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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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.
01/5/2015 zac Grill Master Crate 5
I liked mancrates. I wish their was more products or more diverse products than the ones listed on the website, but overall I was very satisfied with the product and giving it as a gift for xmas.
01/2/2015 rachael Grill Master Crate 5
my birthed in law is the grill master! He could grill anything and enjoys having people over often, this was such an awesome gift, the one you are so excited to send, definitely makes the giving more fun at Christmas. The meat tenderizer brass knuckles are such a fun a novelty gift and when you are grilling 4 steaks who wants to use the same thermometer for all of them? Nope. He loved it and all the seasoning and sauces are so cool and tasty! He received this the same day that his guys were over I got a ton of texts asking where I got this awesome gift from my sister in law. It is so fun and unusual and definitely boosts you up to an all star in the gift giving department :)
12/29/2014 Jessica Grill Master Crate 5
I ordered this for my fiance for Christmas. Unfortunately, one of the sauces broke and got all over the original crate so when he opened it a few days before Christmas, he was a little surprised.
I immediately contacted Mancrates and spoke to a representative who overnighted a new crate - no questions asked. He was very helpful and friendly!
My fiance loves to cook and loves his mancrate. I am absolutely amazed at the great customer service that I received and will most definitely be ordering from Mancrates again. Thank you for making my Fiance's Christmas so wonderful!
12/29/2014 Kacey Grill Master Crate 5
I stumbled onto MANcrates while searching for a gift for the "guy who has everything". I will be ordering again! I ordered the Grill Master Crate (wrapped in duct tape), figuring the opening of the package itself would be the best part. It definitely was! However, the products inside were first rate grilling materials. My brother-in-law and the whole family loved this. Thanks!
12/27/2014 Jake Grill Master Crate 1
This isn't worth the money, unless opening a glued plywood box is worth $50 to you. I won't be recommending Man Crates to anyone. The contents of this crate could be compiled by themselves for half the price.
12/27/2014 susan rahn Grill Master Crate 5
My brother is supremely difficult to buy for but when I saw this I knew it was perfect. He loved it. He grills all the time and this was an awesome way to celebrate his love of the grill. For his birthday I may get him the crate with the salt block.
12/27/2014 Unknown Grill Master Crate 5
I purchased this for my fiance for our first Christmas in our new home together. He was so shocked and had a heck of a time opening it! He loves the set and cant wait to grill in our new home! This was also shipped via fed ex ground amd arrived one day early! Thank you to the studs and studettes at man crate!
12/26/2014 Unknown Grill Master Crate 5
Honestly, I bought this for the novelty but was delighted to discover the quality of the crate & contents. My dad loved it and I would estimate it was one of his favorite all-time gifts. Would definitely recommend to anyone- especially the hard-to-shop-for types.
12/26/2014 Jaye Sloan Grill Master Crate 5
My future son-in-law thought it was awesome! He was thrilled! We hit a home run with this one.
12/26/2014 Nana Grill Master Crate 5
I ordered a grilling man crate for my husband and was so intrigued by it, thTat I also ordered one for sons-in-law, cousins actually all the men in the family. They all loved it. One son-in-law hovered over his ammo can protectively while the sons circled. The husband loved the brass knuckled meat tenderizer with his and showed it to everyone who came in the door. A big hit with all the menfolk in this family!
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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.