Hi everybody! I just signed up so that I could tell you all how much I'm loving this thread. I grew up in SE Michigan and Buddy's was definitely one of my family's go-to pizza places. I live out of state now and crave it regularly. I was so happy that I came across this forum, there is so much great information on here.
I've actually been lurking here for a little bit and have tried out Pizza Hog's wonderful recipe that was in post #199. It turned out well and tastes almost like the real thing to me! The only thing I had some trouble with was crisping up the crust. I blame it on my lack of those famous blue steel pans. After perusing all of the posts in here and a few others where Pete-zza very nicely listed out all of the known places to get them, I went on a little hunt to find a couple of 8" x 10" ones. My mom's birthday is coming up and I thought it would be a nice surprise to make her some Buddy's-style pizza because I know she misses it just about as much as I do. Just for anyone else who is in search of them, here's what I found out. Hopefully this is an ok place to post all of this, it's kind of long.
They are apparently not in production anywhere anymore and pretty much all of the known distributors are completely sold out. I noticed that Northern Pizza Equipment didn't have them listed on their site any longer so I emailed and the response I got said that they're out of stock and wouldn't be getting any more in.
I moved onto P.A. Products and they told me pretty much the same thing. The woman I spoke to on the phone said that there is "no more blue steel" and that the closest things they had were non-stick 9" x 13" and 8" x 8" pans.
I had remembered reading here that Dover Parkersburg was the actual manufacturer of the pans so I called them just to see if they had any kind of replacement in the works. I spoke to a girl who told me that they had stopped production of the blue steel within the last year and have replaced it with cold rolled steel. I asked her about it and she said that many of their food service reps were buying them to replace the other ones but she did tell me that they have a tendency to rust a lot easier than the original pans. As Pete-zza said in a previous post, they would not sell to the public even if they did have the pans.
As a last effort, I called up Roselli's to see if they by some chance had any left over. Not surprisingly, they didn't. I was told that they were carrying the newer cold rolled steel pans in both the 8" x 10" and 10" x 14" sizes. The sales associate told me that she hadn't heard anything about them rusting more easily but that she couldn't be sure. I was actually about to order a couple of the 8" x 10" just so that I could have something to work with, but unfortunately they wouldn't ship to me since I'm out of state.
So, looks like I'm back at square one. I really wish that I would have come across this thread a few months earlier when they were still pretty easy to find. If anyone happens to run across another source for them (especially the 8" x 10" size!), please post it! I'd really appreciate it. Or if someone has a couple that they no longer want laying around, I'd be more than happy to take them off your hands.
Any other recommendations are welcome as well!