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A 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 is 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.
GrillGrates(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. Every gas grill and pellet smoker needs them.
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.
Absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world.
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).
Best of all, it is only $269 delivered to your door!
Made 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.
The same knives used at Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, and Morton's. Machine washable, high-carbon stainless steel, hardwood handle. And now they have the AmazingRibs.com imprimatur. Click for more info.
Here's another really easy potato salad that's delicious warm or chilled. It uses Mayo Mojo, a spice mix you can make in quantity and leave it on the shelf until you need it. Special thanks to Capt. Jeff Meyer, a pilot for NetJets Aviation, who makes a spice mix for potato salad for inspiring this recipe. If you like this, try his Capt. Jeff's Potato Salad Mix.
Optional mix-ins. Bacon, celery, onion, green onion, chives, hard boiled eggs, and sun-dried tomatoes. I especially like it with sun-drieds.
1) Make the Mayo Mojo about two hours in advance of serving so the spices can soften and the oils can extract the flavor. This is important.
2) Cut the potatoes into bite size chunks. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Add 2 generous pinches of salt and then the potatoes. Boil about 15 minutes or until a fork pierces the potato easily. Drain and cool the potatoes for at least 20 minutes. Mix them in with the mayo mix. Serve or refrigerate for up to 3 days.