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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

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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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    Burgerless BBQ?

    This is dumb but caused a fairly lively discussion at work: Work pal claims that one cannot "have" or "host" a BBQ without burgers - basically claiming that it isn't a BBQ unless burgers are part of it. I of course tell him that he is nuts and claim that anytime one is BBQing it is a BBQ. He then goes on to say that if he was invited to a BBQ and then no burgers were there he would kick me in the jimmy and leave.

    Besides needing new friends, thoughts on this admittedly asinine conversation?

  • Top | #2
    Personally, I'd say that burgers are not BBQ. They are grilling, and very tasty, but not BBQ. But that's just me.


    • Texas Larry
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    • Troutman
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      -1. I would respectfully disagree, by definition bbq is the cooking out doors over live fire. That by definition includes smoking, grilling and even pellet cooking, all use live fire.

    • Dan Deter
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      Troutman I am hobbled by my raising Where I grew up in NC BBQ is a noun, and specifically means pork. While I have grown to love lots of other variations, I still enjoy trying to get a rise out of my Texas in-laws...

  • Top | #3
    Reckon he's entitled to his own opinions, an definitions, though I don't feel myself mandated to share them, much less comply...
    I'd simply use his own words:

    He then goes on to say that if he was invited to a BBQ and then no burgers were there he would kick me in the jimmy and leave.
    an Not Invite him... Let him hear from other coworkers how great it was...

    Hail, reckon, if it was me??? I'd even make some burgers, to rub it in... Doubtless, I'd also bring some in to work, microwave em fer lunch, so he could smell em, too...


    • ComfortablyNumb
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      Are you sure we're not related?

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      ComfortablyNumb HeeHee, it's certainly possible, Brother!

    • Polarbear777
      Polarbear777 commented
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      Make some burgers. Top them with pulled pork and homemade slaw and be sure to bring them into work the next day and reheat gently in the microwave before putting in a freshly toasted bun and eating it all within nose-shot of him.

  • Top | #4
    Test him on that. Invite him to a bbq, cook up some ribs and butts, wear an iron cup, and watch him break his foot when he kicks you.


    • Arsenlael
      Arsenlael commented
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      Now I've got to find an iron cup. Maybe they have one that earned at least a gold pick on the site! I'll make burgers just to spite him (thanks Bones)

    • ribeyeguy
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      Like everything else, I'm sure Amazon has a wide variety of iron cups.

  • Top | #5
    If you light a fire outside, and use it to cook, then you have a bbq. What you are bbqing on that fire is irrelevant.

    That being said, he was probably just trying to pull your buttons. Push your chain. You know. Messin’ wit’ ‘cha.


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    Cook em a veggie or a plant based burger, that'll shut him up....


    • Troutman
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      ...or a well done meteorite

    • smokin fool
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      and forget to buy buns....that'll be the icing on the cake, you'll never hear from the guy again

  • Top | #7
    "BBQ" is both a noun and a verb and how it is used is quite likely just due to regional variation.

    When I use it to "invite folks over for a bbq" what that means is I'm having a cookout and there will likely be a variety of proteins (almost certainly to also include burgers and dogs) and veggies prepared in a variety of ways on a variety of grills/smokers/parillas/wok/fondue pot/whateva.

    When I invite folks over to "eat some bbq" I intend that to mean that I've done a brisket or a pork butt in one of my smokers in the previous ten hours or so and I'm willing to share some, along with a couple of sides.

    When I invite folks over for a whole hog I don't call that a bbq cuz that would be wrong - that's a pig pickin.

    In the "come eat some bbq" or "pig-pickin" instances if I know young kids will be coming I'll also have a few burgers and dogs at the ready. If your work pal were to attend I'd be more than happy to plate him a burger and some potato chips and pour him a drink in a "sippy cup" and point him in the direction of the kiddies table.


    • Top | #8
      Just out of curiosity, what does he call it when you serve grilled or smoked meats, but no burgers? Let's just say, for sake of argument, a "cook out". Invite him and a bunch of co-workers or friends over for a "cook out" and serve pulled pork and brisket. Have it planned so that everyone says things such as "great BBQ" "love the BBQ" "best BBQ I've been invited to in a long time".

      If you don't want to go to that much trouble, find a BBQ restaurant that does not serve burgers and plan a work lunch there. Then in the middle of the meal ask, "So Joe, how can they call this a BBQ restaurant if they don't serve burgers? Maybe you should go over and cook the pitmaster in the jimmy."


      • Troutman
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        So how do you know his name is Joe?

      • ComfortablyNumb
        ComfortablyNumb commented
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        Troutman The OP PM'd me that his name was Steve Troutman, but I used 'Joe' so that he would remain anonymous. ;-)

      • Troutman
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        And I really appreciate that, anonymity is my middle name

    • Top | #9
      I agree they seem to be synonymous with a cookout, just like hotdogs/brats, and "BBQ" seems to be synonymous with any cookout to most people, whether grilling or whatever.

      Purely based on how I think of it (not based on a dictionary definition, or even Meathead's definition):
      • If I invite you over for "BBQ" there will not be burgers.
      • I will invite you over for "burgers" if I am cooking burgers, same as I'd invite you over for "steak" if I am grilling steaks.
      • "BBQ" to me means ribs, pulled pork, brisket, etc.
      • I don't even classify smoked chicken as "BBQ" to be honest, I would say "BBQ chicken" or "smoked chicken" if it's chicken.

      This is purely based on what *I* would expect if I were invited somewhere for any of the above, so that's how I word it. If you invite me over for BBQ and there's burgers, dogs, and chicken legs I wold be grateful of course and I'd love it, but I'd think to myself "man this isn't 'BBQ' ".


      • Top | #10
        Thinking about it, it’s actually a cookout. A cookout could include everything and anything. It could have bbq, it could have hot dogs. It could have shrimp on the barbie, along with chicken and steaks. It could have brisket and ribs. It could have all of the above!


        • Top | #11
          Well, my buddy feels that Histrix is the only one that “knows what’s up” when it comes to this thread. 😂😂😂. All of you make this a fun conversation.

          Monkey wrench: What if I only cook a pizza out on the grill? Would seem to not be right calling it a cookout, bbq, pig pickin, grillapalooza, etc.


          • ComfortablyNumb
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            Just pizza would be a-bar-be-a-que-a

        • Top | #12
          I've found myself having to correct my families who are all from the Northeast. If you're serving me burgers, hot dogs, brats, sausage, and/or chicken breasts you've grilled hot and fast, that's a "cookout," not a "BBQ." BBQ is slow going, and IMHO, much more satisfying.


          • Top | #13
            How many “real” BBQ joints serve burgers or dogs?

            Not many.


            • Top | #14
              When I grew up in western Iowa, as I recall no one used the word "barbecue" to mean an event that one went to or an activity that one did. Barbeque was an adjective to explain that the meat was coated in barbecue sauce rather than plain. I'm afraid I grew up in a remote backwater as far as being taught the finer points of what y'all call barbeque.

              Anyways, when we had "cookouts" when my dad grilled for friends and family, the kids often ate burgers and dogs while the grownups ate steak.


              • Top | #15
                Here’s the disconnect Arsenlael - your buddy is a grill guy, not a BBQ guy. 💁*♂️

                There IS a difference. 😇