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"I am loving the Pitmaster Club. The Doc Blonder videos rock! Collecting superb recipes. I belong to two other private clubs, but The Pitmaster Club brings me the most fun of all!"John Markus, Producer, BBQ Pitmasters TV Show


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We can up your game! The Pitmaster Club is a real barbecue community, a place to learn, make friends, and have fun!


Since we were founded in 2005, has gone from my hobby to the largest and most popular outdoor cooking website in the world with thousands of pages and employees. Thank you! But we were having problems making the ends meet because we are a small company without a corporate parent. At the same time, we had always wanted to create a real community that could take you to the next level. The Pitmaster Club was the solution. The Pitmaster Club is for all cooks, newbies, weekenders, competitors, even pros. In addition to being the most important revenue source that keeps an independent website alive, we return great value. Scroll down for a summary of the benefits of membership.

Every single day someone tells us how much the membership has done for them. Some examples:

  • "Mom, can Daddy cook tonite?"
  • "The guys in the firehouse won't let anybody else cook."
  • "I served her your ribs and she proposed marriage after dinner!"

Pitmaster Club members have a private message board forum to hang out in, with scores more recipes, where they can get tough questions answered, share tips and techniques, show pictures, buy, sell, trade, rave about their favorite BBQ joints, talk about smokers and grills, share competition tips, talk about their favorite drinks, and whatever else is on their minds except politics, race, and religion.

This is a very special community with none of the flame wars common on other public message boards. Here's an example from a member in Baton Rouge "My family and I have lost our home and vehicles, but not each other. Several members have reached out to me. The fact that people have been so thoughtful is very emotional for me. Thanks for everything you do and for helping me learn to be a better cook. This club is something special, and I honestly don't even know how to thank everyone."

This is your place to connect with us and fellow Pitmaster Club members, and your 24 hour hotline to expertise.

No more ads! That means a faster site!

When members are logged in they don't see paid ads from third parties on any part of the website. Third party ads come from remote servers and they slow the page load times. Without them the site runs faster! So no more bogus diet ads and no more mortgage come-ons! And members don't see ads for the Pitmaster Club either.


Free sneak preview of Meathead's new book

Members get exclusive excerpts and recipes from Meathead's forthcoming book, "The Meathead Method, Barbecue Science Meets Art".


Recipes, recipes, recipes!

Members post their favorite recipes in the Pitmaster Club forum and there are some pretty creative, tasty recipes. We also select some of the best and publish them on the main website, the free part of the site, so their friends and family and co-workers can see that they are now famous published recipe writers! If you dream of being a food writer, here's how to get started!

Comprehensive Giant Food Temperature Magnet

For a limited time, we are sending new paid Pitmaster Club members our new 8.5" x 11" Comprehensive Food Temperature Guide Magnet with more than 50 temperature benchmarks for meats, sugar, oil, and more. It sells for $9.95 on That's 42% of the price of a membership as soon as you join!


Great Giveaways

Pitmaster Club members in the US will be entered into all 12 monthly drawings/year for valuable prizes, all of them Gold or Platinum Medal winners, including free smokers, grills, and more, average value of more than $1,000! Your odds of winning over the course of a year are only about 1 in 1,500! Click here for the complete list of prizes and click here to see previous winners.


Interviews with top pitmasters

Pitmaster Club members get exclusive interviews with famous pitmasters like Tuffy Stone, Rick Browne, Chris Lilly, Harry Soo, Prof. Greg Blonder, Aaron Franklin, Myron Mixon, Candy Sue Weaver, and more. Check the seven minute excerpt from his discussion with Dr. Blonder on salt.

Greg Rempe's Weekly PitCast and other interviews

The PitCast is a weekly podcast by Greg Rempe of the BBQ Central Show exclusively for members. It gives us Wagyu quality conversation featuring news and interviews from the BBQ and grilling world including competition results from across the various sanctioning bodies, a look to the week ahead with upcoming events, cooking classes, judging classes and other items of interest.



Enjoy the humor of cartoonist Jerry King weekly as he pokes fun at our wacky lifestyle.


Two monthly newsletters: "Smoke Signals" and "Hot From The Pit"

Every month we send members an exclusive email newsletter, "Hot From The Pit", with recipes from members and highlights of discussions from The Pitmaster Club. Members also get "Smoke Signals", our monthly email newsletter with news of new articles and recipes on the free portion of the website.



In February 2017, we held our First International Meat-Up in the Bahamas with more than 50 members of the Pitmaster Club. Check out the video:

Join us for our Meat-Up in Memphis in the summer of 2020. Click here to see the itinerary.


In addition, several of our members organize local Meat-Ups in BBQ joints and their own backyards around the world all year long.

Discounts on products we love

Manufacturers recognize our members as important opinion leaders in the barbecue and grilling world and often make products available to them at special prices.


Members can buy this cool Embroidered Pitmaster Club shirt

This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one I wear in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing, but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.


Members can also order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo, in a variety of colors. Prices are very reasonable. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.


Support for Operation BBQ Relief

We donate 5% all membership fees to Operation Barbecue Relief, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit disaster relief program that sends pitmasters into US disaster areas to feed the first responders and homeless. If there is a tornado or flood, they are there within hours. By joining you help support this amazing service. Click here to learn more about the remarkable work OBR does.


Support for Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

We also donate to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. This remarkable a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization develops and distributes high efficiency cookstoves to the needy around the world. Many are wood burning but they require much less wood than the old fashioned stoves that also filled their huts and eyes and lungs with soot. These new designs are practically smokeless. Some burn biomass such as rice husks or even dried dung and some use solar energy. Some are even manufactured locally. Some of these clever designs have come from the recreational camping world, and many have migrated the other way, into the camping world. Below is a well insulated high efficiency unit that can burn wood, biomass such as crop byproducts like corncobs, it can run on solar, and can even store enough energy to power a light or charge a cell phone. Reducing the amount of wood means less deforestation in dry areas and women spend less time collecting wood and are at less risk. Click here to read more about this remarkable organization.


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Easy autorenewal

PlaceholderFor 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. No renewal notices and no telemarketing calls. If you don't want to renew, just click the cancel link in the email or on any page of The Pitmaster Club. But our money back guarantee extends to renewals too: If you renew and change your mind within 30 days, we will refund your money promptly, no questions asked. And remember, we never see or store credit card info! We think this is a lot better than bombarding members with emails and snailmails begging them to renew.

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Meathead Goldwyn

Meathead is the founder and publisher of, 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.


If you are already a member here are some handy links


What some members say about the Pitmaster Club

"Everyone should join the Pitmaster Club to show your support. The yearly fee is minimal and will help this site carry on the good fight. The thing that drew me to the site was the professionalism, experience, and genuine caring of its members which is unlike any other. As I read through the questions asked, and the responses from members, there is never anything smart a$$ said and nobody is putting anybody down. The members truly care about helping others learn. This is a top notch group of people and my hat is off to Meathead and the other moderators who keep this site going." Travis

"I just spent the last couple hours watching your videos and they were amazing! I know I will be watching them again. Please keep up the great work and thank you again for a great fun and educational product." Jeff Lockwood

"Thanks Meathead, Max, Dr. Blonder, David, Jerod, Huskee and Candy Sue .... I love enough to shell out $23.95/year!" Eric Cowperthwaite

"I am loving the Pitmaster Club. The Doc Blonder videos rock! Collecting superb recipes. I belong to two other private clubs, but The Pitmaster Club brings me the most fun of all!" John Markus, Producer, BBQ Pitmasters TV Show

"What I have already learned is worth that cost." Adam Payne

"A great community!" Josh Peal

"What you learn in one hour on here is worth more than the fee." ontheranch

"Moments after I asked my first question, it was a professional chef from Alaska who answered me. IMPRESSIVE!" richinlbrg

"I have been on forums for years for different topics... Cooking, Jeeps, Camping, etc... There always seems to be a bit of unneeded drama and people just trying to stir things up... That doesn't occur here..." clb239

"I have also been pleasantly surprised to have made a few good friends here." Steve B

"The thing I really love is that The Pitmaster Club has taken my BBQ game to a whole new level. I’ve learned an amazing amount about fire control, good vs. bad smoke, and how to cook chicken! My ribs, brisket, etc is so much better than it was 3 years ago." Ecowper

"How much I've learned!!! There is no way in hell I'd have upped my game 5000% in a year and a half without coming here. This site is truly amazing. Plus, I love the enthusiasm here. Just awesome people, who give a shit, and want to hear about my dumb cooks. Thank you!" JCBBQ

"Professionalism, when it's required, here. If someone doesn't have the answer, you even have people do research & find the answer." FireMan

"We helped host a tailgate this past weekend and I decided to bring a brisket. I was a little nervous because 'Jack', another co-host, always brings his bbq entree that has been a tailgate favorite for the past few years. Thanks, though, to this site and everyone here - the brisket was DELICIOUS and got rave reviews including questions about 'my recipe'. You guys have changed my culinary life and I'm thankful and fatter and happier than before. No pics but trust me - you would have been proud. Muchas gracias amigos!" VanW

"After unpleasant experiences in a group on Facebook, I was struck by what a great community we have here. Everyone treats everybody with respect and is welcoming of newbies." Buck Flicks

"The Pitmaster Club has become my second family. The amount of knowledge is staggering. All coming to you from very nice and caring people. If it wasn’t for you guys and gals I would actually have to spend more time with my wife." Name withheld for obvious reasons
"The staff and members are the gold standard of how social media should be experienced." Rod
"I've learned more about BBQ in the last 5+ months than I had in my life. The Pitmaster Club is a wealth of information." Panteracfh3
"I love this place.. Not only do you get info but you get people who want to disagree in a fashion that makes sense. Thanks to the moderators for keeping this place safe and sane." tbob4
"Good hearted humor, great feedback and tips, always a helping hand when needed. Many thanks to the moderators and all members for making this one damn fine site! Worth every penny and then some!!" NoogaQ

Ode to The Pitmaster Club

From TBoneJack, now the unofficial Poet Laureate of The Pitmaster Club, this metered love letter:

AmazingRibs is where you go,
To get the best advice,
You'll find out how, to smoke a cow,
And it will turn out nice.

Smokers, gadgets, recipes,
Charcoal, gas, or wood?
The how, the why, and what to try,
When things arn't going good.

Selection, prep, and cook techniques,
Marinades and such,
Rubs and brines and temps and times,
And how to use the Crutch.

Brisket secrets are revealed,
For moist and tender meat,
The point, the flat, the rendered fat,
The proper mix of heat.

I found out how to smoke spare ribs,
Great bark and taste and worth,
I want some more, I'll have them for,
My last meal on this Earth.

Memphis Dust did suit them well,
I served them without sauce,
Not 3-2-1, not overdone,
No precious flavor loss.

Jambo, Lang, or Meadow Creek,
It's hard to make the call,
Almost a crime, so little time,
I'd like to try them all.

I'm not ashamed, I'm not alone,
'Cause many have this lot,
But I'll admit, here in the Pit,
My wife said Not! Not! Not!

Weber, Brinkman, PBC,
No need for budget breach,
They cook great food, just ask me dude,
'Cause I have one of each.

Obsessed I am, I know it's true,
They call it MCS,
I saw the doc, he was in shock,
He too is in this mess.

Myron Mixon, Johnny Trigg,
Cool Smoke's Tuffy Stone,
Harry Soo, Chris Lilly too,
And Moe who cooks alone.

They're all good, I like them fine,
I'm sure they cook good Q,
They've earned the right, I see the light,
I'll give them their fair due,

But I have learned, thru many cooks,
This web site is da bomb,
For what to do, browse over to,
AmazingRibs dot com.

Tired of seeing popup ads?
No need to throw a fit,
Don't you know, just spend some dough,
And join us in the Pit.

And if you travel, don't despair,
No further should you look,
The answer's clear, put down your beer,
And order Meathead's book.



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