View Full Version : Howdy From An Old Schooler

02-12-2005, 11:47 PM
Well, I finally joined in. I was one of the original 5 that started the original yahoo Bandera group back in 1998(?) and still serve as the moderator. Yes, LeeBo, as trained by the great "Unka Pete" - an old black man in SE Oklahoma. Unka Pete always said, "I been BBQ'in fo fo'tty years 'n been doin' right fo least 37. Now listen up!"

My smoker is an Old School Bandera as originally designed, purchased in 1997. I have the gasket, baffle, basket, and expanded metal mods. In fact, I think with at least two of these I was one of the first. Heck, I remember when I first started talking about using a cooler and nobody had heard of it ('cept me and 'ol Unka Pete!).

I suppose my techniques are like my smoker: Old School. I use salt & pepper only. In fact, I only use salt if it has a bone in it. I've tried the rubs, sauces, etc. and while they're good, my guests always say the like "the other ones" slightly better. Another Unka Pete lesson.....

So where have I been? Admittedly, I was a little resistant to come over. Phil was an absolute gentleman when he started up this site. In fact, he and I discussed his idea via eMail a few times and have somewhat stayed in touch since. I was very supportive of "The Brethren." However, some of the members were infantile toward the original group. This rubbed (no pun intended) me wrong after all the good times, moderating, doing the Tee Shirts & caps, and hearing gripes from both sides. We have too few hours away from work to deal with people that bring 'ya down. Oh well, the Kumbaya has been sung.

I'm still working full time and school has become part time as I (hope I) am on the downhill slide. I think last year I only smoked twice. Got tired of the fire tending, and by not being as active with BBQ on the net, I simply didn't think of it or get the mood as often.

Wednesday night I saw the "Top 10 BBQ Joints" on the travel channel and have been salivating ever since. Today I brushed the rust, painted, and prepped my dear Oakie. In fact, she's sleeping with a loaded basket and racks & deflector properly placed. At day break she's coming out of retirement with two pork loins, ribs, sausage ring, and bologna.

I came to this site to see if anyone has used a Longhorn Deluxe (see post in Q talk). However, I had to join before I could search. Wow! The site has done well since I last checked in. Phil's done a lot of great work. I've also missed on learning a few things: The deflector, the addition of dividers to the basket, fatties, 3-2-1 and on and on.

What can I say? It's good to be home.

- LeeBo

02-13-2005, 04:54 AM
Welcome back, LeeBo!!! Glad to see you had to scratch that itch, again!

02-13-2005, 08:37 AM
Wow, sounds like you been around for quite some time now, congratulations for coming back to what most of us call here the addiction that is ever so rewarding.

I don't need to tell you but this place is chock full o nuts and bolts! Welcome home brother!

02-13-2005, 09:27 AM
Welcome aboard Lee. Looking forward to learning a thing or two from you. As I always say to new members, "enjoy what you learn and share what you know, it's what we do here".

02-13-2005, 09:27 AM
Even the experienced have an opportunity to learn here. There's been too much knowledge shared freely for very few to leave this site without learning something that can improve there own Q experience, IE: fire control, rubs, sauces, technique.........We have areas of the board, such as Qtalk and Competition, that are sacred ground, and we try to keep things on topic as best we can. Ocasionally, we may stray from the main topic, but all in all I think we do a very good job of self policing ourselves in these areas. If it gets out of control, someone will fix it quick.
For general BS, we use the Wood Pile.
Take a look around, get familiar with the site, and get ready to experience the friendship and knowledge of my second family "The Brethren."

02-13-2005, 09:36 AM
Lee, Welcome!

02-13-2005, 10:07 AM

02-13-2005, 12:59 PM
Welcome, Lee

02-13-2005, 07:51 PM
Thanks man.

I've gotten some private mail and responses above so I'll go ahead and clarify. That "infantile" comment wasn't meant to be a dig, although some were indeed acting in that manner. So were some of the members on the other side of the fence. Slinging mud only loses ground and both sides were doing it.

Rather, my comment was reflecting on the frustration at the time. I didn't and still don't mind the split, in fact I supported it. It was one of those moderator moments where ya wonder why ya volunteer. Yes, I had a little more frustration from the comments of those who left because my view then, as it is now, if you're happy with the Brethren, then be happy.

The old group doesn't have much activity these days. However, many of the members over there are still on 28.8 modems so it does serve the purpose of quick, on-topic downloads. I think Phil's idea, goal, and hard work have paid off. Great site!

Now, in the spirit of good times, I'm heading back to the woodpile to see what new jokes were posted today....

- LeeBo

02-13-2005, 08:26 PM
I think Phil's idea, goal, and hard work have paid off. Great site!

Who is this "Phil" you keep talking about?

This is not Phils site. He rarely comes here. This is my site. :twisted:

And Lee,
I know your frustration. I moderate a couple Yahoo groups, as well as moderate this one.

700 people and 700 opinions.

but you do what you can, and I respect you for that.

02-13-2005, 08:33 PM
I think Phil's idea, goal, and hard work have paid off. Great site!

I know your frustration. I moderate a couple Yahoo groups, as well as moderate this one.

And we appreciate your hard work on the Orland Park BBQ/Rave/Toga Party/D&D Tournament, Bill!

02-13-2005, 08:35 PM
And we appreciate your hard work on the Orland Park BBQ/Rave/Toga Party/D&D Tournament, Bill!


Welcome aboard Leebo.

02-13-2005, 09:26 PM
Bill from Chicago - YOU GOT ME (for a moment or two).

I was thinking, damn... I just knew Phil from NY started and runs this site. Then I remembered eMailing the adminstrator a few days ago and getting a response from Phil.


- LeeBo

02-13-2005, 09:57 PM
Hay Lee. It has been a long time since I last posted directly to you. I was the "infantile" guy that was insulted over at the old place for making a joke about a typo (The infamous Snot Storm thread). After that I just left and never looked back. I am also one of the "real" founding members of this forum. In fact I am the token liberal that is needed to keep all the rednecks in line. I hear the other place is pretty slow since everybody left and started this site. I don't know for sure because I never went back.

Welcome to the forum!

02-13-2005, 10:42 PM
In fact I am the token liberal

Someone has to do it, and we love you for it, brother.

02-14-2005, 10:34 AM
Welcome back? Welocme home? oh hell just Welcome!

Don't know nothing about Yahoo site, found this one and fell in love!

02-14-2005, 10:44 AM

02-17-2005, 01:20 AM
Welcome back LeeBo....I need to take some steroids to keep up with the number of posts these other guys put up. In fact..maybe some testing should be in order.

I used be on the other site aka heracliuss. SoCalCraigster is my newer handle.

02-18-2005, 04:02 AM
Welcome aboard, Leebo! I still have training wheels on my 'dera but learn something new from this group all the time.

02-18-2005, 11:33 AM
The completely off topic stuff has been moved to both WoodPile and Q Talk as Cattle Clean Up and Rib Rub, respectively.

Cattle Call is back to focusing on welcoming members.

Again, welcome Lee

02-18-2005, 04:07 PM
Welcome Lee!

We need some more Sooners around here to keep these Longhorns in check, :wink: . Hope you enjoy the site and it's good to have another Okie in the group.