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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

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

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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

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.

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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!

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.

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.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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4th of July Cook

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  • droopie69
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 172
    • Cordova, TN

    Top | #1

    4th of July Cook

    Over here at the Cordova compound we have about 15-20 showing up today expecting Good Eats (sorry Alton). I bought a 12lb butt from WAL MART the other night. I usually get them from Kroger, but was out at the Wally World, saw this nice 12lber and the price was good. Also picked up a family pack of drumsticks to make chicken lollipops, plus some assorted smoked sausages. Oh and good news....my wife works for UHC (don't get me started) and found out a perk she has that gets a discount on Costco membership. So we will be getting one again!

    I opened up the butt and dry brined it starting Tuesday night. Got up this morning and loaded up the dripngriddle and the slow n sear with KBB and cherry chips....the wife thought chips and chunks are the same. It'll all work out in the end.

    I slathered it up with MMD and threw it to the smoke around 7AM central. My usual process is to let it get to 175 ISH and then wrap in foil. Take it to 203-205, wrap in a moving blanket ($5 at Harbor Freight) and throw in my faux cambro on wheels. (Igloo) and let it rest until about 20 mins before we eat. I'll shred that sucker up and the hungry hordes will be fed!

    I'll post up some pics of the lollipops later as I make them and throw them to the Slow N Sear! I went with my Maverick ET733. My wife bought me an XR 50 for Xmas, but it has one thing I..er....SHE doesn't like. If the alarm goes off, the OUTSIDE base unit starts beeping and I can't figure out how to stop it without going out there.

    The reason she doesn't like it, the kettle is 10 feet from her window. I am in my office 45 feet away. When the alarm went off, I turned it off on the remote thinking everything was cool. Until she barged in yelling WTF do you have outside my window going BEEPBEEPBEEP BEEPBEEPBEEP? Ruh ROH, Shaggy.

    Luckily when she at that night, all was forgiven. But I don't want another repeat and didn't feel like spending time searching Google and Youtube to see if there is a solution to this....other than put the base unit in a sound proof box. Plus, only cooking one butt, I only needed 2 probes today!

    BUTT (see what I did there), if anyone knows how to keep the base unit on a Maverick XR-50 from beeping or how to stop it remotely, I'd appreciate the 411.

    I forgot to mention...I LOVE this site. The recipes, the reviews, and the food science. I'm a tech nerd so I love that stuff. But most of all the community. There's no political, social, or ethnic agendas. Everyone here just loves smoked meat.

    Happy 4th of July America!

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  • gmascolo51
    Club Member
    • Aug 2017
    • 172
    • Middletown, NJ

    Top | #2
    Happy 4th, cook looks good, enjoy.


    • Huskee
      Pit Boss/Manager
      • May 2014
      • 13977
      • central MI, USA
      • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
        Smokers / Grills
        • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
        • PBC
        • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
        • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
        • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
        • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
        • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
        • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
        • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
        • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

        • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
        • (7) Maverick ET-732s
        • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
        • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
        • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
        • Thermapen MkII, orange
        • ThermoPop, yellow
        • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
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        • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

        • Instant Pot 6qt
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        • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
        • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
        • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
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        • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
        • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
        • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

        About me
        Real name: Aaron
        Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

        • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

      Top | #3
      Have a great day! We're getting ready to head up north to some close friends' house who built a new home and invited us up for a couple nights, up near Lake Michigan. They asked me to be the grill master, so I'll be braving the feels-like-97° heat and humidity, but really 88-90 (which for us Michigan folk is HOT), and serving up some classic summer fare tonight & tomorrow. Hope you and yours have a splendid day & weekend.


      • droopie69
        droopie69 commented
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        Have a great time. I got married (the first time) in Michigan. The entire week it was 75, until Saturday. 92 with lots of humidity, just like here in Memphis. Oh, we got married in a rustic church that had no power. I sweated right thru my tux.
    • HawkerXP
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 3890
      • Northern Virginia
      • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
        Dot w two probes
        Slo n Sear
        Cold beer

      Top | #4
      Nice! Happy 4th!


      • droopie69
        Charter Member
        • May 2015
        • 172
        • Cordova, TN

        Top | #5
        I found this chicken lollipop recipe a while back. It calls for cutting off the small end of the drumstick, but I can see me cutting my pinky off. I think next time, I'll just slice the meat and tendons of the knee and leave it. I put MMD on them and wrapped them in bacon. After they have smoked for a bit, maybe 1.5 to 2 hours I'll throw them on the coals to sizzle the bacon and skin. Then brush sauce on and let that caramelize.

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        Guess I forget to get a shot with the bacon wrapped on them. I might have messed up a bit. I didn't realize I got really thick cut bacon. I think thin bacon will work better. But, I doubt anyone turns this down. I did it once before and they were amazing! My white meat snob wife even thought they were delicious!


        • droopie69
          Charter Member
          • May 2015
          • 172
          • Cordova, TN

          Top | #6
          I just threw on some appetizers. Making a sausage and cheese plate.

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          • ofelles
            Club Member
            • Jun 2018
            • 706
            • Brentwood CA
            • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
              Klose Charcoal Grill
              VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
              Maverick ET-733
              Maverick PT-75
              Thermoworks Signal
              Thermoworks Dot

            Top | #7
            Damn you're in TN, otherwise I would be hurt because I didn't get the invite.


            • droopie69
              droopie69 commented
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              I didn't want you to pay for booking that last minute flight! I'll eat some leftovers in your honor today!
          • SummerGirl
            Former Member
            • Jul 2019
            • 1

            Top | #8
            Do you want to cook a truly summer dish? Then you here.
            Best Summer Recipe
            I myself took a couple of recipes and was delighted.

            Cranberry pie
            Cranberry jam
            Italian Cookies
            Black And White Cookies ...


            • droopie69
              droopie69 commented
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              (cookie monster voice: YUM COOOOKIES!!!

            • radshop
              radshop commented
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              SummerGirl I notice you posted this same link a couple different times. If you're here to join the community, there's a thread for new member introductions and we are happy to have you here. But if you're just here to market another site, that's not really going to go over well here.
          • droopie69
            Charter Member
            • May 2015
            • 172
            • Cordova, TN

            Top | #9
            The pulled pork turned out great. I pulled it off at 207 IT....i was making the chicken lollipops and started when it was 197. But I pulled it off and put in the fake cambro for about 2 hours, then pulled it, covered in and kept in a 170 oven. The Chicken Lollipops. I put them on too early....I thought I could keep it about 200 and just them simmer. But they were cooking too fast, so I pulled them off and put them in a room temp oven. Then, the reason I was trying to cook them a little early...everyone showed up, Modelo's were opened, a CornHole challenge arose, and I forgot to put them back on. When I did, it took until pretty much everyone was full.

            On the bright side, that just means, I get to eat the rest of them!!!! They turned out great. The few that ate them gave them rave reviews. I think with that success, at some point I am going to smoke some spatchcock chickens!




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