Privacy Promise, Terms Of Service, GDPR Compliance, Code Of Ethics, Legal Disclaimers

This page contains everything you need to know about our Privacy Promise, Terms of Service, GDPR compliance (the General Data Protection Regulations passed by the European Union Articles 13/14 of EU Regulation 2016/679), as well as info about the way we run this site.

About this website

AmazingRibs.com is owned by Grilling.Guru, Inc., a Florida corporation, under the direction and sole ownership of Meet Meathead, Barbecue Whisperer, Hedonism Evangelist, Culinary Mythbuster. If you need more info about this page click here to contact us. We are not affiliated with Barbecue Guru or any other company. AmazingRibs.com is all about the science and art of barbecue, grilling, and outdoor cooking, with great brbecue recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, and unbiased equipment reviews and ratings by experts. Learn how to set up your grills and smokers properly, the thermodynamics of what happens when heat hits meat and vegetable, and and unlearn the old husband's tales. There are also buying guides to hundreds of grills, smokers, tools, accessories, and thermometers, as well as hundreds of excellent tested recipes including all the classics, and a vibrant membership community called The Pitmaster Club.

Copyright © 2005 to 2018 by AmazingRibs.com

Unless otherwise noted, all text, recipes, photos, and computer code are owned by AmazingRibs.com and fully protected by US copyright law. This means that unless you have written permission to publish or distribute anything on this website you have committed a Federal crime. But we're easy. We usually grant permission and don't grant a fee. To get reprint rights, just click here and tell us what you want to use and what for. You do not need permission to link to this website. Note: Some photos of commercial products such as grills were provided by the manufacturers and are under their copyright.

Privacy promise

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 take appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or unauthorized destruction of user data. GDPR requires that we be willing to delete any info we have about an EU resident if he or she requests it. We go a step further. We extend this right to anyone, EU resident or not.

Info collected about visitors to this site

If you simply visit our site, AmazingRibs.com collects no info about you as an individual. We use a number of reputable companies to help run this website. All are GDPR compliant. Some use cookies. Cookies are very small text files that are stored on your computer. They are not programs or capable of harm. You can disable any cookies on your computer in your browser settings, but this may stop a website from functioning properly. Like most websites, AmazingRibs.com uses third party services to help it operate. We chose them carefully, all are GDPR compliant, and their businesses depend on their ability to adhere to the highest privacy and security standards. Personal data will be processed and stored for as long as required by the purpose for which they have been collected. Here is info about what we have about you and the services we use.

If you subscribe to our newsletter. We publish a free email newsletter named Smoke Signals with the help of a well-regarded email service provider that is GDPR compliant. If you subscribe to Smoke Signals, we have only your email address. You may cancel your subscription at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of every newsletter. They store your email address and are not authorized to use it for any purpose. They are an industry leader and are widely respected for their integrity. If they cheated and spammed people they would be out of business in a hurry.

Website hosting. AmazingRibs.com lives on a computer at a reputable website hosting service that uses industry-standard security safeguards. The host is not authorized to use any information you provide under any circumstances.

AmazingRibs.com products. We offer some humorous aprons, T-shirts, and other fun tchotchkes available for sale through a service called CafePress. If you purchase a product or service from them, they request information on their order form such as name, email, shipping address, credit card info, etc. They use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If they have trouble processing an order, they will use this information to contact you. That's all.

Surveys or Contests. From time-to-time we may offer contests or surveys. Participation is completely voluntary and you have a choice whether or not to disclose any information. Unless otherwise noted, this info is used strictly for the contest or survey. We may use a third party service to conduct these surveys or contests and that company is prohibited from using personally identifiable information for any other purpose.

Comments posted to our pages. Before you can post a comment or question we require you to sign in because we want everyone hanging around the grill acting friendly. We use a popular comment service named Disqus, also used by NPR, ABC, CNN, and TIME. If you prefer, you can log in with credentials from Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Disqus is GDPR complaint. For Disqus to work you must enable JavaScript and accept cookies. All comments become the property of AmazingRibs.com and we reserve the right to quote them, edit them, or delete them, and block people from making future comments for any reason at our sole discretion. This is something we rarely do, but we do not tolerate uncivil comments, nastiness, racism, porn, inappropriate language, never ending arguments, or attacks on others.

Google Analytics. AmazingRibs.com has enabled Google Analytics Advertising Features to give us valuable information about our visitors as a group, not as individuals, so we can continue delivering pertinent information to you about grilling, smoking, and outdoor cooking. We understand that some visitors may not want to be part of these analytics so if you want to opt-out, click this link, download and install the add-on for your web browser. It will turn off Google Analytics Advertising Features for all websites, not just this one.

Social media connections. We may ask for some social media permissions allowing you to perform actions with your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media accounts, and to retrieve information from them. This allows you to connect with the your account provided by those companies.

Links to other websites. AmazingRibs.com contains links to other web sites. The links on the editorial portion of all these pages are selected by a human who has reviewed the site. Once you leave this site through a link to another site, we can not be responsible for the content of that site and you are subject to the privacy policy of that site. But you knew that, right?

Info collected about members of our Pitmaster Club

We have a subscription membership service called The Pitmaster Club. Click here for more info about the Pitmaster Club and its benefits. All data requested by the Pitmaster Club is mandatory and failure to provide it may make it impossible for us to provide member services. If you belong to our Pitmaster Club we have your your name, your address, your phone number, your email address, as wll as your Pitmaster Club user name. Our system stores your password, but no humans can view it. We need your address in order to send your temperature guide magnet via snailmail, we need your email in order to tell you when your membership is about to lapse and that we will be charging your credit card or PayPal account. We also send you our email newsletter Hot From The Pit which you can cancel by clicking a link at the bottom of every email.

Membership costs only $23.95 per year. But joining is risk free. At any time during the first 30 days, we will issue a prompt full refund. Not many companies offer a 30 day no risk moneyback guarantee nowadays! For your convenience, when the year is up, you don't have to do a thing to renew. Three weeks before your membership expires we'll send you an email asking if you want to renew. If you do, don't do a thing, you will be renewed automatically. The credit card processor will charge you. If you don't wish to renew, just click a link in the email. But our money back guarantee extends to renewals too: If you renew and change your mind within 90 days, we will refund your money promptly, no questions asked. We think this is a lot better than bombarding members with emails and snailmails begging them to renew.

Your payment is secure. We never see or store credit card info. The subscription page is a portal directly to Stripe, a large respected card processor that is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification available. It is also GeoTrust Secured. It is far more secure than handing your credit card to a stranger in a restaurant, gas station, or a grocery store. And our privacy and security promise is as good as it gets. When we launched in 2014 we accepted payment via PayPal but we no longer use it for new subscribers. 

Advertising

We do not have a big corporate partner like Food Network or Bon Appetit so we need advertising to pay the bills. Because we are adamant about the wall between editorial and advertising, neither I nor anyone on my team has anything to do with ads. We have a third party manage all ads for the site. Most of our ads come from big agencies called ad networks. Our ad manager selects ad networks. I have no idea who is buying ads and that's the way I want it. We don't accept sponsored articles or free trips or gifts. Very old fashioned.

We also confine ads to the periphery on desktop and tablets, never allowing them into the text of our recipes or articles, but on smartphones, since the screen is only one column wide, the ads do get into the text flow. Again this is very old fashioned. It is a fact of life that the internet is better on a big screen.

We don't think kindly of malvertising, phishing ads, or cryptor-miners, and we scream and stomp our feet whenever we see crappy ads or malvertising, but malvertising is everywhere, especially on Android mobile phones. As this article in the New York Times  explains, malvertising pretending to be from Amazon is very common. It is not from our site. It is in your browser.

Advertisers sometimes place cookies in readers' browsers. This is the case on practically every website and blog on the internet. We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our site. These companies may use aggregated information about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. Aggregated info means they count totals and summaries of visitros such as how many people visit the site and which countries or states they come from as totals, not as individuals. They do not collect your name, address, email address, or telephone number, etc. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please see: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp

Oh, and if you hate ads, please consider joining our Pitmaster Club. Among its many benefits, we remove all ads for members.

Code of ethics

We adhere to the Blog With Integrity Code of Ethics. Our ratings and reviews are never influenced by advertising because ads are sold by third party networks. We use third party services to sell ads on this site and we are not involved in the process. Click here to learn more about how to advertise on this website. We treat others respectfully, and when we disagree, we attack ideas and not people. We also welcome respectful disagreement with our ideas. We expect the same from our readers. We believe in intellectual property rights, providing links, citing sources, and crediting inspiration where appropriate. We disclose our material relationships, policies, and business practices. Readers will always know the difference between editorial and advertising. We do not do sponsored articles, paid articles, or accept junkets. We always present our honest opinions to the best of our ability. We own our words. Even if we occasionally have to eat them. No ketchup allowed.

Liability

We are serious about quality recipes and make every effort to be certain that they give excellent results on a variety of cookers. We actually test all recipes thoroughly. Not many websites can say that! Still, we cannot be responsible for recipes that don't turn out the way you expected, and we cannot be held liable for costs or harm done by any cooking you do. In other words, you can't sue us if you cut yourself, if you burn yourself, if the food doesn't taste like you want it to taste, or if somebody gets sick. If you follow our instructions, none of these should happen. Likewise, we only recommend products we love, but we cannot be responsible for a manufacturer whose quality control is beyond us. In other words, if you buy a grill or something we recommend, chances are you will love it, but if the manufacturer built you a lemon, or changed the way it is made, we cannot be held responsible.

Disclaimers and limitations

The information on this website is for educational purposes only. All material within comes without warranties of any kind. We are human, and capable of mistakes, so we make no guarantees of the accuracy, completeness, or safety of the information. Under no circumstances are we liable for any damages that result from use of the site (so you can't sue us if you burn your tongue on hot ribs, cut your finger, or get a tummy ache, OK?). You should follow USDA recommended minimum cooking temperatures at all times. For more info, visit FoodSafety.gov. We cannot be responsible for errors or negligence on the part of third party services. Please note that your information may be transferred if there is a sale, merger, transfer, exchange, or other disposition of AmazingRibs.com or Grilling.Guru, Inc. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time. If you have any questions or comments, click here to contact us.

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