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Every Season Is BBQ And Grilling Season Thanks To Countless Recipes, Tips, And More From AmazingRibs.com!

While the recent conclusion of Labor Day weekend marked the unofficial end of summer grilling season, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still take advantage of the depth of flavor that is only possible when cooking with smoke and flame year-round. At AmazingRibs.com, we’ve got how-tos, recipes, and tips for every occasion including a guide to competition BBQ, a tailgating and couchgating guide, and others.

Also be sure to explore perfect recipes for all of your needs, including our world-famous Last Meal Ribs; Texas-style brisket and beef ribs; Memphis-style pulled pork and BBQ spaghetti; and more.

And if you have been dreaming of firing up a brand new smoker or grill this summer, our Keeper of the Flame, Max Good, has got you covered with our extensive buying guides and countless hands-on reviews!

How to Tailgate Like a Pro Thanks To Countless Recipes And Tips

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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.

Cool Tailgating Gear to Step Up Your Gametime Party

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Dave Joachim

Tailgating is kind of like car camping, but it's a party! Check out this list of cool tailgate gear you may not have thought of--beyond the grill and the food. Once you bring a wireless speaker to your tailgate party, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it!
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Deep Fried Ribs: The BBQ Equivalent Of A Mic Drop

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Clint Cantwell

Slow smoked pork ribs are taken to a whole new level of flavor with this recipe for crispy panko breaded deep-fried ribs.
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Classic Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe Done At Home

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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.
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Armadillo Eggs: Bacon, Sausage, And Cheese In One Perfect Bite

These cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped sausage appetizers are perfect for tailgating, backyard cookouts, and more.
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Grilled Pecan Praline Bacon: A Pork-tacular Appetizer Or Snack

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Clint Cantwell

There is something magical about the merger of sweet and salty in this recipe for pecan praline-crusted thick-cut bacon.
Pulled pork baked potato

Pulled Pork Baked Potatoes: A Cook Once, Eat Twice Recipe

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Clint Cantwell

Weeknight meals don't get much easier than this baked potato recipe that utilizes leftover pulled pork.
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Super Easy Smoked Bacon Wrapped Wings Elevate Any Cookout

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Clint Cantwell

Appetizers don't get much simpler than this five-ingredient recipe for smoked bacon-wrapped wings with Sriracha ranch dipping sauce.
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Smoked Pig Balls: An Appetizer Recipe As Easy As It Is Delicious

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Clint Cantwell

As easy to make as they are delicious, these smoked bacon-wrapped kielbasa bites (a.k.a. pig balls) are the perfect appetizer for any event.

Competition BBQ, The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Champion

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Clint Cantwell

Entering a BBQ competition? We've got everything you need from a competition BBQ checklist to award-winning recipes, plus loads of pro tips. Whether you're entering a local cookoff or one of the big three BBQ contests (Memphis in May, the American Royal, or the Jack Daniel’s Invitational), we got you covered.

ThermoPro TempSpike Wireless Thermometer Review And Rating

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Bill McGrath

Read our complete review of the ThermoPro TempSpike wireless thermometer that received a Gold Medal for good performance and ease of use.

Sneak Peek: 2022 Traeger Timberline and Timberline XL Review

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Max Good

Some exciting enhancements are underway at Traeger and we got a sneak peek before the official rollout of their new and updated Timberline models on March 30, 2022.

Slow ‘N Sear Travel Kettle Grill Reviewed And Rated

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Max Good

SnS Grills, aka Slow 'N Sear, continues to expand their catalog with a new, portable 18" Charcoal Grill called the Travel Kettle. Whether stationed on a small patio, cruising in your RV, or on the go to a weekend cabin rental, this platinum medal grill deserves consideration.

Weber 70th Anniversary Edition Kettle Charcoal Grill 22″ Review

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Max Good

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Weber's iconic kettle grill, the manufacturer has introduced a limited edition version of their 22" charcoal grill! Learn more about what makes it so unique by reading our full platinum medal review of the anniversary kettle grill.

Killer Tested Barbecue And Grilling Recipes

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Meathead

Our philosophy of food is simple. First of all, it must taste great. We try to create recipes that are easy to make and that use plenty of fresh seasonal ingredients with a minimum of processed stuff. But most important, we test all our recipes. We know these recipes work if you follow the directions precisely. Dig in!
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The Best Smoked BBQ Ribs You’ve Ever Tasted: Last Meal Ribs Recipe

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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.
Sliced brisket

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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This Easy Pulled Pork Recipe Produces Mouthwatering Results

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Meathead

This easy 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, pulled pork is perfect for your next backyard cookout.

Real Food/Fake Food By Larry Olmsted Reviewed And Highly Recommended

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Meathead

In the comprehensive book, Real Food/Fake Food, acclaimed author and reporter Larry Olmsted tells a sordid tale of fraud, mislabeling, illegal ingredients, imposters, and government malfeasance in our food supply.

Quick Start Guide: A Step-By-Step Introduction To AmazingRibs.com

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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.
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Flipping Out: Why Turning Meat On The Grill Is A Good Thing

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Meathead

For years we have been told to not flip meat too often on the grill but that myth defies logic, physics, and math. Find out why.
award winning smokers and grills

BBQ Gear Guide: The Best Smokers And Grills To Buy Today

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Clint Cantwell

Picking the right smoker or grill for your personal needs can be a difficult task, with countless brands, styles, and prices to sort through. To help you find the best smoker grill to buy, we have compiled an elite list of top rated AmazingRibs.com gold and platinum medal winners.
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Charcoal Grills And Wood Burning Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

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Meathead

A comprehensive review and buyer's guide of almost all the wood burning and charcoal grills available from experts, with ratings.

Gas Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

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Meathead

Here's how gas grills work and what to look for when you go shopping.

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

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Meathead

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for pellet barbecue smokers and grills.
komodo kamado

Buying Guide To Kamado, Ceramic, Egg Smokers And Grills

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Meathead

The kamado, ceramic, egg grill, smoker, and oven is a fast growing category with more and more choices every year. Here are reviews and ratings of them all.
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Gas Smokers: Buying Guide, Reviews, Ratings, and Recommendations

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Meathead

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on how to shop for gas fired barbecue smokers. These are simple smokers that produce good flavor, on a modest budget.

Published On: 3/16/2021 Last Modified: 9/29/2022

 

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A Propane Smoker That Performs Under Pressure

The Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. 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 Proves That Good Things Come In Small Packages

The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint of the Grilla Pellet Smoker makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, including on a condo patio. Click here for our review on this unique smoker.


The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It’s among the best bargains for a smoker in the world. This baby cooks circles around cheap offset smokers because temperature control is so much easier. Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them.


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Meathead's Amazing rubs and sauce

Introduce big, bold flavor to your BBQ and grilling creations thanks to the Meathead’s Amazing line of pork, red meat, and poultry rubs as well as a KC-style BBQ sauce. Click here to read more and to purchase.