Join Our Pitmaster Club And Catch Fire!

Letter from Meathead

Become A Member Today

Become a member of the Pitmaster Club and support for only $23.95 a year. Haven't we saved you much more than $2/month? Benefits include:

  • A Comprehensive Food Temperature Guide Magnet that sells for $9.95 on Amazon.
  • Video Seminars with the world's top Pitmasters.
  • Access to The Pit forum, a private community of other cooks with tips, recipes, fun, feedback. Your 24 hour hotline to expertise.
  • Entry into the Gold Medal Giveaways with prizes north of $1,000
  • Support for Operation BBQ Relief. They are the first on the scene when disaster strikes feeding first responders and the homeless.
  • Support for Without you we could not survive.

The Pitmaster Club is for all cooks, newbies, weekenders, competitors, even pros. Join us!

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Alas, at the moment we have no mechanism for gift subscriptions, but we're working on it. Stay tuned!

Risk Free! 100% Money Back Guarantee!

At any time during the first 90 days after payment, if you no longer wish to be a member, we will issue a full refund. Not many companies offer a 90 day no risk guarantee nowadays! And your payment is secure. We do not see or store credit card info! The subscription page is a portal directly to a card processor that is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification available. This is far more secure than handing your credit card to a stranger in a restaurant or a grocery store. And our privacy and security promise is as good as it gets.

Seminars With The World's Top Pitmasters

Pitmaster Club members are invited to join Meathead each month for video Seminars with a famous pitmaster like Tuffy Stone, Rick Brown, Chris Lilly, Harry Soo, Dr. Greg Blonder, Candy Sue Weaver, and more. They share tips and answer questions. Many members say they are worth the membership fee alone.

"I just spent the last couple hours watching your videos and they were amazing! I know I will be watching them again. Please keep up the great work and thank you again for a great fun and educational product." Jeff Lockwood

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The Pit:
A Place To Make Friends, Learn, Exchange Recipes, And More

Pitmaster Club members have a private message board forum to hang out in, where you can get tough questions answered, share tips and techniques, swap recipes, show pictures, buy, sell, trade, rave about your favorite BBQ joints, talk about smokers and grills, share competition tips, talk about your favorite drinks , tell us about your favorite butcher and whatever else is on your mind.

This is a way to really be a part of This is your place to connect with us and fellow Pitmaster Club members, and your 24 hour hotline to expertise.

All New Comprehensive
8.5 x 11" Temperature Guide Magnet

For a limited time, we are sending new Pitmaster Club members our new 8.5" x 11" Comprehensive Temperature Guide Magnet with 50 temperature benchmarks for meats, sugar, oil, and more. It sells for $9.95 on That's 42% of the price of a membership! barbecue magnet
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Gold Medal Giveaways

Pitmaster Club members in the US will be entered into monthly drawings for valuable giveaways, all of them Gold Medal winners, including free smokers, grills, thermometers, scholarships to BBQ classes, and more, average value of $1000!

Click here for the list of Gold Medal Giveaways.

Support For Operation BBQ Relief

We donate 5% of all membership fees to Operation Barbecue Relief, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit disaster relief program that sends barbecue competition teams into US disaster areas to feed the first responders and homeless. If there is a tornado, or flood they are there within hours. By joining you help support this amazing service. Click here to learn more about the remarkable work OBR does.

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What Your Support Can Help Us Accomplish

  • More tested recipes, more product reviews, new techniques, and more mythbusting.
  • More science research including the impact of humidity on cooking, airflow, factors influencing bark, and smoke ring formation, and more.
  • New sections on sausage making, cooking game, tandoor cooking, hearth and fireplace cooking, Korean barbecue, as well as campfire/cowboy/Dutch oven cooking.
  • Videos demonstrating techniques, tips, and recipes.
  • Wine, beer, spirits, and cocktail pairings.
  • BBQ competition tips and recipes.
  • A section on modernist BBQ, melding sous vide and smoke, and other newfangled ideas.
  • A guide to BBQ joints around the world.
  • More grill, smoker, and thermometer testing.
  • Paid professional moderators to answer all your questions and solve all your cooking problems!
  • More fun!

What Readers Say

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An amazing compendium of barbecue knowledge. - Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

We've won five Grand Championships and two Reserve Championships in the past three months and wanted to give you credit. - Harry Soo,

I was crowned World Brisket Champion at the Jack Daniels World Championships using your Big Bad Beef Rub. Your site has played a pivotal role in my development. - John Lattuca, WeekendWarriorBBQ, Montreal, Canada

As I read through the questions asked, and the responses from members, there is never anything smart A$$ said and nobody is putting them down. The members truly care about helping others learn. To me this is a top notch group of people and my hat is off to Meathead and the other moderators who keep this site going. Travis

I love AmazingRibs enough to shell out $23.95/year! Eric Cowperthwaite

I am loving the Pitmaster Club. The Doc Blonder videos rock! Collecting superb recipes. I belong to two other private clubs, but The Pitmaster Club brings me the most fun of all! John Markus, Producer, BBQ Pitmasters TV Show

What I have already learned is worth that cost. Adam Payne

Behind these amazing recipes there's a great community and a following to boot. Hope to see all of you in The Pit! Josh Peal

All this for a small membership fee. What you learn in one hour on here is worth more than the fee. ontheranch

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Alas, at the moment we have no mechanism for gift subscriptions, but we're working on it. Stay tuned!


When the year is up, you don't have to do a thing to renew. About two weeks before your membership expires we'll send you an email reminder and then you will be renewed automatically. If you wish to cancel, just click the link. We use autorenewal because renewal software is very expensive and unreliable. It needs to send renewal reminders, often multiple times, and nobody wants to get emails and snailmails from us begging you to renew. We'd rather spend our money keeping the site alive and growing. But our money back guarantee extends to renewals too. If you are renewed and then want to cancel within 90 days, we will refund your money.

And remember, we aren't storing your credit card. Banks store it and they handle the renewal billing, not us. We do not even see credit card info! The card processor is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification available. They have never been hacked. This is far more secure than handing your credit card to a stranger in a restaurant or a grocery store.