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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

maverick PT55 thermometer

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only 9 delivered to your door!

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The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers


The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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kareubequ bbq smoker

Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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PK 360 grill

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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Getting a Pit Viper to pair with my Fireboard

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    Getting a Pit Viper to pair with my Fireboard

    Hi guys,

    I have no MCS, I can quit anytime I want . I just sold my Thermoworks Smoke + gateway, got tired of it. I'm sticking to my trusty Fireboard. I love it.

    Now, I'm an old school guy, so I have never used a PID controller to control temps. Ever. BUT, I do have the Fireboard, and it can run a fan via its 12V output. So, I figured, why not get a Pit Viper fan? Mind you, this is not MCS, I really need it.

    Either way, all I need to purchase is the so called Drive cable, it seems. Easy enough. But how do you mount the Viper fan to the kettle, for example? Is there some kind of adapter? I don't mind drilling holes or anything. I just want an easy way to plug/stick the fan to the kettle.

    Also, bonus question: I'm looking for an adapter for the BGE also. Where's the best way to buy aftermarket parts/adapters like this? Any recommendations from Pit Viper users?

    This all started with me watching a Harry Soo video, and I thought: it's actually kinda neat, not having to tend to the fire all the time. My kettle with the SnS is rock solid for hours at a time, so is the BGE, but I'm also an engineer, and having some device work for me is really attractive

  • Top | #2
    Bbq guru has a Weber/standard adapter for kettles. A 1” hole is all you need. Lots of threads in here with examples of how to mount (above ash sweepers below charcoal grate).

    They also make an adapter for BGE slider as well


    the fireboard drive cable will run any 12V fan.


    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Thanks for the link, that was too easy. I should have done my googling homework. Exactly what I was looking for!

  • Top | #3
    And a step drill bit is the easiest way to drill the hole.


    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Agree, I have one already, so should be good.

  • Top | #4
    Yep I use the Pit Viper as well. BBQ Guru has adapters that are not thin, cheap pieces of sheet metal. They are actually HD Stainless adaptors. I find that these seal very well with the bottom damper.

    For a Kettle, I would go with installing an inducer tube. Use a step bit to get through the metal and install it. They also come with a "kill plug" so when it is not in use, it is sealed up. Easy peasy, brother.

    I have been using my Pit Viper/FireBoard combo since yesterday at about 3:30 PM. The BGE is still holding firm at about 225 F. ( I had to add a little bit of lump at 8 am, this morning as you can see on the graph, so she spiked a bit.) After 16 hours, I am extremely impressed with this set up. This butt is stalling out hard, but, Henrik, It could not be easier. IF I never opened the lid to spritz, I feel like it would be rock solid at 225 F.
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      Thanks Spinaker! I have already ordered the stainless adapters, one for the kettle and one for the BGE. It will probably take a week to get them across the pond, but it'll be fun testing them out! Pit Viper ordered too.

      The thing I really like with the Fireboard+Viper setup is that I don't need a power cable to run them. Charge the Fireboard to 100%, then hook things up and let 'er rip. To me it's invaluable, because most often I cook where I don't have a power outlet readily available.

      Can't wait to get the stuff.


      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        Yep! Very convenient!

    • Top | #6
      Don’t know how long it will drive the fan on battery. Never tested it that way.


      • Histrix
        Histrix commented
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        If I am running my Fireboard with the fan I always use a small USB external battery pack to plug into the Fireboard to provide extra juice just in case.

      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        Of course, why didn’t I think of that! That’s what I’ll do if needed.

      • Histrix
        Histrix commented
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        I've also used one of these to plug directly into the Drive cable itself - https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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      For Kamados, I'm a big http://www.smobot.com fan. I'm an engineer too. Check out a typical cook of ribs.
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      • TDuckro
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        Any idea if Smobot will support Vision Kamados in the future?

      • EdF
        EdF commented
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        Best to just write to them directly TDuckro .

      • Histrix
        Histrix commented
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        TDuckro - Smobot sells an adapter for use with a Vision - it's on their website.

    • Top | #8
      I'm cooking ribs today with a pit viper. it works. But of course a fan can only raise the temperature. So for me long cooks in the summer require a water pan to moderate the temp.


      • Top | #9
        Henrik, The BBQGURU Offers Two Sizes Of Fans❗️ First: The 10 CFM, Pit Viper For Wber Kettles BGE's And Others Of Similar Volume‼️ Second: The 20 CFM, Pit Bull Fan Which I Use On My OK Joe Highland Offsett Stick Burner‼️ Your FireBoard Will Control Both Individully, The Same Adapter Works For Both‼️ The Fan Should Be Mounted 180* From The S 'N S And The Top Vent Of The Kettle‼️
        The Only Difficulty I've Encountered Is A Power Shortage While Using The FireBoard And Pit Viper On My 22" Weber To Smoke A Sous Veed Pork Butt, About 3 - 4 Hrs❓❗️❓ I Would Recommend Aux Batteries ❗️
        Eat Well And Prosper❗️ From A Backyard Cremator In Fargo ND, Dan

        Viper Fan By BBQGURU On 22 1/2" Kettle! With DigiQ DX-2' Controller❗️

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        • Henrik
          Henrik commented
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          Thanks Dan! 3-4 hours seems a little short, I’m gonna use an external battery pack (usb) if needed.

      • Top | #10
        Without driving the fan should last a long time.

        For comparison the “PartyQ” fan runs on 4 AA batteries and goes about 10-11 hours in the summer and 4-5 in winter (need more fan to keep up in winter)