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  • Lost in China
    Charter Member
    • Mar 2015
    • 409
    • Wenzhou, China
    • 22" Weber kettle
      Slow 'N Sear
      Hovergrill
      Maverick 732
      Thermopop

    #31
    Subforum consolidation. Moving every subforum with fewer than 20 posts together. If there aren't a lot of posts on the topic, why does it need its own separate place? Keeping common subforums clustered together promotes easier reading and more posts, a virtuous circle. At some point there will need to be new areas staked out, but only when the more specific topic becomes a distraction to the main topic.

    Why are there separate forums for BBQ restaurants in Scotland and Ireland? Why not just "Europe"? Likewise "Asia/Pacific" instead of New Zealand and the rest. There's one for Argentina but nowhere else in South America? Brazil has a huge tradition of its own style of BBQ. Put one for the whole continent.

    Consolidate the US subforums into regional according to accepted styles, only some states need their own. Idaho? North Dakota? 0 posts and not likely to get any. Why are they even there? Butchery forums get the same treatment as BBQ restaurants.

    Beverages all go into one forum under Recipes and Techniques.

    The last thing I would really, really like to see is an ordinary vBulletin forum. Why did this forum have to "integrate" with Drupal? Drupal's forum is renowned for being a hunk of junk. It is just Drupal's node/comment concept applied to a discussion format, something it wasn't made for and isn't good at. This Pit Forum doesn't interact with the rest of the site at all. There is no need for it to be "integrated" with the Table of Contents and the rest. We users don't do anything on that side of the site. We don't log in, we don't leave comments unless it's the Disqus comments, etc. It's just static content that gets read by the greater internet. This is our forum, there's no reason it has to be Drupal-style. Make it a traditional vBulletin forum and watch a ton of problems disappear.

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    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      Subforums: Remember, The Pit is still young. Most have more than 20 comments and the few with less thematically belong. We are questioning the butcher section which does not seem to be getting much use.

    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      We are not trying to integrate with Drupal. Drupal has nothing to do with anything in here. On this page all mentions of Drupal are by you. What we do want is for the navigation in here to be similar to out there so people will be able to navigate more easily.

    • Lost in China
      Lost in China commented
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      Ok, then divorce the forum from the main amazingribs.com website. We can have a traditional vBulletin forum and we can dump this reply/comment paradigm that nobody gets.
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 5591
    • Colorado
    • > Weber Genesis EP-330
      > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
      > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
      > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
      > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
      to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
      > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
      > Thermoworks Smoke
      > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
      > Thermoworks Thermapen
      > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
      > Anova sous vide circulator
      > Searzall torch
      > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

      > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
      > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
      > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

    #32
    If it ain't broke ...

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    • Jon Solberg
      Former Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 4876

      #33
      We need flying monkeys. That be really cool. : )

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      • DWCowles
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 9746
        • Smiths Grove, Ky
        • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

        #34
        and here we go again 😏

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        • Henrik
          Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
          • Jul 2014
          • 3606
          • Stockholm, Sweden

          #35
          Great to hear! When it comes to UI, I would really love to see some kind of compact reading view. By that I mean that each "entry" or post takes up way too much screen real estate. Take a look at the attached screenshot of the three posts just above this one:

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          So, just to read those three lines, I have to do a lot of scrolling...

          I'm thinking that if we could minimize or shrink the lefthand gray section (user profile), it would be a nicer/quicker user experience. That profile section could be shown on mouse-over (hover) instead.

          It could look something more along the lines of:

          Mbmorgan: If it ain't broke...
          Jon Solberg: We need flying monkeys. That be really cool. : )
          DWCowles: and here we go again

          Perhaps too spartan for some, but you get what I'm after...





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          • Meathead
            Meathead commented
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            How important is it to show join date and number of posts?

          • David Parrish
            David Parrish commented
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            I'd like to keep the join date and # of posts but we might be able to get rid of a lot of the grey space. Would be good to ask Glenn to play around with it in development.

            Everyone - keep in mind our signatures are hidden unless you scroll over them. That alone makes us more compact than most forums.

          • MBMorgan
            MBMorgan commented
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            "How important is it to show join date and number of posts?"

            Meathead - Not at all, really ... but to be fair, they don't take up much real estate ...
        • ribeyeguy
          Charter Member
          • Jun 2015
          • 1244
          • S. E. Wisconsin
          • Weber Platinum Performer, 18"WSM, Smokenator, Slow 'n Sear.

          #36
          It's a great forum just as it is now. Why change anything?

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          • Jon Solberg
            Jon Solberg commented
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            I concur Ribeye.
            Last edited by Jon Solberg; April 2nd, 2016, 06:48 PM.

          • DWCowles
            DWCowles commented
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            I agreed
        • John Henry
          Charter Member
          • Apr 2015
          • 39
          • The great desert Southwest. If you don't mind 115-degrees in June, we can enjoy outdoor-cooking all
          • Don't Stop Believin'

          #37
          Thank you, Exalted Leader! No wonder AR is among the most successful sites anywhere. You and your team do a phenomenal job of providing quality, value and innivation. You and your great team--as well as all our wonderful readers/posters make AR the best value in barbecue.

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          • DWCowles
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 9746
            • Smiths Grove, Ky
            • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

            #38
            Welcome John Henry

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            • Breadhead
              Banned Former Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 1

              #39
              I'm not computer savvy enough to know what I don't know.😎

              I've always eventually been able to find and do whatever I'm looking for.

              A sniffinator would be brilliant though.👍

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              • badf00d
                Club Member
                • Mar 2016
                • 226

                • Cookers
                  • Karubecue C-60 [aka KBQ]
                  • Weber 22" Performer Kettle [Red gen1 with stainless steel]
                  • Slow 'N Sear
                  • Lodge Sportsman's Grill
                  • Weber Genesis Silver-B [old gasser]

                  Sous Vide
                  • ChefSteps Joule

                  Other Tools
                  • VacMaster PRO380 vacuum sealer
                  • VacMaster VP215 vacuum chamber
                  • Thermapen Mk4
                  • ThermoWorks Smoke
                  • ThermaQ with smoke house and high temp air probes
                  • IR gun
                  • BBQ Dragon

                #40
                I would love to see maximum-scale=1 removed from the site's <meta> element. If I don't have my reading glasses I can't read the site on my phone or iPad unless I pinch-zoom. Unfortunately, when that attribute is set to 1 it prevents pinch-zoom. If you need to use a value for it, a better choice would be 10, but you can probably just remove it entirely.

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                • Jon Solberg
                  Jon Solberg commented
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                  Zoom would be very cool. : )
              • badf00d
                Club Member
                • Mar 2016
                • 226

                • Cookers
                  • Karubecue C-60 [aka KBQ]
                  • Weber 22" Performer Kettle [Red gen1 with stainless steel]
                  • Slow 'N Sear
                  • Lodge Sportsman's Grill
                  • Weber Genesis Silver-B [old gasser]

                  Sous Vide
                  • ChefSteps Joule

                  Other Tools
                  • VacMaster PRO380 vacuum sealer
                  • VacMaster VP215 vacuum chamber
                  • Thermapen Mk4
                  • ThermoWorks Smoke
                  • ThermaQ with smoke house and high temp air probes
                  • IR gun
                  • BBQ Dragon

                #41
                One other area for improvement is page speed. There are some fairly basic things that can be done, but they're not obvious if you're just looking at the site in a browser. The easiest ones to do are caching, compression, and minification. I managed a big round of improvements to our company's site last year and the difference was incredible. Much of what we were doing on our site are common problems across the web, and the same applies here.

                A good tool to help identify the problem areas is a freebie by Google: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

                An additional benefit to making that tool happy is the higher your PageSpeed score, the higher they will rank you in search results above other sites that are not optimized well. You can also handle more simultaneous users on the site because bandwidth usage drops considerably.

                We came up with a few techniques to keep our site fast and they worked out quite well. Our tweaks included server configuration, markup, CSS, and automated image optimization. It was a mix of one-time changes and some ongoing automated processes. Some of it may be useful here. If you could use some help, let me know.

                UPDATE: Apparently much of the speed is just related to vBulletin 5.x, so ignore most of what I said above.
                Last edited by badf00d; April 4th, 2016, 07:49 AM.

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                • Meathead
                  Meathead commented
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                  We will be moving The Pit to a dedicated server in May, I hope, so it isn't impacted by load on the free website. It will allow us to do more with optimnizing for vB. At that time we will be doing more with caching, compression, and minification.

                • badf00d
                  badf00d commented
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                  Thanks for the update, Meathead.
              • LangInGibsonia
                Club Member
                • Jan 2016
                • 134
                • Gibsonia, PA (suburban Pittsburgh)
                • Lang Riley

                  Suburban Pittsburgh, PA

                  22.5" Copper Weber Original Kettle Premium (2016)
                  Slow n Sear
                  Grill Grates
                  Drip n Griddle

                  Camp Chef 24" Smoke Vault.

                  Cheap Blue Ember 3 burner gas grill.

                  ET-732
                  Thermopen

                #42
                I left a comment further up the thread regarding a member map. Other forums I visit have used zeemaps.com for member locations. Admittedly, those forums are much smaller than the Pit so not sure how zeemaps would handle the potential number of users here.

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                • Meathead
                  Meathead commented
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                  I think we have decided this is a privacy issue that we cannot implement. Some members may not want people to know where they live and when they are at a competition, etc.
              • fzxdoc
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 4164
                • My toys:
                  Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                  Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
                  Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
                  Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                  Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                  Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                  Grill Grate for SnS
                  Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections with GrateGriddle for Summit S650 gasser (they sit on top of existing Weber SS grates)
                  2 Grill Grate Griddles
                  Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser

                  Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                  Fireboard Competition Probes 1" (two) and two more Ambient Probes
                  Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                  Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                  Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                  Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                  Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                  Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                  Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                  Maverick ET 733
                  Maverick (Ivation) ET 732
                  Grill Pinz
                  Vortex (two of them)

                  Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                  VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
                  Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                  Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                  A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                  BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                  Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                  Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                  Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                  Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                #43
                Oh please, please, pretty please, see if something can be done to set photo sizes (automatically, perhaps?) to whatever fits on the page with a file size that does not take so long to load. Or limit photo size. Often when photos are posted in their original size they are too large to be viewed in their entirety on the page.

                For example, I absolutely love the "Show us what you're cooking" topic, but so many of the photos are so huge that they take a super long time to load, and then when they do we can only see a part of them. Then, when they are clicked on to get to a photo-view page where the whole photo can be seen, they take another chunk of time to re-load. It's so frustrating that sometimes I just skip that topic altogether unless I've got a ton of time on my hands. That makes me sad, because, as I said, it's one of my fav topics.

                It happens in other topics, too, but that particular one is very photo-heavy.

                Kathryn

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                • Meathead
                  Meathead commented
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                  This is HUGE on my list. I still can't figure out how to upload pictures best.

                • badf00d
                  badf00d commented
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                  Meathead, I'm not sure how vBulletin works or can be extended, but I'd be glad to provide details on some tools I've used for batch updates of photos. If these can be called by vBulletin after an upload that may be a winner.
              • richinlbrg
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 1797
                • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
                • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

                #44
                For me, I know this change was intentional, but when I go to my message center, I'd like to be able to read the topic, and keep it my message center.

                Sometime I don't have time to thoroughly read it, and/or print it. I want it to stay on my message center until I delete it.

                JMHO, but feel REALLY strongly about it.right now, my message center is rediculously large until I have time to properly read the messages, like u til 4/19.

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                • David Parrish
                  David Parrish commented
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                  Rich you're right this was a feature that was implemented a vew versions ago. Personally I love it. Makes it a lot easier to keep up with what threads I need to get into.

                • Huskee
                  Huskee commented
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                  You should be able to simply click Inbox, then all your old messages show up to read any time until you delete them.
              • RichBrew
                Club Member
                • Feb 2016
                • 59
                • Buford GA

                #45
                I tried to post as a comment, but it was too big...

                I like the member map idea, and I don't understand how it would be a privacy issue. If a member doesn't want anyone to know, they can leave it out of their profile, right? Or have opt-out/in options in preferences? Also, if someone says they live in a certain city, most cities are big enough that you'd still have no idea where the person lives. Another option could be for the map to be non-interactive, or not have labels, so you wouldn't be able to associate a marker with any particular pit member. I would think a decent map plugin would be able to accommodate one of more of those options.

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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.

                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 $299 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.

                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


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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.

                Click here to read our detailed review

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                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

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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.

                Click here to read our detailed review and to order