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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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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

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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).

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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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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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Paprika's: How important is variety selection?

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  • Top | #1

    Paprika's: How important is variety selection?

    Curious if anyone has experimented with different types of paprika for their smoked brisket dry rub; smoked, Hungarian, sweet, hot, Spanish? Any noticeable difference in flavor, heat or other nuance? Thanks.

  • Top | #2
    I’m currently experimenting with McCormicks smoked paprika vs regular McCormicks paprika for my rib rub.

    Most recommendations say it isn’t necessarily a 1:1 substitute... I’m trying to find a balance I like that may be a blend of the two.

    My my last run was about 50/50 and I felt like it had a different profile... maybe a little hotter and not as sweet...

    I will be interested to hear what others have to say.


    • Top | #3
      I did the drill with different paprikas in my rubs and only shied away from some of the more bitter Spanish ones. My wife is an avid gardener and planted her own a few years ago. We dried and smoked them and they are now my favorite for rubs. As with most homegrown produce their flavor is much more intense and rich. Now, for paella I still use hot Spanish paprika because we prefer it in that dish. It really boils down to what you like and what you're looking for.


      • Top | #4
        I've been playing around with different paprika as well. The only thing I really noticed is the hot paprika truly does add some heat to the equation. Haven't really come to any other conclusions yet. I suspect in a home made rub with lots of other ingredients, it might be hard to distinguish between types, and, regarding smoked, how do you know if the smoke taste you are tasting is coming from the paprika or the smoking process?


        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          That's pretty much what I found as well in the end product, especially beef.

      • Top | #5
        I have been using Smoked Paprika for a few years. I think it adds a very subtle smokiness. Recently I've used it on SV Chicken Breasts after I've given them a 1 minute cast iron sear just before serving. I have also wondered about Smoke Powder and wonder what that's like. It doesn't seem to be available in any stores in this area. Maybe it's time to order some?


        • Murdy
          Murdy commented
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          Never tried the smoke powder. But I have used smoked pepper and smoked salt to add flavor when using my gasser. The pepper was more versatile, as you had to be careful with the salt lest your food end up too salty. Both worked pretty well though. I've used liquid in jerky marinades with success as well.

      • Top | #6
        I've been using smoked for awhile. I especally like it on grilled potatoes. it gives a hint of smoke which I enjoy.


        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          Oh yeah, and tater tots too.

      • Top | #7
        I have never noticed a difference. I am more of a Salt and Pepper guy these days but I will throw in some Paprika for color. As I said, I don't really think it makes that big of a difference.


        • Top | #8
          I think it is all preference but I do notice big differences in paprika. I actually stopped using smoked paprika in my smoker because I didn't love the additional smokiness that it was imparting (but on grilled or roasted veggies, it is a go to). I'm currently on a Spanish paprika kick. In particular, I'll use the bittersweet in my rib rub and some of the hot on a whole roasted chicken.


          • Top | #9
            I don’t find that store-bought paprika has much flavor except smoke. I prefer to make my own if I want peppery flavor.


            • Top | #10
              I use smoked paprika all the time. I really like it as a VERY slight sprinkle/dusting on deviled eggs.


              • Top | #11
                I use the smoked type but am otherwise paprika dumb.


                • Top | #12
                  I sometimes use smoked paprika when I’m not smoking the food and I usually use it in Mexican dishes. Otherwise I just use regular paprika.


                  • Top | #13
                    Hungarian paprika is my favorite - a by product of growing up with a Hungarian grandfather! Can’t stand smoked paprika...the only smoke flavor I want in my food is from a live wood fire.


                    • Top | #14
                      Paprika is like anything else, you get what you pay for. I spent time in Spain while in the military and the taste of good quality smoked paprika is terrific. Of course, it may not be applicable as a substitute for other styles of paprika. The good stuff might be cost prohibitive also. I have a couple of buddies who cook and we order ours from Tienda.com and split the price. Nothing worse than buying expensive spices only to have them go bad, which they will after opening. Nothing tastes worse than old paprika.


                      • Murdy
                        Murdy commented
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                        I totally agree, spices are one area where cost and quality really correlate.

                        Now, if I could just convince my wife to let me throw out the old stuff.

                    • Top | #15
                      On a related note, if you go to the grocery store and by the spice that's just called Paprika -- not smoked or hot or Hungarian or whatever -- what are you buying?


                      • Willy
                        Willy commented
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                        Dried, ground red peppers--any one of a number of pepper varieties. Generally a sweet pepper as opposed to a hot pepper.