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2018 Blends Into 2019

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  • Troutman
    Club Member
    • Aug 2017
    • 7836
    • 1521






    2018 Blends Into 2019

    Well we've said goodbye to 2018 and ushered in 2019. 2018 was an interesting year full of triumphs and tragedies (and that's talking about my cooking ) but one thing I can say was it was another good year with my AR friends and family. You guys and gals have become a big part of my day and have surely been inspirational to my cooking. It seems the harder I try to come up with something new, the more I get blown away by the pictures of the deliciousness that all of you create. So much food to cook, oh so little time. At any rate, let me just say Happy New Year to all of you and look forward to what 2019 brings to our community !!!

    Chapter One

    Now for the last cook of 2018, New Years' Eve. Momma keeps talking about getting a big honker tomahawk steak, so as I'm cruising through Costco sure enough they have their epic meat case open and low and behold there those little jewels are. I mean a case full of tomahawk, bone in ribeyes is enough to bring a man to his knees. Far be it from be to pass this case of pure delight up, so I pick the biggest and fattest one I could spy with my face and hands literally peeled to the glass. Yes, I'll take that one....

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    I mean check out the Spinalis Dorsi on that mother. Well salt applied and into the frig for a good brining. The evening of New Years Eve, as fireworks are literally bursting all around me like friggin' World War III, I slap this baby on the old gasser....

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    So why the gasser you say? Well with all this talk of rotisseries and whatnot, I thought it fitting that I close then open the year with my Weber Summit. Let me tell yea, although I'm a confirmed smoker guy, I still use this great cooker for a variety of things and making a mean steak is one of them. It's hard to top it's precise cooking temps and ability to sear.

    Well the proof is in the results and I gotta tell yea we nailed it, I mean this steak literally had fork tender, melt in you mouth epic goodness. The best steak I've had in months, definitely right up there with last meal on earth proportions....

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    Also tried a new finishing salt that I sprinkled over the top that gave it an additional kick. Served with homemade mac and cheese, a mango pico and a mushroom medley; old Troutman barely made midnight as I blissfully settled into my recliner, wine in hand and fireworks blazing away .....

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    Chapter Two

    Well I awaken abruptly to the wife coaxing me out of bed at 6:30 am on New Year's morning. I mean come on, let me at least sleep off the previous night's vestifities. But noooo, I had to get up and cook 10# of pork loin I had dry brining in the garage fridge as I had promised some friends I would cook for a party being thrown this day.

    Okay well we're going to make this easy. The gasser did such a good job on the previous night's steak that now it's time to hook up the rotisserie and do me some pork loins. Along with that, while they were spinning, I did a big pot of black-eyed peas made with bacon and ham hokes.

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    Yea the old Weber summit did her job once more and produced some pretty good pork. Used two layers of seasoning, first was salt, pepper and garlic followed by a healthy dose of Killer Hogs BBQ Rub. I finished with a glaze of honey habanero sauce that gave it that final sweet-heat finish. Pulled it at 140* internal and let it rest ....

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    I gotta say, the old gasser performed flawlessly once again with little or no cleanup needed. Sometimes cooking with propane can be a pretty sweet deal. We took the meat and the pot of beans and the leftover mac and cheese and treated our friends to a great meal, simple but filling .....

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    Well thanks for following along on my 48 hours sojourn into cooking, eating an celebrating the old into the new. Again Happy New Years to all of you in AR land, we look forward to another great year of cooking in 2019 !!!

  • Willy
    Charter Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 1929
    • High Desert of the Great Southwest

    Good on ya, Troutman!


    • Huskee
      • May 2014
      • 15445
      • central MI, USA
      • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

        Smokers / Grills
        • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
        • PBC
        • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
        • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
        • Masterbuilt Gravity 560
        • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
        • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
        • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
        • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
        • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
        • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

        • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
        • (7) Maverick ET-732s
        • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
        • (1) Smoke X4 by ThermoWorks
        • Thermapen MkII, orange
        • ThermoPop, yellow
        • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
        • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
        • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
        • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

        • 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

        • 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)

        • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

      Superb! Mouth watering.


      • jgreen
        Charter Member
        • Oct 2014
        • 2742
        • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
        • Cookers:
          Broil King XL
          Broil King Smoke
          Weber Kettle 26
          Grilla Pellet smoker
          Capital 40 natural gas
          Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

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

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

        Both cooks look fantastic. I would eat both, no questions asked. Nicely done.


        • Steve R.
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 2519
          • Elizabethtown, KY
          • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

          I'll bet that didn't suck.


          • FishTalesNC
            Club Member
            • Dec 2017
            • 1252
            • Durham, NC

            • Cookers
              • Oklahoma Joe’s Bronco
              • Weber Premium Kettle 26” w/ SNS XL
              • Weber Smokey Joe 14”
              • Pit Barrel Cooker

              • Fireboard Extreme BBQ Edition
              • ​​​​​​​Weber iGrill 2 w/ 1 ambient and 3 meat probes
              • Thermapen mk4

              • Oklahoma Joe’s Triple Grate
              • Oklahoma Joe’s Super Skewers
              • ​​​​​​​Weber Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone
              • Weber Gourmet BBQ System Wok
              • EasySpin Cooking Grate (26”)
              • Custom Cut GrillGrates for SNS XL
              • Frogmat cut to fit 26" w/ SNS
              • Weber Original Rib Rack
              • Pampered Chef BBQ Pizza Pan (2)
              • Weber Chimney Starter (2)
              • Beast Armor Gloves
              • CharGon Grate Cleaner
              • PBC Chimney Starter
              • PBC Ash Pan
              • PBC Hinged Grate
              • PBC Corn Hanger
              • PBC Vertical Skewers (10" & 15")
              • PBC Sausage Hanger
              • PBC Basket Hanger

            That's an epic new year celebration right there, nicely done!


            • klflowers
              Club Member
              • Sep 2015
              • 3707
              • Tennessee

              Great ending and beginning...


              • barelfly
                Club Member
                • Dec 2017
                • 1444
                • New Mexico
                • Smokin-It 3D
                  Weber Kettle with an SNS
                  Masterbuilt kettle that I call the $30 wonder grill
                  Bullet by Bull Grills gasser
                  Anova WiFi sous vide machine
                  Thermoworks Thermapen and Chef Alarm

                Outstanding stuff!

                Question on the rotisserie cook. I think I spied a rotisserie burner on your grill. Do you run with that or run outside burners? i ask because I have a rotisserie burner on my grill, have thought of getting the spit and motor, but just curious as to how you went about for this beautimus pork loin!


                • Troutman
                  Troutman commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Good question. Here's what I've found on mine. I turn the two outside burners on the desired cooking temp (monitored by a grate prob) and roast the meat indirect until I get close to the final IT. I then apply a glaze or a final mop and crank up the infrared burner to give the meat a good sear and set the glaze. You can also do the whole cook with it but for things like chicken it tends to burn the skin before the inside is done, so the combo indirect/infrared burners works best.

                • barelfly
                  barelfly commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Thanks for the reply Troutman !

                  I have always loved going to a few Middle East markets in town and getting schawarma off the spits! Just great flavor and tenderness to the meat.

                • Troutman
                  Troutman commented
                  Editing a comment
                  I know right? I'm also a huge gyro fan. I'd love to have a vertical spit, there are some reasonable ones out there with infrared sear burners I've been looking at. Also looking at some YouTube videos on different meat stack recipes. All good stuff !!!
              • Sweaty Paul
                Founding Member
                • Aug 2014
                • 1624
                • Hays, KS
                • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
                  (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

                  Weber Genesis Gas grill
                  Weber Kettle grills x 2

                Nicely done Troutman! Made me hungry again.


                • DoubleUpOrQuit
                  Club Member
                  • Dec 2017
                  • 344
                  • Minneapolis, MN
                  • Old Country offset smoker, 22” Weber Kettle, 4 burner gas. Oak logs, Royal Oak Lump, Kingsford Briqs, Gas.

                  Amazing Troutman. What a way to celebrate the New Year. Cheers!


                  • Skip
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 3755
                    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
                    • LSG Adjustable Grill/Smoker, MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

                    Very good looking pork loin!


                    • CaptainMike
                      Club Member
                      • Nov 2015
                      • 2728
                      • The Great State of Jefferson
                      • 24X40 Lone Star Grillz offset smoker
                        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)
                        Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

                      Great write-up Steve! I can't echo your sentiments enough. In public safety it is common to develop whole groups of people that are as close as family and this bunch of merry pranksters here on AR are no different.


                      • Spinaker
                        • Nov 2014
                        • 10963
                        • 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

                        Wow!!! This is spectacular! This is a great write up and thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to what 2019 brings as well, I hope the rotisserie thing really takes off in The Pitmaster Club, it would be cool to be able to expand into a new area.

                        Happy New Year, sir!


                        • painter
                          Club Member
                          • Dec 2016
                          • 248
                          • Denver
                          • Primo LG300
                            Weber Performer Deluxe
                            Maverick 732

                          Sweet! Life is good and so is the eating.


                          • RonB
                            Club Member
                            • Apr 2016
                            • 13642
                            • Near Richmond VA
                            • Weber Performer Deluxe
                              Pizza insert
                              Smokenator 1000
                              Cookshack Smokette Elite
                              2 Thermapens
                              lots of probes.

                            Great post and pictures.




                            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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