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Digital Thermometers:
Stop Guessing!

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Gold BBQ AwardA good digital thermometer keeps me from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. You can get a professional grade, fast and precise splashproof thermometer like the Thermopop (above) for about $24. The Thermapen (below), the Ferrari of instant reads, is about $96. It's the one you see all the TV chefs and all the top competition pitmasters using. Click here to read more about types of thermometer and our ratings and reviews.

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Gold BBQ AwardGrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, produce great grill marks, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, smolder wood right below the meat, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips or pellets or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill and pellet smoker needs them.

Click here to read more about what makes these grates so special and how they compare to other cooking surfaces.

The Smokenator:
A Necessity For All Weber Kettles

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Gold BBQ Award If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the amazing Smokenator and Hovergrill. The Smokenator turns your grill into a first class smoker, and the Hovergrill can add capacity or be used to create steakhouse steaks.

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The Pit Barrel Cooker

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This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier (and that's because smoke and heat go up, not sideways).

Gold BBQ AwardBest of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

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Best. Tongs. Ever.

Gold BBQ AwardMade of rugged 1/8" thick aluminum, 20" long, with four serious rivets, mine show zero signs of weakness after years of abuse. I use them on meats, hot charcoal, burning logs, and with the mechanical advantage that the scissor design creates, I can easily pick up a whole packer brisket. Click here to read more.

Amp Up The Smoke

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Gold BBQ AwardMo's Smoking Pouch is essential for gas grills. It is an envelope of mesh 304 stainless steel that holds wood chips or pellets. The airspaces in the mesh are small enough that they limit the amount of oxygen that gets in so the wood smokes and never bursts into flame. Put it on top of the cooking grate, on the burners, on the coals, or stand it on edge at the back of your grill. It holds enough wood for about 15 minutes for short cooks, so you need to refill it or buy a second pouch for long cooks like pork shoulder and brisket. Mine has survived more than 50 cooks. Click for more info.

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The Best Steakhouse Knives

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"You Can't Hurry Ribs" And Other Great Food Tunes You Can Burn

By Meathead Goldwyn

Truck with pigHere's a playlist of BBQ, food, drinking, and related tunes for playing while cooking. Burn them and play them on the road while you're lookin' for that great little rib shack. Feel free to click to download "You Can't Hurry Ribs", my theme song sung by my niece Natalie Longo to the tune of "You Can't Hurry Love" by Diana Ross.

And yes, I know that all chicken shacks don't serve chicken and not all hot dogs and buns get mustard.

Special thanks to the readers who have suggested additions to the list and offered wise cracks. Add yours to the comments section below.

Red links take you to iTunes where you can listen to the tune and then buy it if you wish.

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Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens - BB King

All That Meat & No Potatoes - Fats Waller (not really about a meal. Louis Armstrong does a nice version, too.)

American Pie – Don McLean

Applebite - Soundgarden

Barbecue Bess – Lucille Bogan

Bar-B-Q – Wendy Ren

Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson

Beans and Cornbread - Louis Jordan

Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry McMlintock

Birthday Cake – Cibo Matto

Breakfast - Newsboys

Breakfast in America - Supertramp

Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones

Burger Man - ZZ Top

Call Any Vegetable – The Mothers of Invention

Camembert Electrique - Gong

Candy Everybody Wants – 10,000 Maniacs

Caramel - Suzanne Vega

Champagne Supernova - Oasis

Cheeseburger in Paradise - Jimmy Buffett

Cheese Cake - Dexter Gordon

Chewy, Chewy - Ohio Express

A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird - Cab Calloway

Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band

Chicken Shack Boogie - Lionel Hampton & His Sextet

Chicken Soup With Rice - Carole King

Chitlins Con Carne – Kenny Burrell

Chocolate – The Chenille Sisters

Chocolate Chip - Miles Davis

Chocolate Pork Chop Man – Pete "Guitar" Lewis

Choux Pastry Heart - Corinne Bailey Rae

The Closer to the Bone (The Sweeter Is the Meat) – Louis Prima

Coconut - Harry Nilsson

Cold Turkey – John Lennon (not really about food)

Come On In My Kitchen – Robert Johnson (not really about food)

Cookin' - Jogando Capoiera / Cookin' - Beatfanatic

Crackerman – Stone Temple Pilots

Dinner Bell – They Might Be Giants

Dixie Fried - The Kentucky Headhunters

(Do the) Mashed Potatoes – James Brown

Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee – Stick McGhee

Eat Steak – The Reverend Horton Heat

Eat to the Beat - Blondie

Eggplant - Michael Franks

Eggs and Sausage (In a Cadillac With Susan Michelson) – Tom Waits

Englishman In New York - The Police (like my toast done on one side)

Everybody Eats When They Come to My House - Cab Calloway

Finger Lickin' Good – Charlie Musselwhite (ok, not quite food)

Fish, Chips and Sweat - Funkadelic

Food, Glorious Food – Keith Hampshire

Food Innuendo Guy – Adam Sandler

Fried Bananas – Benny Golson

Fried Bananas – Dexter Gordon

Fried Chicken – Ice T

Fried Chicken and Coffee – Nashville Pussy

Fried Chicken and Gasoline – Southern Culture on the Skids

Fried Neck Bones and Some Homefries - Willie Bobo

Frim Fram Sauce - Diana Krall

Frim Fram Sauce - Nat King Cole

Green Onions - Booker T & The MGs

Greasy Greens – Pucho and His Latin Soul Brothers

Grits Ain't Groceries – Little Milton

Half Caf-Decaf – Debbie Davis (right, I know, coffee)

Hard Candy – Counting Crows

Hold Tight (Want Some Sea Food Mama) - The Andrews Sisters

Honey - Moby

House of Blue Lights - Asleep At the Wheel

Hot Barbecue – Brother Jack McDuff

Ice Cream Man - Van Halen

I Heard the Voice of the Porkchop – Greg and Jere Canote

I Like Food - Descendents

Ice Cream - Sarah McLachlann

It's Hard to Kiss the Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long - The Notorious Cherry Bombs

Jambalaya – Hank Williams

Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Fats Domino

Jambalaya (Charanga Version) – K-Paz De La Sierra.

Jelly Roll – Charles Mingus

Know Your Chicken – Cibo Matto

Lemon – U2

The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin (ok, just pretend it really is about lemons)

Lips Like Sugar - Echo & the Bunnymen

Lunchbox - Marilyn Manson

MacArthur Park – Richard Harris (he left the cake out in the rain...)

Malted Milk – Eric Clapton

Mama Bake a Pie (Daddy Kill a Chicken) – Tom T. Hall

Maximum Consumption – The Kinks

Mayonnaise – Smashing Pumpkins

Memphis Soul Stew – King Curtis

Milkshake - Kelis

Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today) - Ella Fitzgerald

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – George Thoroughgood

One Meatball - Ry Cooder

One Meatball – Josh White

Peace Love & Barbecue - Marcia Ball

Pecan Pie – Golden Smog

Piece of Pie – Stone Temple Pilots

Plant a Radish - From The Fantasticks music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones

Poke Chop Sandwich – ZZ Top

Pork Roll Egg and Cheese - Ween

Pork Store – The Booglerizers

Pulling Mussels (From the Shell) - Squeeze

Quiche Lorraine – The B-52's

Raspberry Beret - Prince

Red Hot Chicken - Wet Willie

Red Pepper Blues - Art Pepper

Red, Red Wine - Neil Diamond

Ribs and Hot Sauce - Lionel Hampton

Ribs and Whiskey – Widespread Panic

Rib Shack Boogie – Steve Guyge

Rock N Roll McDonald's – Wesley Willis

Rum and Coca-Cola – The Andrews Sisters

Saturday Night Fish Fry – B.B. King

Saturday Night Fish Fry - Louis Jordan

Savoy Truffle - The Beatles

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel

Shade and Honey - Sparklehorse

Sing for Your Supper - The Mamas & The Papas

Sinkin' Soon – Norah Jones (the oyster crackers on the soup)

Smokestack Lightening - Howlin Wolf

Sno-Cone - The J. Geils Band

Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro) - Cal Tjader

Spaghetti – Shel Silverstein

Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles

Struttin' With Some Barbecue – Louis Armstrong

Sugar Magnolia - The Grateful Dead

Sugar Mountain – Neil Young

Sugar Never Tasted So Good - The White Stripes

Suzanne - Leonard Cohen (line: And she feeds you tea & oranges that come all the way from China)

That's Amore – Dean Martin (When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie...)

The Trout Quintet - The Schubert Ensemble

Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison

Vegematic – Steve Goodman

Vegetables – The Beach Boys

Whipped Cream - Herb Alpert & the Tijuanna Brass

Wild Honey – U2

Your Greens Give Me the Blues – Rev. Billy C. Wirtz

You're My Meat – Joe Jackson

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express

Not on iTunes at this time (2/7/2014)

Barbecue - Robert Earl Keen

Blessing of the Pork - Billy Ray Mangham

Chicken Cordon Blues - Steve Goodman

Eating Greens - Michael Tilson Thomas

Everytime I Eat Vegetables It Makes Me Think of You - Ramones

Watermelon Man - Jimmy Smith

Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White

A Fridge Full of Food - The Nancy Drews

Beer Is Good - PsychoStick

Barbecue Shoes - BBQ Pitt Boys

Skin and Bones - The Kinks

Caviar and Chitlins by the Atomic Fireballs

Mexican Radio - Wall of Voodoo (I wish I was in Tijuana, eating barbecued iguana)

Barbecue - Duke Tumatoe

Candy - Big Maybelle

I Want a Hot Dog for my Roll - Butterbeans & Susie

Memphis Women & Fried Chicken - Dan Penn

Fried Chicken - Rufus Thomas

Chicken Heads - James Cotton (& many others)

Too Much Barbeque - Big Twist & the Mellow Fellows

Angelina - Louis Prima


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