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May is National BBQ Month! It’s also the month of Memorial Day weekend, when grilling and smoking kick into high gear in America. To celebrate both occasions, check out our classic recipes for BBQ pulled pork, BBQ ribs and smoked brisket. Are chicken, burgers and hot dogs on the menu? Let our best recipes and tips below show you how to take them up a notch. Happy grilling and smoking!

Our Best Recipes for National BBQ Month

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Dave Joachim

May is National BBQ Month! Sure, Americans barbecue all year long. But in May, grilling and smoking kick into high gear as we spend even more time outside enjoying great food and good friends. To celebrate, here are some of our best and most requested BBQ recipes.

Everything You Need for a Memorial Day Barbecue

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Dave Joachim

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who gave their lives for our country and to gather with friends and family for a barbecue. Here is a everything you need to celebrate this holiday from the menu to the equipment. Since chicken is America's favorite meat, we feature our best BBQ chicken recipes.

Hypocrisy By Epicurious

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Meathead

The cooking website Epicurious.com, is not publishing any new recipes using beef out of concern for sustainability. This is bullpoop. Find out why.
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AmazingRibs.com Has A Powerful New Engine!

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Dave Joachim

Welcome to the new AmazingRibs.com! Over the past year, our elves have been working diligently behind the scenes to rebuild this entire website. At first glance, AmazingRibs.com may look similar to the way it always has, but under the hood, we have completely rebuilt the engine. It's now faster and easier to navigate.
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The Easiest Authentic BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe Ever

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Meathead

This easy BBQ pulled pork recipe skips the slow cooker to create authentic low and slow smoked pulled pork on a smoker or grill. With smoke woven through the moist meat, bits of seasoned crust, and a gentle splash of BBQ sauce, BBQ pulled pork is a foolproof low and slow smoked food, perfect for feeding large crowds.
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How To Make The Best BBQ Ribs You Have Ever Tasted: Last Meal Ribs

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Meathead

Here are step by step instructions for mouthwatering BBQ ribs that are so juicy and tender, just like the top pitmasters and rib joints. This smoked BBQ ribs recipe starts with our award winning spice rub and end with championship tangy sticky sweet sauce. And you do not need a smoker, you can do it on a grill!
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Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

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Meathead

Behold the best smoked brisket recipe ever! Texas style brisket is more than a recipe, it is a concept and a goal. It all begins by selecting the right meat, trimming it, seasoning it, smoking it, slicing it, and more. Follow this easy BBQ brisket guide for mouthwatering results!
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Hamburger Secrets: How The Zen Master Prepares A Real Happy Meal Hamburger

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Meathead

Here's everything you need to know about burgers and how to make the best hamburger you ever tasted.
Bacon jam burger with corn

Bacon Jam Takes Traditional Burgers Over The Top

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Clint Cantwell

Sweet and savory homemade bacon jam is the star of the show in this delicious burger recipe. If you’ve never had bacon jam, get ready for sweet and savory flavor bliss. This ultimate grilled bacon cheeseburger features a rich and flavorful bacon jam spiked with bourbon, a juicy reverse seared patty, and Swiss cheese.
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Big Bob Gibson’s Bama Birds With White BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Meathead

Packed full of flavor, this recipe for Alabama white BBQ sauce is the perfect addition to grilled and smoked chicken. Adapted from the original white BBQ sauce that was created by famed Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que in Decatur, Alabama, this isn't your ordinary sticky sweet BBQ sauce as it relies on mayonnaise and vinegar.
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Sweet Georgia’s Brown Smoked Chicken Recipe, Parts Or Pulled

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Meathead

You've never truly had BBQ chicken until you bite into this recipe for smoked chicken, Georgia style.
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World Famous Simon and Garfunkel Grilled Chicken Recipe

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Meathead

Grilled chicken has never tasted better thanks to this recipe featuring our amazing Simon and Garfunkel Dry Rub, a wonderful herb based rub that is great on chicken, turkey, and veggies. As with most grilled chicken recipes, we recommend you cut the bird into parts so that you can ensure each is cooked to perfection.
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Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Will Be Your New Best Friend

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Clint Cantwell

Stuffed with cheese then wrapped in bacon, this grilled hot dog recipe is a sure fire hit at any backyard bash. Inspired by Chicago's famed francheesie, our recipe skips the traditional deep frying in favor of the grill for a crisp bacon shell and deep smoky flavor.

Hot Dog Heaven: How to Cook Frankfurters

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Meathead

Many ways to skin a cat and many more ways to cook a dog. Here's how to grill, griddle, split griddle, dirty water, steam, nuke, and deep fry franks.
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Grill The Best Asparagus Ever. Here’s How.

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Meathead

This tested recipe for grilled asparagus develops rich flavors you just can't get by boiling or steaming. Seasoned, grilled, drizzled with good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and topped with curls of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this is by far my favorite prep. Asparagus is freshest, sweetest, and crispiest in spring.
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Mom’s Old Fashioned Potato Salad Wows ‘Em Every Time

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Meathead

Make mom proud with this recipe for the perfect potato salad. No backyard BBQ is complete without potato salad but often times it can be lacking in flavor. The secret to old fashioned potato salad is the dressing, a simple blend of mayonnaise and sour cream that perfectly complements the other ingredients.
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Easy Spring Potato Salad Recipe

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Dave Joachim

This tasty recipe for a potato salad is a bit sharper tasting than traditional American style potato salad, thanks to a healthy dose of vinegar in the dressing. It is more akin to German style potato salad without the mustard and served cold instead of warm.
Small potatoes embellished with parsley and butter

The Science of Potatoes

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Meathead

What's up with spuds? Here's everything a cook needs to know about buying potatoes, storing potatoes, and cleaning potatoes.

The Science of Slawsome Slaw

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Meathead

Everything a cook needs to know about making coleslaw and this is the ultimate guide.
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Indoor Ribs: Use This Recipe For Smoked Ribs When You Can’t Get Outside

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Meathead

Here's how to make indoor ribs in your oven that most folks will think you nursed for hours in the smoker. The tender, juicy meat and smoky flavor might fool you into thinking these ribs were cooked outdoors. This recipe shows you how it's done.
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Rib Sandwich Recipe: Kicks McRib In The Ribs

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Meathead

Why wait for the McRib to return when you've got an amazing rib sandwich recipe? Learn more about the fabled McRib sandwich while creating one that takes it over the top. Ribs are smoked to perfection before the meat joins homemade pickles, caramelized onions, and custom BBQ sauce on a buttery brioche bun.

Our Most Popular Recipes

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Dave Joachim

Here's a list of the AmazingRibs.com top 15 recipes of the year, the best and most visited ones on our site, including ribs, brisket, pulled pork, pastrami, spice rubs, and other BBQ favorites.
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Meaty Beef Ribs with Rosemary Red Wine Sauce, Sous-Vide-Que At Its Finest

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Clint Cantwell

Smoked barbecue beef ribs are taken to a new level of deliciousness in this recipe for sous-vide-que beef ribs with rosemary wine sauce. Juicy and tender thanks to a low and slow sous vide cooking, the beef ribs are then smoked on the grill to achieve mouthwateringly flavorful results. A pan sauce rounds out this dish.

How to Grill A Steak Like A Pro

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Dave Joachim

Want a great steak tonight? You don't have to shell out last week's paycheck at an expensive steakhouse when you can learn how to grill a steak like a boss with our comprehensive guide. Here are six simple steps to help you achieve grilled steak nirvana!

Sous-Vide-Que Marrying The Grill, Smoker, And Sous Vide

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Meathead

Sous-Vide-Que combines the best of three great cooking methods: grilling, smoking, and sous vide. From grilling you get the rich flavors of browning. From smoking, you get the alluring aromas of wood smoke. And from sous vide, you get evenly cooked meat that is incredibly tender and juicy.

Pizza Perfection: Everything You Need Know

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Dave Joachim

You want to make the best pizza? Here's what you need to know from thin crust to deep dish, Naples to Rome, Detroit to New York, baking stones to steels, grills to pizza ovens, reliable dough recipes to the best topping combinations, and everything in between.

Frying Is Best Done On The Grill!

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Meathead

Frying is a project for your grill. If you do it on your grill, who cares if there are spatters, smoke, and there is no smoke alarm. Here are some articles and recipes that will show you how to make great fried chicken, onion rings, and more on your grill.

Why You Need To Start Griddle Grilling

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Paul Sidoriak

Cooking on a hot griddle, flattop, or plancha is a great way to get an all-over flavorful sear. And it is fun! Here's a guide to everything you need to know for griddle grilling!

Quick Start Guide: The Meathead Method

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Dave Joachim

If you are new to BBQ and grilling, start here. These articles will give you a solid foundation on BBQ and grilling equipment, ingredients, and techniques. You'll learn about thermodynamics, how to control temperature, meat science, smoke science, and how to get your food done exactly how you want it when you want it.

Ratings, Reviews, And Buying Guides

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Meathead

Forbes called us "the top website devoted to in-depth grill reviews." Our team of professional reviewers is hard at work finding the best and worst grills, smokers, thermometers, tools, accessories, artisan foods, and books for you.

BBQ Gear Guide: AmazingRibs.com’s Picks For The Best Smokers And Grills Available For Home Delivery

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Clint Cantwell

Despite the uncertainty, one thing hasn’t changed – the joy and comfort that BBQ and grilling brings. It starts with the right smoker or grill so we’ve compiled an elite list of top rated AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal winners, all of which can be delivered to your door so you can continue to stay safe at home.

Best Cooking Thermometers, 200+ Lab Tested And Reviewed

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Meathead

A good digital thermometer is a cook's most important tool. Our electrical engineer has tested and rated more than 200 different types of thermometers in a searchable database, making finding the perfect one for your needs a breeze!

BBQ And Kitchen Tools, Toys, And Accessories Rated And Reviewed

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Meathead

Check out our reviews of tools, equipment, gadgets, and toys that can help make you a better cook. We have tested all of these products and we really put them through their paces to see if they are worth using. Our reviews and ratings are honest and unbiased, and you can read about exactly how we test products to learn why we stand by that claim.

Charcoal Grillin’ Starter Kit

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Dave Joachim

New to charcoal grilling? Here's everything you need from the best grill and charcoal to tongs and a reliable thermometer.

7 Amazing Grills and Smokers Under $500

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Dave Joachim

Ready for a new rig? A brand new, good quality gas grill, smoker, or pellet grill doesn't have to break the bank. For many folks, the sweet spot is about 500 bucks. These 7 grills and smokers all cost less than $500, and they are all winners of our highest honor, the AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal for Best Value.

Videos Show You The Science Of Great BBQ And Grilling

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Meathead

Check out our videos to see detailed BBQ and grilling techniques, step by step recipes, and video reviews of grills, smokers, thermometers and other products we have tested and find useful.

Published On: 3/16/2021 Last Modified: 5/10/2021


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Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?


The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you’re using oven mitts at the grill, it’s time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder’s gloves. They’re heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One


The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

Click here to read our complete review

Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone


GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

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If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow ‘N’ Sear


The Slow ‘N’ Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.
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