Welcome!


This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 3 pages for free.

[ Lost Username or Password | Pitmaster Club Information, | Join 30 Days Free | Contact Us ]

There are 2 page views remaining.

Meat-Up in Memphis

T-Shirts & More T-Shirts & More
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.

Cool Embroidered Shirt Cool Embroidered Shirt
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.

Click here for more info.

Support ARC

Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, and it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! And remember, we only recommend products we love. If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon.

https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

BBQ Stars

SPOTLIGHT

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.

 


Placeholder

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


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


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


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

Placeholder

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

Placeholder

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


Placeholder

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

Click here to order from Amazon


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


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

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


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.

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 AmazingRibs.com readers only


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

Announcement

Collapse

Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

Join us in Memphis for our Meat-Up! Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis2020)
See more
See less

Restaurant Depot: what to expect?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Top | #1

    Restaurant Depot: what to expect?

    I'm going to go to the one that just opened near me, next week. I'll be using my KCBS card.

    I don't want cases of stuff: I just want some ribs, beef ribs, maybe a brisket. Will they have that, or do I have to buy bulk?

    I'm sure they'll take my money (cash and carry, I hear). I just want to follow the proper protocol.

  • Top | #2
    The one by me takes credit cards as well.
    Briskets are sold individually. Full packers. Ribs usually 3 pack if I remember correctly. Beef “plate” ribs are solid 2 pack. 3 ribs x2.
    I’m going tomorrow. I’ll Take some pics and post them here for you.

    Oh yeah. Expect to be overwhelmed.
    You can definitely get into trouble there. 😁😁

    Comment


    • Top | #3
      Forgive my ignorance, but is this like a Sam's or Costco? Heard of them for a long time but I've never visited one or really read much about what they offer and such.

      Comment


      • Steve B
        Steve B commented
        Editing a comment
        Oh no. It’s strictly meant for the restaurant industry. But you as an individual can go if you have a membership card to get inside. 🤔 Did I just quote a song. 😂 Watch for my pics on this thread tomorrow after I go there.

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
        Editing a comment
        Steve B so just like Sam's? or Costco? Lol.

      • Attjack
        Attjack commented
        Editing a comment
        Never been to RSS so I don't know how it works but I've been to culinary stores in my area that just asked if I owned a business. I do, though not food-related in any way, and they okay.

    • Top | #4
      The ability to go to Restaurant Depot is the perk I would most like to see added to AR

      Comment


      • Troutman
        Troutman commented
        Editing a comment
        I second the idea about AR membership getting you in the door, that should be researched again. Where’s allsid ?

      • allsid
        allsid commented
        Editing a comment
        I tried recently at a store I was visiting as we don't have one where I live. They were not too keen for conversation Troutman

      • Dan Deter
        Dan Deter commented
        Editing a comment
        What we need is to get some RD execs to be AR members...

    • Top | #5
      We went to one in Tucson a few months ago. Based on that one experience, I wasn't impressed. I'll no doubt give it a second shot someday before the KCBS membership expires.

      Comment


      • Top | #6
        I love going in there and wandering around. The one by me has charcoal, butcher paper, all sorts of aluminum pans, chafing dishes you name it. Hot sauces, knives, seasonings in bulk, tons of beef, pork, frozen appetizers, gyro meat, seafood etc etc.

        Comment


        • Troutman
          Troutman commented
          Editing a comment
          Would you say pricing was big box competitive?

        • Butchman
          Butchman commented
          Editing a comment
          I think it’s close, what I really like is they carry things that I’m not able to buy at Costco. For instance, I was there a few days ago and in the beef section I saw a sign advertising culotte (picanya).
          I didn’t find it due to the store was closing and I didn’t have time.
          I’m going to go back when I have time to hunt and compare prices as well.

      • Top | #7
        For me, I can get everything I need from Costco, but on occasion I do go in there to purchase primal cuts of meat. My RD only carries choice black angus briskets, no prime. They are still good. I’ve never needed a membership card, they have a generic card they scan prior to my purchases.

        Also, on occasion, they have good deals on charcoal. I’ve gotten RO lump for $8/20lbs bag.

        Comment


        • Mosca
          Mosca commented
          Editing a comment
          The nearest Costco is about 75 miles. The nearest RD used to be almost 100 miles, and then one opened up so close to work that I could walk to it.

        • au4stree
          au4stree commented
          Editing a comment
          It’s definitely worth shopping there, but I don’t always need the quantity they are selling, ie veggies. It will likely fit a good niche for you. I’ve been pleased with meats from there.

      • Top | #8
        Steve B “The sign says long haired freely people need not apply.” I guess your in. 🤔🤔

        yeah ah there’s a lot of “stuff” in there. At face value “impressive” no. But it is what the name says. They are all business in there. It’s no Costco.

        The seafood (frozen too) alone is massive. A lot of Cab beef. Endcaps at meat will have their specials.

        Like said above tons of stuff. Lots of frozen products too. Many are really good for what they are.

        Tonss and tons of “stuff” from pans to equipment to coffees, containers, boards, place ware, foil, papers products, hotel pans, produce, meat, liquor, soda, condiments, baking stuff, breads etc...

        if if you find it in a restaurant you will find it there.

        Dont you need 17,000 coffee filters. How about a box of blended fryer oil. 1600 plastic spoons or 5000 sugar packets?

        Steve B look there for the fryer cleaners.

        Comment


        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
          Editing a comment
          LMFAO Homey. You’re killing me softly with his words. Killing me softly.


          I already got the cleaner you suggested. And it worked great. Thanks brother.
          Last edited by Steve B; July 18th, 2019, 08:58 PM.

        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
          Editing a comment
          do this don't do that can't you read the sign?

      • Top | #9
        That’s “freaky” people, Five Man Electric Band

        Comment


        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
          Editing a comment
          😂😂😂

          And Roberta flack. 😁

        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
          Editing a comment
          hold the fort, what about Tesla?

      • Top | #10
        I'm thinking about joining the KCBS for this benefit. What other benefits do you get for joining? Is it worth the $40/year in your opinion?

        Comment


        • Mosca
          Mosca commented
          Editing a comment
          Not really, unless you are into competition. I got a couple nice stickers, that’s about it. Donate the $40 to BBQ Rescue.

        • Steve R.
          Steve R. commented
          Editing a comment
          If your RD is close by and you buy enough stuff in a year to justify it, it would be a nice benefit. But it's a pretty bare bones restaurant supply company, and you would likely get more good out of a membership at Costco or Sam's. I wouldn't join KCBS just to be able to get in the door at RD.

        • saguy03
          saguy03 commented
          Editing a comment
          You can use any business license to get a membership (not just food-related industries only). https://www.restaurantdepot.com/membership/signup

      • Top | #11
        Ok. Here are some pics from my trip to RD today.
        Not gonna write too much. Just let the pics do the talking.
        One thing I will say is the most impressive thing, for me anyway, is the wall of eggs. 😲 Click image for larger version

Name:	653A120C-E7B9-42DF-A009-C66DF714B327.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	2.87 MB
ID:	717093Click image for larger version

Name:	70776BCA-964B-4541-A2F4-3A0C76BD60FD.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	3.47 MB
ID:	717094Click image for larger version

Name:	74DC4161-B213-4263-8139-389B3DF4092E.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	3.03 MB
ID:	717095Click image for larger version

Name:	8EEB84FC-3CA4-48DF-AACC-0A5214CC9C16.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	3.71 MB
ID:	717096Click image for larger version

Name:	C9391B35-9A13-4A92-84CF-1C71EEBEA2CA.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	3.59 MB
ID:	717098Click image for larger version

Name:	7E6ACAFA-29CB-4880-86A6-449AFE3AF016.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	3.94 MB
ID:	717097

        Comment


        • Top | #12
          Now here’s what I walked away with. 😁😬🙄😳👍 Sorry. Some pics may be sideways. Click image for larger version

Name:	510BC937-FCC4-44CF-A034-DFC6957A64FB.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	2.30 MB
ID:	717104Click image for larger version

Name:	67FC2B9A-7B42-4D18-8C6B-171AC412B7F8.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	3.28 MB
ID:	717102Click image for larger version

Name:	A0865FA2-EBB2-49B7-9592-E9B63968633E.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	3.10 MB
ID:	717103Click image for larger version

Name:	5F703093-9378-4EBE-AACC-666D1C52E242.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	3.53 MB
ID:	717105Click image for larger version

Name:	1521E068-49EF-4A7D-8E35-9C01AE0E2D2B.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	3.03 MB
ID:	717106Click image for larger version

Name:	B10113D7-8CC4-4B6C-AC87-78B307580152.jpeg
Views:	1
Size:	2.23 MB
ID:	717107

          Comment


          • JoeSousa
            JoeSousa commented
            Editing a comment
            Decent prices. No RD here but there are a couple restaurant supply stores I frequent and the prices seem comparable. A lot of the beef at the one I go to is Select so I always see the prices, check the lable and see Select, and then get disappointed.

            But their prices for pork butts, pork bellies are cheaper than Costco. Ribs were much cheaper there than Costco too.

          • HouseHomey
            HouseHomey commented
            Editing a comment
            It’s a good thing you have all those people to feed.😃

          • Steve B
            Steve B commented
            Editing a comment
            HouseHomey Are you talking about me, myself and aaahhhh Me??? 😂😂😂
        Working...
        X