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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

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.

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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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    Bloody Mary Recipe

    I have two .... one is pre-mixed, one is not. Posting them for you Mr. Bones ..... although you could just come over to the house on a holiday and I'll make you one :-)

    If you don't feel like the hassle, here's the simple solution :-)

    Demetri's Bloody Mary Mix
    Quality tomato juice (not from concentrate)
    Garnish type stuff

    Follow the directions on the bottle. This is quality stuff and you don't have to figure out how to mix it yourself. Way better than any other mix I've ever tried.

    If you want to make your own from scratch .....

    Rim of glass:
    celery salt
    kosher salt
    black pepper

    mix them in equal amounts on a small plate. Take the glass, wet the rim with lime juice, put rim down in the salt mix and twist.

    Bloody Mary cocktail - this will make two cocktails:
    12 oz tomato juice
    1/2 tbsp creamy hot horseradish
    1 tbsp worcestershire
    3/4 tsp celery salt
    1 tsp garlic salt
    1 tsp fresh ground black pepper (fairly fine)

    Mix all of this in a cocktail shaker and then add 3-4 dashes of Tabasco

    Fill your pint glasses (that have already got salt mix rims) with ice, add 3 oz vodka, fill the rest of the way with tomato juice.

    Garnish how you like .... I keep it simple -- a couple olives, a pepperoncini, a celery stalk, maybe a lime wedge

    Doctor up the mix to your taste .... that recipe is a moderate kick on the heat and good flavor.

    Don't wimp out on the tomato juice. Get good stuff, not cheap from concentrate. You WILL notice the difference. From concentrate is watery and separates.

    This is the pre-made mix. It's pretty darn good and saves you some time.
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    Thanks, Brother!

    Breakfast is th most important meal of th day!

    What kinda vodka do ya enjoy? (I don't keep any stocked, typically...)


    • Top | #3
      That sounds good. Here's my favorite:

      1/2 Original Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
      1/2 Mr & Mrs. T's bloody mix with horseradish
      A splash of lime juice.

      Everything else to taste. I like olives, pickled green beans, pickled carrots and bacon stirrers.


      • HawkerXP
        HawkerXP commented
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        Bacon. Oh yeah.

      • Dr ROK
        Dr ROK commented
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        Lov zing zang!

    • Top | #4
      Thanks, Brothers!

      Grey Goose? Tito's? Others?

      Am assumin GIGO applies here, to th vodka, same as th mater juice


      • Top | #5
        Mr. Bones yep, don't buy cheap vodka .... it don't taste good. I normally keep some Tito's in the freezer.


        • Top | #6
          The wife and I love our Bloody Marys, will have to try the Demetri's. I'm also a Zing Zang kinda guy ...


          • ecowper
            ecowper commented
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            I've tried Zing Zang and Mrs. T's .... I personally think Demitri's is way better, but we all have our own tastes, too.

        • Top | #7
          I think I read in an issue of Jefferson Living that those were the best Bloody Mary's in Maple Valley!


          • ecowper
            ecowper commented
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            I think we are only honorary Jeffersonians here in Maple Valley .... too close to Seattle.

        • Top | #8
          SWMBO got me this for Christmas: https://www.giftcrates.com/collectio...ody-mary-crate

          so I guess I'll be forced to do my own taste test.


          • ecowper
            ecowper commented
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            oooh, that's pretty awesome

        • Top | #9
          I like fresh citrus (I prefer lime over lemon) and pickle juice in my bloodies.


          • Mr. Bones
            Mr. Bones commented
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            Fresh citrus seems like a basic must, fer a Great Bloody Mary, certainly!

            +++++ on Pickles; I often choose Claussen, when I'm pickle shoppin

            Sometimes I buy lesser, but it jus ain't th same. Vlasic ain't too bad, if ya love pickles like I do, but, still...

            Juice is always used up, in other dishes, marinades, sauces, etc.

          • Attjack
            Attjack commented
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            I catch my girlfriend standing in front of the fridge chugging pickle juice from jar all the time.

        • Top | #10
          Got to love the Demetri's. Excellent addition, I even use it in my chili.


          • ecowper
            ecowper commented
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            that's a good idea, in the chili

        • Top | #11
          I'm a huge fan of Panola's Bloody Mary mix. Hard to find though. I generally stock up at the Panola plant on my way down to Hammond, LA in March. My mix is good tomato juice, a shot of homemade bread & butter pickle vinegar, a shot of Panola and thinned some with Sanpellegrino Lemonetta. It's a citrusy Mary. But Zing Zang with a shot of Panola works for me too.


          • Top | #12
            My favorite is Texas Red Eye Habanero bloody mary mix but everybody stopped carrying it around here some years ago. It also made a excellent base for my Buffalo Chili.


            • Top | #13
              It was a Bloody Mary bar type of day today at the lake house. A balmy 28* outside.....windy and wet snowy/rain mix most of the day.

              Found some green chile infused vodka from Crater Lake Distillery. Was pretty good! Subtle flavor. Added with v8 and then all the mixins - horse radish, cholula, Lea Perrins, cayenne, celery salt and the garden veg of celery, pickle, olive, okra and hot peppers.

              Looked for a decent mix but Zing Zangs isn’t gluten free and dimitris wasnt around to try. That stuff isn’t cheap looking st the website! So V8 it was! Man they were good!


              • Top | #14
                I'm a gin bloody Mary guy myself. NEVER VODKA! Depending on if using pre-made mix or making my own, will also need horseradish, dill pickle juice, Worcestershire, celery salt, black pepper, & hot sauce. Garnish with a dill pickle spear and other garnishes such as steamed and chilled asparagus spear, olives, pepperoncini, &/or a pickled jalapeño!


                • ecowper
                  ecowper commented
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                  that seems like a waste of good gin ;-)

                • Dr ROK
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                  Don't knock it till ya try it! Don't forget the dill pickle and salted rim!

              • Top | #15
                Closin in on method #1, ecowper !

                Blue Santa delivered my Demitris, today... 3-pack of 16 oz Lookin forward to tryin it, cause I've had other mixes that fell severely short of even a 'decent' Bloody Mary

                750 of Tito's secured from my fave liquor store
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                Have to pick up some good mater juice, when I hit th grocery, tomorrow...few veggies, too, I reckon


                • ecowper
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                  I can't wait to hear what you think Mr. Bones.

                • Mr. Bones
                  Mr. Bones commented
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                  I promise to keep ya posted, Brother!


                  I always appreciate yer sharin th benefit of yer wisdom, an experience!

                  Yer a Good Man!

                • barelfly
                  barelfly commented
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                  Looks good! Can’t wait to hear about it.