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    Replacing the Church's pit... opinions, please

    I'm in charge of the kitchen at my church, and every Wednesday we do a barbecue dinner. The current pit we have is a makeshift double barrel type grill/smoker that has pretty much seen it's last days. I am looking to replace it and was looking for some advice/opinions. On any given Wednesday we have about 30+ people show up for dinner. Last year before I took over, we only had about 15-20 people show up. I suspect we will get more, and more people showing up as the menu/food gets better. We do do mostly chicken on Wednesday's but, in the summer we do a variety of smoked and grilled meats every other Sunday after service.

    I'm looking to replace the MAIN grill for the Wednesday night dinners. I have a $1,500 budget to work with. I was looking at the Webber Ranch Grill.

    Your thoughts/opinions would be greatly appreciated!

    #2
    That's a tuffy. I'll pass this on to Max.

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    • Max Good
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      Brian - What do you typically cook for your church? The Weber Ranch is a great grill, but if you do a lot of roasting/smoking, it may not be the best choice.

    #3
    I will throw this out there even though I have never seen one in person -- check out the Meadow Creek BBQ42. I came across it the other day, and it definitely looks like it could help you cook a lot of chicken and is well within your budget. Please let us know what you ultimately decide!

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    • Usernamevalid
      Usernamevalid commented
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      Dang, I completely missed your post. Apologies, didn't mean to step on toes.

      But we seem be singing from the same page.

    • Letmebefrank
      Letmebefrank commented
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      Not at all! That pig cooker is what I was actually looking at when I saw the chicken roaster...pretty sweet pit.

    #4
    I stumbled across this Meadow Creek Pig Cooker a while back and found it intriguing, seems like a reasonable price. With your budget you can get some add-ons and maybe add more later as funds allow.

    I would want the biggest stinkin' cooker I could find for a church. The grate dimensions are 24" x 58", and you can add the second tier 22" x 58". That's a lot of space!

    It gives you the option for a hog roast, enough burgers to feed an army, enough room to do indirect heat for low-n-slow.

    Other than this I don't know much about them, so please research!

    http://www.smokymtbarbecue.com/store...l#.VX2JArl0x_8



    Edited to add:

    Though I've never cooked on one, I have never seen the advantage of a Weber Ranch Kettle. $1200 or $1300 is a lot of money, and you can get the same cooking space and maybe a bit more versatility with 3 - 22" Kettles. There are so many options for this size kettle, from the Smokenator, Hover Grill, the new Slow-N-Sear, that extender contraption that turns it into a bullet smoker (whatever it's called), the Vortex...Heck, you could buy three 22" kettles and 3-each of the above mentioned accessories for the same price as a Ranch Kettle!
    Last edited by Usernamevalid; June 14, 2015, 08:23 AM.

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    • Brian/S
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      Wil be looking into this one. I agree on the Webber pricing.. I just like and trust Webber

    #5
    On Wednesday's we do chickin... that's what everyone comes for. I mostly do an abbreviated version of Cornell chicken. For the every other Sunday picnics, we have a few fellows that contribute to the cooking apparatuses... ie a WSM, PBS and few Webbers. The Wednesday night grill is what I'm really looking to replace.

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      #6
      For that $ I'd go with the Pig Cooker. I looked at the Ranch Kettle when I was looking to rent a grill to do the summer kick of BBQ and it's just too unweildy IMHO. I did the cook last week, for about 60-80 people, on 2 42" barrel style grills, a Chargriller 2828 and a similar style Kingsford grill from Wally world. Not really recommending the specific grills given your budget, just speaking to the STYLE of grill. If I had that $ I'd either buy that cooker they mentioned, or I'd have something built. A permanent brick pit would be nice

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        #7
        a cinder block pit with an expanded steel grete on a chain or pulley type contraption instead of mortar pour sand and tamp it down good and tight turning a few blocks for air flow a grate propped up with a few blocks for charcoal or wood for air flow throw some aluminum siding on top when you need a cover i.e. indirect cooking brisket, butt,chicken you could cook a lot of food real cheap have a fundraiser raise money than build a permanent pit.

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          #8
          Building a traditional brick & motar pit would certainly be ideal in this situation however, local ordinance won't allow it. Needs to be portable.

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            #9
            If you do mostly chicken how about lining up a bunch of PBCs and a webber 26 kettle?

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              #10
              Thanks for all the responses. The search is over. Someone has anonymously donated a brand new Yoder grill that fits the bill, and then some! Thanks again.

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                  #12
                  Brian/S Very nice piece of equipment! Which Yoder model is it? Someone was very generous! Love seeing that.

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                    #13
                    Wichita Custom is the model. We've had it for about a week now. I've done 3 dry runs so far with it. Going to do another one today. Hopefully I'll have it ready tomorrow for the real deal. Yes, someone was VERY generous!

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