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To most of us, barbecue sauce is red and sweet. To those who would rather lunch in back of a shack than under the golden arches, barbecue sauce comes in a rainbow of colors and flavors tied to its area of origin. Here is a 12 pack of authentic sauces, benchmarks of their home town, selected by Meathead and sold by a specialty sauce company.
A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. The Thermopop (above) is about $30. The Thermapen (below), the Ferrari of instant reads, is about $99.
GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.
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 in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!
The PK Grill has become one of our favorite charcoal grills. Designed in 1952, the rectangular shape is easy to set up in 2 heat zones, it can easily be used as a smoker, the cast aluminum body is indestructible, airflow is easy to manage, and there is plenty of room under the hood. It is especially good at steaks, chops, and burgers.
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.
Made of rugged 1/8" thick aluminum, 20" long, with four serious rivets, Meathead says his shows zero signs of weakness after years of abuse. He uses it on meats, hot charcoal, burning logs, and with the mechanical advantage that the scissor design creates, yiou can easily pick up a whole packer brisket.
Mo's Smoking Pouch is essential for gas grills. It is an envelope of mesh 304 stainless steel that holds wood chips or pellets. The airspaces in the mesh are small enough that they limit the amount of oxygen so the wood smolders. Put it on top of the cooking grate, on the burners, on the coals. It holds enough wood for about 15 minutes for short cooks, so you need to refill it or buy a second pouch for long cooks like pork shoulder and brisket. Meathead says his has survived more than 50 cooks and he likes it better than the smoker tubes.
These are the same knives used at famous steakhouses like Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, and Morton's. Machine washable, high-carbon stainless steel, hardwood handle. Meathead says the ones he uses at home have been through the washing machine more than 100 times and the blade is like new. And the manufacturer has printed the AmazingRibs.com name on it!
This smallest model will fit nicely in any back yard, but don't be surprised to see them popping up at BBQ competitions as well. Outside dimensions are 32" tall including the stack, 22.5" deep, and 22" wide. The cooking chamber is 13" high, 17" deep, and 16" wide. There are 4 removable racks 16.5" x 15.5" separated by 3" and it comes with two extra shelf sliders for more flexible... Read More
The standard Backwoods Competitor comes with stainless doors and latches, the new low profile smoke stack, non-removable water pan and splatter guard. Overall dimensions are 55" tall including the stack, 24"wide, 32" deep. Cooking chamber is 29" tall, 20" wide, and 20" deep. Holds 8 racks 19.5" x 19.5" spaced 3 inches apart and an additional 7 racks can be added. The Competitor can... Read More
A nifty feature on this model is the optional inlet/outlet ball valve on the side that can be attached to a hose to keep the water pan filled, and then makes draining the pan easy. Outside dimensions: 40" tall including the stack, 24" deep, 32" wide with the drain valve (27.5" wide without). Inside dimensions: 17.5" tall, 20" deep, 20" wide. There are 4 racks 4.5" apart, 19.5" deep, 19.... Read More
In 2013 Backwoods introduced their G2 line, a revision and upgrade of their superb smokers. The G2 Chubby is the smallest model, although larger than the original Backwoods Chubby. G2 models are made from a heavier 20 gauge corrosion resistant steel and powder coated in black only. This should make sure rust is never a problem.
The interior dimensions are sized to hold industry standard... Read More
In 2013 Backwoods introduced their G2 line, a revision and upgrade of their superb smokers. The G2 Party is a mid-size model, although larger than the original Backwoods Party. G2 models are made from a heavier 20 gauge corrosion resistant steel and powder coated in black only. This should make sure rust is never a problem.
The interior dimensions are sized to hold industry standard 20... Read More
Exterior dimensions are 48" tall including the stack, 24" deep, 20" wide. The cooking chamber is 25" high, 16.5" deep, 15.5 wide. It comes with 6 removable 16.5" x 15.5" cooking grates 4" apart and it can hold up to 18 slabs of baby back ribs, 12 slabs of St. Louis style ribs, 6 to 8 large briskets or 8 to 10 Boston butts. If you are a competition cook, this baby can handle all four of... Read More
The Broil King Keg has been discontinued and replaced by the Broil King Keg 5000. Click here to read our review of the BKK 5000.
The Broil King Keg is a high quality kamado cooker, at home in the backyard or hitched to a vehicle. It excels at smoking, roasting, baking and searing thin meats. While competitive brands charge extra for just about everything but the logo, The Keg comes... Read More
The Broil King Keg 5000 is a high quality kamado cooker, at home in the backyard or hitched to a vehicle. It excels at smoking, roasting, baking and searing thin meats. While competitive brands charge extra for just about everything but the logo, The Keg comes fully equipped with stand, shelves, extender rack and a ”Multi-tool” which helps handle the grate and dampers and doubles as an... Read More
The Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24" is the larger of their two vertical gas smokers. Many gas smokers have limited temperature range and can't get down and hold low and slow temps of 225⁰. But Smoke Vault can be dialed down to 160⁰ and cranked up to 400⁰! Vertical gassers are often narrow making it a challenge to do ribs. With two 21.5"W x 14"D smoking racks The Vault will accommodate slabs... Read More
This mid-sized pellet smoker is comparable in capacity to Traeger's popular Lil' Tex Elite, but much more sophisticated and easy to find for well below its list price. It's one of the few pellet smokers we've seen with an ash removal system. Although pellets don't create much ash, they need regular cleaning, which is a pain on most other designs because the greasy grates and drip pan... Read More