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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08/7/2015 Sarah Proctor Grill Master Crate 5
Bought this for my dad's 76th birthday and he loved it! He loved the box and the challenge of opening it and then he was tickled with all of the goodies inside. I don't think he's had this much fun receiving a gift in ages and my mom was just as tickled watching him have so much fun. I can't wait to gift more Man Crates in the future.
07/27/2015 Dawn Grill Master Crate 1
I ordered this crate 2 weeks ago and it was supposed to be delivered today. It wasn't! It was supposed to a birthday gift for my husband. I read a few other reviews that customers didn't receive their crate on time, but I remained positive and was hopeful it would't happen to me.
MAN CRATES EDIT:
Hi there Dawn, so sorry to hear your order did not arrive on time. We do our best to make sure every package is delivered when promised unfortunately we do sometimes experience unexpected delays usually due to the package being delayed while in the hands of our carrier due to unforeseen circumstances (bad weather, truck breakdown, etc). No matter what the reason we are still dedicated to making this right for you. Give us a call at 866-902-7260 and we'll make it right, promise.
07/27/2015 Caitlin Grill Master Crate 2
Got this for my husband for Father's Day. Really liked the concept, but the whole reason I got the crate was the smoker and it failed miserably. Followed the directions exactly and it didn't work at all, which was a huge bummer. Not sure if we'll get any use of the meat tenderizer and found that the electronic instant read thermometers work better. I guess sauces and spice are fine but a disappointment given it's not cheap.
07/26/2015 Erika Grill Master Crate 5
Got it for my boyfriend's birthday. Thought the whole man crate idea was great. Thinking of ordering more stuff from this website, including the shaving crate for my brother.
07/16/2015 Mrs. Green Grill Master Crate 5
Our friend absolutely loved the gift–– he had so much fun opening the crate and then discovering all the goodness inside! Awesome one of kind gift and experience.
07/15/2015 Betty Grill Master Crate 5
I bought this crate for my boyfriends birthday. He loved it. He likes to grill and this was perfect for him.
07/3/2015 Leigh Foster Grill Master Crate 5
There was a glitch with my order but I contacted Mancrates and they quickly (and very politely) found the problem and made every effort to correct it. Once it arrived, tho late, the look on my husband's face as he opened the box to see the crate then opened the crate to see all the goodies inside was worth the wait! He eagerly took each item out of the crate, smiling the whole time. He thought the crate was "a really cool gift" with the steak thermometers being his favorite item. Thank you very much for making it 'worth the wait'. Thank you for being so nice and quick to rectify the situation. I REALLY admire and appreciate it.
06/26/2015 Krystal Grill Master Crate 5
My daddy got this for his father's day and was just amazed at the idea of a gift in a crate. He loved trying to open it and was having trouble so he went to the website and laughed at how they told him to open it. After he finally got it opened he LOVED IT! He loves to grill and was excited about the individual meat thermometers. He can't wait to try the spices. He was ready to fire up the BBQ right then. Thank you for making this a wonderful father's day he will never forget.
06/25/2015 Thaisha Grill Master Crate 5
I bought one for my husband and one for my dad. The crate shipped to my husband didnt have a crow bar with it but he didnt care, he had a blast opening it. It wasnt easy to open and he enjoyed that. My dad's crate did have a crow bar, still hard to open but I think thats the beauty and fun of this gift! PERFECT gift for those manly men.
06/24/2015 christina Grill Master Crate 5
My husband was excited for his box as we all were because he is out grill master. And one of the bottles where leaking. It had leaked onto the little wood rack. It was easily wiped off. We bought another crate two days later lol.
06/24/2015 Rebcca Grill Master Crate 5
I ordered this crate for my husband for Fathers day,delivery was excellent.when he opened it on Fathers day he was a little disappointed in that the Top of the Crate just slid right off he did not have to pry it open or anything.as I said that was disappointing but other than that he thought it was Great
06/19/2015 Unknown Grill Master Crate 5
I got this for my boyfriend as a father's day gift. I ordered it on a Friday morning and it was delivered the next freaking day. As soon as he saw the box he was thrilled. Everything is awesome from the crate to the contents. Everything arrived in perfect condition. Mostly what im pleased about is the bbq sauce bottles are full sized, not tiny sample bottles. The smoker box is great quality. This is the second crate I've purchased and I will continue to buy these. These crates are different from any other gift idea I've seen.
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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.