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Ron_L
12-13-2004, 09:44 PM
Hi all... I came across this site from a random search from another Smoke Ring site. I'm a 47 year old videoconferencing Sales Engineer living in the far wester suburbs of Chicago with my wife, a 16 year old daughter, and my assistant pitmaster, Sable, the black lab.

I've been grillin' for years, but have only smoked on occasion. I have a couple of Weber kettles, a Weber Genesis Gold B (this is used the most now due to work schedules), an El Cheapo Sears gas grill for coffee roasting and an aging meco water smoker. I am awaiting the arrival of a Cookshack electric smoker to do some lazyQ on the weekends.

So, basically I am an aging beginner and am humbled by the collective smokiness of the Brethren. I hope to learn from all of you constantly and will contribute where I can.

Aside from food, I am a coffeegeek and a fishaholic. I roast my own coffee, have my own espresso machine and commercial quality grinder, and have a stash of green coffee in my basement that drives my wife crazy. In between business travel, honey-do lists and family, I fish as often as I can, mostly river or stream fishing, but I'm really not picky.

kcquer
12-13-2004, 09:47 PM
Welcome Brother Ron, pour a cup and sit a spell, lets talk Q.

BrooklynQ
12-13-2004, 09:49 PM
Welcome to the group. I used to live down the street from the Maxwell House plant in Hoboken, NJ. There's nothing like the smell of fresh roast coffee.... Well sweet blue is sweeter, but not as unique. Funny thing, I love the smell of coffee, but can't stand the taste.

tommykendall
12-13-2004, 10:09 PM
Welcome Ron. We get more posts from the Chicago area than any other. Can't remember the fellow's name - Dingleberry or something like that. :roll: You'll find a ton of laughs, assistance, and brotherhood on this board.

racer_81
12-13-2004, 11:05 PM
Welcome!

Bigdog
12-14-2004, 06:02 AM
Welcome to the site. Around here it does not matter what kind of tool you have, but how you use it. :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:

chad
12-14-2004, 06:27 AM
Welcome - :D

MrSmoker
12-14-2004, 06:55 AM
Welcome Ron, you have found a new family,these guy's will support you and criticize you.But if you need anything you'll find out just how much they care about their Brethren.

Solidkick
12-14-2004, 06:55 AM
Another Illini in the house! Bill and Greg have been needing new family members.........;)

Welcome My New Brother.......

jt
12-14-2004, 07:14 AM
Welcome Ron!

cookswithfire
12-14-2004, 08:06 AM
Welcome New Brother....posting in cattle call is the first step of the initiation.....Next step has something to do with Jalepeno Flavored
Peanuts :wink:

brdbbq
12-14-2004, 08:13 AM
Another Illini in the house! Bill and Greg have been needing new family members.........


I was tossed out, can't imagine why ? Welcome to the Group

Trout_man22
12-14-2004, 08:49 AM
Welcome, Ron

Bellybro
12-14-2004, 11:29 AM
Welcome Ron

spicewine
12-14-2004, 01:06 PM
welcome Ron. You will find out just how many things were invented in Illinois from this site.

Cuelio
12-14-2004, 01:17 PM
Welcome, brother Ron, from the land of Paul Bunyan. One of your fellow Illini invented the Frito Pie. He says he did anyway, but I was the one who really did!

tommykendall
12-14-2004, 11:11 PM
Around here it does not matter what kind of tool you have


Or if you're a tool yourself

Samichlaus
12-14-2004, 11:12 PM
Greeting from California.

Chicago eh?

You must know about Moo & Oink.

Arlin_MacRae
12-15-2004, 04:09 PM
Hiyas, Ron, and welcome to the Fun House.

jeffsasmokin
12-15-2004, 04:28 PM
Welcome, new Brother! Jump in and Hang on!

Solidkick
12-15-2004, 05:51 PM
welcome Ron. You will find out just how many things were invented in Illinois from this site.

:roll: Boy, ain't that the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!! :roll:

BigBelly
12-18-2004, 07:46 PM
Welcome aboard Ron!

Well, as you can see you just got a small taste of how wonderful, and hysterical this site really can be. The exchange of information, sometimes as frivolous as it may appear, all adds to the experience that we all love and that's Q!

I find it very intriguing that you roast and grind your own beans. Sounds like a ton of fun.

Enjoy and welcome.

Neil
12-18-2004, 10:54 PM
Welcome aboard Ron. Enjoy what you learn and share what you know. It's what we do.

parrothead
12-18-2004, 11:12 PM
Welcome aboard Ron. We are almost neighbors. I live in goose lake(actually Morris), just southwest of Joliet. We have a brother in St. Louis named Mark that roasts his on coffee also. I have been thinking of giving it a try, but have not had the time. Maybe this winter.

417bullelk
12-19-2004, 01:06 PM
Welcome to the brotherhood. This is by far the best site I have come across. These guys will tell ya like it is and give some great advice.

Bill-Chicago
12-26-2004, 10:40 AM
Welcome Ron

That makes three of us in a stones throw distance.

Mad_Dawg is off Montgomery road here in Aurora, and I'm just off Eola.

So, did the Cookshack make it to your door?

Need help seasoing it?

Glad you found us!

tommykendall
12-26-2004, 11:41 AM
That makes three of us in a stones throw distance.


Before you know it you'll be bigger than the Mofo chapter. Welcome again Ron - it really is great getting together with local brothers.

Ron_L
05-30-2005, 08:12 PM
Now that I have my cool Brethren hat and apron from Greg (Thanks, Greg!), I decided to ask my daughter to take a picture of me next to my Cookshack Smokette. My daughter thinks I'm a BBQ Geek!

Don't be afraid... I really don't look like that... Just ask Bill or Greg... I'm worse in person... :oops:

Bill-Chicago
05-30-2005, 08:55 PM
That smokette has some nice legs.

Great pic Ron

You are a great brother

thillin
05-30-2005, 09:39 PM
Don't be afraid... I really don't look like that... Just ask Bill or Greg... I'm worse in person... :oops:

Where's your pants? :shock:

Bigdog
06-02-2005, 08:53 AM
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Where's your pants? :shock:[/quote]

I think that Ron is a commando cook. :shock:

Ron_L
06-02-2005, 03:46 PM
I think that Ron is a commando cook. :shock:

Only when the nieghbors are outside... :twisted:

Apron longer than the shorts mod...

racer_81
06-03-2005, 03:57 AM
Where's your pants? :shock:[/quote]

I think that Ron is a commando cook. :shock:[/quote]

I'm glad that pic is from the front side.......

Bigdog
06-03-2005, 07:29 AM
Where's your pants? :shock:

I think that Ron is a commando cook. :shock:[/quote]

I'm glad that pic is from the front side.......[/quote]

Ron PMed me and assurred me that he was wearing the official BBQ-Brethren black thong. :shock: I stand corrected. :wink:

Ron_L
06-03-2005, 07:56 AM
Ron PMed me and assurred me that he was wearing the official BBQ-Brethren black thong. :shock: I stand corrected. :wink:

In size 4XL...

For a fattie I'll PM you a picture... :twisted: :oops: :shock: :shock:

brdbbq
06-03-2005, 10:57 AM
He shaved his legs just for us, I'm impressed.

Solidkick
06-03-2005, 12:21 PM
He shaved his legs just for us, I'm impressed.

Nope, he didn't shave, he just came from his weekly waxing..... :twisted:

Ron_L
06-03-2005, 12:29 PM
Alright... Enough about the legs... :) I used to have hair on my legs, but it disappeared as I get older...

Don't you guys have someone else to pick on or something else to discuss? Let's say... ummm... pickles? Pickles don't have any hair, either... (Well... most pickles don't, right Phil? :D ). Or maybe things that smell bad... That's a good topic... :)

racer_81
06-03-2005, 12:33 PM
Don't you guys have someone else to pick on or something else to discuss?



Where's the fun in that?



8)

Jorge
06-03-2005, 12:50 PM
Don't be afraid... I really don't look like that... Just ask Bill or Greg... I'm worse in person... :oops:

Where's your pants? :shock:

From an earlier thread, I suspect they are on the kitchen counter..... 8)

Solidkick
06-03-2005, 06:15 PM
I used to have hair on my legs, but it disappeared as I get older...


Totally understand.......I have the same problem with my head....... :oops:

Hey, great coffee!!

Bill-Chicago
06-03-2005, 06:37 PM
Alright... Enough about the legs... :) I used to have hair on my legs, but it disappeared as I get older...

Don't you guys have someone else to pick on or something else to discuss? Let's say... ummm... pickles? Pickles don't have any hair, either... (Well... most pickles don't, right Phil? :D ). Or maybe things that smell bad... That's a good topic... :)

Pickles have nipples

Bite them, and then lets discuss