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Some Of Our Favorite
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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.

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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!

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

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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.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


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.

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

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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

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


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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.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker


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'.

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.

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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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.

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.

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  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 6666
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    Top | #16
    Great team name! Sounds like ya had a lotta fun! Good lookin practice food. 🕶

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  • jfmorris
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2026
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

      Cookers
      • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
      • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
      • Weber Genesis Silver A w/ GrillGrates (2002)
      • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
      • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
      • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
      • Anova
      Thermometers
      • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
      • Thermoworks Dot
      • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
      • Thermoworks RT600C
      Beverages
      • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

    Top | #17
    Congratulations on what sounds to me like a successful first competition!

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    • DoubleUpOrQuit
      DoubleUpOrQuit commented
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      Thanks jfmorris. It was, and we’re looking very forward to the next one.
  • Mr. Bones
    Birthday Hat Master
    • Sep 2016
    • 8114
    • Kansas Territory
    • Grills / Smokers
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      Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
      Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
      Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
      Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
      Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
      Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
      Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
      Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

      Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
      Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
      Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

      Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
      Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
      Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
      Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
      Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
      (Lime Green)
      Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
      Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



      Thermometers:
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      Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
      Maverick ET-732, (Black)
      Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
      ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
      Blue ThermaPen Mk4
      Orange Thermapen Mk4
      Pink Thermapen Mk4
      ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
      ThermoWorks Smoke
      ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
      4 Pro Series cable extensions
      Smoke Gateway

      Accessories:
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      2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
      BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
      Warming shelf
      MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
      Backyard Grill marinade injector
      Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
      Bear Paws
      Meat Rakes
      BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



      Cookware:
      Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
      G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
      '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
      60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
      50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
      Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
      Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

      Cutlery, etc.:
      Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
      Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
      Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
      Multiple steels, from all over the planet
      Crock sticks
      Diamond stones, various
      Lansky Sharpening System

      Tableware
      Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
      Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
      Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

    Top | #18
    Congrats, yall! Sounds / looks like ya done jus fine!

    Many Thanks fer includin us along, on yer journey; I'm enjoyin it Very Much, an lookin forward to th next installment!

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  • Skip
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2373
    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
    • Memphis Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates

    Top | #19
    Congratulations DoubleUpOrQuit ! Great showing on your first competition! Thanks for posting--sounds fun!

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  • Brewmaster
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 545
    • Santa Rosa, CA

    Top | #20
    Great write up and congrats on the showing, what height did you raise your table to?

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    • DoubleUpOrQuit
      DoubleUpOrQuit commented
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      Thanks Brewmaster. The tables are at counter height now, just about 36”.

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      Thanks
  • DoubleUpOrQuit
    Club Member
    • Dec 2017
    • 330
    • Minneapolis, MN
    • Old Country offset smoker, 22” Weber Kettle, 4 burner gas. Oak logs, Royal Oak Lump, Kingsford Briqs, Gas.

    Top | #21
    Greetings fellow BBQ’ers. We took part in the backyard competition at Smokin’ In Steele in Owatonna, MN last weekend. There were 20 backyard teams this time around. There were a couple of lessons to be learned over the weekend; 1. Don’t always trust the posted time online for setup. Email someone to specifically ask what time you can show up. The information online stated the set up was to start at 6:30AM. Me being the person I am I had us at the park and ready to go by 6:15AM. Guess what? That wasn’t early enough for any of the really good spots. There were at least a dozen or more teams already completely set up by this time. 2. Don’t underestimate the amount of time it takes to cook chicken wings. Wings were a surprise category on Saturday for all the backyard teams. Not a big deal....as long as you put them on the cooker at the right time. I got busy with other turn ins and ended up putting them on about 20 minutes later than I should have. We ended up missing the turn in for the wings which ended up killing our score for the weekend overall. 3. When you think you have enough paper towels packed, you don’t. Pack more.

    All this being said, we had a great time and the event was a blast. There was live blues music all weekend, a classic car show, a ton of people, and what turned out to be great weather.

    Results:
    4th in chicken
    9th in ribs
    9th in pork loin
    D.A.L. in wings (missed turn in)
    Last place in overall standings (missed wing turn in)

    We have a few days to rest before we’re off to a competition near Milwaukee, WI on the 9th. Wish us luck, Cheers!

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    • DoubleUpOrQuit
      Club Member
      • Dec 2017
      • 330
      • Minneapolis, MN
      • Old Country offset smoker, 22” Weber Kettle, 4 burner gas. Oak logs, Royal Oak Lump, Kingsford Briqs, Gas.

      Top | #22
      Hi All, it’s been a few weeks since my last entry here. We’ve completed in two more competitions and I’m happy to report we haven’t set anything on fire that shouldn’t be on fire, haven’t missed a turn in, and continue to learn something new every day.

      Three weeks ago we participated in the Lake Country BBQ Cook off in Okauchee, WI. This was our first event with our new trailer in tow and it was the first time we’ve cooked 6 hours away from home on a Sunday. The day started out with a little rain, but eventually cleared up and turned into a very nice afternoon. There were 22 backyard teams at this event giving it their all. We finished the afternoon with 5th place ribs and 9th place Chicken. This put us 4th overall for the competition.

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      Yesterday, we competed in the Bring’n Home The Bacon competition in West Salem, WI. This event was outstanding. The location, the organization, the weather, etc... It was a great weekend. The event was held at Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort. Our campsite was just across the road overlooking Neshonoc Lake. There were 61 total Pro and Backyard teams taking part in the competition. There was a Kids Q and SCA cook off Friday night as well as the normal competition activities on Saturday. Out of the 24 backyard teams we were fortunate enough to place 8th in ribs, 15th in chicken, and 12th overall. The highlight of the weekend was when our daughter won 1st place in her age group for cooking pork loin in the Kids Q Friday night. She did amazing. And yes, she was very quick to point out she was the one bringing home a trophy.

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      • randy56
        Club Member
        • Aug 2017
        • 289
        • Newburgh In

        Top | #23
        You must be so proud of her. Good write up and pictures.

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      • Skip
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 2373
        • Blue Earth, Minnesota
        • Memphis Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates

        Top | #24
        Great job. Great Family effort!

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      • DoubleUpOrQuit
        Club Member
        • Dec 2017
        • 330
        • Minneapolis, MN
        • Old Country offset smoker, 22” Weber Kettle, 4 burner gas. Oak logs, Royal Oak Lump, Kingsford Briqs, Gas.

        Top | #25
        Hi everyone, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted an update to our adventures this summer. Since my last post on 6/23 we have cooked three more competitions. Our first four meat competition, it was held in Deer River, MN. I would like to report we made all our turn ins and came away with some really good experiences. There were 16 teams at this comp and it was a mixture of backyard and pro teams. We ended up the day with a call for 3rd place brisket, 6th ribs, 9th pork, and 15th chicken. These scores placed us 10th overall. Now....the chicken score, I feel like I need to explain what happened here. This particular contest we were required to purchase our meat from the contest organizer. They gave us each 6 very small whole chickens. I was afraid to use just the thighs because they were soooooooo small. Because of this I chose to try shredded chicken instead. This turned out to be a terrible idea. The judges did NOT appreciate the shredded chicken. So, I had to chalk this one up to a good learning experience. Overall, we were really happy with the scores being it was the first time we had to cook all four meats.
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        On 8/3 we participated in a backyard competition at B-Dale club in Roseville, MN. This was a 21 team event where we cooked the usual chicken and ribs. Learning my lesson about shredded chicken, I went back to preparing thighs this time around. We finished the afternoon with 3rd place ribs, 6th chicken, and 1st place overall for the comp. It was awesome. I had to sort the final results a few times to make sure I was reading them correctly. A great afternoon for sure.

        A side note about this particular competition. With the exception of the Deer River comp a few weeks earlier, nearly all of the judges we’ve seen this year have been KCBS judges. The B-Dale event was not exception, in that all of the judges were KCBS. The cool part about this competition, in my opinion, was that 14 of the judges used were Master judges. This really made us feel good about our cook that day. Made us feel like maybe, just maybe, we were starting to do something right with this whole bbq thing. But at the same time I’m not foolish enough to think our string of luck can’t change with the wind. Which brings me to our most recent competition last weekend.
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        This last weekend we set up our site at the Boomer Backyard BBQ Cookoff in Canton, MN. There were 11 teams at this event, but it was also a four meat event. This was also a mixture of backyard teams and a few pro teams, but mostly backyarders. This event I thought I was going to fix the few things the judges didn’t like about our ribs at the last contest. I decided at the last minute I was going to take the ribs off the cooker a little early, as to try and not get them too tender. Well, the difference in time amounted to about 2 degrees in doneness. This was enough to consider the ribs undercooked. Needless to say, my plan didn’t work out like I had hoped. But....all in all we had another very solid competition and left feeling pretty good. We had one call with 4th place brisket, 5th chicken, 6th pork, and 10th ribs. This landed us in 8th place overall.

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        Thanks everyone for reading along. We have two competitions left for this season, in September. Then it’ll be time to kick back and reflect on everything we’ve learned over the last few months and start making preparations for next spring. Cheers!



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      • klflowers
        Club Member
        • Sep 2015
        • 1943
        • Tennessee

        Top | #26
        Nice job! Pretty soon we’ll see you on the comp shows on the tube and I will say hey, that family is AR related to me!

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        • DoubleUpOrQuit
          DoubleUpOrQuit commented
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          Thanks, that would be something.
      • ofelles
        Club Member
        • Jun 2018
        • 706
        • Brentwood CA
        • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
          Klose Charcoal Grill
          VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
          Maverick ET-733
          Maverick PT-75
          Thermoworks Signal
          Thermoworks Dot

        Top | #27
        So what do you do in your spare time? Very busy schedule. Congrats

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        • DoubleUpOrQuit
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          Thank you. It has been a lot of work, but we’ve had so much fun and met so many nice people it’s all been worth it.

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      Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

      Join us in Memphis for our Meat-Up! Save $100 by booking before November 28th,Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis2020)
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