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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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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 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, this is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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    About Lightpainting And Other Photography For The Book

    About the Photography

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    Most of the photographs of the recipes were shot using a technique called lightpainting. For a book with art in the name I wanted to do something unusual and creative with the images and I wanted to challenge myself in the same manner I am challenging barbecue cooks with these recipes.

    To achieve the chiaroscuro look reminiscent of Rembrandt still life paintings, I wanted I first had to black out my studio. The lens of my Nikon DSLR was opened for 20 to 30 seconds and the light came from a penlight flashlight that I moved across the set, pushing the light in close to brighten an object, pulling it back for other objects, changing the angles, swooping in low for long shadows, from behind for halo effects, all in the same image. Lighting the food was 20 second dance, stepping around it, moving my hands in and out. I made several exposures of each image and then stacked them in Photoshop to get a double, triple, even a quintuple exposure. I am told that this method has never been used for food.

    Here is a gallery of the recipes we have tested and shot so far. https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-RK6hqs/

    Special thanks to: Rick Longhi, food stylist, who worked by my side for many days cooking, styling sets, and critiquing. Dave Black, a master of lightpainting and mentor. He gave me a one-on-one hands-on tutorial for about 3 hours at Photoshop World and that was phenomenal. What a guy. Jerry N. Uelsmann, John Paul Caponigro, and Sonia Landy Sheridan, my other mentors and instructors in art, and my inspirations.

    Here is a video showing how I shot the recipes. Turn on the sound to hear the narration.


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    For the chapter titles, I used another unusual technique. I placed food on the glass of a flatbed scanner. Here is an example. You can click here to see more https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-XSt4rt/

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    • N227GB
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      Looking at the chapter titles I see you will have a building block approach in the book. I really like that approach!

    • Potkettleblack
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      Popped using direct heat to keep the ends unpopped?

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    I’d like a large please!
    With a medium Coke.


    Question: can we pre-order? The book that is.
    Last edited by FireMan; November 14th, 2018, 02:37 PM.

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    • Meathead
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      Yes. I am still working on figgering out my costs so I haven't set a price yet. But soon.

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    Lovely photos, and the scans are very nice too. Much better than the scans people did a work while no one was looking years ago...

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      I like it!!!

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        Definitely unique! Love it.

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          Awesome work! This is going to be a killer book. Can't wait!

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            I was going to say this was Dave Black influenced, and now I see you were at Photoshop World. Look great.

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            • Top | #9
              That is really cool. Will be a totally unique book but I suspect imitators will quickly follow.

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              • Top | #10
                Brilliant.

                Kathryn

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                • Top | #11
                  As a professional photographer...I love this.
                  I love when people challenge themselves to do something unique.

                  i sold a couple images years ago that were done entirely with a scanner; no camera used. (That started as a bet. LOL)

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                  • Top | #12
                    Oh yeah! And the images look great.

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                      Gotta say Meathead if the book is anyway near as good as those pics it’s gonna be spectacular. Amazing work.

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                      • Top | #14
                        Beautiful images. Thank you for sharing the behind the scenes look. Photography is one of my hobbies, so I’m definitely going to try this technique!

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                          I am a light painter myself. Your photos came out great. I love the shadows in them. They make the food look so dramatic. I can't wait to see your full book out. Thanks for the teaser.

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