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Tribute to RonP

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by erain, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hello folks. I know there have been a couple posts regarding Rons passing. I put this together from the threads he started sort of as a tribute to the man. i wasnt sure where to put it but i figured why not put in the elec smoker section as that is the home of his little MES. mods move elswhere if you see fit. He loved this forum dearly and the members here were his friends. I spoke with Ron the sunday evening before he passed  and even though he was in the hospital he was still asking questions about the forum. and even though you may not have known Ron very well or not even at all, he knew you.

    his "scores" on managers specials etc and his expierements were his trademark. trying something different or out of the box was the norm for him. 

    As you all know ron ran a restaurant in wisconson some years back. He always talked about getting back into the business but as luck would have it time was not on his side. here are some samples of what he did in his time here. he did it all including ways to use up leftovers and side dishes. we lost a good one folks. here is just a small sample of what he posted. rest in peace buddy.

    Chicken Thighs W/Qview - Amaz-N-Smoke Generator

    not a finished pic but as far as i can see is rons last smoke he posted...

    Cold Smoked-Seared Rib Steak W/Qview

    8# + 89 Cents A Pound Pork Butt Seared & Pulled W/Qview

    Smoked Beef Tenderloin Filet Mignon W/Qview

    Another Test-Chicken Thighs-A-Maze-N-Smoker W/Qviews

    Ron really loved that A-Maze-N-Smoker as he shows here in one of his test runs on it, also notice the ingreds he used. he liked to keep it simple and let the meat and smoke speak for itself.  another not finished pic but trying my best to give a good mix.

    Well, I wanted to try my new toy on some thighs that I had in the freezer.

    Just salt, lemon pepper, and garlic.

    Pastrami New Smoke Generator Lots Of Q/View

    another of Ron's "likes" was his pastrami...

    Can't Keep Me Down - Sam's Chicken W/Qview

    another of Rons favorites were those rottiserie chickens he used to get from his sams club, think they were like 5 pound chix or so but he raved about them. i believe they were preinjected and he was able to buy them before they cooked them at the store and he would bring them home and smoke them.

    First Smoke Since I Got Out Of Jail - Pastramies W/Qview

    like i said earlier Ron really loved his pastrami... and he had it down. he would always call to make sure i checked it out... going to miss those calls bigtime.

    i still remember this thread, is one when got his mes with the window and either he just cleaned it or was brand new but his lawn mower reflection showed up on the glass in one of the pictures and i replied...

    "what the heck ron... howd you get your lawn mower inside the mes??? LOL[​IMG]"

    and this was followed up by Bearcarver and Beer-B-Q...

    "LOL----Good one erain!   Smoked rotary lawn mower now Ron ?????"

    "Heck erain, you know Ron, if it sits near the MES too long he figures a way to smoke it...[​IMG]"

    Smoked Salted Rib Steak W/Qview

    Rons fav steak was the rib steak and he had this reverse sear thing going on where he would smoke and then he would take them to his gas grill which was running as hot as it could go and do a quick sear on it.


    Salted Smoked Ribeye The Start Of Something Good W/Qview

    Shrimp Scampi W/QView Fast And Simple

    Hawaiian Sweet And Sour Baby Back Ribs W/Qview

    Smoked Salmon W/Qview

    Asian Stir Fry Turkey Pastrami W Q/VIEW

    Sam's Rotisserie Chicken Meets Mr. Youshida W/Qview

    Smoked Cured Turkey Thighs W/Qview

    Cured Chix Thighs W/Qview

    nice twist with the sweet and sour and plum sauce!!! if it as good as it sounds i sure it was a hit!!![​IMG]

    Capicola With Q/View

    Seared - Cured Baby Backs W/Qview

    this is a post i made on a thread Ron started on his one year aniversary of jpoining the forum.. and he never changed did he...

    5/2/09 at 8:21am

    • erain
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    • Post Count: 2,527

    happy anniversary on the forum ron.... dang how time flies, have enjoyed the conversations we have had in chat and otherwise. not only a fellow smf member but a good friend as well. i like the way you always share your info with others. reminds me of how when i first started here on the forum a few class A individuals did the same with me to get me going. you are an asset to the forum. i wish i could contribute as much as you do. keep up the good work!!![​IMG]

    Charbroil SFB, GOSM Big Block, 40" S/S MES, 22" Weber kettle, Assorted dutch ovens, Other misc. smokers... SMF Premiere Member

    12 Cloves Of Garlic Stuffed Leg Of Lamb - Early Easter W/Qview

    I used my favorite marinade, Yoshida's, and granulated garlic and lemon pepper.

    Smoked Tomestone Pizza Gone Bad W/Qview For Erain And All Others

    one sunday night Ron called me up and i was having a late snack... was munching on a tombstone pizza, anyway got to talking about frozen pizzas ands he told me tombstone was his favorite. i think he had a revalation about that time and he said "i am gonna smoke one a those suckers..." next week he had this post up....

    After defrosting and smoked for maybe 1 1/2 hours.

    Smoked Lasagna W/Qview

    Smoked And Cured Chix Thighs

    chicken thighs, especially cured were really one of Rons favorites...

    Smoked Chicken Thighs / Wild Rice Chicken Soup W/Qview

    1/2 onion, small can mushrooms.

    I added 4 cups of chicken stock from Sam's club, the Tones stuff. And 1 cup wild rice, thanks Erain.

    All done at 165'.

    This may be my favorite, though I love soup, very healthy also.

    Creamy Smoked Baked Potato Soup W/QVIEW

    Honey Mustard / Surprise W/QVIEW

    more than cheetoos were tested...

    Garlic Stuffed Leg Of Lamb W/QVIEWS

    never had lamb before Ron did this smoke... just another thing a lil different he brought forth and perhaps introduce something different to others.

    It's Not Worms, It's Cheetos W/QVIEW

    and then there were these!!!


    this is a post ron made 4 months after joining the SMF...  almost seems surreal dont it...

    Thank You SMF

    8/25/08 at 5:30am

    • ronp
    • I Love Smokin' Anything
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    • Location: Utah and in the hearts of SMF friends
    • Post Count: 5,433

    When I joined in April, I had smoked some. I had several smokers and the last was an ECB, mayby used it 5 times a year.

    I then found this site and got a MES shortly after. I immediately bought the premier membership to support this great site, 15.00 no big deal.

    I have found so much information here it is unbelieaviable.

    I have also formed some good friendships here.

    I now smoke many times a week as fast as we can eat it. I have created many things that are out of this world because of the help and knowledge found here.

    And for the newbies here, search what your looking to accomplish. If you can't find it just ask.

    The members are very friendly and always ready to help.

    Thanks Jeff, and all the members here and my new founded friends.

    This place has changed my life, thank you.

    And, happy smokes to all.

    RIP Ron all of your friends at SMF will miss you.

    I Had a rib joint in Minocqua, Northern Wisconsin for 8 years.
    Converted commerical SS fridge with elec controls.
    My next will be a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. Can't wait!Finaly have it!!! May 15 2008, and love it!!My biggest sense of accomplishment

    There are many posts, 430 in all and most of them are smoking posts etc... if you have time do a search and go thru them sometimes....  in closing, Ron was really hooked on this forum... i mean bad...  and he loved every bit of it. i wouldnt doubt if he didnt read every single post. as i was looking thru these posts and i noticed the change in his sig line, i noticed one other thing... the off line status. perhaps the mods could find a way to change it to online, as i am sure ron is watching the forum still. thanks for checking Ron's qview.    erain
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2010
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  2. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    Thanks for compiling a great bunch of great posts from a great guy. RonP was truly "one-of-a-kind"!

    May he rest in TBS.

    Thanks RonP,

  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well done erain, he is greatly missed.....
  4. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well done erain!

    Ron was the MES King, he loved his MES from Sams club.  Ron's enthusiasm about the MES probably accounts for at least 10% of MES sales and certainly more if they were bought at Sams club.

    It is sad that SMF will lose this great guy's presence here, and for those who really got to know and talk with Ron lose such a fine Qn buddy.

    I'm sure Ron would say to us all,  "Boys don't worry about me, I'm in a better place, so go fire up your smokers and start serving some delicious Q!"
  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great Post Erain!. We lost a friend, a mentor and a SMF Legend.
  6. cowgirl

    cowgirl Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Nice job E!  [​IMG]
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Nice Tribute Erain...
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Very nice there Erain. As always a great tribute to a good guy and I to had some good learning experiences with the man. Now I never did get on the yosheda's trains thou. But Ron sure did like to cure alot of things.
  9. 5lakes

    5lakes Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member


    I've been away from the forum for a while now, very busy with work and family. Tonight, I was checking things out and found this. Did a search to find out what I missed.

    Erain, this is a great tribute to a great man. Thank you.

    I've learned a lot from Ron in the short time I've been here. Always enjoyed his posts. I'm truly saddened that we have lost him. I believe that our loss is Heaven's gain.

    To Ron's family, you have my prayers in a difficult time. I'm sorry I'm so late in my offering. Please forgive me and know that Ron helped a lot of people he never knew.

    Rest in peace, Ron.
  10. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Erain, that was perfect. A great tribute to a great man. I like what RonP said ( This place has changed my life, thank you.) [​IMG]
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    That was a great tribute and must have taken you a lot of time to compile - I have had the Yoshidas several times and was never as excited as he was but always respected that he loved it so much he promoted it constantly

    Thanks for taking the time to compile and post this great tribute to one of the most popular guys to hit this forum
  12. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  13. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Erain. When I saw the Leg of Lamb I had to laugh because he kept telling Carol it was beef.
  14. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    no problem everyone. it was an honor to put this together. just wish i could have spent a little more time on it and included more ronp quotes etc...i guess maybe i was a little selfish cause i included some things which really only applied to me. but please feel free to add your own personal moment onto this thread. this is not my thread, this is for all of the smf members(is how ron woulda done it) to view and add there little piece of history with ron if they wish.

    Brian, funny thing... yano i was not really sure if he ever did tell Carol, and i had that part included... then i figured i better not so i backspaced it off...
  15. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Ron told me that Carol found out about it. I believe she found the meat wrapper in the trash. He said she was mad. He had a good chuckle about it.
  16. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the tribute, erain!  I always enjoyed Ron's posts too.
  17. mph

    mph Fire Starter

       Haven't been to the site in a while. I always enjoyed RonP's posts and learned alot from him...got a MES because of him. Shocked to hear of his passing. I am grateful for his wisdom and pray for his family.

       Thank you Ron...
  18. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Erain - what a great job and tribute!  
  19. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Uhg. [​IMG]   Been on vacation for a few weeks, and I return to here to learn about losing a brother in smoke.    I like a lot of people learned a lot from Ron.  Especially on how to get great food from the MES.  Ron re kindled my love for Yoshida's, and I owe some of my latest competition recipes due to that.  Ron you will be missed..  I'll see you in the great smokehouse in the sky.

    Thanks for putting this together Erain.  It was well done...
  20. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Man, this brought a tear to my eye. Great tribute Erain. What a super guy.