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Smokensalt

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Apr 25, 2022
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Dartmoor, UK
Hi everyone

Found you last night looking for a brisket walkthrough in txt. Read a load of posts and signed up. Glad I did. Great ideas, comments and txt/video.

Been bbqing for 3 decades, first 2 were casual, birthdays and random parties, but always had fun and started being branded as the bbq guy. I just didn't put on insta light bags to top up a running bbq and had fun soaking a few brews flipping burgers/steak etc while everyone else was getting plastered.

Last 7 years, or so, I have ramped up the game considerably. From home built brick bbqs 30 yrs ago with cheap metal frame for the coals, a stainless grill and nails in the cement for height, to a lovely cast iron French horizontal and vertical rotisserie bbq, which I still use. 7 years ago got a Weber kettle and thought it was the poodles pouches, which was/is much loved/used and an offset smoker which I have mixed feelings about.... until......my wife bought me a KJ classic 3 for our anniversary last year. Wow. Game went from casual, to I can do a fairly consistent good job, to I want to bbq every day....and have basically cooked once a week for the last 6 months rain or shine. Nothing goes to waste, always cook more as I eat it and use it in the kids school meals.

Spend time just having bbq videos on in the background, smoking dad, bbq pit boys etc getting ideas and tinkering. Love it.

Not sure my ability to add to the serious pros you have on the site already but I am so happy to have found you as there is a wealth of info on this site and maybe even ideas to my next addition to the bbq patio.

Happy bbqing and may your coals always burn clean
 
Yeah, awesome content here. Spent last few hours browsing some more in between deciding if I should buy a joetisserie. Almost hitting that buy now button.
 
Welcome . I have to say I didn't read all that . My attention span is pretty short for that , that's why I ended up in construction . Mud and bad weather . I did see Weber kettle , so you're good in my book .
Have fun , and look around . All sorts of things to learn here . Also , remember there is a time difference from " Here to there " so if you ask a question might be a lag in an answer .
 
Welcome aboard from North Carolina.

Don't be intimidated by the presence of truly good smokers here. They are here but there are plenty of us mere mortal smokers, too.

Pictures of your brick cooker would be cool.
 
Pictures of your brick cooker would be cool
That was my first attempt some 25 ish years plus ago long before digital, may have a 'real' pic somewhere but lost many old school items in a flood after we moved north. Wasn't anything special but loved it. Neighbour was a metal engineer who bent and tacked up a coal tray, did some funky weld thing to stainless rods for the grill and I built up the bricks with storage on the right side with a sheet of granite as a worktop. We put bricks longways out the front about 3/4 way topped with oak as a ledge for drinks and things. Never got used for that but looked so cool.
 
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Welcome from Minnesota. You will find more great info here than any human can process. Also remember, if there aren’t pictures it never happened. Plus well we enjoy food porn. 😂
 
Welcome from Mississippi! Look forward to your post and pics. Would love to see the area your from as I will probably never get on that side of the pond.
Jim
 
Welcome from Winchester, Virginia. As you have found, there is decades and generations of knowledge here. Enjoy.

Brolly and galoshes over plimsolls eh? :emoji_wink:
Thanks for the warm welcome to everyone. As to weather not really bothered, I just figure my skin is watertight so no big deal. Great food > damp body, plus if it's really bad I get my eldest to hold the brolly. However I am in the process of designing a lean-to so I can cook dry whatever.

First pic is the back patio, moved most of the bbqs down to the house patio but moved kadai up there for evenings as it's best area for the sun in evening.
 

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Welcome from Mississippi! Look forward to your post and pics. Would love to see the area your from as I will probably never get on that side of the pond.
Jim
This is a mile up the road from us. The "leat" was built around 1581 and sent water from Dartmoor into Plymouth until the 1898, or maybe otherwise round. Plymouth ie about 13 miles south of us and I marvel at the engineering everytime is walk past it with the dog and family.
 

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Smokensalt Smokensalt Gorgeous! I guess when I think of the UK I think of like London. Just built up and industrialized. I forget that like here in the states its the same way. There are areas that you can get away from the urban sprawl.
Jim
 
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Smokensalt Smokensalt Gorgeous! I guess when I think of the UK I think of like London. Just built up and industrialized. I forget that like here in the states its the same way. There are areas that you can get away from the urban sprawl.
Jim
Thanks, no the UK is not London, far from it but it gets Londinified, if it does/doesn't work in London it must work outside. Nope. Lived there for 5 years. Loved (the salary mainly) and hated it but so glad we left. Outside the main cities most of the UK is gorgeous, however some of the cities are stunning in the old architecture alone. What mankind can achieve when they have a mind to.
 
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