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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08/23/2016 Lynn Grill Master Crate 5
I sent this to my cousin for his 31st birthday and he was thrilled! He loved the crate itself almost as much as everything in it. He is anxious to use the smoker box, as he's never even heard of that before (neither had I). I will be using Man Crates as my primary Christmas gift-giving site!
06/13/2016 Maria Grill Master Crate 5
Ordered this for my husband's B-day not knowing how he would react. Watching him open his crate was very entertaining. He loved it so much he asked if he could get one every month. He has not stopped talking about how much he loved it.
01/22/2016 Jerry Grill Master Crate 5
My son and daughter in love got me this for my birthday and it arrived today. What a super cool idea! I can't wait to try out everything in the crate! We will have rib-eye steaks tomorrow
01/12/2016 Marlene Garay Grill Master Crate 5
I sent the grill master crate to my brother for Christmas. He doesn't know which end of a screwdriver to use, let alone a crow bar. I had extra delight in having the crate wrapped in duct tape. He had his wife open it. My brother loved the contents, especially the meat tenderizer that looks like brass knuckles. A very inventive gift for that hard to buy for man.
01/8/2016 Joshua Grill Master Crate 5
I sent this to a guy that loves to grill. He said the rubs and sauces were great. He thought it was the best gift ever. I added the duct tape wrapping for a nice touch, which he said was really cool.
12/28/2015 Dave Grill Master Crate 5
So I got this as a Christmas present for my dad and he loved it! The meat tenderizer is was his favorite part!! All in all, this was a great gift for the guy that already has everything. haha
12/28/2015 Eric Grill Master Crate 5
I gave this to my brother as a Christmas present. He recently built an outdoor man cave where he grills and watches games outside. Opening the crate with the crowbar and the items inside were big highlights to him. Amazing gift and highly recommended...
12/28/2015 Vickie Grill Master Crate 5
My husband loved this gift. It was fun from the beginning. He liked that he had to "break in" to his gift. He is an avid grill master. He loved everything in this crate. So needless to say, he was so excited when he realized he had another crate to open.
12/14/2015 Eva Grill Master Crate 5
I got this for my boyfriend and he absolutely loved the whole thing. From the delivery, to having to open it, and the contents. We used the thermometers that night and he still has everything on display on the kitchen counter. He even saved the note I had printed with it on the fridge. Thanks ManCrates!
11/11/2015 Caitlin Grill Master Crate 5
Super fast shipping! Got this as a gift for my grill master dad who is always difficult to buy for (most dads are I feel like). He LOVED it! Especially opening the crate with the crowbar.. Made it all the more "manlier". So glad I came across this website- genius idea folks!
11/8/2015 Jodi W Grill Master Crate 5
I purchased this for my father-in-law's birthday and he received it on the desired date. It was wrapped in duck tape, and he had the best time opening the crate just to find out what was in it. It's so hard to buy something for a man who has every thing so this website and gift idea was the most brilliant thing I could come across for him.
10/20/2015 Hope Corsette Grill Master Crate 5
I sent this to my brother-in-law for his 50th birthday. I wish I could have been there to see him open it. Apparenty is was sealed quite well. He got his hammer then used the crowbar. Then had to do the same with the spices. Ha! Everyone should have to put a little work into opening their gifts. He likes to grill so he really loved the gift.
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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.