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. 


Sample Saturday Recipes

Jerky 101

Used for our January 29, 2022 Sample Saturday

Smoked Cheese Guide

Used for our January 29, 2022 Sample Saturday

Snack Sticks 101

Used for a Sample Saturday

Dr. Pepper Chipotle Jerky

Used for a Sample Saturday

Bonafide Brisket Chili

Used for a Sample Saturday

Texas-Style Brisket and Burnt Ends

Used for a Sample Saturday

All-in Pulled Pork

Used for a Sample Saturday

Carolina Coleslaw

Used for a Sample Saturday

3 Hacks for Pellet Smokers

From a Sample Saturday

Pizza Sauce

From a Sample Saturday

Classic Pizza Dough

From a Sample Saturday

30-Minute Mozzarella

From a Sample Saturday

Money Ribs

Staff Favorite


Celebs Using Meadow Creek Rubs and Sauces

Stephen Raichlen

Spiced-Rubbed And Sauced Barbecue Chicken

Grillin' With Dad

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Grillin' With Dad

Spicy Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken


Recipes and How-to Posts From Our Blog

Do you wish you could smoke ribs like the pros do? Learn how to smoke ribs that look gorgeous on the table and will tantalize your taste buds long after the meal is past.

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How to Smoke Ribs on a Yoder Pellet Smoker

In this video, grand champion pitmaster Brian Misko cooks up an award-winning recipe for Apple Barbecue Smoked Bacon Burgers.

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Smoked Firebox Cheeseburger

In this video, grand champion pitmaster Brian Misko cooks up an award-winning recipe for Apple Barbecue Smoked Bacon Burgers.

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Apple Barbecue Smoked Bacon Burger

In this video, the world-famous BBQ legend Jeremy Yoder tackles the question—what are the top 10 essential supplies for BBQ?

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Top 10 Essential Supplies for BBQ

In this video, the southern BBQ legend Malcom Reed unleashes his wealth of BBQ expertise to cook a hanging tomahawk ribeye—turning a 3+ pounds steak into a giant hunk of tender, buttery, pecan-smoked goodness.

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Hanging Tomahawk Ribeye Recipe

The simplicity of live fire steak is calling. It’s time to clear out the clutter of complex steak methods and bring things back to the basics.

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Meat Church Live Fire Steak

In this video, the legendary Pitmaster X performs a fascinating frozen steak experiment to discover what temperature of raw steak produces the best results on the grill. Watch this video to see which steak wins (you might be surprised)!

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The Frozen Steak Experiment by Pitmaster X

What happens when three Texas BBQ legends address the debate of smoking brisket with tallow vs no tallow? Watch this video to find out.

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Meat Church Smoked Brisket Video: Tallow vs No Tallow

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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The Perfect Pork Rib Roast

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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Holiday Recipe: How to Smoke a Prime Rib on a Big Green Egg

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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My Grandma’s Pecan Pie in a Big Green Egg

Smoke up Matt’s St. Louis Ribs With Whomp recipe for a crafted BBQ masterpiece with flavor and looks fit for a king.

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St. Louis Ribs With Whomp! Maple Bourbon Glaze

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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Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe on the Big Green Egg

This simple guide shows you how to spatchcock a turkey and explains the pros and cons of the spatchcock method.

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How to Spatchcock a Turkey

If you like burnt ends, you’ll love this new twist Matt Pittman puts on the classic burnt ends experience. Using a blend of BBQ and frying, Matt creates this addictive recipe of chicken fried burnt ends.

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Meat Church Chicken Fried Brisket Burnt Ends

Follow this recipe for delicious smoked BBQ turkey legs that will exceed the flavor of those food truck turkey legs and bring the family together for an eating experience like none other.

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Smoked Turkey Legs With Malcom Reed

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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How to Smoke a Turkey Spatchcock Style

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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How to Smoke a Turkey in the Big Green Egg (The Traditional Turkey)

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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Turkey Stuffing Recipe

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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How to Make Smoked Turkey Gravy

You’ve heard of smoking a chicken before—but have you ever heard of the mayo-based Alabama white sauce Matt Pittman dunks his whole Texas-style smoked chicken into?

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Meat Church Chicken With Alabama White Sauce

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

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Wood-Fired Sweet and Salty Party Mix Recipe

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

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Bacon-Wrapped Apple-Stuffed Tenderloin on the Big Green Egg

Bill Cariss is an EGGhead who, along with his wife, has been a staple team at our Eggfests and Open Houses for years, serving fresh-baked pizza to the lines that are always ready to try another delicious slice. He’s shared his secret Big Green Egg pizza recipe with us, and we get to pass it on to you here.

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Grilled Pizza Recipe on the Big Green Egg

Watch this video recipe to discover how remarkably easy it can be to make a juicy, whole smoked ribeye for an entreé that everyone will crave.

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Whole Smoked Ribeye Recipe With Malcom Reed

Learn how to smoke pulled beef and make chuck roast tacos that are tender, juicy, and bursting with flavor for a meal you’ll remember.

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Smoked Beef Chuck Roast Tacos Recipe

Poor Man’s Steak, or Salisbury Steak, is a satisfying homestyle meal, common in many Amish communities. The smoke flavor from cooking this dish on the grill complements it perfectly, and the creamy sauce makes it more comforting than your favorite meatloaf.

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Poor Man’s (Salisbury) Steak on the Big Green Egg

In this video, BBQ Legend Matt Pittman of Meat Church takes you through his simple (and sometimes surprising) steps to make a rack of St. Louis style spare ribs with a delectable sweet heat and beautiful shine.

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St. Louis Style Spare Ribs With Matt Pittman

Chicken cordon bleu is a fantastic way to transform a bland and easily overcooked cut of meat into an irresistible main course that will have your guests reaching for seconds.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu on the Grill

There’s nothing more Texas than brisket, and this recipe will take you on a journey South to where authentic Texas style barbecue was born.

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Texas Style Brisket With Matt Pittman

Award-winning barbecue seasoning to pair with beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and more. Find our favorite seasonings in this handy guide.

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Barbecue Seasoning Pairing Guide

This version of the popular chicken slider—made with spicy smoked chicken, pickled red onion, and topped with a spiced up white barbecue sauce—will take your taste buds on a journey that they won’t forget soon.

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Smoked Chicken Slider Recipe With White Sauce

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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Barbecue Recipes to “Spoil” the Moms in Your Life

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

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3 Irresistible Burger Recipes to Make You the Hero of the Party

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

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How to Smoke Cheese

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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5 Methods for Building a Charcoal Fire Quickly and Without Frustration

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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How to Make a Double-Smoked, Spiral Sliced Ham With Malcom Reed

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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Meat Processing Cheat Sheet

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

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How to Cure and Smoke Bacon With Thermoworks DOT Thermometer

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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Chicken Stock Recipe

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

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How to Confidently Cook Outdoors in the Rain, Wind, and Cold

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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First Cook on My Gateway Drum Smoker

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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3 Ways to Improve the Consistency of Your Barbecue

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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Recipe: Pulled Pork Nachos on the Green Mountain Pellet Grill

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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How to Finish Your Meat on Time—While Calmly Sipping Your Favorite Beverage

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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How to Smoke Beef Back Ribs with Malcom Reed

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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Jim Elser’s Spicy Shrimp Skewers Recipe

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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Smoked Pork Loin Recipe (and Grilled Chops) on Yoder Pellet Smoker

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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3 Tips for Cooking Outdoors When You Are Too Busy

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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How to Roast a Whole Pig

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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How to Make Fresh Sausage

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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Killer Hogs TX Brisket Rub

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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Smoked Sockeye Salmon Recipe

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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How to Smoke Pulled Pork on a Big Green Egg

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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Grilled Tri Tip on the Big Green Egg

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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How to Cook Smoked Brisket With Matt Pittman

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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Smoked Meatloaf, Corn on the Cob, and Potatoes on the Yoder Pellet Smoker

​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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Beef Short Ribs Recipe on a Yoder Pellet Smoker

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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Shrimp and Parmesan Steak on the Big Green Egg

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

How to Make Backyard Barbecue Fun and Easy

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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How to Smoke Ribs With Heath Riles

​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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Prepping a Brisket With Aaron Franklin

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

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Grilling and Smoking Time and Temp Chart

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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Customer Story: Dwayne Zimmerman’s Green Mountain Pellet Grill

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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Smoked Caveman-Style Chicken Wings

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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The Simple Secret to Tender, Mouth-Watering Grilled Chicken Every Time—From the Skin to the Bone!

​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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Matt’s Grilled Steak Recipe for Beginners

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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Pecan Smoked Bratwurst

Thanksgiving Recipes Library

Check out this page for recipes and guides to help you plan your Thanksgiving meal.


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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Product Highlight: Bear Paws

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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Product Highlight: Meat Church Seasoning

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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Product Highlight: Bayou Classic Fryer

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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Product Highlight: Kick Ash Basket

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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Product Highlight: GrillGrates

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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Product Highlight: Stainless Steel BBQ Griddle by Little Griddle

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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Product Highlight: Royal Oak Chef’s Select Charcoal

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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Product Highlight: BBQ Dragon

Helpful Resources From Here on Our Website

DIY Meat Processing Equipment Buyer Guide

Learn how to eat superior meat while saving money.

Barbecue Seasoning Pairing Guide

Find the best rub for many common cuts.

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

Manuals and usage information for Yoder Smokers

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

Big Green Egg Game Day Resources

Check out these game day party recipes for every milestone in the game!

The Grilling Show

Easy-to-follow cooking videos by Big Green Egg