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), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as well as info about the way we run this site.
Why you can trust us
We adhere to the Blog With Integrity Code of Ethics and the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. Our ratings and reviews are never influenced by advertising because our reviewers have no connection to ad sales. 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, paid endorsements, paid links, paid social media posts, or accept junkets. There are never preconditions for coverage of a topic. 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.
About this website
Copyright © by AmazingRibs.com
Unless otherwise noted, all text, recipes, photos, computer code, visitor comments, and posts to the Pitmaster Club, 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.
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.
in 2019 California passed a law requiring websites to disclose its privacy policies and to allow users to prevent the site from selling information about them called California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). You do not have to request that we not share info about you, that is our default policy. We have not ever and will not ever sell information about you. If you simply visit our site, we collect no info about you as an individual.
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.
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.
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.
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 visitors 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.
We employ an expert editor who checks all content before it is published for factuality and accuracy. All recipes are carefully tested.
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.