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GOLD MEDAL SPOTLIGHT

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Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Pitmaster Award winners or Gold Medalist, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


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.

Click here to read our detailed review

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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.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


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


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


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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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.

Click here to read our complete review


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


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


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, this is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

Click here to read our detailed review


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, our Pitmaster Award 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 Gold Medal.


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

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    PitCast Episode 140 - "The Original Introduction of The Pitmaster Club" Archival Interview - January 10, 2019

    Remember when YOU found the Pitmaster's Club for the first time?? Maybe it was lurking on the website, or you heard about it from your buddy...or who knows how you heard about it? In this Pitcast, I take you back to 2014 when Meathead first mentioned it on my Tuesday show. Within this discussion, we also talk a LOT about what "SMOKE" is!! Enjoy!




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    Great flashback! Whatever became of the Dickey's incident?

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      I love these old ones.

      Dickey's is still rolling hard. I can't believe they have the nerve to open stores in Austin and KC. Hahaha.

      Also, it is awesome to hear about the conception of The Pit. I joined a few months after The Pitmaster Club was formed, so it is cool to hear about it before I was around. A whole new meaning to "friends with benefits".

      I do still have the Dr. Blonder interview saved. That interview really peaked my interest in The Pit. Also, Harry Soo's interview is an all time classic.

      Smoke Ring definition........something you need for looks! J/K who doesn't love a big, rose colored ring when they cut into a brisket.

      More talk about Smoke!!! I love it when MH gets into the nitty-gritty!

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      • Troutman
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        Dickey's has come to Houston as well, terrible. Too pedestrian for the Texas palate.

      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        Yeah, I cannot believe they are allowed in The Republic of Texas! Troutman

      • Polarbear777
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        Where are these old videos? Seems like they should still be around.

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      There's a Dickey's up in Traverse City, MI, a city where the wife & I go to 'get away', (a great foodie & wino town)....never went to it though. It has the square, modern cinder block storefront w/ lots of windows like a small Best Buy or a hair salon. Looks nothing like what a genuine BBQ joint should look like. No wood pile. No smoke plume visible.

      Should I go there?

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      • Spinaker
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        NO, the one that was close to my place was terrible. It closed down after a few months.

      • Huskee
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        Spinaker Lol.

        Wife & I did go to one that gets a good review from me in TC, Smoke & Porter. It's an old remodeled Burger King (or Wendy's maybe?) Brisket was really good, almost great (but for the sake of being picky it could be improved to be truly "great"), beans were excellent, pulled pork was decent, but the creme brulee was astounding.

        Skip Dickey's & hit S&P if you're ever in TC.

        There's also Sparks BBQ, but I've never tried it. He sauces his brisket, which makes me leery.

      • Troutman
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        Nooooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!

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      "Why do you want pork to taste like Dr. Pepper?" ....classic

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      • Spinaker
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        I thought the same thing!
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