AmazingRibs.com is supported by our Pitmaster Club. Also, when you buy with links on our site we may earn a finder’s fee. Click to see how we test and review products.

BBQ & Grilling In Depth: Tested Recipes, Science-Based Technique, Equipment Reviews, Community

pork tenderloin lollipops with dipping sauce

“By far the leading resource for BBQ and grilling information.” Forbes

You have come to the best place in the universe for everything related to outdoor cooking, barbecue recipes, grilling and smoking techniques, food science and mythbusting, and the world’s best buyer’s guides to 800+ smokers, grills, thermometers, and grilling accessories, including unbiased reviews. You need this. Hope you brought napkins.

Football stadiums are filling up again, which means it’s tailgate time! We’ve got some amazing dishes to make and take or to cook when you get there. Real smoked pulled pork sandwiches are always a crowd pleaser and easy to serve. Buffalo wings will get everyone fired up for the game, too. Or how about a novel appetizer of Pork Tenderloin Lollipops With Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce (pictured above)? If you need something quick and easy, Beer Brats always come together lickety split. Need tips on how much food to buy for the crowd? Gotcha covered here. Want to see the best new portable grills? Got that too. It’s all here in our Ultimate Tailgate Guide. Enjoy the game!

How to Tailgate Like a Pro

By:

Dave Joachim

Tailgating can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be. Here's your ultimate guide to the gear, the recipes, and the planning tips that will make your next party in the parking lot the best ever.

Burger, Sloppy Joe, Salisbury Steak Recipes

By:

Meathead

Our growing section of burger recipes will help you understand all the angles in making big fat juicy steakburgers or thin crispy diner burgers, and the techniques are very different! We'll take you on a tour of the regional styles of hamburgers, and even give you the secret sauce recipe. Plus sloppy joes, Salisbury steaks, and more!
Nathan's Famous Hotdogs

A Hot Dog Road Trip: The Country’s Best Regional Franks

By:

Meathead

Where did the hot dog get its start? Back in Europe if we're being honest. But as sausages came to America, these singular tubes of meat evolved into several regional specialties such as the Coney Island Hot Dog, the New York Streetcart Dog, and the Chicago Hot Dog. Here is the unvarnished history of them all.

Hot Dog Heaven: How to Cook Frankfurters

By:

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.
Bacon wrapped hot dogs on a platter

Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Will Be Your New Best Friend

By:

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.

Weber Summit Kamado E6 and S6 Charcoal Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Iconic Weber Kettles are some of the most popular and respected backyard grills in the world. Those who've mastered a kettle can do everything on it from grill a steak to bake a cake and these Summit Kamados are kettles on steroids. If you like your Weber Kettle, you'll love their Kamados. We give these babies our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medals!
pork tenderloin lollipops with dipping sauce

Pork Tenderloin Lollipops, A Meaty Treat For All Ages

By:

Clint Cantwell

Here's the ultimate grab-and-go appetizer. Pork tenderloin is cut into medallions that are then skewered with lollipop sticks before being grilled and served with a soy-ginger dipping sauce.
Grilled Buffalo wings on a plate

No Mess Crispy Grilled Buffalo Wings

By:

Meathead

Grilling Buffalo wings may sound like blasphemy but the results from this non-deep fried twist are simply amazing. By cooking this All-American Classic on the grill, you avoid the deep frying mess while also adding a deep, smoky flavor. The Buffalo wings start with indirect smoke before being crisped over direct heat.
this item is for members only
Miso wings on a plate

Smoked Miso Wings Take Any Party Over The Top

By:

Clint Cantwell

Yes, Buffalo sauce tastes great on hot wings, but try some Asian flavors on your chicken wings with the deep, savory flavors of miso, sesame oil, and wood smoke. This recipe leans heavily on miso paste, a traditional Japanese ingredient rich in umami, the rich meaty savory flavor.
Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

MOINK Balls, The Easiest Grilled Appetizer Ever

By:

Clint Cantwell

We'll bet you can't stop at just one of these tasty smoked bacon wrapped meatballs, a.k.a MOINK balls. This recipe is the perfect appetizer for any tailgating, couchgating, or backyard bash. The best part is that they are as easy to make as they are to eat!
Chicago Italian beef sandwich

Better Than Chicago’s Best Authentic Italian Beef Sandwich

By:

Meathead

Classic Italian Beef Sandwiches are a popular regional specialty in Chicago and here is the recipe to make easy authentic Italian beef sandwiches at home featuring slow smoked beef, drippings, and peppers.
Smoked pork butt on the grill

The Easiest Authentic BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe Ever

By:

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.
Sliced brisket

Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

By:

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!
Sliced maple glazed ribs

This Maple Glazed BBQ Ribs Recipe Will Make You The Boss Of Your Block

By:

Meathead

Impress guests at your next BBQ and grilling cookout for this sweet and savory rib recipe starring a glaze of real maple syrup. The result is extremely tender, juicy, meat with a beautiful mirror like sheen from the glaze. We'd be shocked if these aren't the best ribs you've ever tasted.

Pellet Smokers And Grills: Buying Guide, Ratings, And Reviews

By:

Meathead

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for pellet barbecue smokers and grills.
grilled sweet corn

The Best Grilled Corn You’ve Ever Eaten

By:

Meathead

You will never look at corn the same way again after trying this recipe for the ultimate grill roasted corn on the cob recipe. While boiling and steaming are popular methods of cooking corn, the smokiness and caramelization achieved by grilling it directly over live fire. Butter and tarragon help round out the flavor.

Weber Genesis II SX-335 Smart Grill Review

By:

Max Good

The Weber Genesis II SX-335 three burner with sear burner and side burner is, at its core, a wonderful gas grill. The electronics are disappointing but this grill still cooks like nobody's business. We're giving Genesis II SX-335 Smart Grill our Bronze Medal, with qualifications.
Grilled ratatouille over pasta

Ratatouille Tastes Better Grilled

By:

Meathead

Grilled ratatouille takes it up a notch. You may never make ratatouille the old way again! Serve it over pasta, couscous, or rice.
smoked caprese sandwich

Got Tomatoes? Make This Smoked Caprese Sandwich

By:

Dave Joachim

Quick, before summer is over, make these sandwiches! They're soooo good. And so easy. If you keep some smoked cherry tomatoes and basil pesto on hand (both easy to make with our recipes), this sandwich comes together in no time. And it tastes like a summer breeze!
Smoked, wizened cherry tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes: Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em

By:

Meathead

Smoked Tomato Raisins are the single best thing you can do with cherry tomatoes and here is the recipe for creating them. They are superb for snacking, on salads, on a pizza, in pasta, baked into breads, stuffed into chicken breasts or pork chops, or anything you would do with raisins or sun dried tomatoes.

ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE Review

By:

Bill McGrath

Read our complete review of the newest Thermapen - the Thermapen ONE - with a one second response time, improved accuracy, and a brighter backlight.
this item is for members only
Grilled Caprese salad stuffed flank steak pinwheels plated

Caprese Flank Steak Takes The Classic Italian Salad To The Grill

Here is an outstanding recipe for Caprese Flank Steak from Attjack, a member of our Pitmaster Club. This recipe combines a classic Italian Caprese salad with grilled flank steak in a butterflied and rolled steak cut into pinwheels and grilled hot and fast. Salad, meet grill. Grill, salad.
mustard sage pork tenderloin wrapped in pancetta

Grill A Better Weeknight Dinner With Mustard Sage Pork Tenderloin Wrapped In Pancetta

By:

Dave Joachim

You often see pork tenderloin brined, but this faster recipe wraps the pork in herbed mustard and pancetta to keep it moist and flavorful.
Sauced rack of ribs on a tray

How To Make The Best BBQ and Grilled Ribs You’ve Ever Tasted: So Good We Call Them “Last Meal Ribs”

By:

Meathead

Mastering smoked ribs -- whether they are St. Louis style ribs, spare ribs, or baby back ribs -- with our comprehensive tutorial and recipe will make you a backyard all star.

Party Planning: How Much to Cook for a Crowd

By:

Meathead

So you're cooking for a crowd. How much food do you need? Here's how to plan for a party or special occasion, including some basic rules of thumb and tips on how to handle dietary restrictions, how to prep ahead, and how to calculate the right amount of food so no one goes hungry.
S'mores

The Secret To This Delicious S’mores Recipe Is Nutella

By:

Meathead

Nutella is the key to creating the perfect s'more during your next campout or cookout. Every kid loves s'mores, those heavenly melanges of graham crackers, milk chocolate, and toasted marshmallows toasted on warm summer nights over campfires as accompaniment to ghost stories. Here's a recipe for pure s'mores nirvana!
2021 BBQ Hall of Fame

Meathead Makes The Barbecue Hall Of Fame!

By:

Clint Cantwell

On May 26, 2021, we were informed that Meathead, the owner of AmazingRibs.com, made the Barbecue Hall of Fame. Wow! This is quite an honor. The other two living inductees honored this year are Ollie Gates of Gates BBQ in Kansas City, and Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston. “Legacy” (deceased) inductees this year include Arthur Bryant of Arthur Bryant’s BBQ in Kansas City and Lyttle Bridges Cabaniss of Bridges Barbecue in Shelby NC. Meathead is the second inductee from the Chicago area, the other being James Lemons, founder of Lem’s Bar-B-Que.

Hypocrisy By Epicurious

By:

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.
BBQ dry rub on a rack of ribs

Meathead’s World Famous Memphis Dust Rub Recipe

By:

Meathead

This popular Memphis dust bbq dry rub recipe is the only seasoning blend you'll ever need for pork, chicken, fish, beef, and veggies. The rub is based on Memphis style BBQ, where ribs are served "dry," letting the seasoning and smoked shine by skipping the sauce.
Double cheeseburgers on a plate

Hamburger Secrets: How The Zen Master Prepares A Real Happy Meal Hamburger

By:

Meathead

Here's everything you need to know about burgers and how to make the best hamburger you ever tasted.
Hamburger on homemade brioche bun

The Steakburger Recipe That Puts The Best Steakhouses On Notice

By:

Meathead

Here's everything you need to know to make the best thick juicy crispy steakburger hamburger you ever tasted. This reverse seared steakhouse burger recipe produces perfectly cooked burgers with rich steak flavors, a wonderful smoky undertone, perfectly seasoned interior, and enough juice to soak the bun.
potato salad

Mom’s Old Fashioned Potato Salad Wows ‘Em Every Time

By:

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.

The Science of Slawsome Slaw

By:

Meathead

No backyard cookout would be complete with a side of slaw, whether it is a creamy coleslaw with mayonnaise, sweet-and-sour vinegar law, or a custom creation. Begin putting together the one that is right for you with this extensive tutorial.

Burger, Sloppy Joe, Salisbury Steak Recipes

By:

Meathead

Our growing section of burger recipes will help you understand all the angles in making big fat juicy steakburgers or thin crispy diner burgers, and the techniques are very different! We'll take you on a tour of the regional styles of hamburgers, and even give you the secret sauce recipe. Plus sloppy joes, Salisbury steaks, and more!

Our Most Popular Recipes

By:

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.

Quick Start Guide: The Meathead Method

By:

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.

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

By:

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

By:

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!

By:

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

By:

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!

Reverse Sear, Grilling Temps, When To Cook Hot & Fast, When To Cook Low & Slow, And When To Do Both

By:

Meathead

What is the right cooking temperature for barbecue? It depends. Not all food should be cooked low and slow or hot and fast. Sometimes, a combination of both is best, as seen in the reverse sear and in sous-vide-que. Read more about 2-zone cooking and when to grill with the lid up or down for perfectly cooked BBQ.

Ratings, Reviews, And Buying Guides

By:

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.

Best Cooking Thermometers, 200+ Lab Tested And Reviewed

By:

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

By:

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

By:

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

By:

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

By:

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: 10/4/2021


If you help us, we’ll pay you back bigtime with an ad-free experience and much more!

Millions come to AmazingRibs.com every month for quality tested recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, product reviews, and inspiration. But it is expensive to run a website with more than 4,000 pages and we don’t have a big corporate partner like TV network or a magazine publisher to subsidize us.

Our most important source of sustenance is people who join our Pitmaster Club, but please don’t think of it as a donation. Members get 21 great benefits. We block all third-party ads, we give members free ebooks, magazines, interviews, webinars, more recipes, a monthly sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $2,000, discounts on products, and best of all a community of like-minded cooks free of flame wars. Click below to see all the benefits, take a free 30 day trial membership, and help keep this site alive.


Post comments and questions below

grouchy?

1) Please try the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.

2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.

3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can’t help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.

4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.

5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.

Moderators

  Max

Click for comments...

Spotlight

These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs


Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

Fireboard Labs Product Photo Shoot. Kansas City Commercial Portrait and Wedding Photographers ©Kevin Ashley Photography

With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
Click here to read our detailed review


Blackstone Rangetop Combo: Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, grilled cheese, and so much more. And why deep fry indoors when you can avoid the smell and mess by doing it outside!

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


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

Click here to order directly and get an exclusive AmazingRibs.com deal


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker


This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

Click here to read our detailed review


Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
Click here for our review on this unique smoker


Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker


Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order