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  1. jark87

    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    I don’t see why not. I’ve done brisket that way when I didn’t want to stay up all night babysitting the fire. The smoke flavor is imparted early in the cook. After that, heat is heat.
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    Considering SWG -- Horror Stories-- Advice?

    While I understand the cost comparison, the convenience factor is the biggest advantage, at least for me. I check chlorine levels frequently during the summer, but they’re almost always the same. I love being able to leave on a multi-week trip and not worry about coming home to an algae...
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    Southern Snow

    Lowest temp was -4° and we didn’t get to 20° for several days. Power cycled off and on roughly every hour for 3 days, but no extended outages. Somehow, everything seems to have survived. I covered my equipment with 2 tarp layers, hoping to trap some heat generated by the pump motor. I haven’t...
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Ah, Gibson’s, one of my favorite Chicago eateries, along with the Cherry Circle Room, where they make the best table side Old Fashioneds! Glad to see that you got the SnS fired up even during winter!
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    Frozen Pool Pics 🥶

    Since we don’t normally have a need to winterize our pool, I put 2 tarps over all of my equipment to hopefully trap whatever heat the motor generates. So far, all plumbing is intact. Temp was -2° this morning and hasn’t hit 20° in a couple of days. Power has been cycling off/on ever 30 minutes...
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    Frozen Pool Pics 🥶

    Not sure what to make of these...
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    Please help: Building a Spa any suggestions for a better spa experience?

    While we enjoy our spa when we use it, the reality is that usage is rare for us. As someone noted above, our built-in spa isn’t the most comfortable thing to lounge around in. Not that it’s horrible - I just grow tired of it after about 15 or 20 minutes and it takes that long just to heat it up...
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    I keep recipes for rubs and bastes/spritzers, but no logs about the cooks themselves. I think most of the “pros” do, though. I’ve had the same thing occur as you mentioned above, where I used the same recipe, but had significant difference in the result. There are so many variables, including...
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Pretty interesting dish. Your pics look better than the ones from Thermoworks. 😀
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    Pool Landscaping Forum

    Good idea! We’ve been through a few different landscaping re-dos, so I suspect you’ll find interest in the topic. One thing I’ll add, which is a little off-topic but related, is the use of misters to cool down pool water. Lots of people try them and some have success. I was able to cool my water...
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    New Pool in Austin!

    Congrats - all looks great! We don’t have a step in our spa, so I don’t know if it would helpful or not. Our “half in, half out” people just sit on the edge of the spa. They do the same thing around the pool, even though there is a tanning ledge. 🙂
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Check out Meathead’s Memphis Dust on amazing ribs.com. I add jalapeño powder for an extra kick and it’s by far the best baby back rib rub I’ve ever tried!
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    I wish I had discovered the SnS earlier. With it, the Kettle has become my favorite smoker! It’s also really useful for isolating separate zones - way better than just piling coals at one end of the grill. And I can get 700° on my pizza stone/oven accessory!
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    Just got a pellet grill - looking for grilling and smoking suggestions

    I have a stick burner but rarely use it. Ribs and poultry go on the Pit Barrel and everything else goes on the Kettle/SnS. The only time I fire up the stick burner these days is when I’m cooking several briskets or turkeys and need the space. Otherwise, it’s just too much work with no...
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    Just got a pellet grill - looking for grilling and smoking suggestions

    I always start brisket early in the a.m., usually by 6. It can rest for several hours in a cooler, so I’d rather it come off the smoker early than late. Harry Soo also has several YouTube videos on cooking brisket fast. I’ve never tried his techniques, although my Pit Barrel Cooker does the job...
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    Just got a pellet grill - looking for grilling and smoking suggestions

    Do you have the COVID? I had it and also had my taste buds deactivated for a few days. If you do have it, I hope it’s mild and you get your taste back soon!
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    About to Break Ground. Conflicted. 😬

    I’ll be the contrarian. If extending the pool means sacrificing deck/gazebo space, I’d go with the deck/gazebo. Our pool has a deep end (10’) leaving only 1/2 of it for standing or sitting on the ledge. We still don’t miss any pool space. We have a large entertainment area in addition to quite...
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    While looking for a bookmark, I ran across this article

    They’re doing the cleanse where you consume nothing but lemon juice, cayenne pepper and fiber pills for 10 days, what’s that one called again? Oh, yeah...anorexia. Hysterical!
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    For us in the South (USA), how often do you clean/brush/etc. in the winter?

    My winter routine is very similar to those above: roughly a weekly test of TC, pH and TA; monthly for salt unless heavy rain. I clean skimmer baskets at least 1x per week. I keep the old school in-wall cleaner in the pool, but since I have a good leaf cover, I only run it a couple of times...
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    How I cool down my Pool

    You certainly can’t beat the price! I’ve tried similar contraptions and had a little success in getting the temp down a few degrees. My bigger issue was the wind blowing the spray onto surrounding landscaping. I didn’t realize just how much damage the spray was doing until I got rid of the...
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    DFW Pool Build - Flower Mound

    We built 14 years ago but it sounds like Flower Mound is still a challenging permit process. Our primary issue was running gas from an existing stub for the grill to about 25’ farther away. We were initially told it would take an completely new gas line at a cost of about $2500. I pressed the...
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    How do you pay for your pool install?

    Same here. Given the increase in demand, I can see how builders may have moved to a model that requires a level of commitment up front. As a consumer, I'd hate it. As far as payment goes, we followed the Randy Moss philosophy: straight cash, homey! That was back in '07, though. With rates where...
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    Official 2020 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    With blue skies and temps near 80°, we enjoyed another pizza night last night. Rain and temps in the 40s are forecast for the weekend, so we got this in just in time. Plus, my son is home with COVID-19 and my wife and I are quarantined, so this gave us something to do. His symptoms aren’t too...
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    Official 2020 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    I can vouch for the SnS, GrillGrates and PBC. SnS really gave new life to my Weber Kettle and it has become the most versatile “grill” I’ve ever had. I even added a pizza oven kit to it this year (OnlyFire) for even more versatility. SnS gives you multiple cooking zones, ranging from searing hot...
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    Newbie building pool in Dallas - looking for insights

    For us, the chiller has been the best thing we’ve done. I added it after the fact because our pool water would hit 95° in July, which is when you most want the pool. I looked at combo units, but I already had a heater, so I ruled them out pretty quickly. If you go that route, be sure to...
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    Newbie building pool in Dallas - looking for insights

    Is that a BMR logo I see? They didn’t build our pool, but they built our outdoor kitchen/bar area. They did a really nice job and were 1/3 the price of what our pool builder quoted for the same area.
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    Making life simpler - a superfast way to always get exact 25 & 44 ml water samples?

    Taylor also has a 44mL sample sizer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to work with my K-2006 comparator though. https://www.taylortechnologies.com/en/news/2016/January/now-two-samplesizer-measuring-tools-available--214 I just ordered the 10mL/25mL sizer. Glad I spotted this thread!
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    Newbie building pool in Dallas - looking for insights

    Since your yard faces west and if you do not have shade on the pool, consider a chiller. Water temps of pools with full sun exposure here in DFW can easily get into the mid-90s. Also, get as much decking as you can. The 3’ perimeter decking will be narrow when walking around the pool.
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    Should I cover a running pool pump during a snow storm?

    Pretty interesting idea and I wish I had thought of it earlier. I’m also in Texas, but few hundred miles north in the DFW area. We usually get 1 or 2 really hard freezes each year, with temps dropping into low 20s or teens. I’ve had my cleaner pump freeze (my bad for forgetting to delete the...
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    Just got a pellet grill - looking for grilling and smoking suggestions

    Check out amazingribs.com. It’s much more than ribs and goes into great detail on the science behind smoking. They have great recipes from brines to rubs to cooking methods, such as spatchcocking or even deconstructing the turkey for a much more even cook. I’d also recommend howtobbqright.com...