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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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.
07/2/2014 Samantha Grill Master Crate 5
I bought this for my boyfriend, and he loved it! Cooked his birthday steak dinner and used all of the essentials right away. A++!
06/23/2014 Tessa Grill Master Crate 5
We got this crate for my father for Father's Day and took it with us to a restaurant for lunch, so he could open his gift before we went to the butcher's. Everyone in the restaurant was watching him open it. It was hilarious. I even saw people saying things like, "what is that? what is THAT?" The men at the other tables looked at the steel knuckle meat tenderizer with such envy. He loved it.
I love you, Man Crates!
06/19/2014 Arizona -> California Grill Master Crate 5
was a fun way to send a different Father's Day gift - he really enjoyed opening the crate and lots of friends and family wanted to know where they could get one! So far, the smoker box is a huge hit, good solid quality piece. Can't wait to shop here again!
06/18/2014 Karen Darisaw Grill Master Crate 5
My dad has everything a man can have and when I came across Man Crates website I struck gold! He loved it! And the shipping to Hawaii was on time, as a matter of fact it was early! I will definitely be ordering from them again!
Thanks Man Crates #jobwelldone
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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.