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Mike from Hawgeyes is famous!
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 05:04
Posted by Dan in NorCal on August 19, 2014 at 11:53:58:



Nice little interview Mike.
Did the reporter leave anything out?

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What is one of your nifty cue tips or tricks???
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 04:59
Posted by peterN on August 19, 2014 at 11:37:17:

Do you do something unusual with your cooking method or cooking equipment, be it barbecuing or grilling?

Something that I use as an unusual grilling or barbecuing utensil is a potato masher. I have a way of being able to lift grills and grates with a potato masher when cooking on Weber wire grates. Using the masher to lift the grates negates the need to use some sort of 'pot holder' or fire-pit mitt to lift the grates out of my WSM. The potato masher also works well to lift my cast iron grate off of a small Lodge 'Sportsman' grill if I need to adjust its' height or fuss with the fuel.

'How' this is done is difficult to explain, but if place the 'teeth' of the potato masher into the grates off-center with your fist towards the top center of the grate, then you can 'pry'/lift the grate vertically and even use the masher as a 'handle' to carry your grate away from the cooker. (On WSM grates with a heavy load such as a brisket or a butt, I use two mashers as grate masher/handle on each side of the piece of heavy meat.

( might be able to use the two masher method to lift your new 'bbq forum' grate...If you take a potato masher and lay it on your new grate with the handle of the masher placed on the bottom of the letters 'BBQ'...if you are able to lay the masher handle flush (flat) on top of the letters, then the 'teeth' of the masher will hang down into the grate. With the teeth of the masher hanging down into the grate, you should now be able to lift the grate by lifting the handle of the masher. (you might have to use two mashers to lift the heavy handle pointing left, one handle pointing right, and lift using both hands/handles)

Wish I could post a picture of this method, but I'm still living in a 35mm world.)

Do you have an unusual method or tip or trick ???


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Video of the day
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 05:37

Watch the BBQ Forum everyday for the Video of the Day

Here is an example of the video of the day


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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 05:33
Posted by Salmon on August 14, 2014 at 16:51:40:

anybody ever cook with maple? whadaya think? What meats does it work well with? I'm gonna try it regardless, just wanted a head start.

remember 10 or 12 tears ago that Canadian lump, maple was so popular?

Don, I'm sure you got an article stuck back somewhere.....


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Wow look at this
Friday, 08 August 2014 04:57
Posted by Ray Basso on August 07, 2014 at 16:40:55:

Gary B. Davis made me a custom grate for my old beat up Weber Smokey Mountain, ain't it beautiful now! Thank you very much Gary, I am almost speechless.

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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 05:29

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My tribute to Ray Basso
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 02:08
Posted by Gary B. Davis on July 28, 2014 at 16:36:02:

Did my best to incorporate the BBQ Forum logo into one of my cooking grates for my new pit. When I built my first pit in the late 1990s, this was were I got all my cooking and building advice. And it's still the best one around. Here's to you Ray.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 05:36
Congrats Bean Bandits!
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 02:04
Posted by mikey on July 26, 2014 at 18:05:17:

This GC's been a long time coming Pete, but nobody can say you haven't worked for it. Congratulations.

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Knife sharpening Update
Thursday, 24 July 2014 04:30
Posted by Ray Basso on July 22, 2014 at 05:55:22:

I just wanted to share with everyone, more about the knife sharpener I bought as a result of the the thread below. I purchased the WorkSharp Ken Onion Edition sharpener. I have sharpened almost all the knifes I own with this machine and I am very happy with the results.

I have sharpened all types of knifes from a small 1-1/2 inch blade in a Letterman mutli tool to an 8 inch blade on a heavy hunting knife that belonged to my father. I have sharpened kitchen knifes including three Forschner knifes, and an old heavy chef knife. I was able to put a really sharp edge on everything quickly.

I wish I have had this thing all my life as I would have saved a lot of time trying to get knifes sharp. Now this machine is probably not for everybody. It was a bit tricky to lean how to use it. So if your looking for a good sharpener, be sure to look at one of these machines.

Ray Basso

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First bbqforum capture from the WayBack Machine
Monday, 21 July 2014 05:06
Posted by MaryAnn on July 19, 2014 at 18:14:15:

I think it's from 8/17/2000. Some great discussion abut smoke flavor and the smoke ring among many others. Not all the links work depending on when the content was captured but a lot of great info from old timers. Hope it works. Mary Ann

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