AND THE WINNER IS: Labor Day Thermapen Giveaway for “Year-Round” Grillers

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A super-fast Thermapen giveaway to give honor to those of us who are year-round grillers! Labor day is not the end, just the beginning of grilling season!

I’m really excited at the enthusiasm behind this contest- I got a ton of response, especially from you Egg-Headers (Big Green Egg users) and it makes me happy to hear of all your adventures cooking in all seasons. Check out the comments below and you will see that you guys have grilled in hurricanes, snow storms, and rain all because we know that nothing tastes as good as food cooked outdoors over an open flame! NOTE: Because I got so much feedback from the Egg-headers

out there, I’m in discussions with thermoworks to do an Egg-head specific giveaway! Stay Tuned!

Drum Roll Please:

The winner is Gabriel Bayley. I really likes his comment about cooking on three different fires at once!

ORIGINAL Contest verbage:

While many people think that Labor Day is the last “hurrah” of summer, the last cook-out before you put your grill away for the season- think again. There are plenty of us who grill year round, even in winter weather! This give away is for those of you who refuse to let grilling be a “season”- this is for those of use who grill year round, despite what mother nature may give us.

I’m partnering with the awesome folks at Thermoworks to give away an instant-read, water resistant, super fast Thermapen! These are the pens that you see all the competition BBQ folks using, as well as Alton Brown on the food network. All the cool kids have one and now you can to.

How to enter:

Leave a comment on my blog telling me how are you a year-round griller. Please make sure to “like my facebook page” and tweet the contest. That’s all you have to do to enter- special consideration will be given to those who have done all three and help me market this contest!

Winner will get to pick his favorite color of thermapen to be shipped to your door for year round grilling adventures with exact temperatures for perfectly cooked meat!

Contest runs until Tuesday, September 4th.

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93 Responses to AND THE WINNER IS: Labor Day Thermapen Giveaway for “Year-Round” Grillers

  1. GypsyAK August 31, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Love grilling all year, especially during football season, and during the summer it gives me a reason to get out of the house. Guess it also keeps the wife from having to heat up the kitchen and she does admit I am the better cook

  2. Gabriel Bayley August 31, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    I have grilled during a hurricane, smoked a brisket during a snow storm (for the Super Bowl), and for every tailgate or camping trip I am sure to make breakfast on the grill… and this weekend for Labor Day I plan on using a gas grill, a charcoal grill and a campfire (all at the same time)… unfortunately I will have to use my slow reading manual thermometer

  3. christopher sorel August 31, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    I live in Michigan and now have the best year round smokergrill in a Big Green Egg. The WSM did not work in 10 degree very good but now rocking it. Done turkeys, hams, ribs and brisket in the freezing weather. I did a turkey for new years when it was -5 out. Tweeted as well
    https://twitter.com/cjsorel/status/241527203442073600

  4. Kevin August 31, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    You mean people don’t grill year round? Surely you jest. Seriously, anytime of the year is a perfect opportunity to grill for me. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays me from grilling and a nice new Thermapen would make it that much sweeter.

  5. Perry Hiltz August 31, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    I am in Michigan and have my grill/smoker setup to be available year round. I’ve recently took down a cherry tree so I have lots of wood to cook with. We typically do our Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys on there. Of course we also do steaks, burgers, chicken, rib, brisket. The only difference is I have to open the firebox damper a little more in colder weather.

  6. Dave Gaziano August 31, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    I am a year-round griller I grill and smoke 3 -5 times a week in any weather .
    I live in Florida and it is year round cooking here I cook Boston butts,Ribs,chicken,Brisket,steaks and more.I could use a good thermometer.

  7. Greg Rempe August 31, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    I grill AND barbecue all year around…through the rainy spring, brutal heat and humidity of summer and the 7 months of horrifically cold winter here in Cleveland! I need this thermometer because the last time I was grilling a “Flash” shower came through and killed my original Thermapen…HORROR!!! I encourage everyone to cook outside all-year…it always tastes better on the grill or barbecue!

  8. Laurie Laurie August 31, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Living in California allows us to BBQ almost year round. Love the favors of the grill and you are such an inspiration to do more of it. Would really like one of those therma pens!

  9. Nancy H August 31, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Florida girl here where grilling year round is a way of life… Steaks and Lobster for Christmas dinner on the screen porch.. Steak and Shrimp for Easter… Turkey on the grill for Thanksgiving… burgers, chicken and kabobs are daily fair… corn, veggies, potatos When I grab the lighter to light my old grill, my dog runs outside and knows we are cooking good! @NancysParadise spreading the word

  10. Chad Dodge August 31, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Even though I do have a slight advantage to cooking outdoors all year round in Texas, it’s a necessity and never always easy. I make all of the meals for my family. Most of the time, everything is made on the pit. During a 2 week power outage, after hurricane Ike barrelled through here in ’08, my smoker/grill became the neighborhood kitchen. We made the regular bbq fare, but ramped it up by also doing pizza, omelets, and even cinnamon rolls. I will always be out there..whether it be grilling up some sausage in 105 degrees on July 4th, or starting a pork shoulder at midnight by the glow of Christmas lights.

  11. MIKE W August 31, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Love to grill and smoke. I do pork putts, ribs, sausage and bologna year round.

  12. robert mclendon August 31, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    We grill year around even on christmas will be doing more since my wife just had open heart surgery smoked briscuit this weekend. Smokin Butts BBQ you don’t need teeth to eat our meat.

  13. Griffin August 31, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Year round griller and bbqer here. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will stop me. Especially since it doesn’t affect the BGE either. Last year, we smoked two pork butts while it snowed.

  14. Linda Booth August 31, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    we are a competitive bbq team that use them religiously and love them. we just purchased our 3rd one and would love another!!!

  15. Linda Booth August 31, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    we are a competitive cooking team and use them religiously! have purchased 3 and would love to have another!!!

  16. EJ August 31, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    While I was living in Waukegan Il, I was grilling chicken in the apartment parking lot in January. It was bitter cold, a good wind off Lake Michigan and a foot of snow on the ground. As other residents came home from work, they begged to share in my bounty. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough to go around. Yes, a Weber will still work in the snow.

  17. Shand Glenn August 31, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    WHO in their right mind would think there is not a grilling season!! My first overnight cook came in 2007 when, in sw missouri, we were hit with a HUGE ice storm. We lost power for 10 days. Tempatures plunged to below 0 for many days here. STUPID ME, I purchased a house with an electric stove! How was I going to cook???? I fired up the smoker and threw on a brisket I got on the cheap from a local store who was out of power as well. It was the WORSE COOK I EVER DID!! As a tradition, now, my wife and I have a brisket cooked on the smoker on the anniversiy of that ice storm weekend.

    As another tradition we now have a bbq party for New Years Eve that I call the Last, First I put on a big cut of meat on New Years Eve and we eat that on New Years Day and in the mean time we have Ribs that we eat at midnight to have our first baby back of the year. WHO NEEDS CHAMPAINE when you have PORK!!!

    LOVE GRILLING ANY TIME

  18. Joe August 31, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Gill all year…Love Labor Day, it marks the beginning of my favorite time of year…Fall, the best time to show off those grilling skills you’ve worked so hard to hone over the summer.

  19. John Livingston August 31, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I grill all year long because grilling is the ONLY way I cook. I have a Big Green Egg so I can cook anything on it!! Ive got a big line up this weekend and sure could use a new Thermapen!!! Keep up the good work!!

  20. Richard Fl August 31, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Living here on the Space Coast of Florida we cook year round. Have 4 Big Green Eggs at 2 separate locations and in the summer the kitchen stove hardly ever gets used.
    Since I do not have to shovel snow to get to the BGEs they are used during the winter season also.
    PS They are great cooking sources when the unfortunate hurricane passes thru and the power goes out for several days.
    Have had a Thermapen for 6 years and sometimes it is at the other location when I need it. A second one would be helpful.

  21. Eddie K. August 31, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Year round griller here in the Chicago area! Most of us know that the BGE can handle anything but try getting outside while your deck is 12 inches deep in snow or 3 inches thick of ice. I’ve done both and didn’t die either time…

  22. Kim Youngblood August 31, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    I have a Big Green Egg. It is made of ceramic so the weather does not affect it. Therefore we get to cook outside all year long…and we love it…

  23. Scott August 31, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Buffalo native here…..grill all year round, in all kinds of weather! Just cause it’s cold and snowing doesn’t mean you are relegated to cooking indoors!

  24. Eddie K. August 31, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Oh and I’ve never owned a thermapen but it’s always been on my wish list :)

  25. Walter August 31, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Grill & BBQ year round. I have umbrellas and canopies set up so that i can cook whenever the mail man is about. e.g. rainsleetsnowdark of night. Speaking of which, nothing like starting a Boston Butt at 2am with the headlamp for lunch.

  26. 98valkyrie August 31, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Love year around grilling!!!!

  27. Mark August 31, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    During a harsh Cleveland winter, the only thing I ever bother to shovel is a path to my grill.

  28. Duane August 31, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    I grill year round with my Big Green Egg – the worst the weather the better!

  29. Alyson August 31, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Dude, we totally grill year round. Sometimes winter gets a little rough, but spring and summer are perfect – not so HOT for cooking everywhere

  30. Dana K August 31, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    I’m love grilling year round! I live in Fargo ND and I’ve literally shoveled the 8 foot drift of snow off the grill……just so I could use it. :)

  31. Stephen Spear August 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    We are located in Northern Colorado and we do grill year round. We sometimes have to shovel a path of snow to get to the grill and brush off the BGE and then we can eat some of the best food ever.
    I don’t have a thermapen and would love to get one as instant read would be great when it is 0 outside.
    We have found that there is no way to get the quality of food going out to eat or even from the oven or stove inside. eating good wholesome food cooked on the BGE is more healthy and taste better than fast food or restaurant food.

  32. Larry and Mary August 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Until we got our charcoal grill, we grilled on gas all summer (here in MI) and then used the Coleman tailgate grill in the garage when the drifts got too high on the deck. Now, Mr. Sparkle will be in the garage, to smoke our pork, or grill our steaks. A Thermapen would be a great enhancement to our accessories.

    Love the blog!

    Larry and Mary

  33. Adam Frey August 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    My first full month with my first Big Green Egg was January of ’08 and I burned through 80 pounds of lump charcoal. Here in Minnesota it was the 2nd coldest January on record and missed it by one ‘warm’ day. There’s no ‘grilling season’. The Thermapen is the first most important tool, once you’ve acquired an Egg.

  34. John Brown August 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Live in the Northeast and grill and BBQ all year,Steaks, pork,seafood ,veggies etc. when it snows too deep we use the cast iron grill pan on the stove.
    Mmmmm.That’s how you do it son!

  35. Chris Black August 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    One of the benefits to living in southern California is that year round grilling and BBQ are a no brainer. The weather is rarely an issue, and even in those brief periods when it is my XL Big Green Egg keeps me grilling and smiling.

    All that having been said, a few years back I was living in Wisconsin and knee high snow or worse couldn’t keep me away from a good weekend grilling session, especially before a Badgers football game.

    Great site, and contest, thanks.

    Chris Black_Badger Black

  36. Kelly August 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    I live in California and grill all year round. Even though we don’t get hurricanes or typhoons. I grill and smoke stuff in the rain and hail. Although I’ve yet to grill during an earthquake….

  37. kurt o. August 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    year round grilling, to me is a lifestyle choice. and this choice allows my family and I to enjoy great bbq and great grilled foods constantly! every evening, kids in the pool with mom, , me watching over the fire and feast, all within the confines of our patio area makes for a great time for all. weekends, of course, same situation, but with longer cook time bbq and smoked items. so yearround grilling for us is a great way to spend time together cooking and eating some great food. what a life! a thermapen would be a great enhancement to our lifestyle tools!

  38. kurt o. August 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    great webisodes by the way! will be checking out your site a bit more when grill time is over for today!

  39. Tom August 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    As a New England resident…grilling in the dead of winter can occasionally demand some unusual preparation…like shoveling 12 inches of snow off of the deck! I cook on a Big Green Egg, so fortunately temperature control is not an issue. Having said that…getting in and out of the grill in short order is critical, to minimize the amount of time the grill area is exposed to below freezing temps. A Thermapan would be an AWESOME tool to help with the January Patriot game grilling sessions!

  40. Karen August 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    I grill year around because I am part of a competitive BBQ team, SLABS a’ Smokin with my brother, Kevin. (you met him at MIM this year actually) Every time I call him for BBQ advice he can’t believe I haven’t bought a Thermapen yet!

  41. Dan August 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    North Texas sees boiling to freezing, but you don’t have to sit outside watching it the whole time…

  42. Andrew Haberberger August 31, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Everybody BBQ’s during the summer. Now that football season is coming along, I dont plan on putting my grills away. I plan on bundling up and heading outside to light up grill.

  43. Andrew Haberberger August 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Everybody BBQ’s during the summer. Now that football season is coming along, I dont plan on putting my grills away. I plan on bundling up and heading outside to light it up

  44. LauraK August 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Year round griller here. Got a pork butt and two chickens ready for tomorrow. I remember one year, smoking chickens on Christmas Eve in a snow storm. Loved it!

  45. John August 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    The heat of the summer, the cool crisp nights of fall, the snows of winter, and the rains of spring … What makes all of these better? The heat of the grill and the rising smoke.

  46. AnnaG August 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    I have been in transition for the past year (changing jobs and moving back to my hometown). Just got my two eggs moved to my new house this past weekend. The first thing I did was a clean burn to get them all ready and this Hurricane Isaac decided to visit for a few days… This weekend will be all about cooking up BGE food!!! Unfortunately, during the moving process I have lost my previous Thermapen… I feel lost without it and would very much like to win one!!!

  47. DAVID hENDERSON August 31, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    HELLO ROBYN;i MY SELF LIKE SO MANY I HOPE,DO GRILL YEAR ROUND,HERE IN BAMA THE WEATHER ALLOWS IT USUALLY WITH EASE,AND IF IT DID’NT IT WOULDN’T MATTER I’D DO IT ANYWAY.EVERYTHING TASTE BETTER ON THE GRILL,LOL. THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A NEW THERMOPEN……..BBQDAVE

  48. DAVID hENDERSON August 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    MY DAUGHTER SAID NOWAY,WHEN I SHOWED HER YOUR SITE.I EXPECT YOU WILL BE GETTING A FRIEND REQUEST FROM HER SOON(HALEY SKITTLES HENDERSON) SHE ALSO LOVES TO GRILL AND AT THIRTEEN HOPE SHE FOLLOWS DAD AS YOU DID.KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO………..BBQDAVE..

  49. Steve D August 31, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Count me in as a year round griller. Just realized I get to celebrate my BGE’s 1st birthday next month…

  50. Steve D August 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Count me in as a year round griller!

  51. Cheryl Lynn August 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Lookin’ to fire up a new smoker/grill this Labor Day Weekend! Would *Love* to add a THERMAPEN to my Sizzzzzle, Smoke~ and Spice!
    This Midwestern Grillin’ Girl would be happy to hang w/the Big Boyz year round!!

  52. matt schneider August 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    I grill year round, even in the 20 below winter weather of Alaska. I just found your blog and will be following it.

  53. Chad August 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Living in Minneapolis can be a problem for most grills in the wintertime, however the BGE has no problems with it!! Since it can do it, I feel obligated to put mine to use and I can’t complain if they (both Eggs) are out there working….. I should at least be able to go out there and check on them from time to time. :)

  54. logan Hendrickson September 1, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    Our griiling/smoking competiion starts in feb and ends in november. We grill in between to pass the time. I used to sleep walk but that stopped and all i do now is sleep grill. I have recurring nightmares of false temperature readings due to poor thermometers, which gives me chills. I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more temp accuracy.

  55. Jabe September 1, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    I grill year round on my three grills. No matter how cold it gets I am usually cooking outside. Would absolutely love to have a thermapen.

  56. Chris Lokey September 1, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    I use a varied version of the Postal Service motto: Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night will prevent this griller from making delectable Q.

    I have a welding blanket that I throw over my smoker to keep the heat in during the cold winter days. If you don’t grill or smoke year round you are just a not a true cook who appreciates the difference in good food and GREAT food.

  57. Steve Jacob September 1, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    The best food comes from the grill/bbq so why wouldn’t you do it year round? If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be eating the best food you can for part of the year.

    Besides, I’m Canadian. Cold weather does not bother me one bit. And if I didn’t bbq year round, I’d only be doing it for a few months per year :-).

    I hope being Canadian does not work against me. Do you discriminate against Canadians?! You may think we talk funny, but we love our Q too!

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on a Thermapen. It will make life so much easier when Q-ing in mid-February. And my food won’t get cold waiting for the old fashioned dial thermometer to get a reading. My wife loves grilling with me, but she sends me out in the cold to check progress in the winter.

    C’mon, help me out here!

    I tweeted the contest too.

  58. Gary September 1, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    I live in the “Snowbelt” of Northeast Ohio and have had to shovel 18″ of snow to the smoker or grill and un-bury them but we grill/smoke all winter – in fact it’s my favorite time to grill.
    How’s that Thermapen work at 4 degress above zero ? :)

  59. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I’m the same way Chris- though I doubtedly have better weather in S. Fla. However, when it is “grilling season” in the summer, that is actually our hottest, wettest, most mosquito laden time of year which also happens to fall during hurricane season. While most people have to deal with extreme cold to be a year round griller, I have to deal with extreme heat!

  60. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    What part of florida are you in? All my grills made it to the shed during Isaac- didn’t want to let them get damaged. congrats on getting your eggs back home!

  61. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Hi Laura- super cool to hear of a die-hard female BBQ-er out there. :)

  62. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Hi Karen- very cool – yes I remember your brother! I agree- it is about time you get yourself a Thermapen! They’re the best! :)

  63. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Your Patriot Grilling sessions sound fun! :)

  64. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Hi Kurt- sounds like you might live in Fla too?

  65. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Kelly- I hope you never have to grill during an Earthquake!

  66. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Chris- you are in good company- lots of Eggheads here! :)

  67. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Adam- that is a ton of lump charcoal- esp with the Egg as it doesn’t take a lot! I’m impressed!!!

  68. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Mark- do you know Greg Rempe from BBE Central Radio Show? He is in Cleveland as well…

  69. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Grilling with a headlamp- that’s the best. I do this myself.

  70. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    4 BGEs! I’m impressed!!!

  71. Robyn September 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    love hearing stories like this!

  72. Maya B September 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I live in the pacific northwest so you know I have grilling raincoat! Its a must have.

  73. Bob September 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    I have 2 large and a small Big Green Eggs. I cook year round for friends and family. Today I have 16 pounds of pork butts on one and getting ready to throw on a couple t-bones on another. Thanks for the giveaway!

  74. Ryan September 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Smoked ribs for the Super Bowl last year and grilled ribeyes for valentines dinner for my sweetheart. With a super fast I definitely wouldnt have to spend as much time outside in the awesome Minnesota winters.

  75. Ryan September 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Previous comment should say “super fast Thermapen”

  76. Annie R. September 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    I’m in Muchigan, near Detroit. I’ve had to clean a foot of snow off of the Big Green Egg grill cover and then throw a lit chuck of hardwood inthe ash catcher to thaw out the lid enough to get it open all in the name of ribs in January.

  77. Anne September 3, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    I am a year-round griller. The most outrageous cook I have done outdoors was last year, day after Christmas, and I smoke-roasted a Prime RIb when snow was still on the ground. Five hours after I put it in the smoker. The roast was done to temperature.

    A super fast Therpen will improve my grilling by providing accuarate temps more quickly.

  78. Anne September 3, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    Thermapen ooops.

  79. Anne September 3, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    Entered above, liked you on Facebook, followed you on Twitter and tweeted about the contest. Thanks for the contest.

  80. Chris September 3, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I grill year round because the average male life expectancy is 75.81 years. I turn 45 this month. That leaves me approximately 11,245 days to grill and smoke. If I only do it during the summer months, that really puts a dent in things. Now hurry up and win me this Thermapen before I lose another few days time!!!!!! (ha ha ha)
    I also put this up on my NMT facebook page.

  81. Gwyn September 3, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I love to grill all year… all you need is an umbrella sometimes!!!

  82. Gray September 3, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Years ago my parents’ oven died on Thanksgiving Day. We cooked the turkey outdoors out of necessity. It was so good it became tradition. Living in relatively temperate North Carolina with a comfortable back yard and a Big Green Egg just makes it too easy, fun and tasty to restrict outdoor cooking to the summer months.

  83. Andrea September 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I’m still learning, but love the options grilling provide!

  84. Ross September 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    I spent most of today indoors watching chopped. Except for the heavy down poors, when I was holding an unbrella over the ribs smoking on the grill. The Thermapen would be quite nice for inclement weather!

  85. Kevin Byrd September 4, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    I love to grill out year round. It helps that I live in SC so I have decent weather most of the year. But I have been out there grilling in a snow storm or in the rain.

  86. Big Pete September 4, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    I grill because i breathe. I grill every day the sun comes up. I grill because vegetables are what food eats. I grill because no fire is complete without meat. I grill because it keeps my family healthy, happy, and whole. But mostly, I grill to live. And as soon as my new daughter is old enough to stand on her own, and eat solid food, I’m buying her a BGE mini. But I could sure use a Thermapen to help teach her how to not overcook her steaks.

  87. Josh September 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Shared contest on Facebook. Liked on Facebook. Commented on Blog. All I need now is a Thermapen and this transaction is complete! LOL P.S. My wife and I loved seeing you on Chopped! I used your entry on building a UDS as inspiration for my UDS…you go Grill Grrrl!

  88. Anne September 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Thanks for the contest. Your contest was additionally promoted here http://paper.li/GaryLWest/1321770380 and his 829 followers.

  89. Shand Glenn September 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I first got into BBQ and Slow Cooking in January of 2007, when we lost power due to a major icestorm in SW, Missouri. I was stupid and purched a house with an electric stove. DUH CLEAR BLUE SMOKE!!!! How was I to cook. I went ot the local store that was selling all of their meat cheap and picked up a brisket on the cheap since they were with out power as well. In Sub-Zero temps, I put that bad boy on with some charcoal and wood and low and behold it was the worse thing I ever ate!!! But I was hooked. Since then I cook at LEAST once a month with a traditional cook on the anniversry of the “Great Ice Storm of Ot 7″ I love smoking meat so much, that I host a New Years Eve party called “Last Cook, First Cook” where I do ribs in for the evening meal, and the brisket is our breakfast with eggs cooked on my pit as well… Great hangover cure!! Not only in the winter do we cook at my house, the end of July is the tradtiational “Pork of July” party at our house where I cook everything on the pit and everything has pork in it, including the pies!! Nothing better than a cold beer, or warm hot tottie and a smoking Pit. BBQ is a year round hobby and anyone that puts their grill away for the season need to get some big boy shorts!!!

  90. Shand Glenn September 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    I think I may have posted twice I AM SORRY! :(

  91. Robyn September 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I agree Shand. I put my big girl shorts and attempt to grill during hurricane season down here :).

  92. Shand Glenn September 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Robyn,

    Did you cook through Isaac?

  93. Robyn September 6, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Hi Shand- all my grills were locked up in the shed preparing for the worst so I cooked inside.

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