Barbecue How-To Resources

Resources and Equipment Guides

Learn how to be a master of your barbecue craft with this list of some of our favorite resources and equipment guides. We have created some of these resources and for others you will be taken to websites or YouTube channels of some of our suppliers. 


Recipes and How-to Posts From Our Blog

Step-by-step instructions for cold smoking cheese with advanced tips for taking it to a new level.

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Want to take your holiday ham to another level? Try this simple technique for making a delicious double-smoked ham with a raspberry glaze.

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Are you ready for a juicy pork rib roast, complete with a pink smoke ring, crunchy fat cap, and an amazing flavor profile from a homemade rub? If so, you won’t be disappointed with this easy-to-follow video and set of instructions from the famous Pitmaster X.

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Discover how easy it is to cook an extraordinary pecan pie on the Big Green Egg in this recipe with step-by-step photos.

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Learn how to smoke a delicious and memorable prime rib for your family this Christmas! TIps, tricks, and lots of mouth-watering photos included.

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Learn how to bake a Christmas-themed party mix in your smoker or grill for a delicious holiday snack!

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In this post we’ll show you easy steps for curing and smoking your own delicious bacon at home.

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This smoked pumpkin cheesecake is less dense than a typical cheesecake, but rich enough to make an elegant dessert for your Thanksgiving holiday meal or any fall season meal.

The maple glaze perfectly complements the buttery crunch of the crust and the smooth pumpkin-flavored filling for a tantalizing combination that makes tastebuds sing!

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Do you need a tried-and-true turkey stuffing recipe to complete your holiday dinner? Here’s a traditional Amish favorite you can’t miss!

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A smoked turkey gravy is the final ingredient in a Thanksgiving feast your guests will never forget.

What makes my smoked turkey gravy unique is the Asian-style homemade stock I use for the base.

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The perfect gravy or soup starts with a made-from-scratch stock! The hearty depth of flavor and deep savory notes of this chicken stock will amaze you!

I always make stocks Asian style, where you maintain a rolling boil for hours and hours, versus the European style, where you bring the stock to a rolling boil, then reduce it to a simmer.

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In this guide, I will show you how to wet brine and smoke a ​holiday turkey​ worth remembering in a Big Green Egg. ​Whether you are new to smoking turkeys or wishing to improve your technique, ​this smoked turkey recipe will give you some ​proven tips and tricks ​for smoking a turkey that your guests will love!

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Getting ready to smoke your first Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey? Eager to improve your turkey smoking skills? This step-by-step smoked turkey recipe will help you cook a turkey with confidence, even if this is your first try.

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Here are some tips to help you cook like a boss in the rain, wind, and cold.

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Step-by-step instructions and photos for smoking a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin stuffed with apples.

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I just did my first cook on the Gateway smoker and in this blog post I’ll show you the results and share my first impressions with you.

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Are you having a hard time producing consistent results on your smoker or grill? Here are some methods to help you crank out great barbecue every time you cook outdoors.

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This pulled pork nachos recipe is perfect as a snack or appetizer. Includes easy step-by-step instructions for smoking pulled pork and making a homemade sauce and rub.

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Does planning a barbecue feel like shooting in the dark? Follow these tips and tricks for maintaining your cool when you have people depending on you to finish the meat by a certain time.

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Would you like to smoke tender fall-apart beef ribs that are bursting with an authentic smoked beef flavor? You’ll love this easy beef ribs recipe that you can make with a few simple ingredients and a smoker.

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Is building a charcoal fire a hassle for you? Here are 5 methods for lighting charcoal quickly and without a hint of stress.

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Discover three impressive grilled burger recipes to make your next party memorable!

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Are you you looking for a special and delicious way to serve shrimp? You’ll love this simple recipe for spicy shrimp skewers with a few special touches that transform them into a dish your family and guests will remember.

Watch this video and review the step-by-step instructions below to see just how easy it is to make shrimp skewers that score high in both presentation and taste.

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Are you looking for a delicious pork loin recipe? In this article I will show you how to smoke a pork loin and turn it into tender grilled chops for an attractive homestyle entree.

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Do you have trouble finding time to cook outdoors? In this article, I will share several of my tips for enjoying frequent meals of homemade tantalizing, mouth-watering barbecue—even if you don’t have a lot of spare time.

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Mother’s Day only comes around once a year, and the least we can do is give ​mom a break and spoil her a little bit. Whether it’s your mother or your wife that you’ll be cooking for, here is a collection of delicious recipes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and snack that will help you show your appreciation.

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In this guide you will learn how to cook a whole pig belly-up on a Meadow Creek Pig Roaster and make some of the most tender and delicious pulled pork you’ve ever tasted—even on your first try!

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Are you interested in processing more of your own meat and figuring out how to grind, cure, and stuff meats? Sausage is the best place to start, and in this article, you’ll discover the master ratio for making sausages from scratch, and the easy steps you can follow to make your first batch.

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Are you interested in making sausage, bologna, ham, jerky, snack sticks, and bacon at home? There is a lot to learn, but a little guidance goes a long way in preparing these delicious meats and snacks with confidence. Here is a handy list of guidelines you will want to refer to often.

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Watch this video to see how Malcolm Reed from How to BBQ Right uses the new Killer Hogs TX Rub to make juicy Texas style turkey breast.

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In this story, I will show you how to pull together a quick, but extraordinary meal of smoked sockeye salmon with a couple of sides.

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Learn how to consistently produce mouth-watering pulled pork where every bite is amazingly tender with a delicious balance of smoke, seasoning, and meat.

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Are you looking for a delicious grilled tri tip recipe that will impress your guests and keep them coming back for more? Are you ready to take your backyard barbecue to a new level?

In this video, Malcom Reed of Killer Hogs shares how to grill tri tip on a Big Green Egg charcoal grill.

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Watch Matt Pitman, a Texas pitmaster and the CEO of Meat Church, explain how to smoke brisket in four simple steps.

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Are you ready to cook a tasty homestyle meal ​that will linger in your memories for weeks to come? In this story, ​​I’ll show you how to prepare smoked meatloaf, corn on the cob, and red-skinned potatoes on a Yoder Pellet Smoker ​that will make you the hero of the party!

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​In this recipe I will show you how to smoke beef short ribs. This dish is not as common as some, but if you love beef, this ​will be a meal to remember!

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Here’s my copycat recipe of Applebee’s shrimp and parmesan sirloin dish cooked on a Big Green Egg.

I had high expectations for the homemade version of this dish, and it far exceeded every one of them. I can’t think of a finer meal to feed your loved ones or guests, and it’s a meal I will certainly be making again.

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Most barbecue enthusiasts are drawn to barbecue for ​enjoyment. Backyard barbecue ​can be relaxing and provides many opportunities for socializing ​and making memories with your family and friends. Done right, working …Read more

Are you looking for a competition rib recipe that will help you win? Or ready to take your backyard barbecue to a new level?

In this video, Malcom Reed of Killer Hogs interviews Heath Riles, who reveals his process for cooking MBN-style competition ribs. This video is packed with great tips and tricks for helping you cook beautiful ribs with perfect texture and loads of flavor.

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​In this video, Aaron Franklin, ​​a Texas barbecue legend, will show you how to ​choose a good brisket and then trim and season ​it for the smoker.

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A handy chart containing barbecue cooking and finished temperatures and estimated cooking times for common cuts of meat.

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Dwayne Zimmerman of Ephrata, PA was the lucky winner of our ​famous Green Mountain pellet grill giveaway​ last month. Dwayne sent us the following story with photos of his first two cooks on his brand new GMG Daniel Boone pellet grill​, so we’re sharing them here for everyone to enjoy.

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Here is Chef Dylan’s method for cooking flavorful and crispy smoked wings on a charcoal grill without the deep-fryer. He’s also included his favorite blue cheese dip recipe that’s so easy to make, you’ll never buy blue cheese dip from the store again.

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How many times have you tried to grill chicken quarters on that trusty old grill, only to dry out the surface every ​time? You know… crispy skin, fully cooked but not dried out, and tender all the way through?

​You are not alone. It’s a common dilemma. But the good news is that it’s not your fault. And the ​best news is that I can show you how to grill perfect chicken, and it’s ​”easy as pie” if you do it right.

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​If you’re a beef steak purist, you’ll probably ​want to skip this recipe.

But if you’re interested in experimenting with the bee​f flavor profile, ​this ​recipe will effortlessly ​transform you into the ​hero of the party. ​

​True, it’s not a classic slab of pure beef, but the process in this recipe reduces your chance of failure to almost nothing, practically eliminating the risk of embarrassment in front of your guests the next time you decide to tackle a steak dinner for family and friends.

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We recommended this recipe to a friend of ours the day before a KCBS BBQ competition. He wanted to tackle the sausage category and asked us for help. Having never heard of this recipe before, he went with it and took third place! The Sugar Maple Seasoning is a perfect compliment to the bratwurst flavor complex, and the lingering notes of pecan smoke will leave you stunned!

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Product Highlights

​​As a barbecue enthusiast or caterer, you know how easy it is to burn your fingers when trying to​ move a hot pork butt or chicken or ​shred meat ​hot off the smoker. Bear Paws ​are ​the perfect solution for pulling pork and chicken and handling large pieces of meat such as a roast or whole turkey without bulky insulated gloves.

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A tasty, well-balanced barbecue rub is ​essential when you’re smoking or grilling​. Whether you are just getting started with outdoor cooking or have already figured out which flavors you like, Meat Church has a variety of interesting flavor​s ​that will bring new inspiration to your barbecue.

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A deep fryer adds many possibilities for backyard entertaining and catering events. Fries and wings are popular as well as seafood, hushpuppies, and chicken tenders. You can also have a lot of fun with blooming onions, alligator fritters, and pig wings with a fryer like this. Read this blog post to learn what sets the Bayou Classic Fryer apart.

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Do you cook on a Big Green Egg? The Kick Ash Basket makes separating the ashes from usable leftovers quick and easy and gives you better circulation for a hotter and more efficient fire in your Big Green Egg.

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Would you pay money to eliminate meal-destroying flare-ups on your grill? Would you like to make annoying hot spots on your gas grill a thing of the past? Are you frustrated that you can’t sear steaks like a boss?

If so, you’ll LOVE reading these five ways GrillGrates will transform your grilling.

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Direct heat grilling and low and slow barbecue are fine methods of cooking outdoors, but nothing can replace the magic of frying food in a pan or on a griddle. Watch the videos in this blog post to discover some of the fun ways to use a griddle on the grill.

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There’s a lot of mystery around charcoal briquettes, and unfortunately, reading ​online comments about it can leave you more confused than before. ​

Do the leading manufacturers really add weird ingredients to our charcoal such as limestone and ​glue? ​Does not “burning off” the briquettes give our meat a chemical flavor?

Check out our tips for choosing charcoal briquettes that make smoking meat easier and more fun.

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There are a lot of different ways to light charcoal, including lighter fluid and a match, a charcoal chimney with newspaper, blowers, and a propane torch. Some of these methods work better than others depending on the grill or smoker you’re using.

The BBQ Dragon is simply a cordless (battery powered) fan with a flexible neck and spring-loaded clamp for clipping it on onto a grill or table. It’s blows air onto your fire. ​Period.

​​It sounds like ​a gimmick, but​ today I’m going to cut through the fluff and explain exactly when and why you should consider using the BBQ Dragon.

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Helpful Resources From Here on Our Website

DIY Meat Processing Equipment Buyer Guide

Learn how to eat superior meat while saving money.

Father's Day Barbecue Gift Ideas

Do you have a Dad who enjoys cooking outdoors?

Prepping a Brisket With Aaron Franklin

How to choose, trim, and season a brisket for the smoker.

Grilling and Smoking Time and Temp Chart

A handy chart for cooking times and temps on common cuts.

Big Green Egg Buyer Guide

A must-have resource for choosing a Big Green Egg and Eggcessories.

Meadow Creek Buyer Guide

The handbook for choosing your Meadow Creek Cooker with confidence.

How to Roast a Whole Pig

In this guide you will learn how to cook a whole pig belly-up on a Meadow Creek Pig Roaster.

Blog With Recipes, Guides, and Giveaways

Our blog is filled with recipes and guides for pitmasters.


Videos, Recipes, and Guides From Our Suppliers

Big Green Egg Recipes

Big Green Egg fans will love this library full of scrumptious meals cooked on Big Green Eggs 

Meadow Creek Welding Blog

This blog is full of recipes, guides. and videos to help BBQ Pitmasters excel at their craft.

Yoder Smokers 101

In this guide you will learn how to cook a whole pig belly-up on a Meadow Creek Pig Roaster.

Yoder Smokers Recipes

The Yoder Smokers blog is full of delicious recipes for your pellet smoker.

Egghead Forum

A great place to visit that's packed with tips and EGGspert advice.

Big Green Egg: Getting Started

Tips and instructional videos for assembling, lighting, and temperature control

Green Mountain Grill Maintenance and Part Replacement Videos

Tips and instructional videos for maintenance and parts replacement on Green Mountain Grills

Check back soon for more resources.