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  • MBMorgan
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      > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
      > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
      > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

    #61
    Just tried OZV Old Vine Zinfandel from Oak Ridge Winery (ORW) last night with a nice tri-tip from the PBC. According to the ORW web site, The OZV Zin is "A robust Zinfandel from the region’s signature 50-100 year-old vines. Jammy with raspberry, milk chocolate and mocha flavors, soft tannins and a supple mouth feel." To me, it's a bit too jammy, chocolaty, and the tannins are almost missing entirely. That's not to say it's bad ... it's just that I personally lean more toward Zins that are less jammy, slightly peppery, and that have more pronounced tannins. ORW also says that it's really a Zin+Petit Sirah blend (I don't know the proprotions). The 750 ml bottle price point at Costco is $9.99 ... which isn't bad at all if you enjoy "gentler" Zins.

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    • MBMorgan
      MBMorgan commented
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      Potkettleblack - My absolute favorite Zin (until I find a better one) is from Lodi: Klinker Brick. Their Klinker Brick Zin is head and shoulders above everything else I've tried ... and their Old Ghost Zin is head and shoulders above that!

    • Potkettleblack
      Potkettleblack commented
      Editing a comment
      Yeah, wife who likes Zin a bit more than I do, loves the Klinker Brick. If you're in for a splurge, I highly recommend Nalle, much smaller producer out of Sonoma. The Dry Creek Valley Zin sounds up your alley.

    • Tim
      Tim commented
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      Great call on the Nalle! Also, any and all zins from Ridge. Really any wines from Ridge.
  • BBQCentralShow
    Greg Rempe
    • Jul 2014
    • 348

    #62
    Meathead and I drank the best bottle of wine ever squeezed. It was a 2006 Silver Oak Cab...you can lock this thread now!! :-)

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    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      A 2006 Silver Oak Cab is a truly great bottle of wine ... But see below :-)
  • ecowper
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    • Jul 2014
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      Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
      Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
      Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
      Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

      Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


      Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

    #63
    I have to disagree with this BBQCentralShow .... My wife and I had a 1966 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou for our anniversary 2 years ago. I was the second owner of the bottle. The first owner had the original sales receipt to prove the purchase and had a high quality cellar. That bottle of wine was so magnificent that we kept the bottle to remember it.
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    • (T Cap)
      (T Cap) commented
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      Have this same empty, dated 1996, drank about 2006 or so. Great wine!

    • Tim
      Tim commented
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      Boom!
  • Mitrakas
    Former Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 109
    • Marlboro, MA

    #64
    That 66 looks perfect. Love Ducru, one of my favorite Bordeaux.

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    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      Mitrakas .... It was a beautiful bottle. One of the best I've ever had.
  • Mitrakas
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    • Jun 2016
    • 109
    • Marlboro, MA

    #65
    Quick note about me, as the sticky asks. I've been pretty serious into wine since the mid 1990's and have gone through some palate changes since then. Started out on big napa cabs and zins, Aussie Shiraz and the like and have found I now prefer the more restrained and elegant wines. I've been cellaring for 20 years and about 85 percent of my cellar is red and 15 percent white/bubbly/dessert. I don't buy too much anymore as I'm tapping into the cellar, but still pick up stuff, mostly whites, for current consumption. My cellar and purchases are nearly all old world (France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria...) so I'm afraid I won't be much help in the domestic department

    As a general rule, if you like dry whites with some cut and class, I would recommend the 2014 white burgundys--they are fabulous, especially in chablis. I don't buy the big gun premier and grand crus anymore, just stuff in $20-30 range, but for current drinking and short-term cellaring (up to say 4 years) you can't go wrong. Delicious on their own and with lighter fare. And they are usually not oaked which is great if you are enjoying them with something off your smoker, as smoke and oaky wines do not go well together, at least to me.

    My other recommendation would be to find a serious wine merchant in your area and build a relationship. A good merchant is as useful as a good butcher or fishmonger. They bring in the good stuff and will take care of you and are more than worth the slight premium you pay over a huge box store price (and that's assuming the wine is even offered at the box store).

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    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      One of the things my wife and I enjoy, is to find wineries in Washington and Oregon (since we live here) that make wines in the style of Bordeaux, the Rhone and Burgundy. It's a treat to get a New World wine that is not "yet another California Cab"

    • Tim
      Tim commented
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      I love this post. You are spot on about a merchant. And my cellar approach is similar to yours, although I have a lot of whites, too.
  • Mitrakas
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    • Jun 2016
    • 109
    • Marlboro, MA

    #66
    Yes I agree. On the rare occasions that I am buying domestic it usually comes from up WA state or Oregon. Beautiful region as well to live in, very envious!!

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    • ecowper
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 2614
      • Maple Valley, WA
      • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
        Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

        Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
        Thermometer = Maverick ET732
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        Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
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        PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

        Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
        Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
        Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
        Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

        Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


        Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

      #67
      Mitrakas .... One of my all time favorite wineries in WA for Bordeaux style wines is Sparkman Cellars. The owner, Chris Sparkman, was Emeril's sommelier years ago (in the 1990's) and then the General Manager of the best seafood restaurant in Seattle (The Waterfront, now known as Aqua). He quit all of that to start a family winery (and be able to see his kids, who are 10 and 12 now). Not sure where you live and if you can get wine direct from a winery, or via your local wine store .... either way, I would highly recommend Sparkman Cellars as a great example of New World wines with a strong Old World styling to them.

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      • Huskee
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          Beverages
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          • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
          • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
          • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
          • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
          • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
          • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


          About me
          Real name: Aaron
          Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

          Occupation:
          • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

        #68
        I had a pretty good 2001 cab recently, I thought that was kinda old. I was proud I'd saved it 7mo.

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        • Huskee
          Pit Boss/Manager
          • May 2014
          • 13652
          • central MI, USA
          • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
            Smokers / Grills
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            • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
            • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
            • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
            • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
            • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
            • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
            • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


            Thermometers
            • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
            • (7) Maverick ET-732s
            • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
            • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
            • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
            • Thermapen MkII, orange
            • ThermoPop, yellow
            • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
            • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
            • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
            • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well


            Accessories
            • Instant Pot 6qt
            • Anova Bluetooth SV
            • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
            • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
            • BBQ Dragon
            • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
            • Weber grill topper
            • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
            • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
            • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter


            Beverages
            • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
            • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
            • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
            • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
            • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
            • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
            • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


            About me
            Real name: Aaron
            Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

            Occupation:
            • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

          #69
          I don't get hung up much on 'another CA cab' or not. I say if it tastes good, drink it. I enjoy a good bold red regardless of whether it's mainstream or not. Any bold reds when consumed along with BBQ is just fireworks in your mouth and a real treat IMO.

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          • (T Cap)
            (T Cap) commented
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            agree!!!
        • ecowper
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 2614
          • Maple Valley, WA
          • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
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            Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
            Thermometer = Maverick ET732
            Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
            Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
            Thermapen Classic = Grey
            PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

            Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
            Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
            Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
            Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

            Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


            Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

          #70
          Huskee ... "fireworks in your mouth" .... PHRASING!!!

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          • Huskee
            Pit Boss/Manager
            • May 2014
            • 13652
            • central MI, USA
            • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
              Smokers / Grills
              • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
              • PBC
              • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
              • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
              • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
              • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
              • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
              • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
              • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
              • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


              Thermometers
              • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
              • (7) Maverick ET-732s
              • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
              • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
              • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
              • Thermapen MkII, orange
              • ThermoPop, yellow
              • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
              • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
              • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
              • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well


              Accessories
              • Instant Pot 6qt
              • Anova Bluetooth SV
              • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
              • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
              • BBQ Dragon
              • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
              • Weber grill topper
              • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
              • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
              • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter


              Beverages
              • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
              • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
              • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
              • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
              • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
              • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
              • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


              About me
              Real name: Aaron
              Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

              Occupation:
              • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

            #71
            Originally posted by ecowper View Post
            Huskee ... "fireworks in your mouth" .... PHRASING!!!
            I can't tell you the amount of times I've had a cab or zin that I've loved before and it was just perplexingly 'meh', not what I remember it being. Then sip it with BBQ or other well-seasoned foods, and hold on to your hats it comes alive!

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            • Potkettleblack
              Potkettleblack commented
              Editing a comment
              There's a reason folks go on about proper pairing and top somms can make large salaries.

              If I had it to do over, I'd probably go into Somming.
          • ecowper
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 2614
            • Maple Valley, WA
            • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
              Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

              Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
              Thermometer = Maverick ET732
              Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
              Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
              Thermapen Classic = Grey
              PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

              Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
              Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
              Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
              Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

              Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


              Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

            #72
            Huskee ... It comes alive in your mouth? ..... PHRASING!

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            • Yno
              Yno
              Former Member
              • May 2015
              • 407
              • Do you know the way to San Jose?

              #73
              When I was but a wee lad, I had my share of Boone's Farm, Lancer's, Mateus, and other plonk. I remember the time I was camping, alone, in Yosemite, in a tent in the snow, and I went to the Ahwanee for a splurge. I had a steak, and asked for a good, but not expensive, bottle of Cabernet. I had a bottle of Beaulieu Rutherford Cab, and it was quite the upgrade from what I had been drinking. Since then, I have developed a taste for better wines, and have probably spent more than I should have on them. Being in the bay Area of California, I am just a hop, skip, and a jump from some great wine regions. Not to denigrate the French wines, but I pretty much stick to California Cabs, and I usually just buy direct from the wineries I visit. Some of the small wineries make some great wines that are not generally available in most stores. I did splurge once and took a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild from my cellar to the Ritz Carleton for a special occasion. The entire staff treated me like royalty for the course of the dinner! Can't afford that too often... But there are some very fine wines for a bit less than that bottle cost.

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              • Potkettleblack
                Potkettleblack commented
                Editing a comment
                Judgement of Paris, bitches. ;-)

              • ecowper
                ecowper commented
                Editing a comment
                I have been disappointed by the Napa trend towards big, alcohol laden, fruit bombs. Trying to get a Robert Parker score, basically. I had a bottle of 1994 Caymus Special Selection recently and was reminded of why I Napa beat Bordeaux back in the day.
            • Yno
              Yno
              Former Member
              • May 2015
              • 407
              • Do you know the way to San Jose?

              #74
              The first time I visited Caymus, The guy mowing the lawn jumped off his mower and came to greet us. Turned out to be the owner and winemaker. Back in those days, the regular Cab was sometimes available for under $18 at my favorite wine shop, and I became my regular Friday night tipple. Too bad it got so expensive, without getting any better.

              Funny story - we were having lunch at Auberge du Soleil, one of the finest restaurants in the valley, with a deck that has a million dollar view. As our waiter was talking to us, we heard a lady with a an adjacent table loudly ask for a bottle of the "Caymoooo". Our waiter just rolled his eyes, but we had a good laugh.

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              • ecowper
                ecowper commented
                Editing a comment
                I like Auberge ... Although my wife and I generally make our regular stops at The Chophouse and Bistro Jeanty when we come through Napa
            • Mitrakas
              Former Member
              • Jun 2016
              • 109
              • Marlboro, MA

              #75
              HAHAHA!!! Caymus with a French accent. ecowper, I still have a few nice napa cabs from the early and mid 90's in the cellar and they are really elegant and refined things of beauty. I bet the 94 SS sang--had it probably 10 years ago, and it was excellent and trending up at that time.

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              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
                Editing a comment
                I'm a dummy....is it pronounced as it looks, Kay-muss?

              • Potkettleblack
                Potkettleblack commented
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                You got it Huskee. It's 'Murica. We don't pronounce things like the French. :-)

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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 $299 delivered to your door!

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            The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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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