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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!

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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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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.

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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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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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"Halal Cart" Grill Roasted Chicken With Za'atar

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    "Halal Cart" Grill Roasted Chicken With Za'atar

    Made this last night and want to get it written down before I forget what I did, because dayum was it good. It's basically this recipe adapted for a whole chicken roasted spatchcocked on the Weber.

    Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 TBSP)
    1 TBSP Oregano, but adjust to taste. I used about 2 TBSP of dried Mexican oregano because I couldn't find fresh.
    1 Tsp ground coriander
    Garlic. I used 5 cloves, but you do you. Garlic is a personal choice. Rough chop it.
    Olive oil, enough to make about 1/2 cup
    Salt & pepper. Pretty heavy on both.

    Put everything in something that works for your immersion blender and blitz it until it's an emulsion. Loosen the skin on the breast and thighs of the chicken and rub marinade under the skin, rub the outside of the chicken with more marinade. Put Mr. Chook in the fridge and let him hang out for at least an hour. Meanwhile, make the sauce.

    1/2 cup mayo
    1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    Garlic (Again, you do you. I used about 1 1/2 tsp of garlic powder. I got lazy, don't judge.)
    2 TBSP white vinegar
    1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
    1-2 TBSP sumac
    Lemon juice, salt, & pepper to taste

    Mix everything together and let it hang out in the fridge. I'd wait on adding the lemon juice until the sauce has time to come together since the sumac has a lemony flavor.

    Great, we're good for a while. Grab a beer.

    OK, so once the chicken has marinated for an hour or so set your weapon of choice up to run around 350 F. Sprinkle a good coat of Za'atar on both sides of the chicken. I didn't run any wood, but a small chunk of citrus wood might actually be nice. Cook until you're about 15-20 degrees of being done and then open everything up to try and crisp up the skin as best we can with that wet marinade.

    While you're waiting on the chicken, make the rice. And here I'm just going to refer you to the Serious Eats recipe up top. Just make the rice just like that, it's fantastic.

    Once the chicken's done, carve and serve with rice, salad (or tabouleh), and pita, top with the sauce and some harrisa hot sauce.


    A note on doing this on the PBC:
    I've tried hanging halved chickens with a wet marinade a few times in the PBJr., and the marinade just seems to drip off. It usually just ends up tasting like PBC chicken, not really like what I was shooting for. If I was going to do this on a PBC, i'd spatchcock and cook on the grate, but YMMV.

  • Top | #2
    This sounds great. Wish there were some pics. Will put this down on my cook list for this weekend or next week. We’ll serve it with the rice, tabouleh, hummus, pita and pickled beets. Thanks for the recipe.


    • mnavarre
      mnavarre commented
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      I wish I'd taken some pics, but it was just kinda "making dinner" at the time. No matter what my wife thinks I don't actually take pictures of all my food. Just like 97%.

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    I have loved the halal cart chicken for years since I first had it in NYC. I have tried a ton of modifications on the recipes trying to get it just right.

    I think for the chicken there are a lot of ways to get close to the real thing. But for the white sauce the closest I have gotten is just mayo, vinegar, a bit of water to thin it down, and salt and pepper. I have tried yogurt, tried more seasonings, and about 20 different combinations but mayo and vinegar is the closest I have come. I remember looking at the ingredients on some of the packets at one of the Halal Guys franchise locations and it soybean and/or canola oil, egg yolk, vinegar, water, salt, sugar, natural flavors, black pepper, disodium EDTA, xantham gum and sodium benzoate. So basically mayo, vinegar, and some seasonings. Again, there are probably 20 different recipes that would taste delicious.

    Here is how I have done my halal chicken in the past: http://completecarnivore.com/my-take...s-street-meat/ And this reminds me I need to make it again and update that post.


    • JoeSousa
      JoeSousa commented
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      I have been using less and less yogurt in the chicken marinade too. Sometimes I skip it all together.

    • mnavarre
      mnavarre commented
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      Somehow I think I've run across your recipe at some point, bookmarked now anyway. I've never had NYC halal cart chicken, so I wasn't shooting for authentic, just good. I was basically kitbashing three or four recipes together, so just kinda winging it.

    • JoeSousa
      JoeSousa commented
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      mnavarre yeah, there are a ton of ways to turn out some great halal style chicken. No right or wrong way at all, just a bunch of different paths to get to the final destination.

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    mnavarre great sounding recipe. Can I sub sumac with honey? Would have no idea where to find sumac. Thank you!


  • Top | #5
    Thank you. Gonna have to make this.


    • Top | #6
      This is ironic because I picked up a small roaster this weekend and planned to make it in a very similar fashion tonight. Thanks for the great write up. I will definitely be incorporating some of your techniques.


      • Top | #7
        This sounds incredible. Thanks for sharing this with us. I bet Troutman would like to take a peak at this one as well! I am gonna have to give this one a try!


        • Top | #8
          I love this place.


          • Top | #9
            Nice I'll have to study this a little closer. In the meantime I just like saying the word "Halal". Got any pix?


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              And oh yea I guess there really is such a thing as a Halal Cart !!!


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                Troutman These are the only pics I took:

                Going on the grill.
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                Didn't get pics of the finished chicken since I was fighting the fire a bit. I had to borrow the wife's hair dryer to get the temp up toward the end of the cook.

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                I'll take better pics next time I make this, which is apparently "Oh, god you have to make this all the time". So, soon.


                • Top | #12
                  👍 looking goood 👍


                  • Top | #13
                    This sounds delicious! Thanks, mnavarre !