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What's the best way to spend less time working and more time actually cooking?

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  • Mosca
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 3635
    • PA
    • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

    What's the best way to spend less time working and more time actually cooking?

    As a followup to Citizenoftheworld ...

    I don't think I'm a workaholic, but my job does demand hours. I work until 8 most nights, and until 5 on Saturdays. I'm off Tuesdays and Saturdays, and a few times a year I take a Monday off so I get 3 days for the price of one. But then Mrs and I usually go away.

    I think the answer lies with that lottery thing that's going on. I should probably liquidate my retirement fund and buy tickets with it.
  • Skip
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3530
    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
    • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

    When I was working I worked 5 1/2 - 6 Days per week. Until I retired I didn't realize how much time that really used up. Being retired for 4 years now does give me more time for cooking, gardening, and other fun stuff.


    • Steve R.
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 2427
      • Elizabethtown, KY
      • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

      Get a job cooking? HouseHomey ?


      • FireMan
        Charter Member
        • Jul 2015
        • 7849
        • Bottom of Winnebago

        This is simple. Get a legal pad & list all the cons of working, when your list is complete, quit doin all of em & go cook. If that doesn’t work than go find something that will allow you to cook more or as Steve said, find work cooking.


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

          Unfortunately I have to work in order to cook and I cook in order to work just one of the necessary evils in life


          • jgreen
            Charter Member
            • Oct 2014
            • 2722
            • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
            • Cookers:
              Broil King XL
              Broil King Smoke
              Weber Kettle 26
              Grilla Pellet smoker
              Capital 40 natural gas
              Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

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

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

            I think retirement is the best answer, but not all of us are there yet. I took last week off and it sure reminds me how much time work takes up.


            • EdF
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            • Fire Art
              Fire Art commented
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              Dang it
          • Keiferr
            Club Member
            • Jun 2018
            • 964
            • Southeast Michigan

            Retire and keep wife working. Impress her with dinner when she gets home once in a while (regularly).


            • nickgutnick
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              That’s my retirement plan in 20 years

            • Steve B
              Steve B commented
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              Oohh. I like this idea. 😊😍😳
              But than again you guys don’t know my wife. 😬

            • CaptainMike
              CaptainMike commented
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              And don't forget to tell her how "busy" you've been all day.
          • Spinaker
            • Nov 2014
            • 10765
            • 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

            Work from home. Anytime I do, I have something rolling on the pit.


            • JCBBQ
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            • bten
              bten commented
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              Same here.

            • Steve B
              Steve B commented
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              Maybe I can open up shop in my garage?🤔
          • klflowers
            Club Member
            • Sep 2015
            • 3483
            • Tennessee

            I feel you, Mosca. Today is my first day off in a couple of weeks, and I brought work home that I am currently ignoring. I just try and cook when I can.


            • JGo37
              Club Member
              • Apr 2018
              • 1577
              • the LOU
              • Cookers:

                22" Blackstone Griddle, with stand & hood
                CharGriller Portable Firebox - so modified you'll BLOL
                Kitchenaid #810 Charcoal Grill - highly modified
                Weber BI-code Black Performer w/Igniter
                Weber DE-code Red Limited - 'Lucille'


                Ancient heavy CI Propane Turkey Fryer, for lighting chimneys
                BBQ Dragon kettle shelves - 2
                Fyre Dragon Kettle Drippin' Ring, Burnin' Cone & Drippin' Pan - 2 sets
                Fyre Dragon Kettle Ribbin' Ring
                Fyre Dragon Kettle 2-Zone Smokin' Sheet
                OneGrill Rotisserie for the Kitchenaid
                Smoking Tubes: 2x12" & 1x6"
                Weber Gourmet Grill w/Griddle, Pizza Stone & Wok

                My Helpers:

                Anova 900W Sous Vide Cooker w/Radios
                Instant Pot 6Q Duo
                Nesco Tabletop Roaster
                & the PIT!

              EXACTLY as Spinaker says - work from home. I do 50% of the time, and roll my hours around my cooks.


              • Locotech
                Charter Member
                • Sep 2014
                • 375
                • northern Ontario, Canada
                • "Livin' hard was easy, when I was young and bulletproof"

                40 yrs. of workin' in shops...now this is my shop when I'm not cookin. Click image for larger version

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                • Steve B
                  Steve B commented
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                  Oh hell yes. I’m jealous.

                • Spinaker
                  Spinaker commented
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                  Also Jealous
              • HouseHomey
                Club Member
                • May 2016
                • 5437
                • 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.

                Steve R. No... No..... don't do it!


                • Steve R.
                  Steve R. commented
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                  Thanks for clearing that up!

                • Steve B
                  Steve B commented
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                  Haaaa. @Homey You know you love it. 😊😳😡🤔😎😂
              • Rod
                Club Member
                • Dec 2015
                • 680
                • Phoenix, AZ
                • Weber Genesis S330 with GrillGrates
                  Weber Performer with SnS, DnG and Pit Viper mod
                  Weber 26" kettle with SnS and Pit Viper mod
                  Blackstone 36" SS griddle

                  Thermoworks Smoke
                  Thermoworks MK4
                  Maverick ET-732

                  Accessories ranging from a Vortex to bear claws.

                Wifi. That's my plan until I can retire. Still a long ways away from that. I figure with technology I might be able to plan cooks like using my new wifi controller for my pellet grill. Prep the meat the night before and have the step kid through it in the cooker or maybe during my lunch break I can run home and throw it on. Then I can monitor and control everything from my phone. Sounds plausible.


                • ribeyeguy
                  Charter Member
                  • Jun 2015
                  • 1300
                  • S. E. Wisconsin
                  • Weber Platinum Performer, 18"WSM, Smokenator, Slow 'n Sear.

                  Not to hijack Mosca's thread but to those that are retired, how was the initial adjustment? Retirement is something I'm looking at in the next year or so and I don't honestly know how I'm going to handle it. I mean, if I take a week off now just to relax around the house, by Wednesday I'm itching to get back to work.


                  • Steve B
                    Steve B commented
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                    Hmmm. I got 6 or so Years to go. And I’m already counting down the days. I’ve been an auto technician for 35 years now and I’m getting tired. I sooo look forward to my days off.
                    Don’t get me wrong, I do love what I do. I’m just getting tired.

                  • RichieB
                    RichieB commented
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                    I retired August 1st 2017. Worked 44.5 years.The adjustment was easy as I was ready! I was blessed with a great career that left me financially prepared. Retirement funds are in place. So, my advice; 1st be sure you can support the lifestyle you want. That will lend to minimal anxiety. Then find something that you have a passion for. I did, BBQ & Grilling, & more time w/family.

                  • CaptainMike
                    CaptainMike commented
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                    You need, or need to develop, other interests or hobbies. We bought a fixer-upper a couple of years before I hung 'em up and it keeps me busy enough. Ironically, flyfishing is (was?) a passion of mine and while we live in a great area for that, I haven't fished in almost 2 years! I have become a pretty good Pit man and start planning dinner in the morning.
                • JakeT
                  Club Member
                  • Mar 2018
                  • 500
                  • Vacaville, CA
                  • Lonestar Grillz 24x48
                    Forno Bravo Casa 110
                    Sunterra 60" Argentine Grill w/ Rear Brasero
                    KBQ C-60
                    Weber Kettle 22"
                    Fire Magin a660i

                    A-MAZE-N-TUBE 6", 10", maze
                    BBQ Dragon
                    BBQ Dragon Chimney
                    Bernzomatic w/ Mapp Gas

                  I work minimum 50 hours a week and usually 60-75. I'm putting in the hours now so I can hopefully back off and work far fewer hours eventually. My father in-law gave me the advice to work towards the goal of being able to work on your business rather than work in the business.


                  • JakeT
                    JakeT commented
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                    EdF are you a teacher?

                  • EdF
                    EdF commented
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                    No, it was a poor choice of words - I mean some of the more senior staff at our company. They tend to be much more concerned with the content of the work than how the business works. And IMO, you need both.

                  • JakeT
                    JakeT commented
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                    @edf...ahhh I see, I agree people definitely don't like to be out of their comfort zone. Unfortunate because the more time outside your comfort zone the better you get.



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