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Travis

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I just don't care for bbq
« on: October 03, 2016, 11:23:15 AM »
My family just got back from camping up at the state park. Beautiful weather, picking apples at the local orchard, bonfires and cook outs. The campground was full for the weekend and I had packed up our 77 faded black for the trip.

One couple behind us pulls in and we introduce ourselves. I noticed he has a Wally World smokey joe size no name. Whatever. I don't hate, but then I see the infamous match light charcoal...

I watch this man (from the safety off my camper) dump half a bag in this little thing, spray it down even more with lighter fluid and before the coals are even start to ash over, throw on them pork steaks and brats. Not an inch of room left on the grate surface and as the grate went on so did the lid. I just cringed.

A little while later I notice the lid and grate with the food still on it sitting on the picnic table and the rest of the bag, including the bag, thrown on the grill. Again, once flames were shooting out the top, food on and lid on.

I thought about saying something but decided not to. I told my wife I now know the reason some people say, "I just don't really care for bbq."

Everyone should learn how to cook. Especially men and especially fathers. I felt bad for this dude, but I sure wasn't going to possibly offend this man infront of his wife while they were trying to enjoy their weekend so I let it be. It made me appreciate this site, all us grillfella's, and our good sense of what to cook on even better.

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j05hua

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2016, 11:27:17 AM »
Hahahhahahahahha

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blieb

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2016, 11:35:15 AM »
Maybe he likes it that way.  Bless his heart.

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Yendor

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2016, 11:57:20 AM »
How do you not get sick from that? I could not imagine that! I'm sick just reading about it.

JDann24

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2016, 12:43:22 PM »
I have to admit, I was doing that type of cooking about 4-5 years ago. Chicken always came out undercooked and anything beef or pork related would be waaaay dried out.
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Bustin Butt

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2016, 01:00:29 PM »
The poor fella gotta start somewhere. In about 10 years he could be a nationally known pitmaster!


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Travis

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2016, 01:23:25 PM »
The poor fella gotta start somewhere. In about 10 years he could be a nationally known pitmaster!


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That's right, BB! I told my wife that he should join a bbq forum and that would benefit him greatly. I know it has for me!


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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2016, 02:18:16 PM »
It's really the stereotype of charcoal grilling. I didn't know any better years ago. That grill I'm trying to trade from the inlaws? I told the wife 8 years ago that charcoal sucks. It's messy, hard to light and control temp and gets ash all over your food. I didn't know any better and I bet if I started using it I would have been soaking match light coals with lighter fluid also. I'm glad time passed, I did some homework, landed here and started learning to TRULY grill and BBQ with a Weber performer.  I am grateful for this club, the fine members we have, and the knowledge we freely share with each other. Had it been me I would have probably mentioned the WKC and just said check it out for some great tips and tricks. Hoping the guy would learn to stop eating lighter fluid induced food.


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Travis

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I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2016, 02:43:55 PM »
Had it been me I would have probably mentioned the WKC and just said check it out for some great tips and tricks.


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You're right! That would have been a good way to help. It was hard to stomach it. I will definitely keep that in mind next time.


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« Last Edit: October 03, 2016, 03:48:49 PM by Travis »

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2016, 02:09:22 AM »
I don't bring any of my grills or charcoal along camping.  I use an old tripod that I've had forever and cook over the open fire.  I also use a coleman stove.  I do this mainly to save room on the trip so I don't have to lug along a grill but I like to change it up when camping and utilize the fire as much as possible.  Also use the pie irons and wienie forks.

HoosierKettle

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2016, 02:14:10 AM »
Oh, and you did the right thing by not saying anything.  After all, I know I've learned the most from my previous failings. 

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2016, 05:05:00 AM »
poor guy, even when I was a kid and my father used lighter fluid... at least he was smart enough to let it burn a long, long time before putting food on it.

I really wish they'd stop selling lighter fluid. a chimney is easier to use anyways.

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2016, 06:14:54 AM »
MY girlfriend's grandparent's have a lake house and they obviously let anyone in the family use it.  We got her grandpa a brand new weber for Christmas last year since his at the lake house was almost falling apart.  We even regularly bring up bags of lump charcoal, a chimney starter, and lighter cubes for anyone to use.  Last time we were up there I went to go cook on it and as soon as I took the lid off I was like WTF is that smell.  There was still a bunch of unburnt/lit briquettes in there.  Turns out one of her aunt's family is the exact same way.  They brought bags of the match light stuff and just dosed it all in gallons of lighter fluid.  You would think people would notice their food had weird taste/smell to it. 

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2016, 09:02:30 AM »

MY girlfriend's grandparent's have a lake house and they obviously let anyone in the family use it.  We got her grandpa a brand new weber for Christmas last year since his at the lake house was almost falling apart.  We even regularly bring up bags of lump charcoal, a chimney starter, and lighter cubes for anyone to use.  Last time we were up there I went to go cook on it and as soon as I took the lid off I was like WTF is that smell.  There was still a bunch of unburnt/lit briquettes in there.  Turns out one of her aunt's family is the exact same way.  They brought bags of the match light stuff and just dosed it all in gallons of lighter fluid.  You would think people would notice their food had weird taste/smell to it.
That's nice of you.   Leave friendly instructions on how to properly light and maintain charcoal.  I'm sure future users would appreciate it. 


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DarrenC

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Re: I just don't care for bbq
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2016, 11:30:10 AM »
Awesome story!

I watched a guy using one of those braziers they mount on permanent poles in public parks douse the coals with fluid, light it, douse it again, light it, douse it again, etc. and then finally yell at his wife "Hurry up with the burgers - the flame keeps going out!!"
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