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

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Just because summer is behind us doesn’t mean that your BBQ and grilling adventures have to end! AmazingRibs.com is here for you all fall, winter, and spring with all of the recipes, science and techniques, and product reviews you need in order to elevate your outdoor cooking game. Here are a few highlights including our great outdoor holiday recipes!

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Eight Tips For Better Cold Weather Backyard BBQ And Grilling

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

The weather outside might be frightful, but that doesn’t have to stop you from firing up the grill. Here are some quick tips for cold-weather backyard BBQ and grilling!

The Best New BBQ, Grilling, And Griddling Products Of 2023

In search of the "best of the best" BBQ and grilling gear? The AmazingRibs.com staff unveils its top picks from 2023's new products.

BBQ And Grilling 101: A Guide To Better Live Fire Cooking (2 Recipes, 8 Pages, 18 Articles)

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

If you are new to BBQ and grilling, start here. These articles will give you a solid foundation on BBQ and grilling equipment, recipes, and techniques. You'll learn about thermodynamics, how to control temperature, meat science, smoke science, top recipes, product buying guides, and more.

Get Griddle Grilling With These Mouthwatering Recipes (19 Recipes)

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Cooking on a hot griddle, flattop, or plancha is a great way to get an all-over flavorful sear. And it is fun! Here are some great recipes to get you started.
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BBQ Gear Guide: The Best Smokers And Grills To Buy Today

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

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.

Solo Pi Prime Pizza Oven Starter Bundle Reviewed and Rated

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Brigit Binns

From the makers of highly popular fire pits comes an innovative entry into the outdoor pizza oven market -- The Solo Pi Prime pizza Oven. Read our complete hands-on review.
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Big Poppa’s Fall-Apart-Tender Copper Pot Carnitas

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Sterling Ball, Contributing Author

Pork shoulder is slowly simmered in a copper pot to create deliciously addictive, authentic carnitas! Sterling "Big Poppa" Ball shows you how in this recipe!
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Big Poppa’s Crazy Carnitas Taquitos

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Sterling Ball, Contributing Author

Make mouthwatering taquitos at home with this recipe from Sterling "Big Poppa" Ball that utilizes leftovers from his authentic copper pot carnitas recipe here!
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Popular Food Label Claims And Why They Can’t Always Be Trusted

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Tamar Haspel, Author

There are laws regarding claims on food packaging but that doesn't mean everything is what it seems. Here we break down many popular terms.

Victory Gas Griddle-VCT-G4B-LP Reviewed and Rated

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John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

Victory takes a plunge into the griddle wave that is sweeping the outdoor cooking world. This trend was building for years and now everyone is getting in on the action. We cooked a variety of griddled delicacies on Victory and got great results on everything that hit that porcelain coated surface. The Victory griddle cooked as well as any gas griddle, including the Blackstone Griddle we have used over the years. Click here to read our detailed review.

Weber Griddle 28 Inch Reviewed and Rated

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Max Good, Full time grill tester

Weber aims to capitalize on the rising popularity of backyard griddling with their line of stand-alone griddles, griddle inserts, and various griddle accessories. In recent years Weber had a couple high profile rollouts that, uncharacteristically, seemed forced into the market before ready but this one is a different story. Find out why with our full review.

Traeger Flatrock Flat Top Grill Reviewed and Rated

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Aaron “Huskee” Lyons

The Traeger Flatrock griddle is more expensive than most residential griddles, but unique features and a hefty build quality set it a few paces ahead of many competitors’ models available at the time of this writing. Is the Flatrock worth its equally hefty price point? Read our review to find out.

Spider Grills’ Venom Thermostatic Control Reviewed And Rated

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Interested in a thermostatic control for your kettle-style charcoal grill? Read of full hands-on review of Spider Grills' Venom adapter.

Meater 2 Plus Reviewed and Rated

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Bill McGrath

The Meater 2 Plus includes such features as an extended temperature range and five sensors along the food-end of the probe. Check out our full review.

ThermoPro TempSpike Plus Reviewed and Rated

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Bill McGrath

The ThermoPro TempSpike Plus is an upgraded version of the original TempSpike with a shorter, smaller diameter probe that should be easier to use. Read our full review.

ChefsTemp Quad XPro Reviewed and Rated

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Bill McGrath

The ChefsTemp Quad XPro is a four-channel wireless remote food thermometer system that will allow the user to monitor four temps simultaneously. Check out our full review.

Ed Mitchell’s Barbeque: A Must-Have Cookbook

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Ed Mitchell's Barbeque is a celebration of the history and tradition of whole-hog barbeque from the “most famous” pitmaster in North Carolina, Ed Mitchell. Read our full review of this cookbook.

Bertello Outdoor Pizza Oven Everything Bundle Reviewed And Rated

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Dave Joachim

We were skeptical about a low-cost pizza oven that claims to cook Neapolitan pizza in less than 2 minutes at temps over 930ºF. Would this oven perform as advertised? Read our review to find out.

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

With 400 pages and more than 400 of my photographs plus color illustrations, there is new material and new recipes not on this website, and the whole thing is organized so that you can sit down in an easy chair and flow from start to finish.

ThermoWorks ThermoPop 2 Thermometer Reviewed And Rated

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Bill McGrath

The ThermoWorks ThermoPop 2 is a fast instant-read thermometer at a very favorable price. Check out our full hands-on review of the thermometer including our product rating.

Killer Tested Barbecue And Grilling Recipes (29 Pages)

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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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How To Make Your Own Sriracha From Scratch

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Fire up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between with this recipe for making your own homemade version of Huy Fong brand Sriracha!
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8 Steps to Total BBQ Rib Nirvana

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Dave Joachim

We're crazy for incredible BBQ ribs and have plenty of smoked ribs recipes, cooking techniques, equipment recommendations, and mythbusting secrets throughout the site. But we know sometimes you just want to see the highlight reel instead of watching the whole game. No problem. Here are the 8 key steps you need to take.
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A Killer Smoked BBQ Ribs Recipe That Shames The 3-2-1 Method

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
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Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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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An Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe With Mouthwatering Results

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
burning charcoal

Charcoal Grills And Wood Burning Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

A comprehensive review and buyer's guide of almost all the wood burning and charcoal grills available from experts, with ratings.
Weber Genesis EPX-35

Gas Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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

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

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for pellet barbecue smokers and grills.
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Buying Guide To Kamado, Ceramic, Egg Smokers And Grills

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
Gas Smoker

Gas Smokers: A Buying Guide And Reviews

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
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Meathead’s World Famous Memphis Dust Rub Recipe

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Meathead, BBQ Hall of Famer

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.
Pork loin Cuban sandwich plated

A Cuban Sandwich Tastes Better When The Meat Is Smoked

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Slow smoked pork loin provides a unique twist on a Florida favorite in this grilled Cuban sandwich recipe. Thinly sliced smoked pork loin joins sliced ham, mustard, pickles, and Swiss cheese on Cuban style bread before being wrapped in foil, pressed, and grilled to crunchy perfection.
Smoked bacon wrapped meatballs

MOINK Balls, The Easiest Grilled Appetizer Ever

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

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!
Baguette, split and filled with meat, red and green jalapenos, and garnished with cilantro

Mouthwatering Smoked Pork Belly Bacon Burnt Ends Banh Mi

This rich and flavor packed tested recipe for our smoked pork belly version of the classic Vietnamese banh mì sandwich is sure to make your knees buckle. The recipe hits all the right notes for a perfect banh mì, including succulent BBQ pork belly burnt ends, spicy jalapeños, savory mayo, and tangy pickled veggies.
Pulled pork baked potato

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

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Clint Cantwell, Champion Pitmaster

Weeknight meals don't get much easier than this baked potato recipe that utilizes leftover pulled pork.
chilies

Step Over, Scoville. Peppers Deserve A Better Heat Scale.

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Tamar Haspel, Author

The Scoville scale for measuring heat in peppers was established in 1912 but times have changed and now an update is called for.

Published On: 3/16/2021 Last Modified: 2/15/2024

 

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