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User Manual: Help!, FAQs, and Tutorials

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]

Rules And Guidelines For Posting

Welcome to the Pitmaster Club! We are not Facebook or a typical anti-social media. 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]

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]

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]

Change Your Password, Email, Address And Other Settings

You can view and edit your information by clicking on your name in the upper right corner. You can update your credit card info. The link there is a direct passthrough to our bank. We never see nor store your card number. You can also contact us there. You can change your email. You can edit your address. You can cancel ... [more]

Updating 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 registered your account! To verify which email address we have on file from you, click your username in the top-right, and from the drop-down menu select My Settings, then ... [more]

Changing your credit/debit card info

WE NEVER SEE YOUR CARD INFO AND WE DO NOT STORE IT. PAYMENTS ARE MADE THROUGH A DIRECT CONNECTION WITH STRIPE, A LARGE AND NEVER BEEN HACKED CARD PROCESSOR. If your credit/debit card ever changes, please don't forget to update your card with us! 1. Click your "My Membership" tab in the red menu bar above. 2. From ... [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]

Navigation And How The Pitmaster Club Forum Is Structured

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 access the full channel list in The Pit, click the Channels Page tab in the red menu bar, then scroll down through them). These channels can contain sub-channels ... [more]


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 of the page. Entering keywords into the Search box will return any results matching your keywords up to the maximum value allowed. Click image for larger version ... [more]

Make 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]

Where to post and 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 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]

Posting 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 tricky. Never fear! It's easy, and this tutorial will show you the quickest most up-to-date way to show off your brisket or your new smoker! We've recently ... [more]

Posting 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, Hulu, Metacafe, Google, and Facebook. 1. Begin by opening the Advanced Editor, the underlined A button in the upper-right of the reply text box. This opens font ... [more]

We don't allow this

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 administration staff. To do this, look at the content or discussion container and you will see a Flag link. Click on this link and an overlay will open up to flag or report ... [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]


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 they're not cluttering up the conversation in our topics. However, members' signatures are very easy to view. Simply click the little fountain pen tip icon beneath ... [more]

Mentioning (Tagging) 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 "@" symbol in front of their username. For instance, to mention/tag (myself) Huskee, I would type @ then Huskee (tight, no spaces) and it converts it automatically ... [more]

Private Messages (PMs)

You will 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 of new messages and/or alerts will display. If there are no new messages or alerts waiting for your attention, there will be no number. In either case, you may access ... [more]

Where's My 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 80 temperature benchmarks for all major 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 ... [more]

If Things Are To Be Misbehaving

If things just seem wrong. If pages aren't loading or they're doing goofy things, before we push the panic button and call out the tech wizards, let’s make sure the issue isn’t a confused browser. That is usually the cause of misbehavior. Especially on mobile devices where browsers just aren't as sophisticated as on ... [more]

Ads Are Not Being Blocked

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 we need to know about it ASAP. When you are a member of The Pitmaster Club you must login once for us to tell your web browser you are a member and for us to kill ... [more]

Can't view "Member's Only Content" on public part of the site?

We sporadically get reports that members can't see "Member's Only Content" on public part of the site. It is almost always a browser or WIFI issue. The members-only content is unlocked by a snippet of code called a cookie that we install on your browser when you login to the Pitmaster Club. This cookie tells the site ... [more]

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 someone replies to the discussion, you will get a notification that will show on your Messages page. You can follow these notifications to the new content or delete them ... [more]

Give A Friend A Free 30-Day Trial Membership!

If you have a friend whom you think would fit in here, you can tell them this: For a free 30 day trial membership in the AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Club, go to https://amazingribs.com/pitmaster (http://amazingribs.com/pitmaster) and click the red Click to Take A 30 Day Free Trial (https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/register) ... [more]

GIFT CARDS - Give a 1-Yr Pitmaster Club Membership

You can now send the gift of Pitmaster Club Membership to your friends and family! Your gift recipient will be sent your personal message with a pre-paid Visa card worth $23.95 that they can use to join the Pitmaster Club. The card will go in the mail within 48 hours. Your gift recipient must use the gift Visa Card to join the ... [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]

Newsletters "HOT From The Pit!" And "Smoke Signals" And "DigestThis.news Bulletin"

"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 month's fun in The Pit, the last sweepstakes winner, glorious drool-worthy food pictures submitted by your fellow members, planned maintenance outages or other ... [more]

Featured Topics Marquee

In case anyone hasn't clicked on the Channels tab (directly beside the Recent Posts tab) I wanted to let you know we have a Featured Topics slideshow/marquee that displays the 10 most recent Featured Topics, chosen by mods/admin to be new & exciting and worthy of featuring. They scan automatically or you can click the ... [more]
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If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear


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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One


The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. 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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Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


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The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


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The Undisputed Champion!


The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. The MK4 includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight and rotating display. Don't accept cheap substitutes.

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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages


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Delta by Nuke,
Stylish and Affordable
Gaucho Grill


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Genesis II E-335 
A Versatile Gasser That Does It All!


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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone


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Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?


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Our Favorite Backyard Smoker


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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker


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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!


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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Track Up To Six Temperatures At Once


FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon's 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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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker


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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