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BBQ & Grilling In Depth: Tested Recipes, Science-Based Technique, Equipment Reviews, Myth Busting

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Spring Is The Season For Smoke, Flame, And Flavor At AmazingRibs.com

Spring has officially arrived and with the warmer weather comes more opportunities to fire up the grill or smoker. To help kick off prime grilling season, we’ve got the ultimate spring cleaning guide for your cookers, as well as extensive buying guides and countless hands-on reviews should you want something shiny and new! We also have the perfect recipes for all of your needs regardless of the size of the crowd or the amount of time you have available from prep to table, including our Easter menu recommendations.

Sneak Peek: 2022 Traeger Timberline and Timberline XL Review

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Max Good

Some exciting enhancements are underway at Traeger and we got a sneak peek before the official rollout of their new and updated Timberline models on March 30, 2022.
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BBQ Gear Guide: The Best Smokers And Grills To Buy Today

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Clint Cantwell

Picking the right smoker or grill for your personal needs can be a difficult task, with countless brands, styles, and prices to sort through. To help you find the best smoker grill to buy, we have compiled an elite list of top rated AmazingRibs.com gold and platinum medal winners.

Easter Recipes To Celebrate the Rebirth of Spring

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Dave Joachim

Spring is the time to get outside and get grilling. No matter what is on your Easter menu this holiday, you'll find something to celebrate in the Easter recipes here. It's a moveable feast of classic Spring foods like grilled lamb, smoked ham, grilled asparagus, carrots, potatoes and pickled Easter eggs. Enjoy!
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You Have Stumbled Across The Ultimate Double Smoked Ham Recipe

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Meathead

Create the best ham you've ever tasted with this ultimate double smoked ham recipe. Ordinary store bought whole or spiral ham is taken over the top by slowly smoking it on the grill. The true star of the show, however, is the sweet and savory glaze!
Cured and smoked ham

How To Make A Cured Smoked Ham From Scratch

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Meathead

Create a smoked ham at home that will put any store-bought ham to shame thanks to this simple, yet flavor packed recipe. The key to creating a ham like the ones you normally purchase during the holidays is the curing process. Without curing a fresh ham, you won't achieve the same flavor or deep red color of the traditional type.
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Proven Methods For Making Melt-In-Your-Mouth Grill Roasted Leg of Lamb

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Meathead

Create mouth watering leg of lamb on the smoker or grill with these various techniques. Leg of lamb is a complex bundle of muscles, with layers of fat and connective tissue throughout. Here are four methods for dealing with the wonderful log of meat and how to create deliciously smoky grilled leg of lamb.
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Rack Of Lamb Three Ways: Grilled Lamb Lollipops, Lamb Ribeyes, And Whole Rack Of Lamb

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Meathead

Rack of lamb is incredibly rich and succulent, especially when cooked medium rare. Here are tips and tricks for grilling the perfect whole rack of lamb or lollipops (lamb chops), including how to trim them and season them.

Cleaning And Maintaining Your Grill Or Smoker

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Meathead

Keep your barbecue grill clean. Greasy grill grates make food taste bad and gunk on the inside of a grill can reduce heat transference. Here's how to clean and maintain your grill.

BBQ Season Checklist

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Dave Joachim

Getting ready to fire up for BBQ season? Check out our must-have checklist of tips to kick things off right. You'll find out how to get rid of built-up grease, clean the grill grates, and improve your cooker's overall performance so you're barbecued food will taste its best all season long.

Gas Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

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Meathead

Here's how gas grills work and what to look for when you go shopping.
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Charcoal Grills And Wood Burning Grills: Buying Guide, Reviews, And Ratings

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Meathead

A comprehensive review and buyer's guide of almost all the wood burning and charcoal grills available from experts, with ratings.

Pellet Smokers And Grills: Buying Guide, Ratings, And Reviews

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Meathead

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on what to look for and what to buy when shopping for pellet barbecue smokers and grills.
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Buying Guide To Kamado, Ceramic, Egg Smokers And Grills

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Meathead

The kamado, ceramic, egg grill, smoker, and oven is a fast growing category with more and more choices every year. Here are reviews and ratings of them all.
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Gas Smokers: Buying Guide, Reviews, Ratings, and Recommendations

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Meathead

Ratings, reviews, and recommendations on how to shop for gas fired barbecue smokers. These are simple smokers that produce good flavor, on a modest budget.

Killer Tested Barbecue And Grilling Recipes

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Meathead

Our philosophy of food is simple. First of all, it must taste great. We try to create recipes that are easy to make and that use plenty of fresh seasonal ingredients with a minimum of processed stuff. But most important, we test all our recipes. We know these recipes work if you follow the directions precisely. Dig in!
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The Best Smoked BBQ Ribs You’ve Ever Tasted: Last Meal Ribs Recipe

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Meathead

Mastering smoked ribs -- whether they are St. Louis style ribs, spare ribs, or baby back ribs -- with our comprehensive tutorial and recipe will make you a backyard all star.
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Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

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Meathead

Behold the best smoked brisket recipe ever! Texas style brisket is more than a recipe, it is a concept and a goal. It all begins by selecting the right meat, trimming it, seasoning it, smoking it, slicing it, and more. Follow this easy BBQ brisket guide for mouthwatering results!
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Brisket Burnt Ends: A Kansas City Original Made At Home

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Meathead

When done right, smoked brisket burnt ends are the perfect bite. Find out how to make your own with this tested recipe featuring the point muscle of the brisket.
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The Easiest Authentic BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe Ever

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Meathead

This easy BBQ pulled pork recipe skips the slow cooker to create authentic low and slow smoked pulled pork on a smoker or grill. With smoke woven through the moist meat, bits of seasoned crust, and a gentle splash of BBQ sauce, BBQ pulled pork is a foolproof low and slow smoked food, perfect for feeding large crowds.
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Pineapple: Meathead’s Favorite Thing To Grill. Yep. You Heard Me.

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Meathead

His name is Meathead, but after confessing on live radio that pineapple is his favorite thing to grill, all heck breaks loose.
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Schweinebraten: Pork Butt With German Flair

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Dan Gertsacov

This German-style pork butt (Schweinebraten) recipe is a surefire crowd favorite, featuring mouthwateringly tender, a touch of crunch from the crackingly crisp skin, and a flavor rich gravy.
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BBQ Spaghetti: A True Memphis Original

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Robert F. Moss, Editor & BBQ Historian

Barbecue spaghetti is a signature Memphis dish that you're not likely to find anywhere else. Our recipe is simple to make and a great way to incorporate extra pulled pork into a delightful side dish or even a full meal.

Texas Brisket Made Easy: A Downloadable Deep Dive

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Meathead

Beef brisket, Texas-style, is the Mt. Everest of barbecue. It is the most challenging of all meats. But, if you let us be your sherpa, we can get you to the top. If you’ve ever wanted to create a smoked brisket at home just as good, if not better, than the top BBQ joints then this brisket Deep Dive Guide is for you!

Char-Broil Cruise Gas Grill: A Sneak Peek Review

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Max Good

Char-Broil bills their forthcoming thermostatically controlled Cruise Gas Grill as, "the next generation of gas grilling." If it does what they claim then Cruise will be the first viable thermostatically controlled gas grill for residential use that we've seen. Our hopes have been shattered before. We're rooting for Char-Broil on this one, but the proof will be in its ability to actually perform as advertised. We're eager to get our hands on the first production models scheduled to roll out in spring 2022. 

FireBoard Spark Instant Read Thermometer Reviewed And Rated

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Bill McGrath

The FireBoard Spark is an innovative product that extends the feature list of capabilities to a new level, earning it a Platinum Medal for product excellence in both workmanship and performance.

Quick Start Guide: The Meathead Method

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Dave Joachim

If you are new to BBQ and grilling, start here. These articles will give you a solid foundation on BBQ and grilling equipment, ingredients, and techniques. You'll learn about thermodynamics, how to control temperature, meat science, smoke science, and how to get your food done exactly how you want it when you want it.

Sous-Vide-Que Marrying The Grill, Smoker, And Sous Vide

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Meathead

Sous-Vide-Que combines the best of three great cooking methods: grilling, smoking, and sous vide. From grilling you get the rich flavors of browning. From smoking, you get the alluring aromas of wood smoke. And from sous vide, you get evenly cooked meat that is incredibly tender and juicy.

Published On: 3/16/2021 Last Modified: 4/5/2022

 

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The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

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Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
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