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User Manual: Help!, FAQs, and Tutorials

Lost Password?

If you've forgotten you password you can click on the Forgot password or username (https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/lostpw) link. It also appears in the Login or ... [more]

How To Change Your Personal Information: Password, Email, Mailing Address And Other Settings

How To Change Your Personal Information: Password, Email, Mailing Address And Other Settings ... [more]

How To Check & Change Your Email Address

Email address If you've not been receiving our newsletters, account updates, or payment reminders, you may not have entered the right email address when you ... [more]

How To Change Your Credit Card Info

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Finding The Pitmaster Club And Logging In

The hub of the Pitmaster Club is this forum, sometimes affectionately called The Pit (http://pitmaster.amazingribs.com), which is where you are now. It's our forum exclusively for members. You can share cooking tips and techniques here, recipes, pictures, news, your favorite BBQ joints, butchers, talk about your grills and ... [more]

Rules And Guidelines

Welcome to the Pitmaster Club! We are not Facebook or the Fox News comment boards. In order to make sure we can all ask, tell, learn, socialize, and have fun without discord, here are a few rules and guidelines: Getting Help. If you need technical help with anything or have questions about how The Pitmaster Club Forum ... [more]

NEW MEMBERS: Here's Your "Homework Assignment!"

Welcome to the Pitmaster Club Forum! To help things run smoothly and make sure you get the most out of our great and ever-expanding community here, we've compiled some things for you to do as your time permits. I like to call this your homework assignment. The red words are links, please click them & they'll take you to a ... [more]

Ask For Help With The Pitmaster Club, Your Membership, Etc.

The new and improved Pitmaster Club User Manual is now here https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/user-manual So people can read the Manual more easily without the ... [more]

Renewing Your Membership

We use an easy-renewal autorenewal system. No renewal notices and no telemarketing calls. We do the work for you by automatically adding a year to your membership ... [more]

Canceling Your Membership

There's is a "Cancel" link at the bottom of all pages in the Pitmaster Club: Click image for larger version Name: cancelpic2.JPG Views: 1 Size: 245.5 ... [more]

How The Pitmaster Club Forum Is Structured And How To Navigate

How Is The Pitmaster Club Forum Structured? The Pitmaster Club forum has channels such as General Discussion, Recipes and Techniques, Grills and Smokers, etc. (To ... [more]

How To Search In The Pitmaster Club

You can perform a basic search of either The Pitmaster Club or AmazingRibs.com (the free site) by clicking the down arrow in the search box at the top right corner ... [more]

How Do I Create A New Post?

If you're new to our forum or forums in general, it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out how to post a new topic, not to mention where to place your new post. To start a new post (or "topic"). follow these steps: 1. First, find the proper channel to place your post in. a. Click the "Channel List ... [more]

How to find where to post a topic, and how to use the "Off Topic" channel

As a gentle reminder, or a helpful instruction if you're new to forums or "not an Internet person", here's how to post a question/comment about something, and how to follow the path to place it where it should go. Some examples of what you want to talk about: A Thermapen: Accessories, Thermometers And Cookware > ... [more]

How To Post Pictures

Posting pictures to our forum here is something we ALL are encouraged to do (and do a lot!) but if you're new to forums, or new to our forum, it could seem a little ... [more]

How To Post Videos

This tutorial will help you learn the easiest way to share a video in a post. The following video types can be embedded in a posts: YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, ... [more]

How To Post A Link

This tutorial will help show you how to put a link (or hyperlink) inside a post. More importantly it will show you how to make a word or a sentence within your post ... [more]

How To Mention (Tag) Another Member

'Mentioning' another member is a great feature of our forum, and it's popular on other websites too such as Twitter and Facebook. To do this simply type a ... [more]

How To View And Send Private Messages (PMs)

You’ll be alerted to new messages or alerts waiting in your Message Center by a red number in the very top-right of your screen, up by your username. The number ... [more]

Inappropriate Content

Inappropriate content is very rare here and we're proud of this! However if you do find inappropriate content on the site, you can flag it for review by the ... [more]

Flagging Inappropriate Content

In the lower-right of every post and every comment you'll see some options, like Quote, Comment, Flag, and Like. Click image for larger version Name: flag2.PNG ... [more]

About Our Newsletters "HOT From The Pit!" And "Smoke Signals"

"HOT From The Pit!" Members-Only Newsletter Hot From The Pit is an email newsletter that I send monthly (only to members) to let you know about the past ... [more]

Didn't Get Your Free Temperature Guide Magnet?

For a limited time, we are sending new paid Pitmaster Club members our 8.5" x 11" Comprehensive Food Temperature Guide Magnet with more than 50 temperature benchmarks for meats, sugar, oil, and more. It sells for $9.95 on Amazon.com. That's 42% of the price of a membership as soon as you join! PLEASE ALLOW 45 DAYS ... [more]

Ad Blocking

There should be no paid third party ads for mortgages, cars, weight loss, etc. or ads begging you to join the Pitmaster Club. If there are, something is wrong and ... [more]

Viewing Member Profiles, Following Them, Ignoring Them, Etc.

Following a Discussion Above each discussion or topic, there is a Follow toggle. Clicking on this will enable you to follow the discussion easier. Each time ... [more]

What's A Signature And How Do I Set Mine Up?

Common on many forums is what's known as a signature- a snippet of text that tells the readers a little about you. On our forum here, we hide the signatures so ... [more]

Give A Friend A Free 90-Day Trial Membership!

If you have a friend whom you think would fit in here, you can tell them this: For a free 90 day trial membership in the AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Club, go to ... [more]

Why Are Only US Residents Eligible For The Great Giveaways?

Most countries have laws governing sweepstakes and drawings like this to make sure they are honest. In the US they are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. It cost us $3,000 to have lawyers write the rules for our sweepstakes (https://amazingribs.com/information-about-our-pitmaster-club/gold-medal-giveaways). They put us ... [more]

Featured Topics Marquee/Slideshow

In case anyone hasn't clicked on the Forums tab (directly beside the Today's Posts tab) I wanted to let you know we have a Featured Topics slideshow/marquee that ... [more]

Why We Don't Have Gift Subscriptions

How nice of you to think of giving us a s a gift! Alas, at the moment, our software is not sophisticated enough to handle gift subscriptions and the complexities of ... [more]
Meat-Up in Memphis

T-Shirts & More T-Shirts & More
Order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.

Cool Embroidered Shirt Cool Embroidered Shirt
This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

Click here for more info.

Support ARC

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BBQ Stars


These are not ads or paid placements. These Are Some Of Our Favorite Tools And Toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use our links when you buy things

Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon




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 Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

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

the good one grill

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.

Click here to read our complete review

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

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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 $299 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

The Undisputed Champion!


The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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.

Click here to read our detailed review

Click here to order from Amazon

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.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special

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

Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order