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Order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.

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This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.



Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

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!

Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there

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

slow n sear

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.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool

GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

grill grates

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.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special

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!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

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).

Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal.


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.

Click here to read our detailed review

Click here to order from Amazon

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

the good one grill

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.

Click here to read our complete review

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.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker

Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

masterbuilt gas smoker

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'.

Click here to read our detailed review

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.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for readers only

Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

fireboard bbq thermometer

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.

Click here to read our detailed review


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Venting about my Fireboard order (resolved)

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    Venting about my Fireboard order (resolved)

    After deciding to return my CyberQ and order a Fireboard, I got a big surprise today on my order. First, let's set aside the fact that a CABLE is $79, which is worse than Apple pricing.

    My big surprise was they are charging me $40 for shipping! $40! They are charging a flat rate of $20 per item. So $20 to ship me a CABLE. Shipping should be roughly $10 or even free for an item this expense. (The PBC ships free. The CyberQ shipped free.) But then to DOUBLE the shipping just because I added a cable?

    I sent them a note to see how they will respond. But I felt like venting.

    Update: They resolved it in 5 mins by refunding me $30. <Sheepish grin>

    Double update: Apparently, my password manager that also enters personal info for me on forms like that apparently selected "United States (US) Minor Outlying Islands."

    Last edited by wcpreston; January 8th, 2019, 01:03 PM.

  • Top | #2
    that's very odd .... I just went to their website, selected Fireboard, cable, fan .... it calculated shipping for me using standard Fedex rates. I was able to select Fedex ground for $14.75.

    Note: I didn't buy another fireboard, cable, fan .... just testing, took it all the way to just before I would pay.


    • Top | #3
      Maybe I should have waited for a response from them but I didn't expect one this fast. (In my defense, I buy almost everything online and have never had a complaint response this fast.)

      They refunded $30 of my $40 in shipping.


      • Top | #4
        FIreboard has amazing customer service. I've had one of the owners of the company respond to me on a Sunday to resolve my problem. It is one of the reasons for my absolute loyalty to them. They have a really great product. It's worth what you pay for it, for sure. And then they give you customer service that simply rocks.


        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
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          I had a similar experience with them as well. Well after hours I called them and about 5min. later one of the owners, Jim I think, called me back and resolved my issue. Some of the best customer service out there..

      • Top | #5
        It does not surprise me that they made it right. They are very good people over there at FireBoard and they make a great product. I have had nothing but great things to say about their service. They have always been back with me right away.


        • Top | #6
          Not that I'm their spokesperson, but they really are a very good little company to work with. I had my Fireboard unit completely crap out on me over the summer, at the height of bbq season no less !! I thought the world had caught on fire and I only had a thimble full of water to put it out !! All kidding aside, they acted concerned, had me ship it to them for free (they provided the pre-printed label) and within a week and a half or so they sent me a brand new unit. They said it was not worth trying to repair, never did find out what went wrong.

          Bottom line, they may have started out rough with you but in the end I think you're going to be very happy with the results. And remember, you have the strength in numbers here at AR and believe me that matters with those guys !!!


          • Top | #7
            A while back I thought I was having an issue with some really goofy temp readings. Turns out one of my ambient probes was failing. Even though it was past the 6 month warranty, they sent me a new ambient probe as a courtesy for free. I wasn't even complaining. Just trying to figure out what was going on.


            • Top | #8
              That all sounds good.


              • Top | #9
                I was having a web related issue during a cook and I called them. They fixed it while I was with them on the phone.


                • Top | #10
                  So, if I read your top post correctly, the reason the shipping was $20/item was that you mistakenly entered US Outlying Islands as the destination, or was that just an extra oops that didn't affect the shipping cost?


                  • wcpreston
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                    You read my post correctly. I'm a noob.

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                  I'm glad you got it worked out. My password manager sometimes puts the wrong state when filling out forms. It's the last state that appears in the website's drop down list of states. So I always check now.


                  • Top | #12
                    Fireboard is very responsive. Their app is buggy like most but you can tell they are actively working to make it better.

                    The board updates and and app updates are definitely improving and as far as I can tell they’ve well surpassed most others.

                    Yeah the cable is 80 but they’ve remotely fixed my problems via email many many times and replace a faulty unit by shipping me one before I could even get the old one out the door.

                    Ive got mine set up in a deck box and run to probe ports in the pk360 so apart from needing to light a Weber starter cube, put meat in and take it out when done. , I’m controlling the whole cook from my phone wherever I am.
                    Last edited by Polarbear777; January 9th, 2019, 07:44 AM.


                    • wcpreston
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                      The cable is $79!

                    • Spinaker
                      Spinaker commented
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                      Quality gadgets are not cheap. Especially from a new company that is still trying to cover their initial R&D. It may go down as time goes on. But these prices are pretty much inline with all the other companies that are doing similar things. And they stand behind their product. wcpreston