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  • Best place to buy cooking wood

    This is a serious question if you hate paying retail markups for low quality product. And it has an easy answer. Find you local supplier of restaurant firewood. It's that simple. They probably take cash only. They may not be listed on google. They probably operate out of a trailer. If these conditions are met, you're in the right place. But several large bags of whatever he's got. If they only have logs, get them and baton them. This is where I used to go in Houston. I don't think their CEO flies around in a private jet. High end restaurants...

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  • Wood versus Charcoal

    There are two options for cooking over solid fuel: wood or charcoal. If you have a charcoal grill or smoker (or even a Groker) then you have to decide which to use. Let me put the bottom line up front. For the best flavor, buy a bag of charcoal and a bag of wood and mix the two whenever you cook. Henry Ford invented charcoal after he saw huge volumes of wood scraps being wasted at his auto plant. So he made charcoal briquets and people started using them for cooking and heat. That business actually became Kingsford, the biggest...

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  • Win a free Groker

    Well it's grilling season here in Texas. Also in the rest of the northern hemisphere, as if that matters.   So how about a free grill? Well not a grill exactly. More of a Groker. All in one as grill, charcoal grill, and smoker. A 3 burner model. For free.  All we need is your name and email. Grill to be awarded the weekend of July 4. Because Murica.  

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  • Life With Flavor

    Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.  So said Henry David Thoreau. But I think he was engaging in metaphor. He was saying, in his own way, Carpe Diem. Live without fear. Like Rowdy Roddy Piper in They Live: "I’m here to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I’m all out of bubblegum." Rowdy was a bit less allegorical. Most people (about 2/3 of grill buyers) buy gas grills. And that sucks for them. Because gas grills are extremely convenient and easy to use, but the cost is that the food they cook is pretty bland and the cooking experience...

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  • The Groker Quality Promise

    A grill is an investment that should last many years. And that's why we build our products to last. The single most important part of any grill is the gas burner. And that's why we use 304 stainless steel burners. 304 stainless is a cost significant premium for us but is industry standard for the highest quality burner material. Bottom line, the most important thing is that your grill gets really hot, and we've done our homework to make sure you can get a great sear on your steaks. The solid fuel drawer and water tray are also stainless steel. Because they...

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  • How does a Groker work?

    The Groker is not a "combo grill" like you see in stores. We did not simply take a gas grill and bolt that to a charcoal grill and bolt that to a smoker box. Because we think that's stupid. The Groker is a convertible grill. You change the configuration to match your cooking needs. So the Groker has a few extra parts that your current grill doesn't have. Here is the three burner in gas grilling configuration. In this configuration, it's a simple gas grill. There is no difference with your regular gas grill. However, if you remove the cover...

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  • The Groker is on Kickstarter

    As the first step in producing this somewhat exciting new grill design, we have decided to put The Groker on Kickstarter. You can read about how the grill works here. We truly believe that The Groker will give the typical outdoor cook a better experience and that The Groker stands a good chance of becoming the single most dominant outdoor cooking product in the $3 billion market. 

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  • Should I buy a combo grill?

    Do you look to Kim Kardashian for moral and spiritual guidance? Are you envious of the political skills of Anthony Weiner? Do you believe that Wal-Mart offers world class customer service? Then by all means, purchase a combo grill.  It's perfect for you. If not then please read on. Combo grills entered the market around six years ago with the appearance of the Char-Griller Duo. Hard as it is to believe, Char-Griller was the fist company to take a gas grill, bolt it to a charcoal grill, and put it into one box.  It was so new that, astoundingly, Char-Griller...

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  • Our periodic roundup of the best BBQ news on the web

    Dateline Nov 4 2013  If the Intertrons have done anything, it's made words cheap. We are going to attempt to filter through the blizzard of tweets, blog posts, and newsletters to deliver only the best stuff out there. The scoop on rubs.  Cliff's Notes: Frienss don't let friends use storebought rubs.  Ever.  http://www.tmbbq.com/whats-the-rub/ Mmmm, roadkill. The most ethical meat and great for vegetarians. http://modernfarmer.com/2013/09/eating-roadkill/ A word on the intersection of BBQ and cannibalism. Don't say we didn't warn you. http://www.tmbbq.com/a-new-menu-item/ This isn't BBQ but it's a great food pic. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152617133760995&set=a.338078075994.159858.314370575994&type=1&theater

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  • Groker Insert now available

    Our Groker insert for charcoal grills is now available. It converts your charcoal grill into a smoker for about 1/3 the cost of its nearest competitor and 1/8 the cost of a standalone smoker.   Watch our short video which explains how it works and why you might consider buying it.  

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