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How to Make Homemade Thousand Island Dressing – An Exclusive BBQ Pit Boss Recipe

Make your own Thousand Island Dressing for this Tangy, Springtime Rueben Sandwich.  And Exclusive BBQ Pit Boss Recipe.

Springtime Reuben Sandwich with homemade 1000 island dressing

Fresh greens from the garden.  Homemade Thousand Island Dressing.  Good rye, sautéed in sweet cream butter. Strong Ranger IPA from New Belgium. Mmmmmm. Reuben Spring.

Spring has sprung in the southland, and that’s got everybody feeling feisty, including our very own Pit Boss.  He picked some of the first of his spring field greens and used them to construct a fresh twist on the classic Rueben Sandwich.  All he had to do was whip up a batch of his signature homemade Thousand Island Dressing, using his secret recipe, add in a couple of slices from a large rye, layer on some fresh corned beef and saute it all in sweet cream butter.  Of course he garnished it with a strong Ranger IPA from the New Belgium Brewery.  On a warm spring afternoon in Georgia, it really doesn’t get any better than that.

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Winter Grilling Made easy in Norway with the Pit Boss BBQ Tool Belt

Winter Grilling Made Easy

If you live in the south like us, then winter grilling means throwing on a sweatshirt and braving 40 degree temperatures and some seasonal dampness.  Not exactly mind-blowing stuff.  But if you live in the north…lets say upstate New York, Minnesota or … coastal Norway, then winter grilling gets a lot more serious.  Winters are far colder and they last a lot longer in those cold nether regions.  We’re not going to go as far as to say you’re going to get frostbite from a neglected barbecue tool, but we are going to say that sub-zero temperatures can’t be fun when you’re cooking up a steak.  The Pit Boss Barbecue tool belt can help.  Just put your barbecue tools on the belt and strap it on.  It’s great for holding all your gear, if you are say, cooking 2 kilos of pork neck on a Weber Kettle in the snow.  That’s what satisfied Pit Boss Customer Olaf Egge did, in the far reaches of coastal Norway.  He was kind enough to send of some pics of the process.  Thanks Olaf!

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Comprehensive BBQ Tools Checklist

Comprehensive BBQ Tools Checklist

Face it, there are a LOT of barbecue tools out there.  This BBQ Tools checklist helps you cut down some of the confusion.  We’ve broken down barbecue and grilling tools into Four categories:  Apprentice, Journeyman, Advanced, and Master.  If you’re on a fixed budget, we recommend buying fewer, better barbecue tools and starting with the basics.  To see reviews and recommendations on specific tools, check out our BBQ Tools Buyers Guide.

BBQ Tools – Apprentice

These are the foundational BBQ tools.  You can’t grill without these tools.  Or at least you can’t grill very well.

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Buttermilk Brined Grilled Turkey Breast Recipe

Buttermilk Brined Grilled Turkey Breast Recipe

You want to grill a turkey breast?  Not so fast my friend.  Turkey can dry out even if you cook it low and slow.  Grill it over high heat and you are just asking for a tough, dry bird.  This brine recipe will solve your problems.  Brining adds moisture and flavor to the grilled turkey to keep it from drying out.  It will be moist and delicious.   Note that you will need 12-24 hours to properly brine the bird, so plan ahead, and then get your grill on with this awesome grilled turkey breast recipe.

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Asian BBQ Pork Tenderloin

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Tired of the same old barbecue pork tenderloin?  Here is a recipe for Asian BBQ Pork Tenderloin that will absolutely bring you luck this Chinese New Year.  You’re going to want to marinate it for  at least six hours, but once you pull the marinated pork tenderloin out of the fridge, it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s delicious.   You can roast it in the oven, but we highly recommend you grill it on your barbecue.

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Brining Poultry Makes a HUGE Difference when Grilling

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Brining Poultry – Makes a Huge difference in Flavor and Juiciness

Brining poultry will give it more flavor and better texture, every time.

Poultry – i.e. chicken, turkey and duck – is leaner than most other meats, so it tends to try out on the grill.  There is a simple way to fix that, and it’s called brining.  We’ll explain what brining is and why brining is important.  We’ll also give you an easy brine recipe and some simple steps that will allow you prepare perfect poultry every time.  Feel free to skip to the bottom of the page for the poultry brine recipe and tips.

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Butter Burgers

Butter Burgers with Bacon and Pimento Cheese

You may also use bacon and pimento cheese (photo courtesy of Southern Living Magazine)

Butter Burgers

The only thing better than a burger is butter in a burger.  Butter Burgers.  They taste delicious.

You will need one to two hours to chill the herb butter before cooking these butter burgers.

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Quick Grilled Pork Belly Recipe – Asian Style

Grilled Pork Belly Recipe

Courtesy of Justonecookbook.com

Grill this Asian-Style Grilled Pork Belly Quick!

Pork belly is a boneless cut of fatty meat from the belly of a pig.  In other words, pork belly is uncured bacon.  Normally pork belly is braised and then seared, but this is a labor-intensive process that can take up to 24 hours.  We’d much rather slice our pork belly thin and grill it.  This cuts prep time down drastically (you just have to wait an hour for it to marinate – or you can can brush it with the marinade while you grill it, although the flavor won’t be as intense.)  This grilled pork belly recipe cooks up quick and easy – just the way we like it.

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Best Wood For Smoking Meat – A Guide to Hardwoods for Smoking

Best Wood for Smoking Meat

Best Wood For Smoking Meat…A lot of Meat.

A little knowledge goes a long way when selecting hardwoods for meat smoking.

We’re often asked about the best wood for smoking meat.  We often answer that it depends on what you prefer.  Different woods impart different flavors, and there are no hard and fast rules.   This guide explains the basic characteristics of woods commonly used for meat smoking.  If you’re starting from scratch or you are thinking about how to expand your meat smoking repertoire it will be a handy reference.  Of course, uniqueness and perfection can only be found through experimentation.  You might even keep … ahem …  a log of your results.  You can do this very easily with the highly-recommended Pit Pal BBQ App.

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Tailgating Ideas – Top Tailgating Apps

Top Tailgating Apps

Looking for some great tailgating ideas this season?  These top tailgating apps can help you plan the best tailgate party ever.

tailgating idea - beer opener iPhone caseBefore we get to the apps, we have to show you this.  The Openea iPhone case contains a fully functional bottle opener.  This might be one of the best tailgating ideas of the century.  First of all this case is a tough protective case (like I dropped my phone but I’m not even worried tough), second of all the opener has got a locking feature so the opener stays in when its supposed to be in and slides out when it’s supposed to slide out.  Third of all you will never, ever lose it.  Unless you lose your phone, but thats another problem alltogether.  Cheers.  Available for iPhone 4, 4s and 5.  $29.99 .  Free shipping to USA, UK and Australia. Opencase.com

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Charge your iPhone with Fire

Charge your iPhone with Fire

Yes that’s right.  You can charge your iPhone with Fire.  You can also charge your Android Phone with Fire.  In fact you can power anything that plugs into a USB port with fire.  Hot Damn!

Charge your iPhone with Fire - FlameStowerThe device is called the Flamestower, and it uses a little known-thermoelectric principle called the Seebeck effect to generate electricity from a fire.  Lets repeat that.  With this device you can generate enough electricity to power any USB device, charge your iPhone, power your USB speakers or whatever from a fire.  Just stick the metal blade of the flames tower into a hot fire (the hotter the better) and fill the reservoir with water and within 30 seconds you are generating electricity.  Curious?  Check out the video:

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Brining Pork Ribs Adds Flavor and Juiciness

Brined Pork Ribs

Ribbed for your Pleasure

Brining Pork Ribs – Adds Flavor and Juiciness

Brining pork ribs will give them more flavor and better texture, every time.  (Scroll to Bottom of Page for Rib Brine Recipe)

We’ve always known that brining adds juiciness and flavor to poultry.  Based on a scientific experiment conducted by our friends at GrillinFools.com, we know that brining also adds juiciness and flavor to pork as well.  (Feel free to read the details or just scroll to the bottom of the page for the result.)  This pork brine recipe is sure to add flavor and juiciness to all your grilled pork.  You can also click here for an awesome brined pork tenderloin.

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Grilled Zucchini – Quick, Easy, Delicious

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Grilled zucchini is a staple summer food, especially if you have a garden.  The problem is that zucchini is about 95% water, and that can lead to a floppy piece of squash.  Grilling helps, since the heat from the grill causes much of the zucchini’s moisture to evaporate, but there are some other tricks to get a firm piece of zucca.  Here is our collection of tips for perfectly grilled zucchini this summer.

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The 7 Best BBQ Apps for iPhone and Android

Grilling without your phone is so 2004.  These apps will give you the information you need to take your barbecue to the next level.

Your phone can do a lot for you when you barbecue, and with the right apps your phone can do even more.  We’ve tried, tested  and reviewed a multitude of barbecue apps.   Here is our list the best barbecue Apps we’ve found.  All the more reason to use the smart phone pocket on your Pit Boss BBQ Tool Belt.

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Barbeques Galore – Best BBQ Gifts Under $50

Barbeques Galore – Best Gifts Under $50

Barbeques Galore is one of the best barbecue stores out there, and certainly the biggest.  They stock products that you can’t find anywhere else.  They also have a great selection of BBQ gifts under $50.  In fact, we’ve found 188 BBQ gifts under $50 on their site.  That’s a lot.  In order to simplify your gift shopping we’ve identified the top four gifts that we would want to receive - and we’ve listed them here.    Check it out!

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Memphis BBQ Smoked by Texas and Kansas City Style BBQ

Texas BBQ Beats Memphis BBQ

Picture courtesy of Zagat

Memphis BBQ Outranked by Texas and Kansas City Style BBQ

It’s true.  People like Texas BBQ and Kansas City BBQ better than Memphis BBQ.  At least the readers of Zagat guide do anyway.  Zagat online recently published their first ever BBQ survey.  The survey has lots of interesting information such as pork is more popular than beef (pork ribs beat beef brisket by a margin of 12 percentage points) and hipsters are ruining barbecue’s authenticity.  ( “I feel that real BBQ gets lost in the ‘hipness’ of BBQ right now,” one Zagat online user complained).  Barbecue hipsters aside, the bottom line is that Memphis BBQ got straight-up housed by both Texas Style and Kansas City Style BBQ.

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Grilling Corn on the Cob: Quick, Easy and Delicious

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Grilled to perfection

Grilling Corn on the Cob

It’s corn season here in Georgia and well that means we are going to be grilling corn.  There are a lot of ways to go about grilling corn, some people say you should leave the husk on.  Some people say you should take the husk off.  Some people say you should soak the corn.  Some people say you should put it in foil.  We’ve tried all of these ways of grilling corn and we can tell you hands down that we have found the best.  It’s simple, it’s easy and it tastes damn good.  It’s healthy too and that’s always a plus.

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Grilled Donuts Recipe

Grilled Donuts Recipe

Picture courtesy of seriouseats.com

Grilled Donuts Recipe

Who says a donut has to be for breakfast?  Who says a donut has to be fried?  Certainly not us.  Grill ‘em.  You know you want to.  Grilled donuts are great for those day-old donuts that are just a tad bit stale.  Think of it as French Toast, American style.

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Barbecue: The history and origins of Barbecue

Barbecue a.k.a. Food Porn

Barbecue on a Barbecue

The History and Origins of Barbecue

I was recently having dinner with a distinguished Swiss gentleman, who also happens to be the father of my girlfriend.  He’s not really a barbecue afficiando but he did bring up an interesting point.  ”You know in the south,” he said, “you can eat barbecue.  But everywhere else, you cook on it.”  A fair point to be sure.  And one that is worth examining.

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Cool Cooler: The Ice Block Cooler

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King of Cool

Cool Cooler:  The Ice Block Cooler

The cooler really hasn’t evolved much since Richard C. Laramy of Joliet, Illinois patented the Portable Ice Chest back in 1953.  Sure materials have evolved and there are lots of different sizes to choose from but basically a cooler is still just an insulated box — and that’s not all that cool.  That has just changed.  The Pit Boss recently found a cool cooler called the Ice Block Cooler.  It’s a six-pack cooler designed with a permenant layer of freezable gel inside that keeps drinks cold for hours.  You just throw it in the freezer to charge it up, and once it’s frozen you basically have a sold block of ice in which to cool your beers.  Pretty damn cool.

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BBQ Tools Roundup – The Best BBQ Tools We’ve Found

BBQ Tool Belt

Holds all four of the best BBQ tools – all at the same time

BBQ Tools Roundup – The Best BBQ Tools We’ve Found

When it comes to BBQ Tools, there are a lot to choose from.  At the minimum, there are four  BBQ tools that every man should have at his disposal.  Will you use all of them all of the time?  Nope.  But you’ll have them when you need them, and if you’re going to have them, why not have the best?

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Honey Badger BBQ Sauce: It’s Pretty Badass

Honey Badger Cobra Strength Sauce

Honey Badger Don’t Care!

Honey Badger BBQ Sauce

This…is the Honey Badger.  Watch it cook in slow motion.  It’s pretty badass.  It goes all over the place.  Watch!  It’s on your barbecue!  Eww it’s on your chicken!  Oh it’s basting your pork loin?  Oh my gosh.  This BBQ Sauce just doesn’t give a sh*t.  It cooks what it wants.  This sauce is just craaazy.  It really doesn’t give a sh*t.  If you’re hungry you eat it.  Eww what’s that in your mouth?  It’s the Honey Badger.  It’s really pretty badass.

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Bulls Eye BulldozerBQ – Bull Dozer BBQ Grill

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Hang ‘em High

Bulls Eye BulldozerBQ

The Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce marketing department has got it figured out.  A Twitter search recently revealed pictures of a previously top-secret BBQ Grill made out of a bulldozer.  The Bullseye BulldozerBQ’s origins appear to still be classified, but the giant barbecue excavation machine was last sighted on May 16th near Toronto at a place called Corus Quay.  Current coordinates are unknown, but we can tell you that the Kraft Foods (owner of the Bulls Eye Brand) Canada Headquarters is also in Toronto, so current intel points in that direction.

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Recipe: Italian Grilled Pork Sandwich

Italian Grilled Pork Sandwich

Philly is famous for the Cheesesteak, but insiders know that the real gem is the Italian Roast Pork Sandwich.  If you live in the Philly area you probably know a little place down the street, like John’s Roast Pork on Snyder Avenue.  If you don’t live in Philly, you’re probably wondering what the hell I’m talking about. What I’m talking about is savory roast pork, garlicky broccoli rate and sharp provolone on a soft hoagie roll.  But hey don’t take my word for it, the picture says a thousand words.

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Moore Oklahoma Tornado – Operation BBQ Relief

Moore Oklahoma Tornado – Operation BBQ Relief

Moore, Oklahoma and other parts of Oklahoma City were devastated by a Tornado today.  The Oklahoma Tornado has left thousands homeless and many more will be without food.  Operation BBQ Relief is a not-for-profit that specializes in preparing food for disaster-stricken areas.  They cooked over 120,000 meals for the victims of the Joplin, MO Tornado, and they are on their way to help the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado.  Help them help others by donating or volunteering.

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Top Five Father’s Day Gifts from the BBQ Pit Boss

Father’s Day is just around the corner and the last thing he needs is another bottle of Old Spice.  What do you get the man who has everything?   Look no further than this web page.  Here are some some kick-ass Father’s Day Gifts that he’ll actually enjoy.

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Urban BBQ: Fire Wire Flexible BBQ Skewer

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Firewire BBQ Skewers

Fire Wire Flexible BBQ Skewer

If you’re an urban BBQ fan, then you might have limited space on your grill.  Urban barbecuers tend to have smaller grills on smaller spaces.  This can be great for a quick meal for one or two, but if you have a couple of buddies over it can be a big problem.  Or if you have a small grill and you want to cook kabobs the BBQ skewer might be too long for the grill surface.  That mean uncooked food and that is not good.

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BBQ Science: The Secret Science Behind Koozies (aka Can Coolers)

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In this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics

The Secret Science Behind Koozies (aka Can Coolers)

You might be a redneck…oh if you have more than half a dozen camouflage can coolers in your man cave.  But you’d also be damn smart.  We all know that koozies keep beer cold.  But do we know why?  It’s because of the insulation right?  Wrong.  Well, partly wrong.  You see the can cooler also prevents condensation from forming.  Because it turns out that condensation is the enemy of cold beer.  This is because when water vapor comes into contact with something cold, it becomes liquid.  This process actually creates heat.  So if you thought your can was sweating and keeping it cool…you was wrong.

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How to Light Your Grill Without Lighter Fluid: Charcoal Chimney Education

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Just say No to Dangerous Inhalants

A Charcoal Chimney will Light Your BBQ Grill Quickly and Safely…without Lighter Fluid

Nobody likes charcoal lighter fluid.  It’s messy.  It smells bad.  It can leave a chemical taste on your food.  It’s also a dangerous inhalant.  Charcoal lighter fluid emits volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) when it evaporates and when it burns.  This causes air pollution.  Charcoal lighter fluid leaves toxic residue on your food.

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Brinkmann Dual Function Grill, 3-Burner Propane Gas / Charcoal Grill and Smoker

Brinkmann Dual Function Grill, 3-Burner Propane Gas / Charcoal Grill and Smoker
Brinkmann Dual Function Propane Gas Charcoal Grill and Smoker

Two Grills at the Same Time

The Brinkmann Dual Function Grill is a solid value, but at $300 will it hold up?   Well, it’s not a Weber Genesis, but then again this dual function grill is practically 1/3 the price, and based on what we’ve seen the Brinkmann Dual Function Grill will get the job done.

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Urban BBQ – The BBQ Bike by Rejuiced Bikes

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Urban BBQ, Courtesy of Rejuiced Bicycles

Urban BBQ – BBQ Bike by Rejuiced Bikes

BBQ can be tough in the city.  Urban settings don’t have yards.  Urban settings don’t have grills.  Urban settings don’t have a lot of space in general.  It’s no mere coincidence that grilling took off with the rise of the suburban middle-class.  But you’re not here for a sociology lesson, and just because you live in the city does’t mean you can’t enjoy throwing a couple of steaks on the grill and pulling together a few friends for a cookout.  Enter the Rejuiced Bicycles BBQ Bike.

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Bratwurst Recipe: Grilled Brats with Savory Beer Sauce

Bratwurst Recipe:  Grilled Brats in Savory Beer Sauce

Grilling is the key to this bratwurst recipe

Bratwurst Recipe:  Grilled Brats with Savory Beer Sauce

Cooking a Brat should be simple no?  Well it is.  But anything worth doing is worth doing right.  Here is one awesome Bratwurst Recipe.

This bratwurst recipe has three simple steps.  Simmering.  Grilling.  Holding.  Since you’ll likely be cooking these at a tailgate party here is what you’ll need to cook 10 brats:

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The Health Benefits of Beer

health benefits of beer

Need we say more?

The Health Benefits of Beer

Beer – it’s healthy stuff.  Seriously it is.  There are a lot of health benefits of Beer.  Beer hydrates better than water.  Beer makes you smarter.   Beer can help prevent cancer.  Regular moderate (ahem) beer consumption reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.  The flavinoids in hoppy beer can help to prevent prostate issues.  Yep, beer is pretty amazing stuff.  Lets get down to the facts.

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