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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


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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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  • Top | #91
    This past week I was able to try a Stag's Leap cab (Napa), an Italian cab/sangiovese blend called Poggio al Tufo, and a Peidmont/Alba nebbiolo. There was another in there too that I can't remember. All 4 of these were accompanied by beef tenderloin with truffles and a wine reduction.

    Wow. The flavors on this planet are astounding.


    • EdF
      EdF commented
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      Not such a bad place!

  • Top | #92
    Stag's Leap is a designated viticultural area in the Napa Valley. There are two wineries there, Stag's Leap Winery and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. I know more about the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars offerings, having been there quite a few times. Their Cask 23 is outstanding, at an outstanding price of $260 currently. I also like the SLV, but at $135 I don't get to try it very often. Their Artemis is actually very good, and at only (!) $60, I have had that a bit more often.

    Stag's Leap Winery also makes some fantastic wines, at up to $200 per bottle. I have not been to that tasting room, even though it is practically next to SLWC. I will have to plan a trip up there sometime. Maybe after I win the lottery.....


    • Dewesq55
      Dewesq55 commented
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      I have always liked Artemis and consider it a value Napa cab.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      I'm not sure which it was, it was the one most likely to be in a restaurant! It was a 2013. I emailed the place to ask, as their wine list isn't on their website. I'll update when they reply.

    • charlesSFG
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      Stags Leap Wine Cellars was the big winner that shocked the wine world in 1976 beating out the French at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 also known as the Judgment of Paris. It put Napa and California on the map as world class wines, but we already new that.

  • Top | #93
    You can't go wrong with either.

    Last night we opened a 1994 Silver Oak Alexander Valley. We have been to Silver Oak, both the Napa Valley and Alexander Valley facilities, many times. One trip, must have been 1998 or 1999, we met Justin Meyer, and got a few signed bottles. This was the second to last that I still have. It was very good, just a hair past it's peak, but still a medium ruby red, not turning 'brickish' yet. I got blackberry, leather, and a hint of chocolate, and my wife said she was tasting cherries. I am going to host a small BBQ next weekend, and one of my guests is a Certified Sommelier, so I will pop open the last bottle. My next oldest are some 1999's.

    The 1986 Silver Oak was the wine that my soon to be wife and I shared on our first date, and it has always been special to us.


    • Top | #94
      Dry Creek may honestly be my all time favorite 'best buy' wine out there. At ~$20/bottle it is absolutely fantastic. I would liken it to the Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, or Elijah Craig (bourbons) of the wine world. There are $40 & $60 bottles that I don't think are as good. And it is NO QUESTION THE single best $20 bottle I've ever had.

      Outstanding in its price range, whether red zinfandel or Cabernet sauvignon... EDIT: or petite sirah.

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      • DJBODA
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        As I riffed through the comments, I was surprised no one mentioned the general vintage charts put out by various magazines (usually at no charge) or Google "wine vintage charts". This is a good starting point when buying wine to put away for a few months or years. If there is no wine shop near you, explore some when you're next in a larger city. DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED FROM ASKING QUESTIONS!!!

      • DJBODA
        DJBODA commented
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        If you run into someone unhelpful, excuse yourself and find another employee, or go find another shop more interested in your needs. As a "geezer", I find a preference for European wines since they have been grown for centuries over New World Wines whose vines are usually younger. Quality wine is what you want regardless of where it comes from. Experiment; you try new things on the BBQ, wine is no different.

      • Potkettleblack
        Potkettleblack commented
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        Spent some time in the DCV last year and it’s a hard place to make a bad wine.

    • Top | #95
      My favorite pairing, luna bianca with turkey


      • Top | #96
        Boy this is an old neglected thread
        I’m pretty lucky Niagara wine country is a 25 min drive for literally dozens of boutique winery’s in the area to chose from.
        Norfolk county, an hour west is new to wineries. Pictured is a red from Burning Kiln called Harvest Party currently my one of my favs.
        Im kind of a wine snob, I try to only buy Canadian wines preferably from Ontario.
        Look forward to showing more wares from up here in β€œWe the North”
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        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          Never once seen a Canadian wine in any store here. I theorize much like in Michigan's shorter growing season the Canadian reds aren't California or Italy- bold, but the whites are killer?

        • smokin fool
          smokin fool commented
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          Most peoples palette's are draw to white's so reds lag behind up here.
          I'm surprised Cdn wine isn't available in MI, your President has probably put a tariff on them....
          Take a rip across the border one weekend, Pelee Island has a fantastic VQA award winning winery within easy driving distance of the border. That used to be tabacco country, with its demise many farmers have switched to vineyards.
          Another reason for a visit....your dollar is worth around $1.40 up here....