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  • Razor
    Club Member
    • Mar 2018
    • 262
    • Pittsburgh

    Stuck the Landing on Christmas Day

    Just wanted to give a big shout out to Meathead and to all who are a part of of this site, including you.

    I had a small idea of what I was doing 2 years ago when I bought my Weber Performer. However I bought Meathead’s book as a way to sit and work my way through the science of things. I tried to do it on the site but with my slight ADD I was always clicking on a link and going down some other path. The book provided me a liner path to follow where I was less likely to get sidetracked. Since reading the book I’ve become an infinitely better cook. Trying things I never thought were possible. It’s changed things so much for me that I’ve given it as a gift three times now. 😂

    Growing up I always watched my aunts and grandmother cook holiday meals in the kitchen. It was magic. I don’t know how they were able to put it all together. This Christmas was my second attempt to prepare a holiday meal. (I smoked a ham last Easter.)

    Thanks to all of the reading, studying, experimenting, from this site and the book, I was able to pull off the twice smoked ham, rib roast, and twice baked potatoes on my 18” WSM and Weber Performer. I would have never been able to time it all so perfectly without all of your contributions on this site. The best compliment on the meal, I had guests who did not like ham comment they would start eating it if it always tasted that good. What more could you ask for?

    Sorry there are no pictures. Things got a little crazy at the end, finishing 3 things on one Performer, you’ll have to take my word they came out great.

    This community is something special. Thank you all for being a part of it. I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and wish you all the best in 2020.
  • Meathead
    Administrator
    • May 2014
    • 1342
    • Chicago area
    • Remember, no rules in the bedroom or kitchen
      Meathead

    #2
    Making a living on this site is nice, but the real reward is letters like this. Thank you so much.

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    • Steve R.
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 2319
      • Elizabethtown, KY
      • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

      #3
      Congrats, and I know exactly how you feel. I almost feel guilty when people rave about something I have made, since I have learned at least 85% of what I know from this site, and the rest I have figured out on my own using the principles I have learned here. Cooking delicious food for family and friends is something I enjoy more than a sane person probably should, and AR has upped my game immensely in that regard.

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      • jgreen
        Charter Member
        • Oct 2014
        • 2721
        • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
        • Cookers:
          Broil King XL
          Broil King Smoke
          Weber Kettle 26
          Grilla Pellet smoker
          Capital 40 natural gas
          Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

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

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

        #4
        I would agree as well. I have totally changed the way i cook since finding this site. Thanks!

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        • surfdog
          Club Member
          • Mar 2016
          • 1085
          • Sunny SoCal
          • Cooking gadgets
            Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
            Weber Summit Platinum D6
            Blue Rhino Razor
            Dyna-Glo XL Premium Dual Chamber
            Camp Chef Somerset IV along with their Artisan Pizza Oven 90
            Anova WiFi

            Thermometers
            Thermapen Mk4 - ThermaQ High Temp Kit - ThermaQ Meathead Kit - ThermaQ WiFi - ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S - ThermoWorks Signals & Billows - ThermoPop -ThermoWorks ProNeedle - ThermoWorks TimeStick Trio x2 - and a Christopher Kimball timer - NO, I do not work for ThermoWorks...I just like their products.

            Other useful bits...
            KitchenAid 7-qt Pro Line stand mixer
            A Black & Decker food processor that I can't seem to murder
            A couple of immersion blenders, one a "consumer" model & the other a "high end" Italian thing. Yes, the Italian one is a bit better, but only marginally
            Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 8-qt + accessories like egg-bite & egg holders
            All-Clad pots & pans, along with some cast iron...everything from 7" Skookie pans to 8.5qt Dutch ovens
            Weber GBS griddle, pizza stone, and wok
            Knives range from Mercer to F. Dick to "You spent how much for one knife? One knife?!" LOL

          #5
          Well said.

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          • RonB
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 12708
            • Near Richmond VA
            • Weber Performer Deluxe
              SNS
              Pizza insert
              Rotisserie
              Smokenator 1000
              Cookshack Smokette Elite
              2 Thermapens
              Chefalarm
              Dot
              lots of probes.
              CyberQ

            #6
            Congrats on successful cooks, and thanx for the kind words. We have all been in your shoes.

            It's great when you start lookin' forward to cookin' for others rather than being very nervous about it.

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            • TNPIGBBQ
              Club Member
              • Jul 2019
              • 98
              • Church of Charcoal

              #7
              I’m very very good at developing rubs and new recipes.

              I mean Meathead literally did all the work and I just claim the credit but that’s not what’s important here.

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              • RustyHaines
                Club Member
                • Sep 2017
                • 694
                • Tiedeman's Pond, WI

                #8
                Recipes tell you how but Meatead's book and this site tell you how and WHY. For me the WHY is very important.

                Great post by the way.

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