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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

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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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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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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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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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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).

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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

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.

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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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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

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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

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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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.

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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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Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Sourdough

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    Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Sourdough

    I've been making my own natural leaven sourdough for about 5-6 years now. Aside from the standard artisan loaf, two of my favorites are bacon jalapeno cheddar and garlic parmesan rosemary. Well, today I combined both recipes plus some onion and - OMG - it is great! I am out of cheddar so I used colby jack blend and then decided "what the hell" and added parmesan, garlic , a white onion, and rosemary too.

    I use Chad Robertson's method as explained in his book Tartine Bread. I'm not going to go into too much detail on the methodology below but you can review his method on youtube or here:https://www.karenskitchenstories.com...try-bread.html

    Leaven - night before:

    100 grams all purpose flour
    100 grams whole wheat flour
    200 grams water
    1 Tbsp active sourdough starter.


    900 grams bread flour
    100 grams whole wheat flour
    650 grams water + 50 grams extra
    200 grams leaven
    20 grams salt.

    Mix all but the salt and 50 g water. Let set for 30-60 minutes, then add salt and the 50 grams water. Turn the dough every 30 minutes. I usually add the bacon cheddar jalapeno mixture with the first turn but today I added it at the two hour mark. I adlibbed most of this today, here is what I added:

    12 oz jalapeno bacon, 1/2 cooked (it will finish cooking in the bread). I added 1 diced white onion to the bacon while it cooked. Then I added 1 can Hatch sliced jalapenos (drained and diced - I usually use three fresh jalapenos but I am out), 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary (fine chopped) and 2 cloves minced garlic and cooked until aromatic, then removed from heat to cool (keep the bacon grease in the mixture - there is not much and the sourdough culture seems to like it). Added 1 cup colby jack cheese and 1/3 cup parmesan cheese. I turned this into the dough for the last two hours of the initial rise and continued to turn every 30 minutes.

    Divided dough into two loaves and put in baskets to rise. Preheated oven to 500* and put a cast iron Dutch oven in to preheat. Once heated, I put the loaf into the Dutch oven, cut the top, and spritzed with water. Reduced oven to 450* and cooked with the lid on for 20 minutes, then lid off for 20-25 minutes until dark brown. The bread tastes amazing but I will add more cheese next time. I usually use two cups cheddar but I was running low on cheese in general today and was too lazy to go to the store.

    This is one of the biggest oven rises I've gotten out of an artisan loaf:

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    While writing this I kept going back to the kitchen to get another slice of this wonderful bread - still warm and with some butter.
    Last edited by 58limited; April 20th, 2019, 06:56 PM.

  • Top | #2
    Very tasty lookin'.


    • Top | #3
      Looks great!


      • Top | #4
        I love bread. I love artisan bread even more. My talents have always leaned toward the savory, I’m not a baker. Looking at you’re delicious loaf maybe I need to reconsider that.


        • 58limited
          58limited commented
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          The method I used is not really hard but is a bit time consuming - natural sour dough is a slow process. I usually coincide my baking with housework so I'll be nearby to turn the dough every 30-45 minutes. The turning itself only takes a minute. You have to do that for the first 3-4 hours, depending on how fast the dough rises. After that, about 30 minutes to divide, rest, and shape the dough then another 3-4 hours to rise. There are tricks to work around a busy schedule - cold rising, etc.

        • 58limited
          58limited commented
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          Try this faster easier bread - nice and moist, great flavor - I've made it several times: https://youtu.be/GDNWZF70wcc

      • Top | #5
        Wonderful! I've been thinking of doing a jalapeno cheesebread and this is now the motivation. Thanks for taking the time to write it up.


        • Top | #6
          A few years ago, I got into making breads. Sourdough and Ciabatta mostly. Although the bread was the best I slowly stopped; time consuming and oven space (and I’m just lazy).
          Now with the Yoder maybe I’ll try again. Thanks for the inspiration and that recipe sound so good!


          • 58limited
            58limited commented
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            Yes, its time consuming. I haven't baked since before the new year. I was feeding the cultures (I have 5 different ones) the other day and decided to take advantage of the holiday weekend to bake. I have day old dough in the fridge for pizza and focaccia - should have an amazing flavor after a day or so.
            Last edited by 58limited; April 21st, 2019, 12:43 PM.

          • ofelles
            ofelles commented
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            Yea maintaining the cultures was my downfall.
            '58 Buick and Olds always have loved them by the way

          • 58limited
            58limited commented
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            Wish I had a '58 Olds to go with my '58 Buick. Love chrome!

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          58limited you mention maintaining 5 different cultures. How do you store them to ensure they are not repopulated with the local yeast cultures? Do you feed them differently to accomplish different profiles?


          • 58limited
            58limited commented
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            I keep them in my fridge and only feed one at a time. Some say that eventually the cultures will change to reflect local conditions but all of mine still smell and taste different even after several years. I use King Arthur flour to feed, flour has yeast that may take over but it is the lactobacillus bacteria that really make the character of a culture. I think I have been able to exclude local lactobacilli (sterile technique and fast work-lid off very short time) to keep the original character

          • CaptainMike
            CaptainMike commented
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            That makes sense, thanks for the reply.

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          I often cook bread myself.
          This recipe is very tasty.

          Easy Keto Zucchini Bread

          And most importantly, you will not spend a lot of energy, because it is very easy.

          Attached Files


          • RonB
            RonB commented
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            Welcome to The Pit. Nice lookin loaf too.

        • Top | #9
          Looks awesome! Just making sure you’ve also seen the other massive thread on sourdough. Some good discussion there.


          we’d love to see more of your breads!!