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Sweet and Spicy Wings

Sweet and Spicy Wings

When it comes to dinner sweet and spicy wings are usually requested; however, I prefer to make these every so often. Anytime I host an party or attend one these wings are always a party hit. I do love my weber!

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New Stainless Steel Chimney Cap from EggWare


I received my new Stainless Steel chimney from Matt at EggWare.net the other day. If you own a Primo Oval XL and have fallen victim to the factory chimney closing on you when you lift open the lid, then this replacement chimney from EggWare is the answer! It came with a felt gasket to help it fit nice and snug on kamado smokers and grills like the Big Green Egg and Primo. EggWare also sells replacement gaskets should you need one. The fact that the top of the chimney comes off with ease is a major plus as it helps the temperature rise very quickly. Plus the shape of the chimney lid helps prevent water and/or snow from entering the grill when it rains or snows and that’s another win! I live in Arizona so I won’t have to worry about snow but we do get some showers and now I no longer have to worry about that.

020066163563The first thing I did was run over to Lowe’s and picked up one 12 oz can of Rust-Oleum Specialty Semi-Gloss High Heat Ultra paint for $7.29, which will provide a great sheen and protection for my new investment. Here’s the label information in case you’re interested. Before I got to painting I washed and dried my new chimney. Then I tossed on some latex gloves to prevent from transferring any oils from my fingers on to the surface of the chimney. Then I applied the first coat. Since the paint was freshly applied I had to let it dry for an hour before I could apply a second coat. Once the second coat dries I will let it sit for a few days before I attach it to the XL and cure it. I am extremely excited and cannot wait to start using this new chimney. My days of having to re-adjust after every lid opening are now a thing of the past! I’ll post a follow up once I get this new awesomeness attached and cooking (literally!).

Happy Grilling!

Updated 2013-07-14

Well it looks like I don’t have to let it sit for a few days according to the label information.

7-14-2013 8-59-10 AM

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Hickory Smoked Chicken

Hickory Smoked Chicken

I decided to brine some chicken and test the smoking capability of my weber kettle and I was impressed. The end results: beautifully colored, crispy skin, juicy, tender and flavorful.

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Project Drum Smoker or Barrel Grill

Many topics and subjects have crossed my mind in regards to starting a new project over the recent weeks. One in particular is learning how to weld. I did some research (not extensive) about welding and MIG or TIG Welding appear ideal for relatively thin metals. In addition I stumbled upon a post or ad on CraigsList.org that was selling 55ga (open head seamless) drums for $15 a piece.


As you can tell by the photo above I purchased four drums. In addition I did some research on drum smokers and barrel grills and ended up purchasing a 4-1/2″ 6amp angle grinder which I will be using to cut these. I’ve been drawing up designs, making adjustments, designing the charcoal baskets and working on a wok concept. Since I don’t have any welding skills or welding equipment my designs are completely nuts and bolt based.

A few of my ideas will require trips to the scrap yard but I will refrain from cutting up the barrels until I am completely confident in my concept which includes a frame with locking casters. Hopefully in the weeks to come I will write posts on my progress followed up with a complete start to finish summation.

In the event you need specs I found the following chart on (UnitechOfAlaska.com)

I called around to get pricing on sandblasting and most charge by total area. So here is my quick calc of what a 55ga Drum that is 22.5″ by 33″.

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BBQ Help Hashtag Inception

I was thinking we should offer a twitter based help system by implementing a community monitored hashtag #bbqhelp. We can help each other by offering assistance to those in need or have questions about anything BBQ related. For example if you are looking to purchase a grill then you can post a question along the lines of:

“I’m looking to pick up an everyday grill. Any suggestions #bbqhelp”.

Then a member of the BBQ community can chime in and provide their feedback followed by the #bbqhelp hashtag. Like so:

“Hey @user I use a kettle style grill for my everyday meals since the portions are smaller, but for larger meals I use my smoker #bbqhelp”.

To give you some background about this idea I am essentially borrowing the concept from the SQL community which I am a part of. I am Database Administrator and I work with SQL Server everyday-all-day. I use the #sqlhelp hashtag to ask and answer sql server related questions. It really works. This is about people helping people from all over the world and from seasoned grill masters to newbies like myself.

It’s a great way to break the ice, help a fellow BBQ enthusiast and it serves as a great medium for networking and friendship building. What are your thoughts? Is this viable or a hassle?

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Joe Davidson’s Materials List

I’ve wanted to build a custom pit so I searched the web and found a video tutorial that pretty much walks you through the steps. I haven’t done it yet, but I most certainly will. The primary reason for this post is to provide the materials list that Joe Davidson (joedavidson.com) mentioned in his video. Chances are he’s been busy so to help out here’s my little contribution.

Here’s the link to the pdf I put together: Custom Pit Materials Lists.pdf


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