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  • IowaGirl
    Club Member
    • Dec 2018
    • 383
    • Northeast Iowa, USA

    #16
    When in high school, my husband used to hunt with a group of buddies. They used to freeze the various doves, rabbits, quail, and squirrel they harvested until there was enough to feed the bunch. One guy's mom would braise the meat and fix a gravy and the fellas would chow down. Knowing my mister, I'm sure none of the boys would have blinked an eye if a chippy was included in the meal.

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    • Huskee
      Pit Boss/Manager
      • May 2014
      • 13723
      • 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)
        • 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)


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        • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
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        • Thermapen MkII, orange
        • ThermoPop, yellow
        • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
        • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
        • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
        • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well


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        • BBQ Dragon
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        • 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
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        • 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.

      #17
      Sorry I missed this when it was fresh. What a cool story, enjoyed it very much! I have a couple stories, not to take over or detract from yours at all, but in the spirit of crazy times I'll share 2:

      I remember the day our water heater decided it had enough of life and decided to rust out and the water poured out of it. It was a 95+ day, humid as Hades as are most 90+ days in MI (at least that's how I remember it and that's how I choose to tell the story) and our water heater is "nestled" (read: shoved tightly) into the small closet beside the washer & dryer, which means to get it out they both need unhooked & moved first, which involves the dreaded flex-tube dryer vent. No AC in that part of the house. Add to that stepping on sopping wet towels, and the inherent rush in such a situation, and the fact that the fella we bought the house from hard-wired the water heater to the wire coming out of the wall (no easy-to-unplug "plug")... and it was memorable. And how I also choose to tell the story is that I had meat on the smoker too, which got neglected in said events. "Just use sauce" I may have said.

      Then last February on a crazy warm thaw-and-rainsorm-flood-warning day, our sump gave out. 12" of water in the crawl, and rising. Noticed it hadn't come on in a while, and we could hear water dripping sounds coming from down below, we knew there was standing water. Here I am going own there (outside, under-the-deck-with-maybe-12"-clearance-so-crawl-on-your-belly-through-mud-under-the-deck-to-get-to-it access hole mind you) after dark, in a torrential rain, in February in MI, into a dark crawl flooded with water, only to discover my rubber boot has a leak. Foot now wet from snow melt (~35* let's say) and only a flashlight to help me out. Long story short, wife was near Home Depot, called her, she brought home a new sump pump and I installed a new sump pump w/ 1 hand on a flashlight (maybe some mouth action in there too) and the other on the screwdriver tightening hose clamps, got done near midnight. Walked around the yard in the pouring rain getting all the bad words out of my mind, because it actually felt warmer out there than the crawlspace had. No chipmunk in either story though. But otherwise, I can kinda-sorta relate to such events!

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      • IowaGirl
        IowaGirl commented
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        Hearing crazy stories like this can give us all the courage to get through difficult moments and maybe someday even laugh about what happened. Thanks for sharing, Huskee.

        As a footnote, your sump pump trouble also happened to a local guy a few years back. He went into the flooded basement of his parents' house and died of electrocution -- the sump pump had shorted out but the breaker didn't trip for some reason. I'm glad your story had a happier ending.
        Last edited by IowaGirl; July 18th, 2019, 05:56 PM.
    • IowaGirl
      Club Member
      • Dec 2018
      • 383
      • Northeast Iowa, USA

      #18
      Update on the chipmunk -- I said on July 17 that I thought he'd made it outside. I was wrong. He survived in the house for over TWO months. Toward the end, he was getting pretty cocky about coming out in the open when we were nearby.

      One day he was hanging out with my co-worker Connie as she worked in the large open room (the converted attached garage for my house) where I run my small business. She quietly propped open the door to the outside while managing to also not scare the chipmunk into hiding. She said he sat in the sunny open doorway then ran back inside three times before he finally decided he wanted to run outside and stay there.

      When she told me he was gone, I couldn't believe it. But it's really truly true - he's back in the great outdoors. Good riddance.

      I used the Blasphemy Ribs technique this weekend to smoke a rack of St Louis style ribs from Compart. The ribs were nice and meaty with plenty of marbling -- much nicer than the Smithfield spare ribs I cooked a couple of weeks ago. The Compart ribs were flavorful, bite-off-the-bone tender, and nicely juicy.
      Last edited by IowaGirl; September 8th, 2019, 07:27 PM.

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      • Mr. Bones
        Mr. Bones commented
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        Glad yall enjoyed some delicious Compart STLs, an happy fer lil chipmunk to have finally made it back to Nature, though in a few months, chipmunk might jus be rethinkin that decicsion.

        I very much enjoyed this rather heart-warmin conclusion to yer earlier tale, Sister!

      • IowaGirl
        IowaGirl commented
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        I'm also relieved it turned out well, Mr. Bones. I think he was getting food and water from the dogs' water and food bowls, so he was getting plenty of eats. But I could see how things could easily turn bad real fast, and I didn't want that to happen. You're right about winter coming -- he will probably regret his decision soon!
    • JCGrill
      Club Member
      • Mar 2017
      • 1290
      • Minneapolis / St Paul burbs
      • Charcoal - 22" Weber Kettle
        Gas - Saber
        Smoker - Green Mountain Daniel Boone
        Portable - Charbroil Tabletop Propane Grill

      #19
      So I have been told that chipmunks can't resist running through pvc pipes. I have a friend who gets them in his yard. One end of the pipe is open to the back yard, the other end has a 1 foot drop into a 5 gallon pail of water.

      You'd think Compart would have some grocery stores in Minnesota (and perhaps they do) but none are listed on their site.

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      • IowaGirl
        Club Member
        • Dec 2018
        • 383
        • Northeast Iowa, USA

        #20
        My dogs can't resist chasing the local chippies who love to dive into drain pipes for safety. That frustrates my dogs to no end.

        Skip who lives in Blue Earth, MN, says there is a grocery carrying Compart meat near him. I know the Compart guys at Spring Training were talking about some of the MN stores that carry their meat, so they're around, just not on the website. Frustrating, I know!

        The Compart website doesn't list Fareway groceries either, but I know the Fareway stores, at least the ones in Waukon and Decorah, Iowa, are stocking their ribs and butts.

        Prices for Compart at Fareway are a bit more than for commodity pork, but the price difference is not large -- not nearly as expensive as the prices charged by the boutique mail order suppliers for heritage pork.

        The Compart St Louis ribs I cooked this weekened were about $4 per lb. The less-than-stellar Smithfield spare ribs were $3 per pound. The quality of the Compart ribs more than made up for the price difference, IMO.

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        • FireMan
          Charter Member
          • Jul 2015
          • 6581
          • Bottom of Winnebago

          #21
          So, back to the Chipster, did he look like he put on any weight? When he ran outside did you hear a tiny Yippee! or a Free at Last! Did he leave a Thanks for the hospitality note? Just wonderin.

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          • IowaGirl
            IowaGirl commented
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            He looked healthy and well fed for sure. He's been running around the yard and taunting my dogs from deep within the wood pile. Drives my dogs crazy, especially the German Shorthair. She's a little nutso.

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