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Restarting the blog

June 13th, 2019 | Posted by ripsup in BBQ - (0 Comments)

I think it’s time to restart this back up since I’ve been making it to a ton of new places that I probably should do bigger write ups on. Look for some reviews and recipes in the near future!

My Simple BBQ Rub

May 4th, 2012 | Posted by ripsup in BBQ | Recipes - (2 Comments)

When I first started playing with rubs for my pork butts I usually just threw a bunch of stuff together till it felt right. I had someone ask for my recipe and I really had no clue so this last time I decided to measure things while I made it. This is what the recipe … Read more

Maverick thermistors in hand

October 27th, 2011 | Posted by ripsup in BBQ | Tech - (0 Comments)

Just got my probes in the mail and hopefully will have a chance this weekend to finish the build. Just need to stop by the local electronics store for a couple resistors and a relay and I should be all set.

Alright, another new BBQ place in NWI and I went ahead and gave it a try. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened last Friday (July 1, 2011) in Portage, IN and while I tried to get in that day I was unable to because of the long wait. So the wife and I waited a few days … Read more

****UPDATE**** THIS PLACE IS NOW CLOSED ****UPDATE**** Well there is finally a BBQ place in Valparaiso (Wagner’s isn’t BBQ, seriously.) It’s called Big Daddy’s Genuine BBQ (I think to be confused with Big Daddy’s BBQ in Gary that recently won the Steve Harvey 2010 Best BBQ Hoodie Award.) I’ll let that go though if they … Read more

Terracotta smokers on the web

February 2nd, 2010 | Posted by ripsup in BBQ | Tech - (0 Comments)

I love instructables and whenever I get an email from them there is always 1 or 2 cool projects in it that really interest me in some way.  Well today’s email didn’t disappoint and had a nice writeup on someone’s terracotta smoker. http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Smoker/ I previously had attempted this myself but the hot plate I picked … Read more

Got a taste of my 2 favorite smells

January 5th, 2010 | Posted by ripsup in BBQ | Fireworks - (0 Comments)

Well this article actually was written after last years new years and I never published it.  So here it is.  :) You always forget how much you love something till you haven’t had it for a while.


December 27th, 2009 | Posted by ripsup in BBQ | Fireworks | Misc | Tech - (0 Comments)

Well, a new year is coming and I’ve been slacking. Had a post I wrote last year in January still sitting as a draft and will probably put it up this January. Overall getting ready to build the smoker i have been wanting to.  Got a nice 1/4 inch steel tube that will be perfect … Read more

Supersmokers in St Louis, MO

October 13th, 2008 | Posted by ripsup in BBQ | Reviews - (2 Comments)

Had the chance on my way back from Springfield, MO to hit Supersmokers over by St Louis, MO (says St Louis on their website but a Yahoo Maps search seems to say it’s Eureka.)  After finally figuring out where it actually was I went in and the lady behind the counter was very helpful with what … Read more

Bandana’s – Springfield, MO

October 10th, 2008 | Posted by ripsup in BBQ | Reviews - (4 Comments)

Well I’m at the HighEdWeb conference in Springfield, MO and was looking for a place to eat some BBQ. Was going to hit Granddaddy’s which is downtown but caught wind it was closed on Monday’s (UPDATE – Tried to go to it that Tuesday as well and it was also closed, not sure what was … Read more