There's a line that separates the amateurs from the professionals. It's certainly in the training and the experience, but folks often forget about the importance of your equipment. Just like you can't win a NASCAR Cup in your grocery-getter, can't crush a golf ball into orbit without a high-end driver, and aren't going to take a trophy buck without a zeroed-in tack-driver, your grilling game will never go next level without the right gear. You gotta have the right tools for the job.
Fortunately, you don't need to shell out a mountain of cash to get the equipment you need to get you to grilling nirvana. We've included some of the best accessories that every man needs to get that Grillionaire status.
Our Grill Master Man Crate includes a cast-iron smoker box and some hickory wood chips to get you started. Set the smoker box on the grill as it warms up, soak the hickory in some water, and drop 'em into the box as your meat grills. Take note, men: real flavor shouldn't come from a bottled labeled "liquid smoke."
We threw in a set of four steak thermometers, too. You may say, "hey, Team Man Crates, isn't that cheating?" And we say, "nay." There's no dishonor in knowing how done your steak is. And when you cut into a perfectly-cooked slab of beef, you too shall understand that G.I. Joe wasn't kidding when he said that Knowing Is Half the Battle.
And because "the right tool for every job" means that sometimes you'll require some brute force, we've included a brass-knuckle meat tenderizer. Nothing blows off the steam from a long, hard day at work like beating your meat into submission.
We search tirelessly, every day, to find the best-in-class goods to put in our crates. Hundreds of sauces came and went, the grills burned for weeks, until finally a victor emerged. An unexpected dark horse, a little-known operation out of Virginia became the Cindarella story of the Man Crates grilling taste-off. We proudly present Bone Doctors' BBQ sauces- a pair of masterpiece sauces and a brilliant spice blend.
So fire up the grill, and call your agent: after all, you're about to go pro.
A double sauce gift box & spice blend:
In a sealed wooden crate with a laser-etched crowbar. No bow, no ribbons, no fluff, and absolutely no instructions.
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03/3/2015 Mark D. Meyers Grill Master Crate 5
I SENT THE GRILL MASTER CRATE TO MY SON FOR HIS BIRTHDAY IN FEBRUARY. HE THOUGHT IT WAS AWSOME. HE LOVES TO GRILL !! WAS ESPECAILLY IMPRESSED WITH THE BRASS-KNUCKLE TENDERIZER.HE'S A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER. I'M SURE HIS FIREFIGHTING BUDDIES WILL LOVE IT TOO. GREAT GIFT IDEA.
02/20/2015 FJM Grill Master Crate 4
Bought it for Valentine's Day !!! Fun idea, he likes pounding that meat with the tenderizer. Awesome gift and great concept.
02/20/2015 Kerri Sutton Grill Master Crate 5
My husband LOVED this for Valentine's Day. I looked online for days trying to find something unique to get him this year, because I hate to just keep giving the same boring gifts over and over. I am so happy that I stumbled upon this site!! The quality of the items in this crate was very good, the crate arrived very quickly and on-time. It was so funny watching him prying it open with the crowbar - he thought it was the best gift ever! Thanks for making such a "manly" quality item! I will be purchasing more of these for future gifts for all of the men in my life! Please put the whiskey crate back in stock soon!
02/19/2015 Lisa Grill Master Crate 5
When my man opened the shipping box and saw the crowbar and the crate, he had a puzzled look on his face, but proceeded with the opening. At first he was trying to pry it open slow as to protect what was inside. After that wasn't working, the "man-ness" kicked in and he decided to be a bit more calculated. The payoff...he was in - the top was now off and he was retrieving his gifts. He absolutely loved the contents and your product made me look like the best gift giver in the whole world. The whole experience was priceless and I would absolutely recommend the purchase of a MANcrate for the man in your life!!
02/18/2015 Unknown Grill Master Crate 5
I bought this man crate for my boyfriend and he absolutely loved it! He's a real mans man and difficult to buy for. He couldn't wait to tell all of his friends about it and brag! I would definitely recommend all of the man crate products!
02/16/2015 Evelyn Grill Master Crate 5
What a great idea! Awesome products! My husband loved his man crate.
02/16/2015 Carly Grill Master Crate 5
My husband and I met on Valentine's Day and this was the 20th anniversary, so I wanted something special. He was blown away! Loved everything about the Grill Master Crate! Thanks Man Crate for making me look like a fabulous wife!
02/16/2015 Lainey Grill Master Crate 5
He loved it! He insisted on getting the grill going right away, but not before to took pictures to send to all of his friends first! A gift to not soon be forgotten!
02/12/2015 Kathy Grill Master Crate 5
Loved the clever packaging and the box choices.
02/4/2015 Donna Grill Master Crate 5
My Boss loves it. He thinks it's great! He hasn't used it yet, just had back surgery. But he will be up and grilling in no time at all! You guys have a great product. I will be ordering again for sure! Thank you for the best guys gift ever!
01/26/2015 Joe Hostler Grill Master Crate 5
I got this for my Dad for Christmas and he loved it. He has everything so this was something unique and fun. He called me up right away and gushed about it which NEVER happens. Definitely a winner.
01/15/2015 Christopher Ross Grill Master Crate 5
Awesome crate, my buddies thought it was the manliest thing ever. I too wish there were even more manly crate options though, in prices ranging from $20 for my semi-bros, to $250 for the really important men in my life. Thanks again mancrates.
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Barbecue- a word so glorious you practically smell it as you read it. A word we use to describe a piece of backyard equipment, a category of food, and a summertime verb, because barbecue is more than any of these things- it's our way of life.
We can distinguish barbecue from grilling by it's lower cooking temperatures, longer cooking times, and use of smoke to infuse extra flavor. Like everything truly American, barbecue is a shared national passtime defined by regional traditions. Let's compare the classic American Barbecue styles.
Kansas City, Missouri, has been home to the most popular style of American barbecue for over 100 years. When you think of the tender ribs or chicken covered in thick, slightly sweet sauces that you get at your everyday neighborhood diner, it's probably in the Kansas City style. The tomato, vinegar, and sugar flavors in Kansas City sauce are so bold and distinctive that some people pour this sauce onto grilled meats and mistakenly present it as barbecue.
Bone Doctor's Original sauce is an elegant, powerful, and most importantly, delicious expression of the Kansas City style of barbecue sauce. Kick off your American flavor tour by making your next batch of ribs with the hickory smoker box and a liberal slathering of Bone Doc's original sauce.
In Texas, barbecue means beef. In the state where everything is bigger, hotter, and arguably better, Texans can generally agree barbecue means slow cooking beef until it's fall-off-the-bone tender. However in classic Texas style, the state is divided on a lot of the details beyond that- central, eastern, and southern Texans have distinct variations on flavor and process. Forced to make generalizations, we'd say look for longer cooking times, more emphasis on peppers in the sauce, and beef for days to characterize classic Texas style.
Perhaps the most regional of the sauces, many unlucky Americans may never have encountered true North Carolina barbecue. Tomatoes are notably absent in Carolina sauces, completely replaced by a bolder, balanced blend of vinegar and peppers. Carolinian barbecue is almost always pork, and if done well is always delicious.
The Southern Bone Doctors are no strangers to the art of Carolina Barbecue- their Carolina Bold sauce uses apple cider vinegar to deliver amazing flavor to pulled pork. Get some.
The dry rub. The anti-sauce. Memphis is home to some of the best rib eateries in the world, and the world's largest pork barbecue competition. Dry rubs rely entirely on the interaction between the natural juices and flavors in the meat to convey the carefully mixed peppers and spices. In Memphis, the long smoking process is like a 40 year marriage between meat and spice- the two spend so much time together that they become literally inseparable and better for it.
As much about process as specific ingredients, great chefs personalize and perfect their dry rub mix over years. You can get started with Bone Doctor's premium spice blend. If you didn't already know, you'll find that ribs don't need to be covered in tomato sauce to be finger-licking good.
We felt that American Barbeque regions were important enough to get their own infographic explaining the character and differences between the regions. And telling you how many cows are born in Texas.