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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed May 20, 2015 9:25 am

I'd love to make it to one of these things, but juggling small children and grad school is hard... and Dallas isn't close. Pencil me in for 2016?
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed May 20, 2015 9:41 am

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I'd love to make it to one of these things, but juggling small children and grad school is hard... and Dallas isn't close. Pencil me in for 2016?

1,100 miles. I drive 900 each way.
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed May 20, 2015 11:00 am

Captain Ned wrote:
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I'd love to make it to one of these things, but juggling small children and grad school is hard... and Dallas isn't close. Pencil me in for 2016?

1,100 miles. I drive 900 each way.

Yeah, but you're crazy. :wink:
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Fri May 22, 2015 8:48 am

just brew it! wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:
Concupiscence wrote:
I'd love to make it to one of these things, but juggling small children and grad school is hard... and Dallas isn't close. Pencil me in for 2016?

1,100 miles. I drive 900 each way.

Yeah, but you're crazy. :wink:


And just wearing those shirts keeps him awake and alert the entire drive :)
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Fri May 22, 2015 9:18 am

Glad to see the thread kicking, I've got to start getting more serious about these plans, I can't believe we're already less than 3 months away! :o Maybe I'll get some time to whip the thread into shape this long weekend. I also need to poke Damage about a front page post...
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed May 27, 2015 10:14 pm

I can't guarantee for a few weeks, but I sure hope to make it this year (+1 other in tow). Couldn't make it last year, but loved it year before! Then heading to northern Michigan for quick vaca! Beautiful out that way!
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Thu May 28, 2015 8:59 am

If weather cooperates I'm in :D

Also, ClickClick--bike?

Edit: Room booked, so I'm committed. Have to represent WP...unless drfish still has his.
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:45 am

So, funny story: just a couple of days after the post on the front page, my girlfriend said she wanted to go on a roadtrip with me in August, probably to Michigan. I mentioned the barbecue, and she said we could do that. Crazy!

I've never been before and didn't expect to be able to come this year. But now it's a distinct possibility. Details pending.
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:12 am

Milo Burke wrote:
So, funny story: just a couple of days after the post on the front page, my girlfriend said she wanted to go on a roadtrip with me in August, probably to Michigan. I mentioned the barbecue, and she said we could do that. Crazy!

I've never been before and didn't expect to be able to come this year. But now it's a distinct possibility. Details pending.


Cool! Sell her on the scenery. Drfish's cottage has a great view and she'll like it. If you have a few more days, you can probably drive north along coast and stop to a few more towns. Up towards Travese City is a very nice, secluded, touristy place to visit too. Bellaire has a nice, slightly* dated resort which is a nice play to stay at out of the way. The local town has a few quaint restaurants, and a place which brews their own delicious drinks. And finally, there's MOOmers if you want a treat http://www.moomers.com/

Have you been across the Big Mac? Usually a tourist attraction everyone wants to see once, being the largest point-to-point suspension bridge in the world. On the other side, St. Ignance is a nice town, with a decent casino if you like that sort of sport. Mackinac Island is of course a tourist stop and something to see once for sure. Along US-2, there are a ton of roadside beaches which are almost always deserted and ripe for the taking (swimming). And finally, if you love jerky, a few minutes west on US-2 you will find a store in Brevort which has local goods like smoked whitefish, and the best jerky I've ever had (come to think of it, there's a hole-in-the-wall jerky place in Bellaire that's good too).

See you at the party :)
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:01 am

She was hoping maybe of driving down from the upper peninsula, then through Chicago on the way back. That should give us a good mix.

Thanks for the tips on the locale!
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:14 pm

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She was hoping maybe of driving down from the upper peninsula, then through Chicago on the way back. That should give us a good mix.

Thanks for the tips on the locale!


All sorts of things you can do when you get close to where the UP meets the LP on the way here, on both sides if you want a mini-vaycay.

Fish, if there's anything you'd like me to bring, PM me. I have a Sam's Club card.
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:00 am

Milo Burke wrote:
She was hoping maybe of driving down from the upper peninsula, then through Chicago on the way back. That should give us a good mix.

Thanks for the tips on the locale!


There's always the ferry as well If you'd rather shorten the road trip a bit and add a boat ride.
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:28 am

Wont be long and the BBQ will be upon us. We are already starting to plan our fireworks display over the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan!! The show will be great no matter what, but if you would like to contribute and make the booms even "boomier" please shoot me a PM with the pledge amount or simply Paypal me with the word "fireworks" somewhere in there.. Cant wait to see you all, its going to be another great BBQ this year!
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:23 am

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And just wearing those shirts keeps him awake and alert the entire drive :)

That shirt (and I have a new one for BBQ2015) is not worn until the The Day. It would not be proper.
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:12 pm

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Milo Burke wrote:
She was hoping maybe of driving down from the upper peninsula, then through Chicago on the way back. That should give us a good mix.

Thanks for the tips on the locale!


There's always the ferry as well If you'd rather shorten the road trip a bit and add a boat ride.


Does the Ferry shorten the trip? I was told its really slow. And I know its expensive
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:19 am

Holy crap we're at less than 2 months to go. Who's running this thread? It should be more organized by now... Everyone pay attention to SHOES regarding his fireworks fund request. I bought a new house last year and paid two mortgages for 6 months so financially I'm not going to cover much more than the basics this year (of course for me "the basics" can get a little crazy, we'll have to wait and see) so if you want some extra awesome, pony up. :D
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:12 am

First post updated with more info and the current attendee list. If you're not on the list and need to be let me know, if you are on the list but not in the right section let me know that too.

I'll start the list for what items people are bringing in another week or so.

BTW, if you are planning to stay at the cottage please speak up now. I know a lot of you probably are but so far I only have a couple confirmed.
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:00 pm

idchafee wrote:
jss21382 wrote:
Milo Burke wrote:
She was hoping maybe of driving down from the upper peninsula, then through Chicago on the way back. That should give us a good mix.

Thanks for the tips on the locale!


There's always the ferry as well If you'd rather shorten the road trip a bit and add a boat ride.


Does the Ferry shorten the trip? I was told its really slow. And I know its expensive


When you look at the time the ferry takes (website) and a map of your trip around (at least via the UP), it's the same time. Except you pay gas instead of a ferry and you're spending your energy driving instead of reading or playing on a device.

Myself, I enjoy driving, especially via the UP.
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:54 pm

My RSVP is still a definite-maybe. Looks like we're doing a different trip later in August and can't justify the sparse vacation days for a leisurely trip from MN to MI and back. But we're still thinking of skipping one work day, driving on Friday, staying on Saturday, and driving back on Sunday.

Is it true that once people come, they come every year following? That really sucks if it ends up being a bad time. And what if move to a different continent, or someday volunteer to colonize the moon? Seems like an awful lot of hassle if I'm destined to be in MI annually. I'm hesitant to take on such a commitment, setting my own fate and all.

Please share more about this cottage. I'm interested.



P.S. Have any previous attendees died? And do they still come every year? If so, is it in spirit or in decaying flesh?
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:03 am

Continent migration seems to be the only situation in which its acceptable to miss future BBQ's..

P.S. If you have a bad time there is something really wrong with you and you should probably seek professional help.
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:07 am

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P.S. If you have a bad time there is something really wrong with you and you should probably seek professional help.

Which can usually be found in either JBI's or my cooler.
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:00 am

What's your preferred poison?
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:07 am

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What's your preferred poison?

Beer (craft or homebrew). Several of the regular attendees are craft beer enthusiasts and/or brewers. Last year there was a massive bottle share going on off to the side during the BBQ, and there was also some trading of leftover unopened bottles/cans afterwards, since many of the craft beers are only available in their respective attendees' local areas. I also had a couple of kegs of my homebrew tapped. I expect the bottle share will happen again. Don't know yet whether I'll be bringing the homebrew tapping rig; it depends on what I've got on hand come BBQ day (I'm hoping to have time to brew up a batch specifically for the BBQ).
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:27 am

What do you aim for in a beer?

My favorites tend to be sweet, malty, low-hops, and fruity or nutty.

But I went to a brewery last week and sampled what they make. Their particular mix of strong hops and strong bitterness ended up tasting like grapefruit. It was pretty interesting. They also made a style that everybody stopped making for 20 years around WWII, intensely tart. Weird stuff!

My drink of choice, however, is rum good enough to sip neat.
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:12 pm

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What do you aim for in a beer?

My favorites tend to be sweet, malty, low-hops, and fruity or nutty.

I tend to go more for the drier, hoppier ones, but enjoy many other styles as well. Next up in my "to brew" queue are an English Mild (I haven't brewed in *months* and consequently want to do a lower ABV beer that will be ready to drink sooner rather than later), and a Belgian Saison (there's a Saison yeast strain I haven't used before that I got some free samples of, and I want to give it a try).

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But I went to a brewery last week and sampled what they make. Their particular mix of strong hops and strong bitterness ended up tasting like grapefruit. It was pretty interesting.

Hops are crazy. Some can indeed be very grapefruit-y. Others can smell/taste like mandarin oranges, grapes, pineapple, etc... or even go in a more vegetal direction like fresh-mown grass, garlic, or onion (the vegetal ones can be rather odd). Believe it or not, one of the new "trendy" craft beer styles seems to be Grapefruit IPA, where there's actual grapefruit zest and/or juice added to the beer.

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They also made a style that everybody stopped making for 20 years around WWII, intensely tart. Weird stuff!

Ahh, sounds like Gose. And yes, it's kind of "out there" even for people who are into craft beers. Not only is it very tart, many versions of it are also noticeably salty. And yes, this seems to be another one of those upcoming "trendy" styles right now... 2-3 years ago the home brewing community picked up on it and it started showing up at all the homebrew competitions as a historical/experimental beer (there's a "none of the above" category for stuff like that). Now I'm starting to see it at a lot of brewpubs and craft beer bars.

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My drink of choice, however, is rum good enough to sip neat.

Nothin' wrong with that! Dark rum is one of the few distilled spirits I actually indulge in on (rare) occasion, the other two being Bourbon and Scotch. I sense a pattern; I guess if I am going to consume hard liquor I like it to be woody or smoky!
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:02 pm

I only started drinking a couple years ago. Guess I got a late start. I was into all the froufrou drinks, all blended and fruity and sugary. When I tried other stuff, it just wasn't sweet enough for me to prefer it over Sprite.

Maybe a year ago, I had a sip of bourbon, a sip of tequila, and a sip of rum at the same sitting. I didn't realize how different they were! I thought they were all just liquid fire without flavor, you know? But bourbon is oaky and smokey, and tequila tastes like smoke and agave, which is such a unique taste. And rum ... a good rum is layers of caramel and vanilla and almond, sometimes mixed with other flavors like bananas or white chocolate or butterscotch. It's refined, layered and complex; but it's also succulent and dessert-like.

My favorite budget choice is Diplomatico Anejo, with Plantaion 5 Year Reserve close behind. Both are layered, interesting, sweet, and surprisingly cheap. I can't stay away from Mount Gay Black for long, with it's spicy, smoky taste imbued from the used bourbon barrels it ages in. I prefer it even over the MOunt Gay XO. And on the higher end (in my budget), Angastora 1919 is truly sublime: it's less complex than many, but it's vanilla taste is so pure.

I've got a longer list of those I was less impressed with. I hope to discover more in each category.

Other spirits, wines, and ports are coming along slowly. And I'm way behind on the beer curve. But I've got time.
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:58 pm

Sounds like I need to try the Mount Gay Black.
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:17 pm

Maybe I should bring a bottle. Particularly if you grant me special forum privileges. The ability to insert Hello Kitty pictures into other peoples' posts is a start.
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:06 pm

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Milo Burke wrote:
What do you aim for in a beer?

My favorites tend to be sweet, malty, low-hops, and fruity or nutty.

I tend to go more for the drier, hoppier ones, but enjoy many other styles as well. Next up in my "to brew" queue are an English Mild (I haven't brewed in *months* and consequently want to do a lower ABV beer that will be ready to drink sooner rather than later), and a Belgian Saison (there's a Saison yeast strain I haven't used before that I got some free samples of, and I want to give it a try).

I'm more with Milo in that I like dark, heavy, malty beers such as Guinness, Murphys, Smithwicks, and trend away from overuse of hops (IPAs). Also like lots of reds, wheat beers, and Belgian whites (love Hoegaarden in the summer).
 
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Re: TR BBQ ~XII~ 8/15/2015 - Official Thread

Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:45 pm

Heh... I don't consider (draft) Guinness (or even Smithwicks, really...) to be especially heavy. Ever stop and think about the fact that in a Half and Half the Guinness floats on *top* of the Harp Lager?

To me, "malty/heavy" means Baltic Porter, Strong Scotch Ale (a.k.a. Wee Heavy), Barleywine, Russian Imperial Stout (though the last two can also be quite bitter, see below). It's all relative. :wink:

While I do enjoy "hop bomb" type beers, many of the best bitter/hoppy beers also have a fair bit of malty sweetness to back them up, giving more of a bittersweet effect overall.
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