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  • Thunder77
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2748
    • Halethorpe, MD
    • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

    I Like ChefSteps But....

    I have been watching a lot of ChefSteps videos lately, and they have some great ideas. But some things are way beyond the average kitchen. I mean who has all that space, and all those gadgets? Do YOU have a fridge that you can hang a chicken in to brine for three days? I sure as hell don't! I also don't have an oven that goes to 560 degrees that I can hang a chicken in. And I am sick of hearing about Joule. I don't get having a device that you can ONLY set using wifi.

    Okay, rant over. Back to your regularly scheduled BBQ. 😜
  • Jerod Broussard
    Moderator
    • Jun 2014
    • 9592
    • East Texas
    • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
      Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
      Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
      Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
      Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
      Weber Smokey Joe Gold
      Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
      Vortex
      Maverick ET-732 White
      Maverick ET-732 Copper
      2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
      Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
      Thermoworks Timestick
      Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
      B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
      B & B Pellets

    #2
    Our ovens will hit 550. But I've yet to pry one out of the PBC for that.

    My thing is some of the ingredients I'd have to have connections in Tibet to get.

    I really want to try the eggnog.

    Comment

    • Nate
      Charter Member
      • Apr 2015
      • 3820
      • Quarantined
      • INFO
        ~Known as: Nate
        ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
        ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


        SMOKERS & GRILLS
        ~Grilla Original Grilla
        ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
        ~Pit Barrel Cooker
        ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
        ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
        ~Weber Q1000


        THERMOMETERS
        ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
        ~Thermoworks Thermapen
        ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
        ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
        ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
        ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
        ~Maverick ET-733
        ~Maverick XR-50


        ACCESSORIES
        ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
        ~Slow 'n' Sear
        ~Drip 'n' Griddle
        ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
        ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
        ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


        DRINKS
        ~Sweet Tea
        ~Bourbon
        ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

      #3
      While I am considering a SV and Joule is one of my options... I completely understand and agree with what you are saying. I would venture to say that the vast majority of everyday folks who like to cook at home don't have access to a number of toys, ingredients, and equipment that these folks do. Heck I would love to try and even attempt to make some of the Modernist Cuisine stuff but the folks that do that have kitchens that look more like science labs.

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      • Thunder77
        Thunder77 commented
        Editing a comment
        Nate, I am also looking at SV. I am NOT considering Joule for the reason I mentioned above.
    • Mr. Bones
      Birthday Hat Master
      • Sep 2016
      • 8947
      • Kansas Territory
      • Grills / Smokers
        *********************************************

        Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
        Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
        Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
        Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
        Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
        Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
        Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
        Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
        Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
        Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
        Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

        Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
        Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
        Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

        Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
        Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
        Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
        Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
        Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
        Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
        (Lime Green)
        Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
        Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



        Thermometers:
        *********************************************
        Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
        Maverick ET-732, (Black)
        Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
        ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
        Blue ThermaPen Mk4
        Orange Thermapen Mk4
        Pink Thermapen Mk4
        ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
        ThermoWorks Smoke
        ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
        4 Pro Series cable extensions
        Smoke Gateway

        Accessories:
        *********************************************
        2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
        BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
        Warming shelf
        MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
        Backyard Grill marinade injector
        Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
        Bear Paws
        Meat Rakes
        BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



        Cookware:
        Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
        G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
        '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
        60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
        50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
        Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
        Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

        Cutlery, etc.:
        Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
        Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
        Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
        Multiple steels, from all over the planet
        Crock sticks
        Diamond stones, various
        Lansky Sharpening System

        Tableware
        Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
        Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
        Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

      #4
      @jgjeske , agreed!!
      I do, however, have considerable more fridge space in th' winter, where t'morrow's smoker meat is presently waitin', or thawin', variously...
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      • Shane Rakow
        Shane Rakow commented
        Editing a comment
        the ole' garage keeps a chilly beer too, Mr. Bones!
    • badf00d
      Club Member
      • Mar 2016
      • 229

      • Cookers
        • Karubecue C-60 [aka KBQ]
        • Weber 22" Performer Kettle [Red gen1 with stainless steel]
        • Slow 'N Sear
        • Lodge Sportsman's Grill
        • Weber Genesis Silver-B [old gasser]

        Sous Vide
        • ChefSteps Joule

        Other Tools
        • VacMaster PRO380 vacuum sealer
        • VacMaster VP215 vacuum chamber
        • Thermapen Mk4
        • ThermoWorks Smoke
        • ThermaQ with smoke house and high temp air probes
        • IR gun
        • BBQ Dragon

      #5
      There are recipes that are clearly targeted to the Chef in ChefSteps. I'm just glad quite a few would also work on a HomeChefSteps site.

      Comment

      • Mr. Bones
        Birthday Hat Master
        • Sep 2016
        • 8947
        • Kansas Territory
        • Grills / Smokers
          *********************************************

          Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
          Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
          Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
          Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
          Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
          Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
          Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
          Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

          Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
          Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
          Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

          Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
          Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
          Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
          Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
          Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
          (Lime Green)
          Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
          Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



          Thermometers:
          *********************************************
          Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
          Maverick ET-732, (Black)
          Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
          ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
          Blue ThermaPen Mk4
          Orange Thermapen Mk4
          Pink Thermapen Mk4
          ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
          ThermoWorks Smoke
          ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
          4 Pro Series cable extensions
          Smoke Gateway

          Accessories:
          *********************************************
          2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
          BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
          Warming shelf
          MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
          Backyard Grill marinade injector
          Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
          Bear Paws
          Meat Rakes
          BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



          Cookware:
          Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
          G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
          '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
          60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
          50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
          Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
          Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

          Cutlery, etc.:
          Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
          Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
          Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
          Multiple steels, from all over the planet
          Crock sticks
          Diamond stones, various
          Lansky Sharpening System

          Tableware
          Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
          Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
          Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

        #6
        Shane Rakow
        the ole' garage keeps a chilly beer too, Mr. Bones!
        So I hear, Brother...

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        So I hear!!!

        Hope th' ice misses y'all in NE!!!!

        Comment


        • Shane Rakow
          Shane Rakow commented
          Editing a comment
          Mmmmm, Extra Stout. One of my faves! It's not looking good on the ice issue though. Hmph.

        • Mr. Bones
          Mr. Bones commented
          Editing a comment
          @ShaneRakow Thanks neighbor! I use mostly Guinness t' regulate th' amount of blood in my Alcohol System, although bourbon is oft' applied when my BAC plummets dangerously!!! ;-)
      • Mr. Bones
        Birthday Hat Master
        • Sep 2016
        • 8947
        • Kansas Territory
        • Grills / Smokers
          *********************************************

          Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
          Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
          Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
          Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
          Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
          Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
          Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
          Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

          Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
          Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
          Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

          Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
          Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
          Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
          Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
          Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
          (Lime Green)
          Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
          Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



          Thermometers:
          *********************************************
          Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
          Maverick ET-732, (Black)
          Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
          ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
          Blue ThermaPen Mk4
          Orange Thermapen Mk4
          Pink Thermapen Mk4
          ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
          ThermoWorks Smoke
          ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
          4 Pro Series cable extensions
          Smoke Gateway

          Accessories:
          *********************************************
          2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
          BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
          Warming shelf
          MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
          Backyard Grill marinade injector
          Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
          Bear Paws
          Meat Rakes
          BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



          Cookware:
          Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
          G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
          '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
          60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
          50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
          Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
          Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

          Cutlery, etc.:
          Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
          Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
          Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
          Multiple steels, from all over the planet
          Crock sticks
          Diamond stones, various
          Lansky Sharpening System

          Tableware
          Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
          Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
          Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

        #7
        Shane Rakow
        We'll all be fine. Ain't nuthin' new under th' Sun. Winter is not a recent invention!!! Modern times winters is at least 5X milder than in my youth.
        I figger I got:
        Lotsa great food.
        A way t' cook it all with no electricity.
        Plenty of water, coffee, fruit juices, milk, teas, etc.
        Beer, Bourbon.
        Plenty of blankets an' comforters.
        Plenty of warm clothing.
        An incredibly reliable 34+ yr old truck that can go through most anything.
        Determination, and experience.
        Nuthin' in th' fridge gonna spoil, it'll jus' end up in th' garage...

        Be safe, Brother!!! It'll be a'ight!

        Comment

        • Lost in China
          Charter Member
          • Mar 2015
          • 409
          • Wenzhou, China
          • 22" Weber kettle
            Slow 'N Sear
            Hovergrill
            Maverick 732
            Thermopop

          #8
          Yeah, I have a huge problem with this as well. It's not the fact that they use these sophisticated techniques and specialized tools. It's that they apparently don't realize that they're using them. It's one thing to be a professional chef and do a cooking show. But when you specifically say your audience is people cooking in their homes, that's when I get angry.

          ChefSteps is for people who love to cook. Get recipes, tips, and videos that show the whys behind the hows for sous vide, grilling, baking, and more.

          At ChefSteps, we don't tell you how to cook, we show you—with recipes designed to inspire and educate, tested techniques for successful results at home.
          One of the reasons I love Meathead's site so much is that he does precisely this: doesn't assume you're working in a fully stocked professional kitchen. I remember not long ago going to the Kenji site for a recipe and bam, the first step is to pull out some specialized tool that nobody has, called a mandolin or something. He didn't even bother to wait to the middle of the recipe, it's the first thing he tells you. He then tells you to use a salad spinner. Sure, everyone has one of those lying around! Sheesh.

          It's just the total lack of self-awareness that gets to me. I suppose a lot of their audience are well-off people with enormous kitchens who don't mind buying a tool just to use on a single recipe. It's worse for me, because I can't just run out to the chef supply store or amazon.com to order things, so I suppose I'm hyper-sensitive to it.

          I just found out today when trying to cook some cornbread at 425 that my oven totally lies about how hot it gets. The numbers printed on the dial have no relation to the actual temperatures inside. With it cranked all the way up, 250°C, it maxes out at 419°F. More limitations, as if I needed any more.

          Comment


          • Steve Vojtek
            Steve Vojtek commented
            Editing a comment
            Just use a sharp knife instead of the mandolin and dry your salad leaves using paper towel or a clean teatowel. Improvising - that's what cooking is all about my friend. If your oven doesn't reach the high temperature required just cook it longer - you will still get great results. That's what I do.
        • Mosca
          Charter Member
          • Oct 2014
          • 3188
          • PA
          • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

          #9
          Aw man, I don't know. There are a hundred thousand websites that will tell you how to make a grilled cheese sandwich with Velveeta, but Chef Steps will tell you how to make Velveeta.

          Its not for everyone, including me a lot of the time. But these people are fighting the good fight, and in the right way, with enthusiasm. I could make processed cheese at home, all I need is sodium hexametaphosphate and the energy to go find it somewhere.

          Comment


          • JCBBQ
            JCBBQ commented
            Editing a comment
            I totally agree Mosca! I love their nerdy enthusiasm and find their videos hilarious. I don't worry about the recipes I can't make but I still enjoy watching them or reading about them.

          • Potkettleblack
            Potkettleblack commented
            Editing a comment
            This one remains a favorite.
            https://youtu.be/-K3LO9H_Yq0
        • PaulstheRibList
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 1614
          • Lake Charles, LA
          • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
            1.) A pair of Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5's
            2.) #LilTex, a 22" Expensive Offset Smoker (looks like a Yoder Witicha)
            3.) #WhoDat1, a HUGE Gravity Fed Insulated Cabinet Smoker (cooking chamber 3'x2'x6')
            4.) A Full Size Commercial Dryer/converted to Vertical Smoker.
            5.) Jambo Backyard stickburner (my FAVORITE Pit so far)
            6.) GrillMeister, a huge 24"x48" Adjustable, Charcoal Grill from Pitmaker.com
            7.) 22" Weber Kettle with Slow-N-Sear
            8.) Vault insulated reverse-flow cabinet smoker from Pitmaker
            9.) BarbecueFiretruck...under development
            10.) 26 foot BBQ Vending Trailer equipped with HUGE Myron Mixon 72xc smoker is HERE, Oct 2016!
            11.) Opened www.PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com Food Trailer officially in March 2017
            12.) Austin Smoke Works 500 Gallon Propane Tank Offset Smoker, named "Lucille" as travel pit for PaulsRibShack, Oct 2018.
            12.) Opening Brick & Mortar location at 4800 Nelson Rd, Spring 2019. Had a pair of 1,000 Gallon Austin Smoke Works pits, both in RibShackRed for our new place!

            Fabulous Backlit Thermapens, several Maverick Remote Thermometers (don't use any remotes anymore), Thermoworks Smoke, Other Thermoworks toys, Vacuum sealer, lots and lots of equipment...

            I'm loving using BBQ to make friends and build connections.
            I have #theRibList where I keep a list of new and old friends and whenever I'm cooking, I make 1 to 20 extra and share the joy.

          #10
          I have watched only one Chefsteps video, so I don't have a frame of reference for your comment.

          I will say that I LOVE the equipment section in Kenji's book, The Food Lab, much like we love the Awesome equipment reviews section here at AmazingRibs. He rates equipment, gives you advise on which gadets are really needed and which ones are less so.

          I'm a better kitchen cook from The Food Lab and my kitchen equipment list is better, and I haven't spent that much.

          Lastly, I'm still a holdout on the SV thing. I'm sure it's great, but call me still in love with Reverse Sear!

          Comment

          • fzxdoc
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 4904
            • 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

            #11
            I think if all food websites were geared to the lowest common denominator with respect to kitchen (or BBQ) gadgetry, it would be more difficult for the average home cook to aim for the stars. Besides, what would I spend my money at Amazon on?

            Lost in China , I can see where you're coming from, but I think that sites like ChefSteps and Kenji's Serious Eats provide such good information that it's worth using a little ingenuity to sleuth out that a mandolin is just a food slicer, as is a more precisely-wielded knife, or that salad spinners are great for getting the water out of salads or herbs so that the dressings can have a bigger voice. I may not have every tool that these guys use, but I do know how to translate then innovate. If a salad spinner is used, then I know that perhaps doing something else to make sure the surface water is minimized in the ingredient will work well too. For me, the translate/innovate aspect is part of the fun of cooking.

            Now, jgjeske1 's "rant" is a little more fundamental--who has a fridge big enough to hang a chicken? I do, if I take half the stuff out of one of mine. That's not happening. In that instance, I know that I'll still get nice crispy bird skin if I let it sit on a rack over a jelly roll pan, or cookie sheet with sides.

            I still have a lot of fun watching old Alton Brown Good Eats episodes, where he jury-rigs stuff all the time. I love to see what he does, but 90% of the time I won't be going down that particular road to get to his good eats. I'll figure out another (more mundane) way and get there just the same.

            Kathryn

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            • Atalanta
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              LOL AB had an episode where he built a cardboard smoker.

            • Thunder77
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              Kathryn I think I get where you're coming from. I have acquired any number of gadgets and know how. I just think Chef Steps is a bit extreme. 😱😀

            • fzxdoc
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              jgjeske1 , I totally get where you're coming from too. There's no way I could do many things as shown on Chef Steps. Perhaps they should suggest alternatives now and again for us mere mortals.
          • Potkettleblack
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            • Jun 2016
            • 1957
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              Disqus: Le Chef - (something something something) - it changes

            #12
            As I say in many of the comments/complaints on ChefSteps Facebook posts, ChefSteps is a site about largely modernist techniques and approaches. It you want something cooked traditionally, there are sites from Tasty to Martha Stewart to Joy of Cooking and beyond. If you like the sciencey approach, there's SeriousEats, AR and ChefSteps.

            ChefSteps is largely intended as a structured course site. So you learn a technique, like Sous vide, with a dozen dishes that use it in different ways. Or Sous-BCue. Or Coffee making. Or Whipping Siphon use.

            I'm never making a Peking Duck. For a lot of reasons. But I will revisit this recipe once a year, and it requires nothing more weird tools than a microplane and nothing harder to find than jarred red peppers.

            https://www.chefsteps.com/activities...tachio-romesco

            (oh, and I replaced the pistachios with macadamias and it was insanely good. And the microplane is essential. Wife messed up a batch with the fine grater).

            as long as you recognize what the site is about, you're fine.

            Last, because they are very precise recipes, they can be fussy recipes. JKLA's recipes can be a bit more forgiving.

            Real last: they and Kenji SV things at hotter and shorter temps than I recommend.

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            • EdF
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              Any speculations as to why?

            • Potkettleblack
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              A combination of personal preference and possibly liability. Though I note that the Joule app offers a steak setting lower than I ever considered.
          • Dr ROK
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            #13
            The thing I like about both chef steps and serious eats is that they challenge me to take my skills to another level. They introduce new techniques, tools, and ideas. They are both like AR in the sense that they use science to allow you to replicate success. Being an old science teacher, I guess it just appeals to that side of me.

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            • Thunder77
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              I like that aspect as well. It's just that they are over the top sometimes. I have used them to advance my knowledge.

            • Dr ROK
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              I used to feel that way and now I'm making my own melting cheese
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            #14
            This is a great debate! Keep up the good work guys/gals. This is what The Pit is about!

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            • Nuke em
              Club Member
              • Jun 2016
              • 746
              • Nj

              #15
              What I like bout Being a poor man cook is to look at the equipment that I can't afford and make something like it
              for instance..the salad spinner
              instead of that why not get some panty hose, tie some fishing string after loading it up ,tie it off,and spin it around in a circle.(but I would recommend doing it outside, then ya can water the grass at the same time)
              cost of salad spinner? I dunno 10 bucks?
              cost of panty hose? Dunno. Depends how well you can sweet talk a woman outta em?..priceless
              cost of fishin string? Dunno...I just walk around some trees by the lake....ill find some hung in the branches.
              Total price? A good conversation with a gal and a nice walk....another win win

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              • vandy
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                I like the way you think Nuke em

              • fzxdoc
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                The visual image of you slinging pantyhose filled your salad around over your head cracks me up, Nuke em . As for the rest of the story, you're obviously an incurable romantic. Good for you!

                Kathryn

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