Our Pitmaster Club can up your game!
Benefits include:

• No more ads, faster page loads!
• "The Pit" forum with tons of info & scores of recipes
• Monthly newsletter
• Video seminars with top pitmasters
• Weekly podcast with news and interviews
• Comprehensive Temperature Magnet ($10 retail)
• Monthly giveaways of Gold Medal grills and smokers
• Discounts on products we love
• Educational and social Meat-Ups
• Support for Operation BBQ Relief
• Support for Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
• Support for AmazingRibs.com!

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Join Our Pitmaster Club And Catch Fire!

Since we were founded in 2005 AmazingRibs.com has gone from my hobby to the largest and most popular outdoor cooking website in the world with thousands of pages, four full-time employees, and many part timers. Thank you!!!!

But in 2014 we were having problems making ends meet and we wanted to have a real community that could take you to the next level. The Pitmaster Club was the solution. The Pitmaster Club is for all cooks, newbies, weekenders, competitors, even pros. In addition to being the most important revenue source that keeps us alive, we return great value. Here's a summary of the benefits of membership:

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Risk Free! 100% money back guarantee!

Membership costs only $23.95 per year, less than $2 per month and we guarantee it will pay for itself many times over. But joining is risk free. At any time during the first 90 days, we will issue a full refund. Not many companies offer a 90 day no risk moneyback guarantee nowadays!

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

No more ads! That means a faster site!

When members are logged in they don't see paid ads from third parties on any part of the website. These ads come from remote servers and they slow the page load times. Without them the site runs faster! So no more bogus diet ads and no more mortgage come-ons! And members don't see ads for the Pitmaster Club and that annoying page counter begging you to join either.

Pitmaster Club members don't see ads!

The Pit is a real barbecue community with many more recipes, a place to make friends, learn, and have fun!

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Pitmaster Club members have a private message board forum to hang out in, with scores more recipes, where they can get tough questions answered, share tips and techniques, show pictures, buy, sell, trade, rave about their favorite BBQ joints, talk about smokers and grills, share competition tips, talk about their favorite drinks, and whatever else is on their minds.

This is a very special community with none of the flame wars common on other public message boards. Here's an example from a member whose name I can't reveal "My family and I have lost our home and vehicles, but not each other in the floods in Baton Rouge. Several members have reached out to me. The fact that people have been so thoughtful is very emotional for me. Thanks for everything you do and for helping me learn to be a better cook. This club is something special, and I honestly don't even know how to thank everyone."

To stay on top of things, just click the tab that says "Today's Posts". And if you ask a question you can get an email when there is a response. This is a way to really be a part of AmazingRibs.com. This is your place to connect with us and fellow Pitmaster Club members, and your 24 hour hotline to expertise.

Free Comprehensive Giant Food Temperature Magnet

For a limited time, we are sending new paid Pitmaster Club members our new 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!

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Video seminars with the world's top pitmasters

Pitmaster Club members get exclusive video interviews by Meathead with famous pitmasters like Tuffy Stone, Rick Brown, Chris Lilly, Harry Soo, Prof. Greg Blonder, Candy Sue Weaver, and more. Many members say they are worth the membership fee alone. Check the seven minute excerpt from his discussion with Dr. Blonder on salt.

The PitCast

The PitCast is a weekly podcast by Greg Rempe of the BBQ Central Show exclusively for members. It gives us Wagyu quality conversation featuring news and interviews from the BBQ and grilling world including competition results from across the various sanctioning bodies, a look to the week ahead with upcoming events, cooking classes, judging classes and other items of interest.


Enjoy the humor of cartoonist Jerry King weekly as he pokes fun at our wacky lifestyle.

Gold Medal Giveaways

Pitmaster Club members in the US will be entered into all 12 monthly drawings/year for valuable prizes, all of them Gold Medal winners, including free smokers, grills, and more, average value of more than $1,000! Your odds of winning over the course of a year are only about 1 in 1000! Click here for the complete list of prizes and previous winners.

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Two monthly newsletters: "Smoke Signals" and "Hot From The Pit"

Every month we send members an exclusive email newsletter, "Hot From The Pit", with recipes from members and highlights of discussions from The Pit. Members also get "Smoke Signals", our monthly email newsletter with news of new articles and recipes on the free portion of the website.


In February 2017, we held our First International Meat-Up in the Bahamas with more than 50 members of the Pitmaster Club sponsored by our friends at GrillGrate. Check out the video:

We are already hard at work planning our second annual International Meat-Up in Memphis in 2018. In addition, several of our members organize local Meat-Ups in BBQ joints and their own backyards around the world all year long.

Discounts on products we love

Manufacturers recognize our members as important opinion leaders in the barbecue and grilling world and often make products available to them at special prices.

Members can buy this cool Pitmaster Club shirt

This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one I wear in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing, but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors.

Pitmaster Club Shirt

Support for Operation BBQ Relief

We donate 5% 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, and we are among their largest donors. Click here to learn more about the remarkable work OBR does.

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Support for Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

We also donate to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. This remarkable a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization develops and distributes high efficiency cookstoves to the needy around the world. Many are wood burning but they require much less wood than the old fashioned stoves that also filled their huts and eyes and lungs with soot. These new designs are practically smokeless. Some burn biomass such as rice husks or even dried dung and some use solar energy. Some are even manufactured locally. Some of these clever designs have come from the recreational camping world, and many have migrated the other way, into the camping world. Below is a well insulated high efficiency unit that can burn wood, biomass such as crop byproducts like corncobs, it can run on solar, and can even store enough energy to power a light or charge a cell phone. Reducing the amount of wood means less deforestation in dry areas and women spend less time collecting wood and are at less risk. Click here to learn more about the remarkable work that CleanCookstoves does.

High efficiency cookstove in Africa

Secure transaction

Your payment is secure. We never see or store credit card info. The subscription page is a portal directly to Stripe.com, a large respected card processor that is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification available. It is also GeoTrust Secured. It is far more secure than handing your credit card to a stranger in a restaurant, gas station, or a grocery store. And our privacy and security promise is as good as it gets. Stripe is HIGHLY regarded and used by 100,000 companies sites including Unicef, Salvation Army, NPR, Habitat for Humanity, Kickstarter, Pinterest, Lyft, Shopify, OpenTable, Khan Academy, SAP, Facebook, Salesforce, Squarespace, etc.

Easy autorenewal

For your convenience, when the year is up, you don't have to do a thing to renew. Three weeks before your membership expires we'll send you an email asking if you want to renew. If you do, don't do a thing, you will be renewed automatically. If you don't, just click a link in the email. But our money back guarantee extends to renewals too. If you renew and change your mind within 90 days, we will refund your money, no questions asked. And remember, we never see or store credit card info! We think this is a lot better than bombarding members with emails and snailmails begging them to renew.

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About this website. AmazingRibs.com is all about the science of barbecue, grilling, and outdoor cooking, with great BBQ recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, and unbiased equipment reviews. Learn how to set up your grills and smokers properly, the thermodynamics of what happens when heat hits meat, and how to cook great food outdoors. There are also buying guides to hundreds of barbeque smokers, grills, accessories, and thermometers, as well as hundreds of excellent tested recipes including all the classics: Baby back ribs, pulled pork, Texas brisket, burgers, chicken, smoked turkey, lamb, steaks, chili, barbecue sauces, spice rubs, and side dishes, with the world's best all edited by Meathead Goldwyn.

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