Father’s Day Gift Guide


Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th.


Maverick ET-733 Wireless Barbecue Thermometer – $69.99

The Maverick ET-733 Wireless Barbecue Thermometer is an update on the classic ET-732. The ET-733 allows you to monitor both meat and barbecue pit temperatures, and also allows you to monitor two meats or two barbecue pits at one time!


Maverick PT-100 Instant Read Thermometer – $89.99

The Maverick PT-100 Pro-Temp Instant Read Professional Thermometer is a must-have tool for any outdoor cooking enthusiast. This instant read thermometer uses a professional grade thermocouple to give you highly-accurate and nearly instant internal temperatures of anything you are cooking.


Lodge Logic 12″ Cast Iron Skillet – $36.95

The Lodge 12″ Cast Iron Skillet is a go to for many of the best chefs in the country. Cast iron cookware is naturally non-stick, and unlike other cookware it will get better with age. This 12” skillet has a 2” depth making it perfect for sautéing, searing, frying, baking and stir frying.


UTC Hardwoods Cutting Board – Starting at $29.95

UTC Hardwood Cutting Boards are hand built one at a time, and are manufactured to give you a lifetime of use. These high quality cutting boards are made from various hardwoods including walnut, oak and maple.


The Pit Mitt – $17.99

The Pit Mitt is made of aramid fibers that form a heat barrier for ultimate protection. A soft cotton inner layer provides comfort while the long length protects your lower arm. The Pit Mitt can withstand temperatures up to 475 degrees while the silicone on the mitt surface gives you superior grip.


The Prophets of Smoked Meat – $29.99

The comprehensive, must-have guide to Texas barbecue, including pitmasters’ recipes, tales of the road—from country meat markets to roadside stands—and a panoramic look at the Lone Star State, where smoked meat is sacred.


Steven Raichlen Sauce Mop – $9.99

This sauce mop features an all cotton detachable head and an 18-inch handle. The Steven Raichlen Sauce Mop is ideal for applying basting mixtures, mops or barbecue sauces. Replacement heads are also available.


Reversible Rib and Roast Rack – $14.99

This is the ultimate rib rack. One side of this rack holds large cuts of meat or poultry while the reverse side cooks ribs upright, allowing you to smoke up to six racks in the space of two! The non-stick coating making clean up a breeze.


BBQr’s Delight Pellets 3 Pack – Starting at $59.99

The choice of competitors everywhere, BBQr’s Delight Pellets are consistently rated among the highest quality pellets available. These pellets are a blend of 2/3 oak and 1/3 flavor wood giving you a high BTU, low ash burn that is perfect for smoking, baking and grilling.

Cooker Maintenance – Spring Cleaning for Your Grill and Smoker


Okay so the days are getting longer, the snow is melting away and Old Man Winter is finally loosening his grip on your patio. It is time to shake off the winter blues, hear the sizzle of meat hitting hot grates and put some sweet blue smoke in the air! At Big Guns HQ that also means its time to give everything a good cleaning, a tune up and some love to make sure it is ready for the upcoming year.

We all know that guy or have a friend that insists on never cleaning their cooker, swearing that it will ruin the “seasoning”. While it’s true that a well seasoned pit is a happy one it’s also true there is a huge difference between seasoned and funky. Seasoning shouldn’t drip down nasty globs of black gunk onto those beautiful candy apple red ribs or leave little crunchy bits of Christmas turkey on your prime Porterhouse when you flip it over.

How to Spatchcock the Perfect Turkey

How to Spatchcock a Turkey

There are many ways to prepare and cook a turkey for the holidays from roasting whole to cutting into quarters and cooking separate. In the end, most methods work well enough. But “well enough” is not good enough for us. In our journey to find the best way to prepare a turkey we have tried it all. We always come back to the method that produces great results every time – spatchcock the turkey and smoke it.

Big Green Egg: An Introduction and Five Ways to Make Your EGG More Versatile!

Big Green Egg

They may look a bit weird, and have a funny name; but for those of who have never had the chance to cook on a Big Green Egg, here is a short introduction of why we love them. The Big Green Egg is a modern ceramic version of ancient clay fired kamado grills. The kamado, which is Japanese for stove, has a vast history, and clay cooking pots unearthed in China by Archaeologists date back as much as 3,000 years. Americans were first introduced to kamado cookers in the years after WWII, and they started to show up in the states in the years following.