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Waiting Room / Re: North Jersey waiting anxiously
« Last post by tel1mjf1 on July 07, 2017, 01:04:41 PM »
As per last status of over 12 months wait, I am now less than a month away.....

I've got my cell phone charged well all day for that call.

its been a wait from hell!!!!
Gator Pit BBQ School / October 7, 2017 BBQ Class
« Last post by Gator Ritch on May 24, 2017, 03:21:08 PM »
Our next and last class for 2017 is already listed at website.  You can now register online.  We already have 5 out of 15 spots registered as of today.  DO NOT DELAY.  Plenty of time to make arrangements for that October class.  Go ahead and get your place reserved now.

Gator Pit BBQ School      Ph: 713-896-0144  Email:
Gator Pitís BBQ class has two to three Pit Instructors at each class.  Up to a 100 years combined experience in the industry of BBQ.  From backyard cooking, commercial cooking, to competition cooking.  Our students attend from all around the globe:  North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa.  They range from general backyard BBQ enthusiasts, caterers, restaurant owners, chefs, to competition cookers.
So, what is it you can expect from attending Gator Pitís BBQ Class?  Gator Pitís BBQ class is for any and every one that wants to expand their Q knowledge.  From the BBQ novice to the professional.  Our class is primarily focused on the most popular meats:  Pork Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, Pulled Pork/Porkbutts.  We prepare and smoke the meats various ways to see and taste the differences in the methods.  Brines, rubs, sauces, glazes, and other ingredients used in preparation of meat and used during the smoking process.  We cover meat selection, where to buy quality meat, pricing of meat, grades of meat (choice, select, prime), etc.  During the preparation: We will demonstrate meat trimming and cutting techniques, properly seasoning meats, meat placement on the smoker.  Smoking temperature ranges and food temperatures.  Food safety is an integral part of our class throughout the day.  No one wants to get sick eating food and knowing the doís and doníts will prevent this in your cooking.  We demonstrate quality tools used when Qíing.  Tools that will aid in making cooking easier.  We will demonstrate how to cook full packer briskets averaging 12lbs in under 8 hours.  How to cook 10lbs whole Pork Butts and pull in less than 8 hours.  I know.  You are thinking it will be dry and tough as a boot.  NO IT WILL NOT.  The meat will be tender, juicy, beautiful appearance, and most important, flavorful tasting.  Cutting hours off your cooking time alone is worth attending our Gator Pit BBQ class.
Our Instructors usually throw a little extra in the Q, such as:  smoked beef tenderloin, smoked breakfast sausage, smoked sausage links, smoked stuffed mushrooms, smoked ribeye and smoked pork chops.  Time permitting, but we usually do most of these extras, if not all, during our one day class.
Desserts and side dishes:  Every dish is prepared from scratch in our class.  Some popular desserts and side dishes we do are:  Smoked apple pie, smoked home-made beans, smoked Mac and Cheese.  If time permits, we may show other side dishes and desserts.
Concluding:  Meat selection, where to buy quality meats, fire and time management, flavored cooking woods, food safety, food temperatures, meat tenderness/texture/color, various marinades, brines, injections, rubs/sauces/glazes, various types/styles of cookers, a shop tour of Gator Pitís manufacturing facility, Q & A with the three Instructors throughout the day, and many other important ingredients used to make great BBQ, etc.  Proper tools and tricks on how to pull membrane off ribs, slicing briskets, cutting racks of ribs, pulling pork, cutting chicken, and more.  We talk about BBQ competition cooking, catering, restaurant Q, backyard cooking.  Our Instructors combined have well over 400 awards in the BBQ industry.  Each student will get a FREE copy of our BBQ book.  Only available to our students.  This book is not for sale.  Over 60 full size color pages on what we cover in the class and more.  A great resource to refer back to after the class.  One full 8 hour day and students get to eat everything we cook.  We cover so much, that this statement touches the main focus of what our students will walk away with at the end of the day.  That is, TAKING THEIR BBQ TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
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Waiting Room / Re: North Jersey waiting anxiously
« Last post by tel1mjf1 on April 28, 2017, 10:57:23 AM »
Thanks Guys, Roger that!
BBQ Banter, Bragging, and Backyard Cooks / Re: New to me used Gatorpit Predator
« Last post by Gator Ritch on April 10, 2017, 07:40:54 AM »
Enjoy that big Gator.  Ritch
BBQ Banter, Bragging, and Backyard Cooks / New to me used Gatorpit Predator
« Last post by hammyq on March 30, 2017, 09:36:14 PM »
Ran across a Gatorpit Predator in Denver Craigslist 6 weeks ago. knowing the quality cookers they were i called the guy, however he was asking little more then I was willing to pay. Low and behold I searched again Sunday night and it was up again this time with OBO. I threw an offer and thankfully the guy accepted my offer.

We don't have much real BBQ here in Colorado and very few stick burners due to lack of abundant wood. However as luck as would have it I just purchased my old farm in Oklahoma where have quite a bit of post oak, hickory and pecan to fuel this monster. I tend to lean towards Texas style with salt/pepper and lots of brisket but plenty of ribs and pulled pork. I was fortunate to get opportunity to cook for a wedding last year using my Cookshack FEC 100, which has opened some doors to cook for some private events. This beautiful smoker is my key to get to do that. Ive also always wanted to do competition and hopefully get to do hat some this summer.

Ritch has already been bothered multiple times and graciously answered my questions before I picked it up. Today I brought it home. Went to car wash. scraped out the inside of who knows how many years of residue. Gratifying but messy job indeed. Treated the inside with pam, the fired it up to play. I obviously have some work learning to tune her but that should be done next weekend.

Anyway, little long there but man am I excited about this cooker and darn glad to be an owner of one.
Scuttle Butt / Changes Order and Additions to your order REMINDER.
« Last post by Gator Ritch on March 29, 2017, 03:42:39 PM »
To my current and potential Gator customers:
I need to reiterate our policy on Change Orders or adding more work to your order. Please do not expect to have the same suggested lead time given on the original order, if you change that order. Upgrading features, size, making mobile, etc has a huge effect on our production. You could very well limit what Welder is the best to build your Gator and that delays the order. We are TRUE CUSTOM at Gator Pit. Simply view our Gator Pit YouTube channel and you will see how your Gator is made. By HAND. We don't have an assembly line or mass produce ANYTHING. We don't have brakes and shears or any other type of metal fabrication equipment. We have our hands, hand tools, grinders, welding machine, hand torches and other HAND tools. One Welder builds your order. Not multiple Welders. One Welder starts it. That SAME welder finishes it. You lose quality when you put a bunch of welders on one Gator. I have mentioned this time and time again over the years. You change the game when you change the order. Keep your original order and we do our best to stay around that original suggested lead time. Change that order, don't expect that. It makes us jump thru hoops in the office and shop re-figuring what Welder is going to build what order and when. Those changes are not in our "known" production time line.
Example. A real example: I say this because I don't want any customer to get upset with me when they take what was our Party Gator on order and change that to a Party Edition Mobile and in the same breath comment, "I am still going to get it next month, right?" My answer will be NO. For the reasons I stated above. A standard Party Gator is 3 days to build and three days to paint cure. Party Edition Mobile is a 2 week build and 3 day paint cure, 1 day putting everything on after paint cure: trailer lights, gas lines, tires/wheels, and much more on a trailer. And, only one Welder builds my mobile cookers. That change completely throws off my entire shop production. NO it will not be ready next month now. It may be delayed 2 or 3 months now. I have to figure when that Welder can now build your trailer that we had no idea was going to be in our mobile production. Seriously, that is how significant one customer's Change Order effects our entire production. Effects every customer. Multiply that times pretty much every customer that has an order with us and that is why our time line gets extended. It isn't anything we, Gator Pit is doing that delays orders. It is the customer. Why we don't want the customers that make ZERO changes get delayed because of those that do make change after change to their order.
In short, you change the game when you change the order. So, be patient with the changes you made and not take any delay out on Gator Pit. We didn't delay your order. You did.  :)
Now, with all that said, we want you to get what you want. We realize you may not know exactly what you want when you place an order with us. You talk or see posts from our existing customers and you like what they have or you see a video and like some feature or even a different cooker you see. You contact us to make that change or addition. We want you to. Just don't want the attitude when we tell you it will take another month or three months now to get what you want. Otherwise, stick with the original order and don't risks a delay.
Gator Pit is about QUALITY. NOT QUANTITY. And, quality takes time. Would you rather be upset over the time to get your dream cooker or get your dream cooker and the quality suck. Rush and it and that is what happens. Let me build you the quality you expect. It is why you ordered to begin with. Don't change that.

Word from Ritch
Gator Pit BBQ School / May 20, 2017 BBQ Class
« Last post by Gator Ritch on March 22, 2017, 12:22:01 PM »
Next class is May.
Gator Pit BBQ School / March 25, 2017 Class is FULL
« Last post by Gator Ritch on March 22, 2017, 12:21:30 PM »
Class is closed for registration.  We are booked solid.  Next class is May 20th, 2017.
Waiting Room / Re: Hi from the UK
« Last post by Gator Ritch on March 22, 2017, 12:15:50 PM »
Love the pics.   T-up
Waiting Room / Re: My Gators are now complete
« Last post by Gator Ritch on March 22, 2017, 12:15:33 PM »
Should be arriving first week of April.   T-up
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