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  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13619
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    Your first non-family job.

    This is an old thread that I thought it would be fun to bring back. If you missed it the first time, please add your first non-family job(s). If you have already posted but have something to add, please do.

    you were working in a family business - not family chores.

    I'll start. In the late '50s, when I was eight or nine, I sold Krispy Kreme donuts door to door. They sold for $0.60 a dozen, and I got to keep a nickle for each dozen. Ya can't buy one for that price now... I took orders for delivery once a week.

    I thought I was rich! Comic books were only $0.10, so selling two dozen bought me another comic.
    Last edited by RonB; May 1, 2021, 10:16 AM.
  • richinlbrg
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1892
    • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
    • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

    Winner job, brother!!

    I did yard work, driveway sealing and dropped trees until I got a job as a professional dishwasher in a pizza joint for a buck an hour. Made over 100 a week there.


    • RonB
      RonB commented
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      That was a lot of hours...

    • richinlbrg
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      Yeah, RonB it was. Good thing it was also fun! Turns out I also worked with a well known punk rocker, Tommy Frenzy. Was only a couple years ago I figured it out. DOH
  • CaptainMike
    Club Member
    • Nov 2015
    • 2714
    • 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)
      Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

    Dad was a catskinner and worked for a few dirt moving contractors. The summer of my 12th year was spent fueling, greasing, and routine maintenance on heavy equipment. I thought it was the coolest thing to get a 20 dollar bill at the end of the week. But the first tax-paying job was 2 years later working at the local livestock auction yard. My first day there was the biggest sale they ever had and I logged 27 straight hours! Pretty sure that job prepared me well for my eventual firefighter career. Bullshit and all!


    • HouseHomey
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      Ha!! Can we say BS? Shhh.....

    • CaptainMike
      CaptainMike commented
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      Might have snuck that one by....
  • Huskee
    • May 2014
    • 15423
    • 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)

      • (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

      • 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

      • 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)

      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    Stacked lots of wood for a family friend who runs a logging business as a young teenager. Also painted decks and did yard work by word of mouth.

    My first real job, while still in high school, was for a construction company working on building the hospital in West Branch, MI. I made $6.50/hr as a laborer. I learned metal framing and framed a few walls in there by myself (hasn't fallen down yet), scrapped lots of drywall, hung lots of grid ceilings, learned to walk on drywall stilts, helped lay some flat rubber roofing on the hottest days of the summer I swear. I had all my graduation credits so I was allowed to leave at lunch my senior year in high school, drive 35mins one way to work the remaining 4 hrs of the day at $6.50/hr. Needles to say I didn't get very rich. After buying Steel toe boots, hard hat, jeans, all my own tools (they only provided the big power tools) Taco Bell on the drive there and gas I think I worked for experience alone.


    • Donw
      Club Member
      • Jul 2017
      • 3539

      My first job was when I was about 11, carrying a tray of popcorn and cokes car to car in a drive-in theater to sell. Why I remember that job so well is that after that first weekend, and trying to sell to the cars parked in the back rows, my parents didn’t to give me a lecture on the birds and the bees. It was highly informative and embarrassing at the same time.


      • richinlbrg
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      • Mudkat
        Mudkat commented
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        "Coffee?" "Tea?" "Whoa! Well hello there"!

      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        Yowza! How exactly is that working in that tiny space?
    • RichieB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2018
      • 1806
      • Western Mass

      1st was delivering Saturday and Sunday papers. Post, Daily News, WSJ. NYT and others. On Saturday picked about 4 AM. Got papers, broke open bundles in truck Sorted and delivered. Sunday picked up at 230 AM. Picked up papers, went to garage, broke open bundles. Has a 6 man line, putting all the circulars and other items news inserts in each paper loaded trucks (there were 2). Driver and delivery boys. Deliver. Usually done by 7 AM. $6 a night. If we ever got tip's which was rare as we never saw the customers, we had to split them among the 4 delivery boys.


      • HawkerXP
        Club Member
        • Jul 2016
        • 6380
        • Virginia
        • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
          Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
          Slo n Sear
          Cold beer

        Paper route, 6 days a week. 70 houses done on a bike, from 7th grade to senior year high school. Saved every dime. Bought me two Schwinn bicycles and a brand new 1976 Camaro. Also painted classrooms and rooms in the rectory at our church summers. Cut lawns, shoveled snow. You needed help with something, call me. First job working for someone would be at a gas station. Weekend night manager.


        • HawkerXP
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          Come on. Mudkat and HouseHomey I'm going to be a motivational speaker when I grow up!

        • Mudkat
          Mudkat commented
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          Never grow up!

        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          I've always been told to save every dime, problem is I never actually made any dimes and no one said to save the dollars.
      • Troutman
        Club Member
        • Aug 2017
        • 7833
        • 1521




          SOUS VIDE


        Ya beat me to the punch, I ran a paper route delivering Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times newspapers when I was 10-11 years old !! Pay was pretty good for a kid that age, but I remember at Christmas time they would give you like $5 tips (well some folks anyway). To a kid back in those days it was like finding gold at the end of a rainbow, I might bag $150 !!

        On my normal route a threw the papers as close to the front porch as I could. Often times in my haste they ended up in bushes or out of the way places. I was expected to stop and retrieve it or get in trouble. One guy had a flight of steps up to a concrete landing and insisted his paper be on that landing. So I got pretty good at getting it up there with one fling but one day hit the aluminum panel on his screen door and put a nice dent in it. I thought the guy was going to come unglued, almost got me fired and I had to pay restitution !! Well after that I was super careful until right about the time I was ready to quit the route, I deliberately went back to the guy's house and let that screen door have it !!! Oh the revengeful pleasure I got out of that. Yea it was wrong but the guy was a turd and deserved it.

        After that (I know you don't want to hear my life's story) but I lied at 15 and got a job working in a fancy steak house as a dishwasher and busboy. It's really were my love of cooking took hold, but it's also the time when I knew working in a kitchen was not for me !! I'll leave the heavy lifting to HouseHomey


        • jgreen
          jgreen commented
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          Brings back memories. Did that too, was pretty accurate from about 30 feet, but much further than that and the accuracy decreased.

        • HawkerXP
          HawkerXP commented
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          I had to put it inside the storm door. jgreen

        • HouseHomey
          HouseHomey commented
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          Went in to help on my day off. Made veal stock today, 2 boxes at 50lbs each. Knuckles and femor.. I'm feeling my age. That heavy lifting. I'm happy no one was around to see me. It's not lifting up the box that's hard, it's carrying it out front of you so you don't get any blood or derbis on your apron or chef whites while walking my station which is the furthest away from the walk in. Yikes!!!
      • Steve R.
        Club Member
        • Jul 2016
        • 2514
        • Elizabethtown, KY
        • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

        My summer job in high school and first couple of years of college was washing cars and doing odd jobs at a local car dealer. Washed dozens of cars Monday through Friday, 40 hrs a week. On a really hot day, I could step out of one of those cars into 95 degree heat and actually shiver. We didn't have heat exhaustion back then.

        The best days were when I got to help with dealer trades, and I would take a vehicle to another dealership in another town and bring back the other one.


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

          Peeling house logs at 12 years old. My dad would come pull 3. Or 4 out of the pile ever morning be for he went to work so I didn’t get squished. Such a good dad


          • Mr. Bones
            Charter Member
            • Sep 2016
            • 10120
            • Kansas Territory
            • Grills / Smokers

              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!!!!

              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

              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.)

              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

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

            Buckin hay, detasslin corn, cleanin barn stalls, an hogpens out (All fer neighbours, did this at home fer free) kept me busy, in addition to my family farm chores...

            When we moved to KS, in town, why, alla that wonderful stuff was kinda gone, so switched to cuttin grass, shovellin snow, etc. to tide me over...got a paper route, then two, then three

            When I was 14, I got a job as busboy in a Very Fancy $$$$ Private Club. $1.50 an hour, I thought I was Rollin in th dough!

            Wasn't a busboy fer very long, before a particularly bad tempered cook walked out in th middle of us gittin slammed on a Sattiday night...th owners an remainin cooks were Freakin Out, bad Th 'Wheel of Woe' was three deep fulla orders...
            I walked over, and said "I can cook, where do ya want me to start?
            Last edited by Mr. Bones; August 26, 2018, 11:47 AM.


            • HouseHomey
              HouseHomey commented
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              BOOM BONSEY!!! That's how we roll!

            • Butchman
              Butchman commented
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              Baptism by fire!

            • Backroadmeats
              Backroadmeats commented
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              Ugggh detasseling corn!! If anyone thinks their job sucks they have no idea how good they have it!!
          • Frozen Smoke
            Club Member
            • Nov 2017
            • 1528
            • Northern Mn

            Winter months was cleaning the tavern my mom and dad owned. A lot of the regulars there knew I was the one who swept the floors, wiped down all the tables and stocked the coolers in the morning. They would drop quarters and sometimes dollar bills on the floor late at night for the "sweeper"!

            Summers I worked and lived with a local farmer. Milked cows every morning and baled hay when needed along helping with whatever needed to be done around the farm. He payed me pretty well from what I remember and he gave me my first car he had laying around. 55 Chevy two door post! Said if I could make it run it was mine. I had a buddy who was born to be a mechanic he helped me get it going in a afternoon.
            I was 15 at the time but had my farmers license so I had limited driving privledges at 15. Had that car for 7 years. It was quite the hot rod. Think Harrison Fords 55 in American Graffiti. Blew it up and sold it to the next kid who wanted a 55. Lost track of it after that.

            All in all I think I had the All American youth experience!


            • MBMorgan
              Club Member
              • Sep 2015
              • 6551
              • Colorado
              • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                > Thermoworks Smoke
                > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                > Thermoworks Thermapen
                > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                > Anova sous vide circulator
                > Searzall torch
                > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

              At the age of 14, I went to work as a stock boy for V.J. Elmore (five and dime) in Alabaster, Alabama. Got paid $0.80/hour (paid weekly in cash). My first (but not last) labor/management dispute was over being told to dress up in a bunny costume for Easter. I won that one ...


              • Pequod
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 480
                • Crozet, VA
                • Gear
                  • Medium Konro

                First job was selling clothes at a small Menswear store on Ridge Road in my hometown of Lansing, IL, south of Chicago and next door to Calumet City, home of the Blues Brothers. This was the late ‘70’s and I was 13 years old - selling three piece suits and Sans-a-Belt slacks for minimum wage. Walked there every day to work after school until closing. It was up hill both ways.


                • ssandy_561
                  Charter Member
                  • Apr 2015
                  • 1400
                  • Central OHIO

                  The day I turned 11 I got a paper route and kept until the day I turned 16 when I got a job at the Hills department store. My favorite job of all time. That's where I met and fell for my better half of the past 26 years.




                  2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

                  We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for March 18-20, 2022. More details and re-booking info coming soon! For now click here for more info.
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