My name is Nathan, & I live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. I started off cooking on a Pro Q vertical smoker, then went with the Chargriller Duo when I moved into a house and had enough space. I've never been the most handy, so I didn't do any of the mods and wanted to upgrade to a higher-quality build with the same functionality. After much research, it was hard to find a pit fabricator who would make what I wanted (smoker/grill with SFB along with a gas grill and side burner), but I finally connected with Pits by JJ out of Houston and have had my new pit for about a month. It's heavy duty 1/4" metal and does an amazing job of holding in heat. The only challenge I've had so far is figuring out the gas side which tends to be somewhat volatile. I've managed to burn the hair off my hands several times when lighting it, but I think I'm close to having it mastered after talking to JJ's team a few times. One thing that I didn't realize was how difficult it would be to find a cover for something this big. I ordered one from a custom supplier and have been using my old Duo cover to cover it as best I can, but it blew off during a storm last week, so I have a few small rust spots that I need to address.
I prefer to cook with sweet woods (pecan, apple, cherry) and will throw just about anything on the pit. I love smoking ribs, pork shoulder, tri-tip, beer can chicken & am always looking for new ideas which is how I came across this forum. I enjoy the process of selecting the cuts of meat, creating my own rubs (typically starts with finding a recipe and then catering it to what I think sounds better) versus using store-bought rubs and creating my own sauces which I use sparingly since I want the flavor of the meat to come through.
Thanks for letting me stop by.