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Old 08-31-2011, 08:34 AM   #1
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Join Date: 06-22-11
Location: chula vista, ca
Default Best Thing You Ever Bought for BBQ and The Worst Thing

Best thing: UDS by far.

Worst Thing: When I started BBQing about 12 years ago I tried to fit about
10 racks rolled in my WSM. I bought some cheap skewers and some needle and thread to tie them together. Needless to say I made it work but it could
have been a disaster!

What was your best and worst?
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:38 AM   #2
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Join Date: 01-19-11
Location: Lee's Summit, MO

Best: Thermapen
Worst: Byron's Butt Rub. Nasty stuff.
"If I were just a bit more humble, I'd be perfect"
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:39 AM   #3
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Join Date: 05-09-11
Location: Granite City, Illinois (Near St. Louis "GO CARDS")

ET-732, Weber Performer, UDS

Turkey Thermometers (so far)
22.5 WSM, 120 Gallon Offset, Weber Performer, IQ-110, ET-732
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:41 AM   #4
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Join Date: 01-24-11
Location: wi

Best: UDS/Thermapen

Worst: Electric ECB. I still use it for beans and stuff like that but with very little control over temp its just not that useful.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:42 AM   #5
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Join Date: 06-20-11
Location: Mooresville, NC

BEST: BBQ Guru/WSM - I love them both equally.
WORST: ****ty BBQ mop that I never use because the silicon brush works better.
Hillside BBQ

2013 Stumps Classic - Delivered 4/15/13
Large BGE - Rescued 2012
2010 WSM 22.5"
2010 Weber genesis gas grill
Rescued 22.5 Weber One-touch gold
Yellow Thermopen
BBQ Guru CyberQ
2011 Built UDS - Retired
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:45 AM   #6
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Join Date: 07-14-09
Location: Lake Sinclair, GA

Best: Lang 1160

Worst: Brinkmann Smoke-n-grill
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:46 AM   #7
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Join Date: 04-03-10
Location: Cypress TX

Best: UDS

Worst: All the crap people buy me as a gift when they find out I like to BBQ!
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:50 AM   #8
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Join Date: 10-19-08
Location: St. Louis, MO

Best = a toss up between BGE & Backwoods smokers

Worst = a 40 lb. bag of mesquite lump from Sams. Nasty stuff.
Backwoods Pro Jr.
Backwoods Fatboy (sold)
Large Big Green Egg
Bubba Keg
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:08 AM   #9
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Join Date: 07-12-11
Location: Zephyrhills, FL

Best: Stubbs charcoal
worst: Lawhorn's signature seasoning. (Not at all what I anticipated)

edit: I have to agree with the consensus about Cowboy brand lump. It blows bigtime!

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Old 08-31-2011, 09:14 AM   #10
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Join Date: 11-14-10
Location: Meridian, MS

Best: BBQ Guru Digi Q DX, I cannot believe how accurate it is on my UDS. Amazing!!

Worst: Well, I've been researching here and you guys have kept me from making mistakes!!
UDS with BBQ Guru DigiQ, Weber Gasser, XL Big Green Egg, Charcoal Grill, Red Thermapen
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:21 AM   #11
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Join Date: 05-17-10
Location: Missoula Mt

Best: Our cooker itself is the best thing I've ever purchased, even more so than my house that the ex-wife and her new husband live in... Beyond that, cambro holding cabinets are amazing. I'm shocked at what they can do.

The Worst: A char broil H2O smoker, granted it is what got me hooked on bbq and motivated me to find a cooker that could still cook in wind/rain/snow...
Co-Owner/Operator of Burns St Bistro, Missoula MT
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:22 AM   #12
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Join Date: 01-09-10
Location: Melbourne, Florida

Best: Thermapen
Worst; CHEEP pair of welding gloves made in China, they lasted 2 cooks and never really kept the heat away.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:23 AM   #13
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Join Date: 02-28-10
Location: North Potomac, MD

Best: My Backwood's Chubby

Worst: Cowboy lump charcoal. Worst crap on the market.
Graduate: Jack's Old South BBQ School, Smokin Triggers BBQ School, Paul Kirk BBQ School
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:51 AM   #14
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Join Date: 07-06-11
Location: in moderatioN

Best: WSM and Auber
Worst: chicken from A&P!
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:57 AM   #15
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Join Date: 11-23-10
Location: Monson, MA

Best: WSM & thermapen

Worst: Everything people give me as gifts because they think they know what i want/need. So far i've either given it away, tossed it, or it's sitting some where in the house and i could care less.
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