and when they decided to start selling an eCommerce course they brought me on to be Community Manager. I mostly recover lost passwords and manage the social media. My degree is in Mass Communications but my work history is a lot of customer service so the job is a real mix of the two.

                For hobbies I like TV(can't get enough Man Fire Food or American Pickers, and too many non-reality shows to ever list), pro wrestling(all of it, big companies and small, from any country), and forever perfecting recipes for chili and salsa.

                Cooking with fire, podcasts, and video games are really how I clear my brain out on the weekends.

                edit: just remembered, my biggest hobby is honestly sitting around thinking to myself "I wonder when the next stray dog is going to limp up the driveway and join the family", I swear it's like a secret underground network that hands out a map to my house
                Last edited by LuchaPig; January 25, 2018, 01:12 PM.


                • LuchaPig
                  LuchaPig commented
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                  I usually make a big 30-ingredient chili for the WWE Royal Rumble so if I do it this weekend I'll make a post with some pics!

                • PBCDad
                  PBCDad commented
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                  Awesome, I'm definitely going to try this.

                • LuchaPig
                  LuchaPig commented
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                  I'm not a salsa eater myself but I think it makes a good enough base for any ingredient switcharoos you'd want to try
              • Yianno
                Club Member
                • May 2017
                • 24
                • NE Ohio
                • Team Grill Chicago Bears w/ Grill Grates
                  Weber Genesis II
                  Smoke Vault 18"
                  Pit Barrel Cooker
                  Kanes K23 Spit
                  Custom Built Spit
                  Premalia injector
                  Chef Alarm

                I am an M.D.
                Besides cooking for family and friends to enjoy, I love any kind of fishing and fish all year round sun or ice, fresh or salt. I also enjoy the outdoors and car shows.


                • HouseHomey
                  HouseHomey commented
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                  Love that avatar!

                • Yianno
                  Yianno commented
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              • BBQCentralShow
                Greg Rempe
                • Jul 2014
                • 365

                I am a Class 8 Sales Representative for a Peterbilt dealer here in Cleveland, OH. I sell the trucks that DWCowles drives...well, he actually drives a Freightliner...but if he could drive a Pete, I know he would take one in a heartbeat!!


                • Spinaker
                  Spinaker commented
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                  I would take either one!

                • Danjohnston949
                  Danjohnston949 commented
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                  As Far as I Know "Samo - Samo"❓❓ 😉🤗😇🤗😉 , Dan

                • MNKennicutt
                  MNKennicutt commented
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                  My dad drives a Pete and it is what I drove when I was in college. Best rig on the road!
              • cjv140
                Club Member
                • Dec 2016
                • 28
                • Hillside, IL
                  • 22" Weber kettle x 2 (1 follows us to the campground in the spring & fall)
                  • Traeger little guy pellet smoker
                  • Thermapen in blue
                  • A few Weber chimney starters
                  • Favorite beer - Founders Centennial IPA
                  • Favorite whisky - Glenmorangie sherry cask
                  • Favorite white wine - Depends on the food
                  • Favorite red wine - most Zinfandels (red of course)

                I am a law enforcement officer, have been for over 20 years. Great job at times, others not so much. I of course enjoy cooking and smoking meat, especially ribeye steaks or pork butts. I was a drummer in a classic rock cover band and I loved that. I enjoy trying new beers, wines, and single malt scotches. I love camping in Wisconsin and Michigan with my wife and adult kids, when we are cool enough for them. Treat people right, you never know what they have going on. A little random kindness goes a long way!
                Last edited by cjv140; October 31, 2020, 05:37 PM. Reason: Things have changed, I just noticed that I need to be more on top of the profile!


                • jlazar
                  jlazar commented
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                  Thanks for your service.

                • HouseHomey
                  HouseHomey commented
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                  I appreciate your service sir!

                • Jared49
                  Jared49 commented
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                  Thank you, “Blue”, for your service!!
              • Locotech
                Charter Member
                • Sep 2014
                • 395
                • northern Ontario, Canada
                • "Livin' hard was easy, when I was young and bulletproof"

                Retired locomotive rebuilder, (and happy about it). Into BBQn when we're not freezin' here in the great white north. Actually putting a small brisket on t'day for pastrami.it's about 30F so a good day for it, pics could follow. Into music, fishin', hangin with my kids and their families. Keeping my truck running.




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