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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

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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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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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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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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 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

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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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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

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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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So i went to the BBQ fest in Sauk City, WI last friday...

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    So i went to the BBQ fest in Sauk City, WI last friday...

    and frankly, i was pretty disappointed. i really wanted this to be good.

    there was no competition this year but it was neat to see all the smokers and equipment. the food was not the high point.

    the biggest issue i had was that almost all the vendors were only really selling whole meals and not samples. i do not want a brisket platter with beans and slaw for $23, i do not want a whole rack of ribs. i want to try a little from each place. if i like a place maybe i will order more but i can't do that if the smallest thing i can get there is a full pulled pork sandwich with beans! they had a voting system for "peoples choice" best BBQ but i have a hard time figuring out how they could get a fair outcome with portions this big. nobody is going to be able to try all the ribs or brisket or pulled pork from all the places. if you wanted to try some of the places they gave you so much food that was the only place you would be eating at

    the food was my second issue. for most places the ribs were dry, everything was sauced (and heavily) so i didn't get much of the meat flavor, and everything was overpriced (i expected that to a certain extent but jeeze - $2 for a single potato popper? $10 for 1/3 rack of ribs? no thanks). maybe i am a bit jaded since i feel like i make pretty good Q at this point, and having what is essentially BBQ leftovers at a fair isn't a big excitement to me anymore.

    one place - packed far away from the others but still a part of the festival - didn't even smoke their meat! they didn't tell you that but the brisket mac n cheese was a total waste of $10. the brisket tasted ONLY like beef broth and was 50% fat, and the Mac was crappy. pasta overcooked and mediocre cheese sauce. it was heavy too so any room i had for something better was taken up by pure disappointment.

    so there were some upsides: the beer was bar priced so less expensive than some other festivals. there were a couple of good places. Bob's BBQ Emporium had a drunken pork belly that was AWESOME. the rest of their food looked pretty good too but at this point i was getting full so i couldn't try them. some nice guy tried to give me free concert tickets because we hit it off (i'm not a country fan so i turned him down). Curd Girl was there so they had good cheese curds. the best ribs i had were from an Australian team which gave us too much pulled chicken and pulled pork (there was also NO smoke flavor from any of the Aussie food either, which says a lot about the quality of the food at the festival when i say BBQ ribs with no smoke flavor was the best).

    i can't say i wouldn't do it again because they might get different teams or the teams that come back might step up their game, but i don't think i will get too excited about it next time.

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  • Top | #2
    As they say if you can't smell smoke don't stop and the best BBQ is found in someone's backyard - at least most of the time.


    • Top | #3
      I went to a "big' event in Minnesota two years ago. And I was really disappointed as well. No vendors, no drinks, no food. Just teams competing. They would see you food after turn in, but you had to hop from place to place to find the guys that were selling. The teams also weren't very friendly, it seemed like if you were a spectator, you were an outsider. (which i guess I was, but still.....) I just chalked it all up to the region I live in. I realized that BBQ has a long way to go up here.........


      • DeusDingo
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        sounds like you had the exact opposite experience that i did! i agree there is a long way to go for good BBQ up here.

      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        I would not say exact opposite. We were both pretty disappointed........... DeusDingo

      • DeusDingo
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        yes, yes we were

    • Top | #4
      There's a memorial weekend festival near my house that we went to last year that was similar. It happened to be the first competition I judged, but afterwards we walked around and tried some stuff and I couldn't believe the disparity between the awesome competition BBQ and some of what was allowed to be sold by vendors. Sad.


      • Top | #5
        They used to do Twin Cities Rib Fest right down on Nicollet Mall. They don't anymore. I know that the reasons are many, but one of them had to be the prices. When you are paying $2 for one rib bone it's getting pretty ridiculous. A lot of the places seemed to be getting fairly gimmicky as well. Not saying you can't get good food at these kinds of events, but you can't depend on it either.


        • Top | #6
          Well, I'm glad I didn't know about the event! I'm close enough I might have tried to get there - only a couple of hours drive.

          Thanks for for documenting your experience, though.