There are 11 page views remaining.

Support ARC

Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, and it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! And remember, we only recommend products we love. If you like, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon.


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


No announcement yet.

Hank's True BBQ cooking class

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Top | #1

    Hank's True BBQ cooking class

    I held a barbecue workshop/class today, together with a local bbq store. It was 8AM - 4PM, and it was great fun! The weather was good almost all day. I had my students do five different dishes to practice various types of cooks and techniques. First out was smoked shrimp. Then on to smoked salmon. We then trimmed and prepped ribs, and put them on the grills. Then on to Picanha, two styles, then big fat ribeyes. Finally we ate the ribs. Throughout the day I explained a lot of theory, all related to what they were practicing during the day. I even bought a small whiteboard to help explain things.

    All in all the food turned out great, and I had a good time. More classes are planned, I look forward to tweaking a few minor things before giving the next class.

    Here are a few pics from the event. As a teacher I didn't have lots of time, so I didn't get to take a lot of photos, but here goes.

    Students devouring smoked shrimp. Served on butcher's paper. Keeping it simple!

    Click image for larger version

Name:	barbecue-kurs-1.jpg
Views:	1
Size:	710.1 KB
ID:	677270

    Next up: smoked salmon

    Click image for larger version

Name:	barbecue-kurs-2.jpg
Views:	1
Size:	726.4 KB
ID:	677272

    Here are some ribs, looking real good if I may say so:

    Click image for larger version

Name:	barbecue-kurs-5.jpg
Views:	1
Size:	794.5 KB
ID:	677271

    Here's one picanha, did a few with searing vs no searing, so they could taste the difference

    Click image for larger version

Name:	barbecue-kurs-4.jpg
Views:	1
Size:	552.1 KB
ID:	677268

    Big fat ribeyes, 2" thick. I had them all do some serious reverse sear training.

    Click image for larger version

Name:	barbecue-kurs-3.jpg
Views:	1
Size:	725.3 KB
ID:	677269

    We used Napoleon grills. I had the students pair up. I haven't used this brand before, and I'm not too impressed with build quality. Also they were a lot harder to adjust temps on with the top and bottom vent. I'd take a used Weber kettle off of craig's list any day over a new Napoleon. Good thing I had a Slow 'N Sear for all of them.

  • Top | #2
    Fine Job, Teacher!

    Great lookin food, though my heart pangs fer a seared ribeye shot, if ya happened to git any...


    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks! Sorry ‘bout the missing ribeye shots, but they kept me busy. Next time though :-)

  • Top | #3
    Looks like a fun class. Congrats!


    • Top | #4
      Did you mention I support you in almost everything you do?
      Great food! Great pics!

      One thing, you are a little harsh on the Napoleons, hmmm.
      Last edited by FireMan; May 11th, 2019, 11:28 AM.


      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
        Editing a comment
        I’m gonna use them a few more times, I may warm up to ‘em after we spend a little more time together :-)

    • Top | #5
      Would be cool to attend.. so i have a good excuse to go to the Stockholm area..


      • Troutman
        Troutman commented
        Editing a comment
        What’s stopping you ??

      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
        Editing a comment
        Bring da ruckus :-)

    • Top | #6
      This would be a great time!


      • Top | #7
        Beast mode !!! Fine job my friend, wish I’d been there to enjoy/help with the cook !!!


        • Henrik
          Henrik commented
          Editing a comment
          Thanks Troutman, cooking side by side would be awesome!

      • Top | #8
        My school classes were not that much fun.


        • Top | #9
          Sure they learnt a lot from a well schooled teacher.
          Anybody take home a slow & dear?


          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
            Editing a comment
            They wanted, but I honestly think they forgot during the whole day’s hustle n bustle.

        • Top | #10
          Speaking as a former college instructor, it sounds like you did a great job with your class. Five dishes in 8 hours is an ambitious plan, and I bet you were very busy the whole time. I imagine you did not need to stop for lunch -- I'm sure that helped!


          • Top | #11
            That sounds like a lot of fun Henrik.

            My wife mentioned a cooking class one time. My comment was "How much are they willin' to pay me to teach it?". She hasn't mentioned any cookin' classes since.


            • Top | #12
              My first thoughts were.... Where did they find crawfish in Sweden?? looks great!!! Judging by the flowers on the tree, Spring has arrived there...


              • Henrik
                Henrik commented
                Editing a comment
                Crawfish is very big in Sweden, there’s plenty available. But this is smoked shrimp. And yes, finally nice and warm out!

            • Top | #13
              Wow Henrik. I wish I lived closer to you! That all sounds fun!