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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

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

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

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


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.


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

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

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

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

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


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    NEW MEMBERS, please read: here's your "Homework Assignment"! (updated March 2019)

    Welcome to the Pitmaster Club Forum! To help things run smooth and make sure you get the most out of our great and ever-expanding community here, we've compiled some things for you to do as your time permits. I like to call this your homework assignment.

    (The red words are links, please click them & they'll take you to a relevant post)

    1) Read Our Official Rules & Guidelines. This will help those new to The Pitmaster Club Forum to better understand how we conduct things here.

    2) Read our 'How "The Pitmaster Club Forum" Is Structured, How To Navigate Our Forum' help topic. Our forum is big, with MANY channels and sub-channels. It can be overwhelming to a new member who's not familiar with us yet. This post details how to navigate around in The Pit. This post also contains some useful info and tips even seasoned forum members may not have known!

    If you haven't already done so, please check out our Pit Guidelines (Rules) to see the house rules, and the main User Manual channel. These will help you with some other secondary tasks, such as how to set up your signature with your equipment and many other tutorials.

    Remember, we are all friends in The Pit so no taboo topics that will ignite flames, such as religion and politics please.

    3) Introduce Yourself. When you get a minute, head to the Introduce Yourself channel (if you haven't already) and give us a bio- as much or as little as you'd like to share. Some things to put in it might be your general geographical location, your history of cooking expertise or lack thereof, favorite foods to BBQ, what you'd like to master, etc. If you prefer to remain 'in the shadows' that's cool too, we understand privacy is important. Everything here is voluntary.

    4) Make sure you get our newsletters! For more information on our monthly "HOT From The Pit!" members-only, and our bi-monthly public "Smoke Signals" newsletters, see this post.

    5) Huh? What's that mean? We've compiled a list of acronyms & abbreviations commonly used in the BBQ world and here in The Pit too. Sometimes we might say something like "BBBR" or "WSM" without thinking that not everyone knows (yet) what those things mean. This may prove to be a handy page to refer to. Soon you'll be slinging the jargon around with the rest of 'em!

    6) Posting pictures. There's also a post that explains the best way to post nice big pics here... we like to see bragging pictures of your equipment and your cooks. Pictures are also helpful if you have equipment-specific setup questions or need troubleshooting help. Please note Apple (iOS) products will function slightly differently than Windows products. Mobile devices will function slightly different as well. This tutorial primarily covers desktops. The comments in the thread should address other tips & tricks regarding picture posting with your specific device.

    7) Searching Topics- We all hate it when on other forums someone replies to your question with "That's already been asked 100 times, use the search box!" So we won't do that to you here at The Pit. However, often a recipe or technique question has actually been discussed already. Using the search box (upper right) may be helpful to you before asking a question. But, it can also be daunting since we have so many great conversations going and the results may go on for miles. Sometimes simply browsing through the individual channels themselves is helpful if the search box isn't.

    If you find the search box (green circle) to be not so helpful, try using the "Advanced Search" button (blue arrow/circle). This allows you to find posts by specific keywords, dates, or members to help narrow the search results down. Remember too, the search box is picky. If you misspell a word in it, or search "pitboss" instead of "Pit Boss" for instance, it may not return any results. Always double check what you're typing.

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    8) Posting- If you cannot find a topic that discusses your question or concern, it's more than ok to post your question, even if you think it's a common one like "How long should my ribs take?". We will never scold you for posting a topic that's already been posted, however, we may link you to the older thread so you can benefit from the previous posts and commentary therein. But, please try to browse all the channels and post your question/comment where it best fits. For instance:
    • If you'd like to know how many racks of ribs will fit on a REC TEC pellet grill for example- try going to the Forums tab (left side of menu bar) then Grills and Smokers > Wood Pellets.
    • If you're looking for a dutch oven peach cobbler recipe (and we have some!) you'd go to Forums > Recipes and Techniques > Dutch Oven.
    • If you'd like to find out more about an Auber thermostatic controller, you'd go to Forums > Accessories > Thermostatic Controllers

    9) General Discussion- This channel is for all our non-BBQ, off-topic conversations. If you want to talk about sports scores, ask about folks' favorite bands, share vacation pictures, tell jokes, have a random question, or want to help Jon Solberg find his car keys (to name a few), General Discussion is your channel. (Please remember that in ALL channels The Pitmaster Club Forum Official Rules & Guidelines apply- no religion, no politics, and no offensive language.) Food, technique, and BBQ gear questions should be placed in their proper channel. If you can't find the right place, no worries, the moderators will help out. We just ask that you try!

    10) HELP!- If at any time you get confused, lost, or otherwise forget hot to navigate here in The Pit, the Help tab is always there at the top of EVERY page in The Pit! You don't need to remember what post it's in or how to get to it, since it's in the menu. It links you to the User Manual, FAQs, Help! and Tutorials channel, and the posts within explain many of the same help topics as this message, and then some!

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    11) Lastly- The best way to keep up to date with the most current conversations here in The Pitmaster Club Forum is to visit the Recent Posts tab. This will show you, in chronological order, the last 24 hrs' of posts to The Pit regardless of which channel they're in. Many folks may choose to use this tab as their bookmark to The Pit, that way as soon as you come here from a bookmark you see the most current conversations. To do this, hover over the Recent Posts tab (green arrow, where it says "Today's Posts" in this older pic) and right-click and select "copy link location" [Windows], and paste that saved link when you create your bookmark.

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    There are a few other helpful posts in this User Manual channel too, please check them all out. Many of your initial how-to FAQs can be answered there. If they're not, post your question in the proper channel and someone will gladly help you out.

    We look forward to hearing more from you! Enjoy!
    Last edited by Huskee; March 4th, 2019, 08:33 PM.