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  1. I mentioned elsewhere that I got a Thermoworks Smoke since it was on sale (25% off) and Canada finally increased duty free amount for mail order when delivered by a courier (it used to be CA$20, but is now CA$150). So my Smoke, including shipping, only cost about ~CA$100. Yesterday I happened to find it available locally at the whopping price of $198 ($220 incl taxes)! Even if it hadn't been on sale, I still would have saved about $100 by ordering it from the US. The Thermapen MK4 is $150 here, but is on sale for $69 on the website right now. I might have to pick one up. This is
  2. The first and second uses, I counted briquettes and used the number the manual suggested. Last night, I just poured it from the bag into the chimney and got what I got, which was a full chimney. I think it was probably closer to 60, maybe even more. It was hard to tell how full the chimney was getting as I was pouring, because I'm too short for a bird's eye view. I think I have enough briquettes for one more cook, then I'll try the lump charcoal I got from Costco. I want to try ribs and a pork butt next. Brisket after that, just because I want burnt ends. But after seeing SLBunge's
  3. Yesterday I made 6 burgers on the grill. That's it, because I'm trying to figure out temperatures. I think with a 22" grill I just need to use more charcoal, because it just didn't get that hot. Then tonight I made flank steak. I used a lot of charcoal (maybe 50 or 60 briquettes?) And this time it got pretty hot. I used direct heat to sear it, then indirect to finish it off. I only cooked it to 135F which was too rare for some people, but I thought it was perfect. I sliced off some for myself after it had rested, then put the rest back on the grill to cook a little more. I also m
  4. It was from LATke muffINS Yummy is terrible. Who came up with that word? I also hate appies and sammies, though. And "to die for"
  5. Interesting. It looks like Manresa is a client partner of Lienhard's newest venture, so maybe part of the contract included Lienhard's overseeing the Manresa at Intersect kitchen.
  6. I'll give it a try! I haven't made any yeast-based bread in a very long time (since I lived in Japan, I think), so this will be a good start!
  7. I think i need some flower rolls, too! Care to ship some my way? Or even a pointer to a good but relatively easy to follow recipe would suffice!
  8. Latins Crispy goodness Yummy in my tummy (which would be a horrible name. I hate the word yummy, especially when adults use it)
  9. To add, North Dakota has been really great about sharing its excess vaccines. They've graciously been vaccinating Canadian long haul truckers who cross their borders, which is great because truckers have been some of the sources of community spread where I am.
  10. I think Canadians who live in major centres have an easier time (Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary) because they can get direct flights to cities in the US, while the rest of us bumpkins must stop over in another Canadian city before flying to the US. That also means if we fly back from the US, we have to spend at least a few nights in a hotel in the first stopover before getting tested, and then if negative flying to the destination city where we finish the rest of our quarantine. From what I understand, even if I spend a week in quarantine in the stopover city, I would still have to
  11. I know a few people who have taken advantage of that, but it's a little more laborious and expensive than the article suggests. I'm not too anxious about waiting 4 months for my second vaccination, although I do wonder if having the 2nd vaccination at 16-20 weeks might reduce the efficacy in comparison to getting it at 3 weeks. I worry a little more about my mother, but she takes even more precautions than I do. We just have to keep doing what we're doing, and hope everyone else starts behaving themselves, too. (I think most people are following the rules, but there are always those assholes w
  12. It's all thanks to a previous federal government which sold off our vaccine making factories forcing us to become dependent on other countries for our supply. Or so I heard. I saved an article recently about how Canadians can look to England for the outcome of delaying 2nd doses, as it is the only other developed country doing so. I'll have to read more carefully.. I might be wrong about that... Eta I'm wrong about England. It's just Canada that's the winning country. Eta, I'm not entirely wrong about england. But they are not delaying their doses
  13. If I'm 52, am I elderly or just middle aged? I suppose it's all relative. I had my first shot Friday night. Had what felt like DOMS in the injected shoulder on Saturday, so slightly worse than a regular flu shot, but not as bad as a day at the gym after a one-month absence. It went away much more quickly than regular DOMS and was gone just in time to put that stupid grill together. Now I just have to wait ~4 months until the 2nd shot, maybe less if more Americans decide not to get vaccinated! (Not that I'm hoping for that, but the fewer Americans who get va
  14. 24 briquettes total, so 12 on each side? I really must have effed up then! Maybe the low ambient temperature and the brisk wind affected my coals. My toes were blue, so why not my coals?
  15. I want a rib rack, but thought I should figure out maintaining, or even reaching, ideal temperatures first. Then again, my 200F ish temps are closer to smoking temps, so maybe that's what I should start with. I used original Kingsford briquettes. They were part of my mother's gift. After these are finished, I will try the lump charcoal available from Costco (I don't know what kind, and it's not on the website), or Royal Oak briquettes which I read were also pretty good. The grill came with these two half moon things which I think are to be used for indirect grilling. These t
  16. Isn't the timer the kind where you just have to punch in the numbers? Like if you want two minutes and thirty seconds, you just punch in 230 instead of pushing the minute button twice and pushing the second button thirty times. That's what it looked like, so I kind of wanted one. But you know, pennies.
  17. It was $27. I know because i bought one, and I had to go all the way to home depot to get it. I also got a double probe thermometer thing because i don't think the built in thermometer is very accurate, but it was by mail order and won't arrive until later this week or next week (thermoworks smoke). I only got it because it was 25% off and the US$ is comparatively in the toilet (compared to a couple of years ago, anyway). I am poor, and just count my pennies. ETA we don't actually have pennies in Canada, but if we did, I would count them.
  18. I didn't get the smoker. It's the Weber Master Touch. But I suspect I'd prefer an electric smoker just so I can set it and forget it. That's probably not how they work in real life, but I like to imagine they work that way. You know, smokers for dummies. My kind of cooking.
  19. Not at all. It's definitely something I would do, and it's very possible I put it together wrong. Like how I initially put the little clasp type things with the bubble in backwards. I was going to check again today to make sure everything was ok, but I got lazy, so next time I use it (maybe this weekend if it's nice out), I'll check everything out.
  20. They were definitely open, or at least the lever/handle thing was in the open position. I checked and double checked. It's possible I installed it incorrectly so even though it says it's open, it's not. Apparently I'm not so good at following instructions.
  21. I'm never putting together another grill. Never ever ever! Picked it up this morning, then decided I needed a rest before putting it together. Except my little rest turned into a long nap and it was after 5:30 before I even started putting it together, and then it took me more than 1 hour*. Finally got the coals ready following the instructions, and 50 briquettes, as recommended by the manual, gave a very pitiful fire and the temp never got over 250F (it was also pretty chilly out today, and by the time I finished cooking, the outdoor temp was 7C, windchill of 2C). We ended up usin
  22. I was looking at the webber website. It's the premium that's US $175 (CA $229). The 22" original is US$119 (CA$159) and 18" original $99. (CA$119). Truth be told, I suggested propane since it's easier to use, but my mother wanted charcoal, and since it was for her (I would only get to play with it for smoking), she got to choose. I recommended the premium since the enclosed ash catcher would make it cleaner and easier for her (or me) to clean. But those who purchased it ordered a MasterTouch. I didn't really look into that model, so don't know much about it other than it wa
  23. I read on some forum that it is ok for grilling. But i was thinking it was better to have a smoker that did ok grilling than a grill that did ok smoking. Then again, how much smoking am i really going to do? I imagine a lot, but in reality, maybe once or twice a season.
  24. I can afford the smallest bullet. The 14" is $299 and the 18" is $439. With that in mind, from what I read, it will be easier to smoke with a kettle, than to grill with a bullet. I will think again.
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