About Us

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Meathead

Launched in 2005, AmazingRibs.com started off as a hobby and labor of love. While it’s no longer a hobby, it has grown and morphed from a one-man amateur operation into a professional website that speaks with authority about barbecue, smoking and outdoor cooking. The articles below give you some more background on who were are and what we’re all about. The main thing you should learn is that we are serious about food and cooking. The love of this shows in everything we do. Welcome to our home.

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About AmazingRibs.com And How We Operate

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Meathead

Here's a look behind the curtain at how this website works.
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Meet Meathead, Barbecue Whisperer, Hedonism Evangelist, Culinary Mythbuster, Hall Of Famer

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Meathead

Meathead is the founder and publisher of AmazingRibs.com, and is also known as the site's Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer. He is also the author of "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", a New York Times Best Seller and named one of the "100 Best Cookbooks of All Time" by Southern Living.

Meet Our Team

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In the past, all the articles, recipes, tips and technique on AmazingRibs.com were written exclusively by Meathead. That's no longer the case. In 2017, we added some knowledgable writers and editors to provide new recipes and reviews.
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Our free Smoke Signals newsletter keeps you up to date on our latest new articles, recipes, and product reviews. We promise not to email you more than once or twice on average and never to sell or share your email address.
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Media Coverage: We Have 13 Minutes Of Fame Left

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The folks in the media love AmazingRibs.com and say nice things about us.
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Private: The AmazingRibs.com Meat-Up In Memphis is “The Ultimate BBQ Lovers Road Trip Event” Says Forbes

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Meathead

Join us March 18-20, 2022 for an AmazingRibs.com Meat-Up in Memphis, the ultimate BBQ getaway weekend featuring great food, fellowship, and educational seminars in the pork barbecue capital of the world.
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DigestThis.news! Our Food News Service Keeps You Informed

Stay informed on what's happening in the wider world of food and cooking with this free food news service edited by our own Dave Joachim.
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Privacy Promise, Terms Of Service, GDPR Compliance, Code Of Ethics, Legal Disclaimers

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Meathead

AmazingRibs.com promises to never sell or distribute any info about you individually without your express permission, and we promise not to, ahem, pepper you with email or make you eat spam. We adhere to a strict code of ethics and our ads are sold by third parties so they cannot influence our reviews.
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Our Links Policy

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This website is all about serving people who love food and drink. I carefully select links that I think meet the needs of my visitors. I spend a lot of time selecting links and writing about them.
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How To Get Reprint Rights To The Copyrighted Material On This Website

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Meathead

You need my written permission to publish or distribute anything on this website. But I'm easy.
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Organizations We Support

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We support a number of charitable organizations.
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We Support Operation Barbecue Relief

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Meathead

Operation BBQ Relief is a charity that gets meals to disaster sites in a hurry by using pitmasters and competition teams.
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Why We Require You To Sign In Before You Can Post Comments

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Asking people to sign in is our way of making folks accountable for what they say.
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Advertising Opportunities

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AmazingRibs.com is by far the largest and most popular barbecue and grilling website in the world. Advertising on AmazingRibs.com is a great way to build your brand or make direct sales.
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About Fake Amazon And Facebook Ads

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Meathead

Malvertising has become more pervasive on Android mobile devices especially a fake ad that congratulates you for winning something from Amazon. Symantec says that this year the "Congratulations" malware has been making a strong push onto Android devices with a Trojan horse called "Android.Fakeyouwon."
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We’ve Been Archived In The U.S. Library Of Congress!

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Dave Joachim

The U.S. Library of Congress has selected AmazingRibs.com to be included in its historic Food and Foodways Web Archive. Only a few dozen sites have been chosen, including the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Center for Science in the Public Interest. We are in good company. What an amazing honor!
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How We Test Grills And Smokers

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Max Good

Max Good is the AmazingRibs.com Director of Equipment Reviews and Keeper of the Flame. He is the only person in the world who tests and reviews grills and smoker full time. Click now to discover how he evaluates the hundreds of gas and charcoal grills and smokers crowding the aisles at stores coast to coast.
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Testimonials

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Here's what people have to say about this website.

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Published On: 2/14/2019 Last Modified: 4/13/2021


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The Undisputed Champion!


 
The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. The MK4 includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight and rotating display. Don’t accept cheap substitutes.
Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review


Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone’s Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all!

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
Click here for our review of this superb smoker



Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


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


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


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