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Mostly Gray


MEMBER SINCE   August 13, 2015

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Comment 13 Aug 2019

I concur with your Weber suggestion.  A few years ago, I purchased a Weber Summit Charcoal Grill which is a top hinged steel insulated kamado style cooker.  It holds temperature fantastically, and can be used for smoking, two zone cooking and of course grilling with adjustable multi level charcoal platform.  It's so good that I passed on my Weber kettle and bullet smoker to my oldest daughter.

Comment 12 Aug 2019

There are many, many BBQ competitors who use pellet smokers.  One of the contributing staffers at the Amazing Ribs website by the name of Candy Sue, uses a Yoder pellet smoker, she is also president emeritus of the Kansas City BBQ Society, one of the most prestigious BBQ associations in the country.  There are many teams who use MAK and Yoder among other manufacturers, both manufacturers and various vendors sponsor teams with pellet grills.

I started with a stick burner and one must have access to a significant quantity of quality seasoned woods.  Higher end units have thermostats and fans which greatly simplifies the cooking process on those long cooks like large briskets and pork shoulder.

Pellet smokers can be supplemented with additional smoke tubes if one desires more smoke flavor in their food.  

The Amazing Ribs website has terrific reviews of stick burners, pellet smokers, and charcoal smokers.  If memory serves me correctly, these reviews can be accessed through their free site.

Comment 09 Aug 2019

Recently watched a BTN "The Journey" about the 2018 TTUN's season.  There was a snippet where Harbaugh calls a play and a respectful Pep Hamilton tells him he has a bad feeling about the call because they have the wrong personnel on the field for that play call.  Harbaugh doesn't respond at first, the play ends in a turnover and then Harbaugh tells Hamilton he probably should have called a timeout.  Hamilton was fired at the end of the season but the offensive genius who actually overruled his OC is still there--its all on video.

Comment 20 Jul 2019

I don't think a high school student would care one way or another by his statement or think for a second that they may at some point have a mental health "issue", just not on most kids radar

Perhaps that is so, but their parents very likely will.  The wife has a professional colleague who's son was recruited by Harbaugh.  Coach H was in their home recruiting the young man.  After the interaction, the father told my wife there is no way the boy was going to Michigan for all his professional "red flags" were out.  The young man was not recruited by tOSU but did get a football scholarship to another B1G school.  

Comment 20 Jul 2019

This so called leader of young men has transparently thin skin.  He lashes out at a former player who reportedly has mental health issues and wanted a transfer to Cincinnati while blocking his ability to play immediately.  His Urban comments actually pale in comparison to this cruel attempt to punish a former player who may have some mental health concerns.  The program's culture which bears his personality and design as the head coach should be an embarrassment to TSUN.  We will see if they have an ounce of self respect or courage to challenge his cruel public attack on this student.  This was a total asinine comment by Harbaugh.  

This makes me wonder about all those cryptic messages by other player transfers who referred to their love of the school and the fan base while referencing an unnamed elephant in the room.  After all this is not the first time he has thrown a player under the bus.  When asked why the punt coverage team was in a maximum down field return coverage when MSU was in a maximum punt  block formation with no one down field, he told the press, all he (the kicker) had to do was catch the ball thus denying any responsibility for this obvious coaching blunder.

Comment 19 Jul 2019

ASJ, I'm beginning to understand their overt arrogance as a defensive coping mechanism.  It is the only way they can maintain their "most wins mantra, follow the rules, B1G conspiracies" world view.  They are fighting against reality and reject all external contrary data (for proof I suggest we revisit Winovich's "Mirage comment" or Coach H's diatribe on the SPOT which he clearly saw as short from 15 yards behind the play and 2 hash marks across the field while wearing glasses with a possible moving player/official  obstructed view).  I think Urban understood TTUN's fragile mindset and sought to shatter their bubble's boundaries by hyping the respect for the rivalry while decrying game predictions, slogan tee shirts and revenge tours.  

Comment 19 Jul 2019

It all seems to be part of the grand marketing scheme, dare I say, another mirage?  I've been thinking along the same lines.  Secondly, even if he had called the plays or assisted in the construction of an Alabama Offensive System, I do not believe I'm going out on a limb by suggesting there is a terrific drop off in talent between the Crimson Tide's offensive talent and TTUN.  Wonder how Gattis schemes for wet, cold, and/or windy  weather?  How effective will he be when he eventually visits Camp Randall, Happy Valley, or the Shoe during his tenure.  

Comment 17 Jul 2019

Were you in country for the big '68 Tet Offensive? Fly any missions over to the A Shau? Happy to see you flew the later model Hueys which didn't struggle as much with lifting in the humid air. 

BTW, your's was a great, well written account!  

Comment 17 Jul 2019

BC for your first brisket (you didn't say whether it was a full packer or just a flat), why not double foil wrap at 150-160 degrees (internal temp)  and put in 1/4 cup of beef broth.  Put the brisket back in the smoker until it reaches 203 degrees.  Afterwards, put it in your oven at 170 degrees, still wrapped, and let it rest for 2+ hours before slicing.  This will provide you a guaranteed successful cook for your first brisket.  The worst that can happen with this method is a moist brisket, very tender brisket.

Foil and butcher's paper do give slightly different results because properly folded foil retains moisture while butcher's paper allows some to escape to allow your bark to remain crisp.  You can firm up the bark from foil wrap by putting your brisket under your broiler for a minute or two afterwards if you so desire.  

A lot will depend on your smoker, your quality of meat, and your ability to maintain constant temperatures and knowing what to do when all three fail to cooperate due to fuel problems or weather.

Experience will eventually teach you that every piece of meat is different.  Some are better marbled, some are not.  If not, you can guess the cooked brisket will be drier so foiling with broth is a good option, whereas properly marbled meat can thrive in no wrap or butcher paper.  

Keep notes on your process with time contexts and enjoy your first brisket!