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  1. Throw a butt on it for a low and slow cook. All the gunk you cleaned out of it was helping to seal it. It may take a couple of cooks, but it will tighten up. It needs re-gunking.
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    Man Cave Ugly Drum Smoker Part 3

    I don't have a hinge on mine. But I do have a utility hook mounted on the inside of the lid so I can hang the lid on the lip of the barrel when I open it. Like this... but smaller.
  3. Long live The Bubba Kegs!!!!
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    Great skillet suggestion?

    Yes, it did seem that this pan had an inordinate amount of warnings and explanations. I did a little research to refresh my memory on these "P" substances. I concluded that, for my purposes and habits, I could use this pan safely. It will probably never go in the oven - even though it should be safe up to a certain temperature - and I have no birds in the house. Thanks for highlighting this for any potential buyers. "Caveat Emptor"
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    Great skillet suggestion?

    I'd like to hear your opinion if you do. I will say that I have managed to put a couple of small scratches on the cooking surface. I attribute them to sloppy handling when I put it away in an overcrowded drawer with my CI pans.
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    Great skillet suggestion?

    I've been using this for a couple of months. It's well made, heavy and super-slick. Takes heat slowly, seems to disperse it evenly. I have not had it in the oven It's the only pan I've ever had of this composition, so I have nothing to compare it to... I would buy it again. https://www.amazon.com/Ozeri-Professional-Ceramic-Earth-Germany/dp/B07BFL94M1/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=ozeri+frying+pan&qid=1548173270&sr=8-7
  7. I agree that learning to control temps with the vents only is the best way to understand a grill. Probably 90% of my cooks are done that way. But sometimes I get comfort in having a little insurance. As simple as it is, a Pitmaster IQ110 has served me well for several years. It's not "connected" to anything but the grill. I rarely use it except on overnight low & slow cooks for peace of mind.. Good luck with your decision.
  8. I like a headlamp. Every one I've used is as weatherproof as I am.
  9. I've found that the best BBQ sauce in NC is served on the side....
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    Try this and let me know how you like it... https://sunflower-labs.com/
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    Hot dog chili

    Occasionally I have a craving flung on me for a good old fashioned hot dog (all the way with slaw). Store bought chili just doesn't cut it. I found this recipe that reminds me of the chili on hot dogs I grew up eating and loving. I basically followed the recipe except for substituting bacon grease for Olive Oil (why not?) and I cooked it on the Bubba Keg with some Pecan chunks for a little delicious smoke flavor. Cooking times took a little longer on the grill. But it was a fine afternoon. Ingredients 1 pound lean ground beef water 1 medium Vidalia onion or sweet onion, finely diced 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced 1 Tablespoon olive oil 2 cups ketchup 1 Tablespoon prepared yellow mustard ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Instructions Place lean ground beef in a bowl and cover with water. Use a wooden spoon or your hands to break up the beef. Set aside. Over medium heat, saute diced onion and garlic in olive oil in a large saute pan or Dutch oven. Once the onion and garlic are soft, add the ground beef and water to the pan. Cook about 5 minutes, until the beef is no longer pink on the outside. Add ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture has thickened and reduced and the beef is cooked through .......(Author: Atta Girl Amy)
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    Tire pressure Gauge

    What will you take for the old pencil gauge....?
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    Making A Brisket for the In-Laws

    I'm not familiar with KJ cubes, but I use half of any (store bought) starter when I'm trying to go low 'n slow.
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    Making A Brisket for the In-Laws

    Try starting with half of whatever kind of fire starter you use. I've found that a small fire is much easier to control when you're shooting for a specific temp.
  15. Circa 2009, Bubba Keg Convection Grill, Operation Handbook. Dad is a hero. The family is thrilled! Neighbor feels inadequate.