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Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

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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 faced two problems. We were having problems making ends meet with ad rates tanking all over the net, and we wanted to have a real community that will take members to the next level. The Pitmaster Club was the answer. The Pitmaster Club is a fun and educational place for all cooks, newbies, weekenders, competitors, even pros. Here's a summary of the benefits of membership:

  • No more annoying third party paid ads on the entire website! And when ads go away, pages load faster!
  • An 8.5" x 11" Comprehensive Food Temperature Guide Magnet that sells for $9.95 on Amazon.
  • Exclusive video Seminars with the world's top pitmasters.
  • The Pitcast, a weekly podcast of news and interviews.
  • Access to "The Pit" forum, a private community of other cooks with tips, recipes, fun, feedback, and face to face meetups. Your 24 hour hotline to expertise.
  • Entry into the "Gold Medal Giveaways" with monthly prizes north of $1,000.
  • "Hot From The Pit" email newsletter.
  • Support for Operation BBQ Relief, feeding first responders and the homeless when disaster strikes.
  • Support for AmazingRibs.com. Without you we could not survive. Your support means more tested recipes and techniques, more science research and mythbusting, more videos, more product testing. Joining is an investment in our future.

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Risk Free! 100% money back guarantee!

Membership costs only $23.95 per year, about $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, just click the link and 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!

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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.


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.


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, Dr. 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.


The Pit: Make friends, learn, exchange recipes, 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. Members even get together face to face!

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.


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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Gold Medal Giveaways

Pitmaster Club members in the US will be entered into monthly drawings for valuable prizes, all of them Gold Medal winners, including free smokers, grills and more, average value of more than $1,000! 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.


Support for Operation BBQ Relief

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

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Easy renewal

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! It is handled by Stripe.com, a large reputable 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.

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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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