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A most expensive barbecue component upgrade to a vital part of the cook

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  • jgg85234
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 736
    • Gilbert, AZ (Suburb of Phoenix)
    • *Cooking Equipment
      Kamado Joe Classic in Eucalyptus Table (2016)
      Kamado Joe Joetisserie (2017)
      Weber 22.5" Kettle (K Date Code - 1988) Wooden handles/wood side table
      Adrenaline BBQ Company Slow n Sear #61
      Adrenaline BBQ Company Drip n Griddle
      Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5" (2014)
      *Controllers
      Flame Boss 200
      *Thermometers
      Thermapen MK4 (Red)
      Thermopop (Red)
      Thermoworks TW8060 with grill and meat probes
      *Favorite Whisky - Knockando Speyside Single Malt
      *Favorite Red Wine - Clos du Bois Marlstone
      *Favorite White Wine - Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay
      *Favorite Beer - Budweiser Budvar (Czechvar in the US) frisch vom fass
      *Favorites to grill - New York Strips or Top Sirloins, pizzas are fun too
      *Favorites to smoke - Baby Back or St. Louis Ribs, Pork Butts, Standing Rib Roast, Strip Loin Roast, Tri-Tip, Chicken, Turkey, Pork Loin, Cornish Hens

    A most expensive barbecue component upgrade to a vital part of the cook

    I've been a little silent lately, and I haven't been cooking very much. Round 3 of medical issues, all generated by the first one, which was a pneumonia virus that got into my heart.

    Round 2 was 2 years ago, with the aneurysms behind my knees that almost resulted in the loss of my right leg.

    Round 3 is apparently a result of the massive doses of morphine they gave me when the aneurysms occurred plus the dry mouth from all of the medication I've been on.

    So, what was it?

    I started breaking teeth right and left a few months ago, mostly uppers.

    Yesterday, they pulled all of my upper teeth and put in the titanium posts to hold the dental implants. As promised, it was all done in a few hours. They gave me a sedative, and lots of Lidocaine. Just slightly overdid the sedative, and I was asleep for most of the procedure. And, the rest of the day and night.

    Woke up this morning with soreness where I touched, but no pain unless I touched it. So, no painkillers today.

    New set of upper teeth (temporary) which stay in place for 4 months, followed by the permanent implants.

    Wasn't looking forward to this, but having gone through it, not something to be afraid of.

    And, without teeth it's really hard to enjoy cooking (and eating). So, I think this was a necessary upgrade to my barbecue gear

    Dentist told me that he could keep patching me up, but eventually I would have to go through this process. Asked if I wanted to do it now, or in my 80s, when it would be a lot more difficult. So, it's done.

    Can't chew much at the moment, but it should heal well, and I should be able to continue eating anything I want.

    Anyone else been through this?

    Best regards,
    Jim
  • Jerod Broussard
    Moderator
    • Jun 2014
    • 9894
    • 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
      Vortex
      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

    #2
    Yikes! Good to hear from ya. Now the stars around here can shine a little brighter.
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    • treesmacker
      Club Member
      • May 2018
      • 1009
      • Grants Pass OR
        • Rec Tec Trailblazer RT-340
        • O-Grill 600 Portable Grill with O-Dock
        • Cuisinart 360 Griddle
        • Ooni Fyra (coming soon)

      #3
      My wife is going through this now. Same thing - uppers pulled and post implanted. She had it done end of January, and next eval will be beginning of August. She has been a trooper, eating only soft stuff with no chewing. I couldn't help but keep eating and cooking in front of her. I have done some special meals for her and she can eat (now) some of the tender chicken etc. Early on, she used an immersion blender a lot; soups with all of the goodies, blended into oblivion. Super blended tuna salad. Lots of yogurt and stuff. Unfortunately, I received my pellet grill just about the same time as her surgery, so she hasn't been able to enjoy. Soon we'll have her chew into some super tender ribs.

      Wishing you a speedy recovery and back to cooking (and eating).

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      • Mr. Bones
        Charter Member
        • Sep 2016
        • 9999
        • Kansas Territory
        • Grills / Smokers
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          Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
          Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
          Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
          Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
          Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
          Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
          Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
          Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

          Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
          Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
          Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

          Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
          Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
          Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
          Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
          Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
          (Lime Green)
          Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
          Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



          Thermometers:
          *********************************************
          Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
          Maverick ET-732, (Black)
          Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
          ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
          Blue ThermaPen Mk4
          Orange Thermapen Mk4
          Pink Thermapen Mk4
          ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
          ThermoWorks Smoke
          ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
          4 Pro Series cable extensions
          Smoke Gateway

          Accessories:
          *********************************************
          2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
          BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
          Warming shelf
          MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
          Backyard Grill marinade injector
          Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
          Bear Paws
          Meat Rakes
          BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



          Cookware:
          Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
          G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
          '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
          60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
          50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
          Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
          Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

          Cutlery, etc.:
          Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
          Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
          Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
          Multiple steels, from all over the planet
          Crock sticks
          Diamond stones, various
          Lansky Sharpening System

          Tableware
          Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
          Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
          Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

        #4
        I'm right there with ya, I need to have this done, like years ago...

        My dentist has been quite th opposite; I been beggin fer years to "pull em all, gimme some that live in a glass at night"....he assures me that I don't wanna do that...

        Best Wishes fer a Speedy Recovery!
        Last edited by Mr. Bones; July 21, 2018, 02:37 AM.

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        • Donw
          Donw commented
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          You have a good dentist! You don’t want to do that if at all possible.
      • LA Pork Butt
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 5650
        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

        #5
        Sorry to hear about your rough journey. Think tender meat when you do cook. The less you need to chew the better - low and slow and tender steak.

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        • RonB
          RonB commented
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          Filets!
      • Huskee
        Administrator
        • May 2014
        • 15371
        • 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.

        #6
        Good to hear from you. That must've been a bit unnerving. Happy you're in good spirits about it. Here's to a speedy recovery and a big ol pork butt (or chuck) to celebrate!

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        • HawkerXP
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 6312
          • Virginia
          • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
            Thermopops
            Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
            Slo n Sear
            Cold beer

          #7
          Yowzer. Not looking forward to anything like that! As said glad your back and on the mend.

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          • Fire Art
            Club Member
            • Jan 2018
            • 988
            • Jackson hole Wyoming

            #8
            Quick recovery and happy chewing

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            • RonB
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 13506
              • Near Richmond VA
              • Weber Performer Deluxe
                SNS
                Pizza insert
                Rotisserie
                Smokenator 1000
                Cookshack Smokette Elite
                2 Thermapens
                Chefalarm
                Dot
                lots of probes.
                CyberQ

              #9
              Glad to hear from ya, and here's wishing you a speedy recovery.

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              • Cheef
                Banned Former Member
                • Oct 2015
                • 671

                #10
                Glad to hear you are on the mend an looking forward to a new beginning chopper wise.
                GENES--it is all about the GENES I suppose.
                Wife and I are looking after her 95 year old Father. Last dental check he passed 100%. Astounded his dentist!!!
                For supper tonight he is looking forward to a tomahawk ribeye and corn on the cob!!!!

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                • Steve B
                  Club Member
                  • Jun 2016
                  • 3162
                  • 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

                  #11
                  Damn Jim. That sure is a lot to go through. Glad to see that you're on the mend and looking forward to see you get back in the saddle again. Best of luck.

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                  • CaptainMike
                    Club Member
                    • Nov 2015
                    • 2675
                    • The Great State of Jefferson
                    • 24X40 Lone Star Grillz offset smoker
                      Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
                      Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
                      2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
                      20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
                      20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
                      Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
                      36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
                      Fireboard
                      Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

                    #12
                    Whew, what a journey! Sounds like you're on the healing side and here's to a speedy recovery.

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                    • jgreen
                      Charter Member
                      • Oct 2014
                      • 2735
                      • 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

                      #13
                      Tough to go through. Glad you are getting close to the end. Eating with a straw is less than fun. Unfortunately I live to eat, while my wife eats only enough to live.

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                      • jfmorris
                        Club Member
                        • Nov 2017
                        • 3511
                        • Huntsville, Alabama
                        • Jim Morris

                          Cookers
                          • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (2021)
                          • 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 & Rotisserie (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
                          Thermometers
                          • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
                          • Thermoworks Dot
                          • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
                          • Thermoworks RT600C
                          Beverages
                          • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

                        #14
                        Sorry to hear about all your medical and dental issues, but sounds like you've got a plan for the road to recovery. Nice to "meat" you from Huntsville, Alabama.

                        As someone else said, its genetics I guess, as my parents both have most of their teeth, and both of my inlaws when they were both alive had full sets of dentures. I've got a brother in law with soft teeth issues as well (different inlaws). Sorry to hear you lost the lottery in this area.

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                          EdF
                          Club Member
                          • Jul 2016
                          • 3228
                          • 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

                          #15
                          You've definitely got a great perspective on it - and that's what matters. Toast to a speedy recovery and good Q-ing!

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