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  • BRic
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 372
    • Winnipeg Mb. Canada
    • Napoleon bbq
      ​​​​​​Broil King Keg
      ​​​​Hunsaker Smoker
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Maverick ET-733 Wireless Thermometer
      ThermoPop Temp
      2 - ThermoWorks DOTs Temps
      UUNI infrared Thermometer gun
      LEM 1182 Meat Grinder
      Cabela`s Sausage Stuffer
      Grill Grates

      Red River Rumble BBQ and Grill
      Reserve Grand Champions Backyard
      2018 Morrris Manitoba

    How long Have We Been Grilling and BBQ or Smoking

    To start this off , i been doing this for amost 50 years started when I was Twelve years of age . Started helping my Dad BBQ ,and smoking meats . I have been passing this knowledge off to my daughters . I am proud of them , what they have learnt .
    We are always together on weekends cooking and i hope to pass this on to my grandson .
    Last edited by BRic; February 22, 2019, 02:53 PM.
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 6631
    • 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

    If you include grilling into your question, then 57 years. For BBQ or smoking only, then about 41 years.


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      ya I should of worded it like that
  • ssandy_561
    Charter Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 1429
    • Central OHIO

    Grilling since the mid 80’s when I was still a teenager.

    BBQing for only only the last 10 years.


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      I would have to say , one of the best hobbies going , and best of all you get to share it
      with everybody .
  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 8513
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    I started out killin & toasting meat & stuff about 45 yrs ago. I achieved turning chicken into cardboard into an art form. My fam & meself just grinned & bared it.
    About ten to twelve years ago I stumbled upon a book by Steve Raichlen & I’ve been on my way ever since. A little over 5 yrs ago smokin was brought to my attention & I went in search of what else but a book or two. Found this website & a recommendation by this guy Meathead. Bought 7 of his top ten. Loved what I saw & read. Started smokin & went in search of that website that I visited. Found it & I am now writing to this guy who calls hisself BRic. 🕶
    Last edited by FireMan; February 23, 2019, 07:11 AM.


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      love your post !! I think this is one of the best hobbies , it is so gratifying to share with
      family and friends and to be a member of this site .
  • klflowers
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 3771
    • Tennessee

    Lets see - started grilling in my teens with my uncles so that was maybe 45 years ago. Got my first kettle around 35 years ago. Bought my first Brinkman water smoker maybe 20 years ago. Bought my first WSM probably 15 years ago. Didn't take really good care of it, so bought another around 8 years ago. My food was always on the better side of good, but a couple of years ago a friend told me about AR, and then it went up several notches.


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      klflowers Love your story , happy Grillin .
  • Attjack
    Club Member
    • Aug 2017
    • 4727
    • Primo XL
      Weber 26"
      Weber 22"
      Weber 22"
      Weber 18"
      Weber Jumbo Joe
      Weber Green Smokey Joe (Thanks, Mr. Bones!)
      Weber Smokey Joe
      Orion Smoker

      DigiQ DX2
      Slow 'N Sear XL
      Arteflame 26.75" Insert

      Blaze BLZ-4-NG 32-Inch 4-Burner Built-In
      - With Rear Infrared Burner
      - With Infrared Sear Burner
      - With Rotisserie
      Empava 2 Burner Gas Cooktop
      Weber Spirit 210
      - With Grillgrates
      ​​​​​​​ - With Rotisserie
      Weber Q2200

      Blackstone Pizza Oven

      Portable propane burners (3)
      Propane turkey Fryer

      Fire pit grill

    I made my first grill in high school out of a galvanized trash can. I wish I had a picture of it. I don't even recall how I suspended the charcoal grate. I bought my first Weber Kettle in 2015 and started BBQing after that probably 2016 not long before I started posting here.


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      Good story , My brother did the same thing .
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13831
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    My parents never had a grill, so I built one when I was 13. It was just a large can that I put some holes in the bottom and put sticks in and lit. I must have had some kind of grate, but I don't remember what. That was in 1960. Got married in 76 after leaving the Navy and bought a kettle several years later - probably around 1980. Bought a cheap bullet smoker in the mid 80s, but never tamed that beast. About 10 years ago I bought an electric smoker and had some success, but didn't get serious until I found The Pit in '16.


    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      Sounds a little like my story. I'm self taught when it comes to cooking if you dont count this site, other sites and books.

    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      By that I mean I didn't have any cooking mentors in my life. No grilling or bbqing to witness when I was young.

    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      RonB Enjoyed reading ,and how you got started .
  • Hulagn1971
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 1080
    • NC, The Triad
    • WSM 22.5", Pitmaster IQ110, Weber 22.5" Kettle with SNS, Weber 14" Smokey Joe.

    Got started in 2010. Didn't really get serious about it till I joined here in 2014.


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      This website is amazing , I think the site has made all of us better grillers .

    • Hulagn1971
      Hulagn1971 commented
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      BRic I give all the credit to this site.
  • Spinaker
    • Nov 2014
    • 10984
    • 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 have always liked to cook outdoors, but I would say I got "serious" about BBQ in about 2012. So not that long, really. I feel like I have come along way thanks to AR and all of you!


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      I have to give you a compliment . I thought you have been doing this for a quite awhile .
      You have a lot of knowledge and I enjoy reading what you have to say . you can tell you enjoy your hobby .

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Thanks!! That is very kind of you. I do enjoy it. It is a place for me to escape so I pour a lot in to it. I also think I have a some type of mania, I never do things half way, I am always all in. BRic

    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      Spinaker I am like that too . I go all out and I find it very relaxing . I had another hobby which is photography and I turned it into a very successful business with my daughter , we did it for 10 yrs shooting weddings .
  • Mr. Bones
    Charter Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 10406
    • 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

    If, by 'We', ya mean 'Me'...


    Reckon I been puttin th "Hick" into "Hickory Smoked" fer better than 50 years...


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      enjoy reading your post .

    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      What is the Infraction button? Your comment is funny
  • Fire Art
    Club Member
    • Jan 2018
    • 988
    • Jackson hole Wyoming

    One year three weeks and two days


    • Donw
      Donw commented
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      And how many hours? Got to be precise. 🙂

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Awesome, Brother!
  • tenphases
    Club Member
    • Nov 2016
    • 367
    • Jersey City NJ
    • Fast Eddy's Cook Shack PG 1000
      Humphrey's Pint with Fireboard + Pit Viper
      Hasty-Bake 256 Gourmet Dual Finish
      Camp Chef DLX pellet pooper/sear burner/jerky rack
      Broil King Keg Kamado
      Charbroil Kamander
      Original Pit Barrel Cooker
      Barrel House Cooker
      Akorn Kamado with cart
      WSM 22 with Flame Boss
      WSM 18.5 with Flame Boss
      Weber Kettle Performer (with Slow n Sear/Drip n Griddle)
      Weber Jumbo Joe
      Weber Smokey Joe
      Weber Q gasser with stand
      Blackstone Griddle 22 with stand and lid
      Blackstone Griddle 36
      Akorn Kamado jr

    My dad could grill a feast and I was always by his side, 1980. The I went to Michigan State and the boosters threw parties for the wrestlers, it was 96. I was the hwt and ribs were made in a weird r2d2 looking thing, they were great. I didn't know it was a wsm and years later I saw an electric Brinkman for 40 bucks at lowes. It sucked but had a faint hint of that 96 wsm so the journey took me to the BBQ brethren uds thread in 2005, my son and I built one and started cooking. So I guess I have been bbq'ing for about 13 years.


    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Great journey, many thanks fer sharin!

    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      Thanks for sharing .
  • Red Man
    Club Member
    • May 2018
    • 1308
    • Western Washington

    I don’t know if I can say exactly when I started. I’ve had a kettle for 15 years or so, since I was about 20. I just grilled for years. I started experimenting with smoking at some point, without really being properly taught. I didn’t really know what I was doing until I found this site a couple years ago.


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      I think for alot of us , we all started the same way you started . we all learn by our mistakes and get better for it and this site has alot to offer.
  • cgrover60
    Club Member
    • Mar 2016
    • 422
    • Albuquerque NM

    44 years for me. Still have my functional '75 Weber kettle which has me pondering how many pounds of charcoal has been turned to ash. Added a Brinkman R2D2 style smoker a couple years after that sort of worked and ultimately ended up in recycling. Then I found Amazingribs.com and that changed everything.


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      It is amazing how long the weber kettles last .
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 6545
    • Virginia
    • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
      Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    Started out watching my Dad grilling (60's) while my brother and I destroyed ant populations with hot sticks. He passed about a year out of high school (77) and I kind of took over. Used to get a frozen turkey from work at holiday time (79-84). Saved it to do on Weber come spring. Best piece of equipment besides the Weber was an egg timer until I arrived here.


    • BRic
      BRic commented
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      I wish I kept my weber charcoal grill . it had a lot of miles on it .



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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