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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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    Calling all Smobot users...

    I am flirting with Smobot MCS. I have seen a lot on of upside posts on the Smobot, so since nothing is perfect would you share what you see as a downside or limiting factor to the Smobot?

    I have a 1st generation PartyQ and a four probe Igrill on which I only use an ambient prob and 1-2 meat probes. What would I gain by switching to the Smobot? What if anything would I loose?

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        So, let's see if I can summarize. Overall I think it made my grilling life a lot easier. I always run it with a so called 'power bank' (portable battery with usb connections, typically used for recharging phones when on the move). If you have an outlet anywhere near your grill, then just plug it in there. But the fact that it runs on batteries is brilliant. It uses very little power, as it only adjusts now and then, and when it is 'locked in', not much is happening.

        - It only has two food probes. It doesn't seem to be a limitation for you, but nevertheless.

        - I think (but haven't verified) that the food probes are 5 degrees off. Need to check this. It is most likely my probes, on my device, only.

        - Once or twice the 'open lid detector' has failed. Basically it detects when you open the lid, and as soon as it is closed the Smobot shuts the top vent for a while to avoid temps running away (due to the current influx of air). I was standing by the grill and noticed that it never opened the vent again, even though the temp was dropping steadily. This could be fixed in a future firmware update, OR you can simply disable the 'open lid detector' on the device. That's what I did. Not a big issue in other words.

        - The main unit isn't waterproof. Not an issue for me, I simply place it underneath the grill. Another option would be to put it in a plastic box/cover.

        Overall I think the advantages by far outweigh the drawbacks, but we all have different grilling needs, so hopefully this post could clear some things up. Otherwise, just keep asking questions and I'll see if I can't help out.


        • LA Pork Butt
          LA Pork Butt commented
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          Thanks Henrik

        • WVsmoke
          WVsmoke commented
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          The technology and usage is inviting. Your review is informative but I am curious if you have any insight into the durability of the moving parts of the product given usage conditions under roof yet still exposed to the weather?

        • Henrik
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          I'm gonna have to get back to you on that subject this summer, when I've had it for a length of time. The only moving part is the little servo and the lever, so not many things can break. And I've already dropped it once...

      • Top | #5
        I posted some time back about my inkling to get a temp controller for my Primo 300. I was a bit leery about the whole excess technology getting in the way of the live fire experience thing and asked for opinions. I think it was Spinaker or Huskee who said if he wanted to play with fire, he'd go out back and set something ablaze. Otherwise, they liked a good nights sleep knowing a controller was on duty. Good advice.
        I know EdF has always championed Smobot, and after Henrik posted his great write-up of his experience with that controller, I took the plunge and ordered one up. Well, it's a whole new ball game! That thing delivers as advertised. After the easy set-up, I did a dry run picking a random temperature at 260. Bingo--the Smobot went a bit above the target, then went a bit low and then settled in for the long run with only a few degrees variance. Next I threw on some beef short ribs done up with Hanks beef rub and dialed up 250. No problem for hours. When the short ribs came off I increased temps up to 375 for some roasted cauliflower and the Smobot delivered.
        It came with the features I was wanting/needing--wifi enabled and able to archive cooks to the cloud. Two temp probes are adequate for me as it's just the two of us eating. I'm one happy camper. If you have a ceramic grill, consider a Smobot.


        • Huskee
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          Twasn't me, my preference is the less tech the better (other than thermometers). I will never use a controller in my fire cooks. But it sounds like you are happy and that's all that maters to each of us!

        • Spinaker
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          That might have been me, I can't remember. LOL. However, I use a controller a lot in the winter on my BGE. And I love it. Great to hear the Smo Bot is working for you! They are a real treat when you are cooking in the cold!

      • Top | #6
        That's great to hear, I'm glad you like it. It seems your experiences match mine. It sure is a handy little helper!


        • Top | #7
          If you have one of the new BGE top vents, the Smobot won't fit it. But they tell me they are working on a fix for that right now.