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  • richinlbrg
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1858
    • 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).

    A new reason to avoid ticks

    I ran across this article and thought it should be posted. This would be life altering!

  • fzxdoc
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 4896
    • My toys:
      Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
      Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
      Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
      Weber Kettle Premium 22"
      Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
      Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range

      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
      Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
      Grill Grate for SnS
      Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
      Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
      2 Grill Grate Griddles
      Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

      Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
      Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
      Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
      2 Fireboard Driver Cables
      Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
      Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
      Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
      Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
      Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
      Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
      Thermoworks Timestick Trio
      Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
      Maverick ET 733
      Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

      Grill Pinz
      Vortex (two of them)

      Two Joule Sous Vide devices
      VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
      Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
      Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
      Charcoal Companion TurboQue
      A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

      BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

      Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
      Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
      Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
      Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

    Consumer Reports last month had a very scary article on ticks as well, and listed the many diseases they can carry. Scared the peewaddin' out of me. Lots of deer and ticks in my neck of the woods, so we're always vigilant.



    • richinlbrg
      richinlbrg commented
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      Learned a new expression today! Thank you!

    • fzxdoc
      fzxdoc commented
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      Use it in good health, richinlbrg .

  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 5162
    • Northern Virginia
    • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
      Dot w two probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    Ok everybody, time to move underground.


    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 12341
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        Pizza insert
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        lots of probes.

      There have been over a thousand cases in central VA where I live... And there are a lot of deer passing through our property, and a lot of ticks on our property.

      There is a bit of hope though. Impossible Burger is said to really taste like beef. I hope I never have to find out...


      • THE Humble Texan
        THE Humble Texan commented
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        Just going off the picture menu I ordered an Impossible Burger. It looked like a single patty burger when everything else had a lot of stuff I didn't need. I did not no it was anything other than beef when I ate it. I only found out about it the next time I went with the gang to the same place and they said I couldn't order one. I thought it was odd since I could order any other burger until I paid for it and they handed me a piece of paper explaining they had not received a shipment.
    • texastweeter
      Club Member
      • Jul 2017
      • 2876
      • Republic of Texas

      about 7 years ago, my wife caught Lyme disease from a deer tick. Was a pretty rough week. Thank goodness the ER was able to diagnose it early for proper treatment.


      • grantgallagher
        grantgallagher commented
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        No joke man. Ive known someone who had lyme undiagnosed for a long time and it completely wrecked their life.
    • Histrix
      Club Member
      • May 2016
      • 454
      • 757

      Even if we avoid getting bitten by the lone star tick we may find that this new invasive species of tick may cause enough havoc among livestock producers that all we can afford is Impossible Burgers.

      I've had Impossible Burgers, and while kinda tasty, I'm not ready to give up the real thing completely.



      • FireMan
        Charter Member
        • Jul 2015
        • 7480
        • Bottom of Winnebago

        Winter’s comin, that’ll solve it.
        Had one attach itself to the bottom of my second toe in the underneath knuckle area a couple months back. Didn’t know he was there till I took my boot off about 9 hours later. “What the heck is this blobby thing that won’t seem to come off on the bottom of my toe” I says. Yup, it was, and it had growed. Plucked that critter off eventually, toe turned blue after a day or two & stayed that way for about a month. The pock mark/scab slowly fell off & the color came back to normal & I still have my toe. No worse for wear, but I have this slight twitch when I smile & have picked up an accent. 🕶


        • texastweeter
          texastweeter commented
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          that's almost as bad as chiggers in yer crotch.

        • Jared49
          Jared49 commented
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          You are on the south end of the lake, just sayin!!

        • RonB
          RonB commented
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          I think you are safe from that blood sucker - unless you get the urge to run for congress...
      • Donw
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2814

        Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever cost me almost a year of my life not to mention my kidneys. We distribute Tick tubes all around our property and it does help.


        • Dan Deter
          Dan Deter commented
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          Those are really interesting. Also, having possums around, they love to munch on ticks.
      • smokin fool
        Club Member
        • Apr 2019
        • 1522
        • Mississauga, Ont

        You hear about Lyme disease that is passed by ticks, Avril Lavigne and Shania Twain to name a few.
        I cost them both years off of they're careers.
        Gotta watch our Husky, loves to get into the tall grass nosing around on walks, we've found a few on her.
        Luckily her fur seems to be so thick they can't get down to her skin....we hope.


        • Steve R.
          Steve R. commented
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          More likely, her fur is so thick it's hard to get through it to check her skin. My dogs get a shot that kills any ticks that bite them. I don't know if you have that in Canada.

        • smokin fool
          smokin fool commented
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          Its my sons dog, if I remember correctly she got it bac in Feb with the rest of her shots
      • JPGators17
        Charter Member
        • Jan 2015
        • 450
        • Orlando, FL

        My sister in-law contracted this disease a few years ago, now she can't eat red meat. I remember thinking "what a terrible way to have to live."


        • Troutman
          Club Member
          • Aug 2017
          • 7197
          • Republic of Texallence

            22" Weber Kettle - Red Premium Limited Edition
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            22" and 18" Weber WSM Smoker
            18” Jumbo Joe
            36" double door Lyfe Tyme offset stick burner (SOLD !)
            Pitts & Spitts Pellet Pro 2436
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            Fireboard Pro with Pit Viper fan
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            A-MAZE-N Smoker 12" Tube & Tray
            Weber stainless veggie basket
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            Weber stainless rib rack
            Phat Mat cooking mats
            Barbestar BBQ Cooking Gloves
            For Beef (brisket, beef ribs, large clods/roasts) = 100% mesquite, oak or hickory
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            For Turkey = 100% hickory or competition blend
            For Pork Shoulder = mesquite, oak or hickory
            For Pork Chops or Ribs = 100% applewood
            SOUS VIDE
            Anova Immersion Circulator 900 watt & 12 & 18 quart Rubbermaid containers with hinged sous vide lids
            Generic Calphalon non-stick cookware set of pots and pans
            12" & 14" All-Clad Stainless skillets
            Cast Iron 12" skillet by Victoria
            La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Yellow Round
            La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Cherry Oval
            Old Revere Wear Copper & Stainless Pots (handed down)

            JA Henckels 15 piece Stainless Knife Set
            Victorinox 12" Fibrox Pro Slicing Knive
            Victorinox 6" Curved Boning Knife
            Set of Dalstrong Japanese Steak Knives

          Anyone ever try smoking or grilling ticks? Kind of crunchy, if you can sear them rare they're not too bad...


          • Steve R.
            Steve R. commented
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            With all that blood in them, I'll bet you can get one hell of a smoke ring when you smoke them.
        • Murdy
          Club Member
          • May 2018
          • 459
          • North-Central Illinois

          Anybody that spends a lot of time outdoors needs to think about tick countermeasures. DEET applied liberally, Permethrin on your clothes, shower and inspect yourself when you come in, long sleeves and pants tucked in to your boots if possible. And if you see anything suspicious on your body, get to your doctor quick. I've found a few suspicious bites, one positive screen for Lyme, but never had a problem as I was put on antibiotics quickly. My doctor when I lived in northern Wisconsin treated a lot of loggers, and he just put them on antibiotics all summer because they were constantly coming in anyway. When I went in, he just treated me and didn't bother testing, said by the time the test came back, you'd be through a substantial part of the course of antibiotics anyway.


          • jhapka
            Club Member
            • May 2019
            • 131
            • Grand Rapids, MN
            • 26" Weber Kettle w/ SnS XL
              Pit Barrel Cooker
              Fireboard and Pit Viper fan w/ Adaptors for both

            My grandpa just got out of the hospital after a tick gave him Lyme and anaplasmosis. Scary stuff


            • Steve B
              Club Member
              • Jun 2016
              • 2898
              • 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


              Seriously though. That’s some scary stuff right there.


              • Oak Smoke
                Club Member
                • Aug 2018
                • 333
                • Central Texas

                In the old days, checking each other for ticks was considered a romantic activity.




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