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  • Huskee
    Pit Boss
    • May 2014
    • 14549
    • central MI, USA
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      Smokers / Grills
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      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • 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 by ThermoWorks
      • (1) Signals 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.

    Are you a good tipper?

    It's so rare to get truly bad service in a restaurant, thankfully, that I rarely have to limit the tip. I try to tip 20% and up. I round the bill up, then go 1/5th of that, then round that total up to the nearest dollar. And if I ever use a coupon or a deal I tip on the actual cost, not my discounted total. If the waiter/ess was above & beyond, I go higher yet, between 25-33%. I think 'what if my career takes a nosedive and one day I have to wait tables to make ends meet, I'd want to be tipped well', so I try to pay it forward. My wife notices that I'm even more generous when we're at a cocktail bar and my sense is impaired slightly...

    How do y'all tip?
  • Hulagn1971
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 915
    • NC, The Triad
    • WSM 22.5", Pitmaster IQ110, Weber 22.5" Kettle with SNS, Weber 14" Smokey Joe.

    #2
    It depends on the service. I usually tip 20% if the service is solid. If average then I back it down to 15%. Yes, I break out my phone to do the exact math.

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    • HawkerXP
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 4696
      • Northern Virginia
      • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
        Thermopop
        Dot w two probes
        Slo n Sear
        Cold beer

      #3
      I try to do the same, 20% and up.
      Open bar or cocktail party tip early and you will reap the rewards later.

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Great advice! They start spilling more in the drink than out.
    • Jerod Broussard
      Moderator
      • Jun 2014
      • 9427
      • East Texas
      • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
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        Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
        Thermoworks Timestick
        Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
        B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
        B & B Pellets

      #4
      No %. A $10 meal will get at least $5. A $30 probably get $10-12. So forth and so on. Tipped well before, but eventually waited on tables for 4 yrs 8 months to get through college.
      ​​​​​​

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      • CaptainMike
        Club Member
        • Nov 2015
        • 2307
        • The Great State of Jefferson
        • 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.

        #5
        I use 20% as a guideline, but have been known to leave a $20 for a $10 meal.

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        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          Yep, we call 'em Jeff Notes HawkerXP. Every once in a while you'll get a server will make you feel that you're the most important thing in their life right then. They're kind, funny, they hustle, they do the little things, and you feel great when you finish and leave. That kind of behavior should always be rewarded in some way. My wife will give me a hard time because our credit card co will text that I left an unusually high tip compared to the bill.

        • Troutman
          Troutman commented
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          That was funny Hawk, made my afternoon !!!

        • jecucolo
          jecucolo commented
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          It funny I think it very easy to get good service. I asked them how there nights going. Engage them and not just for better service. Most of the time I can get a laugh or a smile. When they know you appreciate what they do they want to please you. Another thing to remember is chefs and cooks can make or break the server. So you really don’t know what causes the service to go bad.
      • Cheef
        Club Member
        • Oct 2015
        • 500

        #6
        I base it ALL on service.
        Good service gets minimum 20% all the way up to 40% if things seem to click. Some servers have a knack for making things click.
        Poor service might not get a penny. (Depending on circumstances which sometimes are beyond servers control.)

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        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          I know what you mean about click. Some are naturally good and know their stuff and act like they enjoy their jobs.. If I have a bad experience but the server is bending over backwards to correct things then I feel it's not their fault why short them.

        • RonB
          RonB commented
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          If I get truly bad service, I leave the smallest coin in my pocket. That way they know I did not forget to tip. That has only happened several times in memory.
          And by bad service, that means service I can identify as the wait person's fault.
      • jgreen
        Charter Member
        • Oct 2014
        • 2653
        • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
        • Cookers:
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          Capital 40 natural gas
          Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

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

          Accessories:
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          DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
          Vortex
          Grillgrates
          and, maybe some other toys as well

        #7
        20% and up. A lunch is usually 20%, more at dinner.

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        • Attjack
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          • Aug 2017
          • 3623
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            Weber Q2200

            Blackstone Pizza Oven

            Portable propane burners (3)
            Propane turkey Fryer

            Fire pit grill

          #8
          I have a lot of great bartenders and servers in my town. I always tip 20% and up.

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          • BRic
            Club Member
            • Mar 2017
            • 370
            • Winnipeg Mb. Canada
            • Napoleon bbq
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              Pit Barrel Cooker
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              ThermoPop Temp
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              LEM 1182 Meat Grinder
              Cabela`s Sausage Stuffer
              Grill Grates

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

            #9
            We give between 15% to 20% and if the service is excellent we give more . some of these waiters, waitress work dam hard
            to earn a living with the wages they get .. i think they deserve a good tip when they are trying to keep us happy .

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            • Huskee
              Huskee commented
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              I agree.
          • bten
            Club Member
            • Apr 2017
            • 405
            • Richmond, Tx
            • Delta Heat 32" Gas Grill on Cart
              Yoder YS-640 on Comp Cart
              Camp Chef SmokePro SE pellet grill - Sold
              LSU Purple Thermapen MK4
              Maverick Et-732
              Griddle grate
              Boiling and turkey fryer pots and burners

            #10
            I typically tip at 20%, used to bus tables, and the waitresses paid me based on their tips. They really work hard for that money. If the service is really good, I may put a $5 bill in addition. No one can trace that, and some restaurants take part of the tip.

            If the service is really bad, I have been known to tip 2 cents. Shows them that I know how to tip, and what I thought of their service. Only happened a couple of times.

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            • RonB
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 11855
              • Near Richmond VA
              • Weber Performer Deluxe
                SNS
                Pizza insert
                Rotisserie
                Smokenator 1000
                Cookshack Smokette Elite
                2 Thermapens
                Chefalarm
                Dot
                lots of probes.
                CyberQ

              #11
              I tip similar to you Huskee. 'bout 20% for normal service, but it can go up or down for service above or below normal. I paid for a disabled Army Vet's dinner the other night and gave his waiter a good tip to not tell the man until after I left.

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              • klflowers
                Club Member
                • Sep 2015
                • 2784
                • Tennessee

                #12
                20% at least for good service. I rarely have a bad server - some bad meals, but not servers. Back in college I dated a young lady that had a great way of tipping for bad service - she would write "Secretariat to place in the 3rd race" on the bill.

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                • Huskee
                  Pit Boss
                  • May 2014
                  • 14549
                  • central MI, USA
                  • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

                    Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

                    Smokers / Grills
                    • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                    • PBC
                    • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                    • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                    • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
                    • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                    • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                    • 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 by ThermoWorks
                    • (1) Signals 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.

                  #13
                  I'm also one of those "be the good guy" customers to wait staff. I find it hard to complain, and I definitely don't look for something to complain about, like some nightmare customers might. In my line of work I deal with cranky sick mannerless people all the time and it wears on you. I try to be that guy that's a friendly relief to the wait staff and makes their night a little less bad for the 60-90mins we're there. My wife is just like me, we are great customers I think. We also make our kids mind their manners and not make messes with napkins and crayons and straw wrappers. My mom can be a complainer in restaurants when things aren't just so-so, but on the flipside she showers the praise when things please her. I find it hard to raise a stink. The server didn't cook it.

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                  • scottranda
                    scottranda commented
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                    I hardly EVER complain. It’s rare! And I have another rule I live by... “You never complain in Waffle House.” Even if they give you the wrong order, or it’s not right, or whatever... There’s no complaining in Waffle House. You just deal with it. It’s part of the experience.

                  • Murdy
                    Murdy commented
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                    I think you can tell someone something is wrong without being rude about it. If the foods cold, I ask that it be heated up. If it's the cooks fault (or someone else's, or just something beyond control, or a simple oversight), it clearly doesn't affect the tip. That said, I'm paying good money for the meal, and I don't think there is anything wrong with asking for something to be corrected, so long as you are respectful about it.
                • JoeSousa
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2016
                  • 763
                  • Spokane, WA

                  #14
                  I usually ask my wife what she would tip and then add a dollar or two more.

                  Generally speaking though I tend to go around 25%. If I magically see something on the receipt that is less than I was expecting (i.e. they only charged $5.99 for the burger when it was $7.99) I tend to throw those $2 on the tip.

                  The two instances I always question are if I am getting takeout and if it is just a regular place with a tip jar on the counter. Never know just how much to leave there. Seems like the standard 20-25% is too high but I usually leave a couple bucks.

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                  • JoeSousa
                    JoeSousa commented
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                    And if the kids have made an extra huge mess and are melting down and we just need to get out of there before cleaning up I will throw an extra $5 or $10 on there as well.

                  • Huskee
                    Huskee commented
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                    Yeah I struggle with the tip jar at takeout places too, it's awkward. I toss whatever change I may get back in it, but if I pay with CC I just skip it.

                  • Willard
                    Willard commented
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                    I had that exact situation yesterday at a takeout. I feel “stumped” in those situations. But I agree, it’s not the same as being taken care of throughout your meal.
                • Steve B
                  Club Member
                  • Jun 2016
                  • 2811
                  • Rockland county New York
                  • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
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                    22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

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                    cuisinhart food processor
                    food saver vacuum sealer
                    TSM harvest food dehydrator

                  #15
                  Yep 20% as a minimum. If the service is really good more. If really bad I will go with 15%.
                  Once a couple of years back I left a $1 tip for a $85 tab.
                  The waitress was SOOO bad we got our appetizers 5min after the main course came out, cold, and got my first beer after that. I was forced to drink water. WATER with my steak. I did explain to management what happened and what I left her.
                  They were apologetic. But didn't offer anything off the bill. Hopefully she learned from that and stepped up her game.

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                  • Huskee
                    Huskee commented
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                    Sounds awful!

                  • rodkeary
                    rodkeary commented
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                    How was the steak😀

                  • Steve B
                    Steve B commented
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                    rodkeary It would have been a lot better if I had a good BEER to go with it. 😁 Huskee We haven’t been back.
                    Last edited by Steve B; February 27th, 2019, 06:40 PM.

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                Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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                Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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                The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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                Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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                Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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                Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                fireboard bbq thermometer

                With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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                Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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