Greetings from San Antonio, Texas

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Greetings from San Antonio, Texas

Post by pralfred » April 16th, 2019, 12:44 pm

Hello, everyone. I go by Riley, I am 33 years old, and live in San Antonio. I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, and like many American children I grew up with my father "burning" food over a grill which was often passed off as bbq. The only thing bbq about most of it was the store-bought sauce slathered on top, lol. I did grow up with a love of cooking though, and while in the US Air Force I began apprenticing under a local chef during my "down time" because I wanted to eventually work as a chef. After studying under this chef, who is now one of my best friends, I left the military due to health issues and began working at a hotel here in town. After several years of full-time chef work at two different local hotels I had to make the decision to move on (once again due to health issues). The second hotel I worked for, and the one I worked for the longest, did a sort of Texas-style bbq. Not the greatest representation of this, but certainly FAR from the worst I ever have tried. It was good bbq, just not quite purely Texan and not quite as good as some of the "Mom & Pop" pits I've been to across the state. What that experience did for me though was ignite a love of bbqing and grilling that I had not discovered in myself before. I learned a lot about working with brisket and pork butt, chicken and turkey, with wet and dry rubs, different smoking times, and different smoke woods.

I now have a space to build an outdoor kitchen on my friend's 13-acre spread just outside of town, and we're both pretty excited about it. He hasn't welded in years, but used to do it a lot for work when he was younger. I'm learning starting next week. I don't expect to be welding a bbq super-soon, but I do hope that within a reasonable amount of time my friend and I will be able to get our outdoor bbq kitchen started. Until such a time as I/we feel confident to start burning rod on parts of the bbq, I am here to learn as much as I can about the design, construction, and function of different styles of grills, bbqs, and smokers. My plan is to start with a horizontal reverse-flow smoker, and then either a grill or a rotisserie. We'll have to see where I go after that.

As for my interests other than bbq, and culinary arts in general, I enjoy horseback riding, motorcycles, camping, and photography. I've also recently started homebrewing, and have made six gallons of hard cider so far (which turned out super good!).

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Re: Greetings from San Antonio, Texas

Post by ajfoxy » April 16th, 2019, 5:19 pm

Welcome aboard.


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Re: Greetings from San Antonio, Texas

Post by Big T » April 16th, 2019, 6:43 pm

Welcome!! Lots of guys on the forum had never struck an arc until they decided to build a pit so don't let the lack of experience hold you back.


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Re: Greetings from San Antonio, Texas

Post by pralfred » April 16th, 2019, 7:59 pm

Thank you both for the warm welcome! I'm excited to learn to weld, and about making a bbq. I'm not going to let my lack of welding experience (yet) hold me back, but I am going to wait until I've practiced a bit on some scrap angle iron we've got laying around so I at least get some welds that don't look like a five-year-old with a crayon made them, lol. It'll give me time to source the materials I need though, so waiting and practicing will also serve as a time filler while I track down the steel to craft a good pit from.



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Re: Greetings from San Antonio, Texas

Post by Dirtytires » April 16th, 2019, 10:53 pm

Welcome to the group.

A rf is a great project. The best part of welding is that a grinder and paint can be used pretty efficiently to cover up yuk-welds. But seriously, great project to learn on and even better to cook on!



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Re: Greetings from San Antonio, Texas

Post by Pete Mazz » April 17th, 2019, 3:58 am

Welcome


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Re: Greetings from San Antonio, Texas

Post by Chromeski » April 22nd, 2019, 11:41 pm

Welcome aboard. Excited to see what you build



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