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

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Every Season Is BBQ And Grilling Season Thanks To Countless Recipes, Tips, And More From AmazingRibs.com!

While the recent conclusion of Labor Day weekend marked the unofficial end of summer grilling season, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still take advantage of the depth of flavor that is only possible when cooking with smoke and flame year-round. At AmazingRibs.com, we’ve got how-tos, recipes, and tips for every occasion including a guide to competition BBQ, a tailgating and couchgating guide, and others.

Also be sure to explore perfect recipes for all of your needs, including our world-famous Last Meal Ribs; Texas-style brisket and beef ribs; Memphis-style pulled pork and BBQ spaghetti; and more.

And if you have been dreaming of firing up a brand new smoker or grill this summer, our Keeper of the Flame, Max Good, has got you covered with our extensive buying guides and countless hands-on reviews!

Competition BBQ, The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Champion

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Clint Cantwell

Entering a BBQ competition? We've got everything you need from a competition BBQ checklist to award-winning recipes, plus loads of pro tips. Whether you're entering a local cookoff or one of the big three BBQ contests (Memphis in May, the American Royal, or the Jack Daniel’s Invitational), we got you covered.

How to Tailgate Like a Pro Thanks To Countless Recipes And Tips

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Dave Joachim

Tailgating can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be. Here's your ultimate guide to the gear, the recipes, and the planning tips that will make your next party in the parking lot the best ever.

Cool Tailgating Gear to Step Up Your Gametime Party

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Dave Joachim

Tailgating is kind of like car camping, but it's a party! Check out this list of cool tailgate gear you may not have thought of--beyond the grill and the food. Once you bring a wireless speaker to your tailgate party, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it!
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Grilled Pecan Praline Bacon: A Pork-tacular Appetizer Or Snack

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Clint Cantwell

There is something magical about the merger of sweet and salty in this recipe for pecan praline-crusted thick-cut bacon.
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Pulled Pork Baked Potatoes: A Cook Once, Eat Twice Recipe

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Clint Cantwell

Weeknight meals don't get much easier than this baked potato recipe that utilizes leftover pulled pork.
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Super Easy Smoked Bacon Wrapped Wings Elevate Any Cookout

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Clint Cantwell

Appetizers don't get much simpler than this five-ingredient recipe for smoked bacon-wrapped wings with Sriracha ranch dipping sauce.
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Smoked Pig Balls: An Appetizer Recipe As Easy As It Is Delicious

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Clint Cantwell

As easy to make as they are delicious, these smoked bacon-wrapped kielbasa bites (a.k.a. pig balls) are the perfect appetizer for any event.

Slow ‘N Sear Travel Kettle Grill Reviewed And Rated

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Max Good

SnS Grills, aka Slow 'N Sear, continues to expand their catalog with a new, portable 18" Charcoal Grill called the Travel Kettle. Whether stationed on a small patio, cruising in your RV, or on the go to a weekend cabin rental, this platinum medal grill deserves consideration.

Weber 70th Anniversary Edition Kettle Charcoal Grill 22″ Review

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Max Good

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Weber's iconic kettle grill, the manufacturer has introduced a limited edition version of their 22" charcoal grill! Learn more about what makes it so unique by reading our full platinum medal review of the anniversary kettle grill.

Pit Barrel Cooker 22.5” PBX Reviewed And Rated

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John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

Pit Barrel Cookers' original 18.5" upright barrel smoker is a perennial favorite among our readers. In 2017, they introduced a smaller, 14" model called Pit Barrel Junior. Now they go big with the 55-gallon 22.5" PBX for larger cooks. This affordable barrel smoker excels in capacity, flavor, and ease of use.

Oklahoma Joe’s Bandera Vertical Offset Smoker Reviewed And Rated

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Robert F. Moss, Editor & BBQ Historian

Oklahoma Joe’s Bandera is a compact but capacious offset smoker thanks to its unusual upright vertical design. Though there are a few challenges to work around, the versatile unit is well-suited for the cook who wants to get a little more serious about smoking meats, fish, and vegetables over wood but isn’t ready to invest in a high-end offset cooker. Find out more about this entry-level offset cooker with our complete review and rating.

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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Classic Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe Done At Home

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Meathead

Classic Italian Beef Sandwiches are a popular regional specialty in Chicago and here is the recipe to make easy authentic Italian beef sandwiches at home featuring slow smoked beef, drippings, and peppers.
Sauced rack of ribs on a tray

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.
Smoked Texas style beef rib

Smoked BBQ Beef Ribs Just Like They Do ‘Em In Texas

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Meathead

Create delicious Brontosaurus sized beef ribs at home with this tested smoked Texas beef rib recipe. Whether it is meaty beef short ribs or the more flavorful beef back ribs, the key to successfully replicating this Texas BBQ classic is cooking them low and slow over live fire with just the perfect touch of smoke.
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This Easy Pulled Pork Recipe Produces Mouthwatering Results

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Meathead

This easy 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, pulled pork is perfect for your next backyard cookout.
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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.
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Candied BBQ Ribs Are Just Too Good To Pass Up

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Clint Cantwell

Crunchy bruleed sugar adds an unexpected twist to traditional low and slow smoked spare ribs in this recipe for sweet and savory candied BBQ ribs. The ribs are smoked low and slow until mouthwateringly moist and tender before sprinkling the ribs with sugar then torch them until the sugar melts and browns for a crust.
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Smoked Pork Rib Tips Are The Best Treats, No Tricks

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Clint Cantwell

This simple smoked rib tips recipe makes the perfect snack, appetizer, or main course. The rib tip (a.k.a. brisket, costal cartilage, or break) is the triangular, cartilage-dotted slab of meat attached to the lower end of the sparerib. Seasoned with BBQ rub then slow smoked on the grill, these bites are a surefire hit.

Extreme Steak: Wild And Crazy Ways To Get A Killer Sear

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Meathead

Here are four offbeat methods for cooking steaks that work amazingly well: The Afterburner Method where you cook on a hot charcoal chimney, the Vigneron Method where you cook with twigs, the Caveman Method where you cook right on hot coals, and the Stripsteak Method where you sous vide in butter then sear on a grill.
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Huskee’s Perfect Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

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Aaron “Huskee” Lyons

If you are a fan of old fashioned cocktails but haven't mastered them at home then this recipe from AmazingRibs.com is exactly what you are looking for!
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This Key Lime Pie Martini Recipe Is A Perfect Poolside Refresher

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Aaron “Huskee” Lyons

Looking for the perfect refreshing cocktail to enjoy during the warm summer months? This innovative key lime pie martini is the perfect choice!
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Bourbon BBQ Baked Beans, A Simply Amazing Side

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Meathead

Step up your next cookout with this recipe for the ultimate BBQ baked beans featuring a kiss of Bourbon. This will arguably result in the best baked beans you've ever had, certain to wow your guests. While there are a lot of ingredients, it's actually quick and easy to assemble then stew to perfection.
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The Best Basic Creamy Southern Coleslaw Ever

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Meathead

Just say no to bland store bought coleslaw and hello to this delicious homemade recipe. This classic simple creamy Southern coleslaw recipe is not only the perfect side dish for your next BBQ and grilling cookout but is also amazing on a Memphis and South Carolina style pulled pork sandwich or on a West Virginia style hot dog.
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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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Grilled Watermelon Will Change the Way You Look At Summer’s Favorite Fruit

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Clint Cantwell

Grilling watermelon transforms an otherwise sweet summer treat into a savory side dish or dessert. Grilled watermelon tastes great plain but this recipe rounds out the flavor profile with fiery hot honey, citrusy lemon zest sea salt, and bright fresh mint.

The Wok: Recipes and Techniques By Kenji Lopez-Alt Reviewed

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Meathead

In this extensive wok cookbook, you'll learn why woks work, how to pick the right one, countless techniques, and a variety of delicious recipes. Read all about it in our rated review.

To Boldly Grow by Tamar Haspel: Reviewed And Rated

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Meathead

With "To Boldly Grow," author Tamar Haspel has written an entertaining memoir that follows along as she and her husband, Kevin Flaherty, made a pact that every dinner will have something that they have grown or caught.

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.
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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.

Char-Broil Cruise Gas Grill Reviewed And Rated

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Max Good

Char-Broil bills their Cruise thermostatically controlled gas grill as, "the next generation of gas grilling….." For years, AmazingRibs.com cried out for thermostatic control on gas grills to replace vague LOW, MED, and HIGH control knob settings with specific temperatures so we were excited to see if Char-Broil delivers. Read our full review and find out our rating!

June Oven Premium Review

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Max Good

In the market for the perfect multi-function smart oven? June is versatile, effective, and fun! A few concerns arose in our tests, but whatever reservations we had were eclipsed by our love for the unit during the testing process. We award The June Oven our top AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

ThermoPro TP-420 IR and Instant Read Thermometer Review

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Bill McGrath

The ThermoPro TP-420 is a combination infrared (IR) gun and an instant-read thermometer at an attractive price point. Be sure to read our full review and rating.

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.

ThermoPro TP-930 Wireless Meat Thermometer Reviewed And Rated

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Bill McGrath

The ThermoPro TP-930 is a four-channel wireless thermometer that communicates with Android and Apple phones. It earns a Gold Medal.

ThermoPro TP-450 Dual Laser Infrared Temperature Gun Reviewed And Rated

By:

Bill McGrath

In search of a quality infrared temperature gun? We have thoroughly reviewed the ThermoPro TP-450, featuring a unique two-laser aiming system that can be used to measure the surface temperature of any object.

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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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.

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.

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.

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