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Meat-Up in Memphis

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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

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

the good one grill

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.

Click here to read our complete review

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

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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.

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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

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

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

Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

masterbuilt gas smoker

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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 AmazingRibs.com 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

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order



Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

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  • Top | #76
    Great stuff Paul.


    • Top | #77
      Nice going, Paul!


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        • Top | #79
          I always enjoy your posts and pics! Thank you for the update.


        • Top | #80
          We are counting down the steps to get the ole' Rib Shack up and running. Thursday's fun involved taking professional pictures for the menu, website, and trailer wrap! So, to the smoke we went with Brisket, St. Louis Cut and Back ribs!

          Well, don't we all love taking pics in front of our cookers! Here are some St. Louis Cut Ribs, and the big Myron Mixon 72XC in gleaming red behind me! My smile is from the heart - grateful to God for such a fun opportunity. And such a cool T Shirt!
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          Well, thanks to Meathead and docblonder (I don't remember his handle) we know some of the fun ways to draw that pretty pink smoke ring on the meat! I love a pretty smoke ring! And, the new Super-Huge Teak cutting board is making her debut showing in the #PicturesoftheRibShack
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          Photographers love using that narrow field of view to dress up the show with Boca!
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          How can a proper pitmaster have a RibShack without lots of pictures of ribs! And cool T Shirts!
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          Last edited by PaulstheRibList; February 12th, 2017, 08:39 AM.


          • Huskee
            Huskee commented
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            Great pics as always. Dr. Blonder's handle is docblonder BTW

          • Abom
            Abom commented
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            Just cuz I'm a photographer.
            noun: PHOTOGRAPHY
            the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.
            "a quick, visual survey of the foreground and background bokeh of a variety of lenses"

          • PaulstheRibList
            PaulstheRibList commented
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            Abom, I knew I would misspelling it, but was too tired to look it up!

        • Top | #81
          Great pictures Paul. I am glad things are coming together for you. Your equipment looks gorgeous!! I am looking forward to seeing the Rib Shack grow. Congratulations, Brother!


          • Top | #82
            I am enjoying your journey -please keep us posted - and I know you will.


            • Top | #83
              Great pics. It looks like I have the same large cutting board. Mine is from Teakhaus. How do you clean yours after each use?


              • Dr ROK
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                Must have a big sink My board is a beast. Here's a link I found you may be interested in: http://teakhaus.com/teak-care/

              • PaulstheRibList
                PaulstheRibList commented
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                How do you take care of your board?

              • Dr ROK
                Dr ROK commented
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                I haven't used it yet, but I'll probably do the soap and water bit to get the big gunk off, and then the mild bleach solution recommended in the link I posted.

            • Top | #84
              Fantastic photos. Did you share some food with the photographer? Thanks for sharing your journey.


              • PaulstheRibList
                PaulstheRibList commented
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                I'm pretty sure they plan the photo shoots around when they have guests coming over that evening, so they are sure to impress them with the barbecue goodness!

            • Top | #85
              So, Paul... PaulstheRibList

              How do we go about acquiring a Rib Shack shirt, or ball cap???

              Advertising helps get the word out there, so folks know ya' exist....


            • Top | #86
              Well, it happened! We opened for Business at Paul's Rib Shack Barbecue!

              The local Arts Council holds an annual Concert Series, Live at the Lakefront, 3 Friday's in March. This past Friday was week 1. Three band's play from 6-10, the proceeds from Beer sales are donated to the Arts Council, and local food trucks pay a little fee and set up in a semi-circle to feed the crowd...and We were there!

              Here, my beloved friends, is our first paying customer:
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              I had planned to do a practice Vend the prior weekend, but sickness, busy life and my other business didn't allow it. We pulled up here without any vending practice and very much of a wing-it posture. That is not so uncommon for me and the crew. We were actually a little late in opening. This lady waited about 20 minutes. She came back later in the night and told us it was great!

              Here is my 2nd in command, Sam, at the cutting station, Briskets at the ready!
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              We showed up 2nd, about 2:30 in the afternoon, and parked on a little hill. I had to go get some 2x12's to roll the starbord tires onto to level out the trailer. Guests at the window were at about a 10 inch deficit vs. being on flat ground, but that didn't slow them down!
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              I didn't get to do a menu, so we set up a table with example plates and a written description of each. The Public Relations Department did an outstanding job: my 2 oldest daughters!
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              Here is the table a few hours later. Man, I love using Butcher Paper!
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              I did not do any notifications to our existing "fan base" as I knew we would be stretching to serve well with this non-practiced opening. I posted a video on my social media right before we opened, and some of our friends showed up and loved it! The guy's wife sent him to get $30 worth of meat - he's a great friend!
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              My friend Leo is great to hang out with!
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              This guy is a rough-and-tumble plumber from Texas, and he came back near the end of the night to let me know this was some good f'ing barbecue! Repeat. We talked barbecue, trucks and construction for a good while. I've made another friend!

              Well, it was a long pair of days to get this and all my other stuff done. I'm a little old for those back to back 18 hour days...
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              We will be even more ready next week!

              I think we sold just under 200 orders, and turned a profit! We cooked too many briskets (10), and not enough sides (beans and slaw).

              I'll make a 2nd post on the food.

              Thank you all for the encouragement!

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              • scottranda
                scottranda commented
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                Wow! What a success for your first gig! Congrats! You'll have many more I'm sure!

              • tbob4
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                More important than the food or the money is the fact that everyone in the photos looks like they are having fun! Great job.

              • Spinaker
                Spinaker commented
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                Keep on rollin Paul!!! Your killing it brother. Can I mail order one of those briskets you have left over?

            • Top | #87
              Well, I wonder why my new post is not getting included in the Today's Activity search on the Pit? Huskee , what do you think?

              I'm excited to share with my friends here!
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              • Top | #88
                It's there now Paul. Congrats on a successful, (and profitable), first gig. Great write-up and photos too.


                • Top | #89
                  Great write up. Sounds like a excellent first experience and you turned a PROFIT.


                  • Top | #90
                    come to WI, my back yard has a lot of customers (it'll just be me and the wife but i'll buy disguises)