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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12/19/2014 C. McKee Grill Master Crate 4
The product itself is fantastic, FIVE STARS for sure, it was exactly as described and GREAT for the man in your life who has everything. We ordered ours ahead of time as a gift, which seemed to be a mistake. Due to the requested delay in the shipping (we didn't need it that day, so we picked a day that would suit our schedule better, approximately 4 days after our order date), the item ended up sitting in the warehouse READY to ship, with a label on it and everything, but never ACTUALLY shipped. I had to call and email to follow up and get it to us (10 days late). The customer service department was nice and helpful, but what would have been the most helpful would have been getting the gift on the day it was promised. The delayed shipping option was more of a 2 or 3 star experience.
12/13/2014 Linda Grill Master Crate 5
My son has everything or so I thought, looking for something to give was unbelievable, until I came across your site, I was so excited, and to have it in a crate was exter special, it's for Christmas so I haven't given it to him yet, but I can't wait to see his expression.
12/10/2014 Diana Love Grill Master Crate 5
We purchased the Grill Master Crate for my brother-in-law for his birthday. It was a huge hit, and not just for him, but for the rest of the family, men and women alike. Everyone got a charge out of the crate itself and the handy crowbar, but the brass knuckle meat tenderizer stole the show. Add to that all of the other cool items in the crate, and it really made for a great gift. Now my family and friends are all talking about sending a crate to various friends and family members for upcoming birthdays, etc.
12/4/2014 Unknown Grill Master Crate 5
It was delivered to the house for his birthday and he was under strict instruction not to open until i got home. He called me and asked what the hell is a man crate. When i got got Hyde opened the cardboard box only to find the crate. He absolutely loved it! I couldn't have asked for better.
11/18/2014 Abbie Grill Master Crate 5
I ordered the man crate for one of my three sons for Christmas. Needless to say I'll have to have two more. It hasn't even been opened yet and it's already the favorite gift under the tree. The men in my house find it extremely interesting to say the least!! I'll be ordering more soon!!
11/13/2014 Sherry Grill Master Crate 4
My husband really enjoyed the crate idea and thought the grilling products inside were awesome! The reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 was because there were nails protruding out of the bottom of the crate and they scratched our table when he was opening it. Nothing major since it is an old table, but if we had a newer table it would have been much worse. Other than that it was a fun gift and very unique. He loved that part of it.
11/12/2014 Ann Grill Master Crate 5
The hardest decision is which one to buy! The ManCrate is absolutely Brillant!! Perfect gift for any man and the giver has just as much fun ordering.
11/12/2014 Ann Grill Master Crate 5
Ordered & received the grill master crate and it arrived promptly and was received with enthusiasm. Consequently 2 other friends will be getting these gifts for birthdays.
10/12/2014 Carol Baby Grill Master Crate 5
My dad doesnt usually care for gifts and is very picky about what we get him. But he LOVED the man crate I got him for his birthday! Usually he'll just look at a gift and say thanks and move on but with this one he slowly dissected the whole thing and looked at everything with an impressed grin! On top of all of this my dads a contractor so he LOVED the idea of having to crack open the box. #BestDaughterAward
08/11/2014 Ashley Menard Grill Master Crate 5
I ordered the Grill Master Crate for my husband's birthday and he absolutely LOVED it! When the crate arrived, he opened it to find the Retro Gamer's Crate inside... Oops! He loved that one too, by the way! We were accidently shipped the wrong crate. I contacted Man Crates and they were so prompt to respond! The Grill Master Crate was rushed and shipped overnight! Man Crates' customer service is FANTASTIC, and they go above and beyond to make sure things are done right! Thank you for everything Man Crates! You ROCK!
07/25/2014 D Grill Master Crate 5
I got the Grill Master crate for my dad because his birthday is in the summer & he loves to use the grill. He loved it! From opening the crate, to seeing all the goodies inside, it was definitely the perfect gift. I also bought a different crate w/ custom 49er stuff & sent it to my fiance's job for Valentine's day which was a great surprise. Obviously girls always get flowers & chocolates but this was perfect for a manly Valentine's day gift. Everyone in the office was jealous ;]
07/15/2014 EO Grill Master Crate 5
We bought this for my brother as a birthday gift and he loved it. Now he can beat his meat for real! Thanks 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.