BBQ Product Reviews

It’s Kamado Grills For Christmas at Hipp Modern Building Supply

Hey ya’ll… Kevin here and I wanted to introduce you to a good friend of mine, Mr. Gentry Hipp.  Gentry and I have been talking a good bit back and forth on Facebook, and it turns out that in addition to being able to whip up some pretty darned good BBQ (see his BBQ Beans below and DO NOT LICK THE SCREEN!) – Gentry runs a nice Kamado Grills review site as well!

He features Kamado Grills by Kamado Pro by Vision Grills. 

Kamado Grills Reviews

Not much of an online shopper?  Hey – that’s OK!  Folks in the Mountain View, Arkansas area can stop right into Hipp Modern Building Supply and check out their fine selection of top quality Kamado Pro Grills!

Check Out Gentry’s Kamado Pro Grills Here!

Helping Small Business is Key 

What I love most about blogging on BBQ is meeting cool folks like Gentry.  He’s in Mountain View, Arkansas where he owns and runs Hipp Modern Building Supply.  There’s a push on this month for “Buy Local.”  In our house, we “Buy Local” all year round where we can!

If you’re in the Mountain View area… Gentry’s Hipp Modern Building Supply is a great place for you to Buy Local as well!

Hipp Modern Building Supply

Gentry Hipp - Hipp Modern Building Supply BBQ Beans

Think It. Buy It. Do It. 

Gotta Love That Tag Line, Right?

Here’s what you can expect from a trip to Hipp Modern Building Supply: 

Hipp Modern Building Supply: Home Improvement

They’ll teach you how to fix things around the house and put your home into clean and working order. You’ll find how to fix your home in a “do-it-yourself” fashion. Gentry and company will show you the steps you’ll need to take, the mentality you’ll need to have and the tools you’ll need to own in order to complete the project.

Hipp Modern Building Supply: Cooking and Recipes

Good food is essential to a good life. That’s why Hipp’s offers the best recipes they could find over at Hipp’s Help. We’ll help you learn how to cook main courses, desserts, appetizers and more. It’s all listed here.

Oh, and don’t forget about those Kamado Grills!  

Hipp Modern Building Supply: Outdoor and Gardening

The great outdoors need to be apart of everyone’s life. To help you take control of your outside life, Hipp’s has the best articles on outdoor activities and gardening. They’ll put you on to the the best tools and gardening supplies, too – just to be sure you get started right!

Final Thoughts on Hipp Modern Building Supply 

It’s been a great pleasure getting to know Gentry Hipp through the BBQ Smoker Site.  I truly hope to share some more of his BBQ photos with you either here or on the BBQ Smoker Site Facebook Page.  If you have a chance to visit the Hipp Modern Building Supply site or catch Gentry there in person, be sure to say hi for us here!


Top BBQ Christmas Gifts Under $50 for 2012

Christmas BBQ Gifts 2012

Christmas and BBQ may not sound to you northerners like they go together, but for us down here in Florida – it’s a grand tradition! However, if you or someone you love are the type to keep a BBQ Smoker up and running all  year round no matter where you live, then these great BBQ Christmas gifts for under $50 will come in handy – leaving you a little money to spend on sauces, spice, and other things that are nice!

So What Makes a Good BBQ Christmas Gift? 

No matter what the price, gifts… especially BBQ Christmas Gifts  – should be useful.  We’ve all received the proverbial “wacky” Christmas gift, and for sure the holiday is one of fun and merriment!  It’s just that a good BBQ Christmas gift should be one that encourages you to get out there and fire up the BBQ Smoker or grill or one that makes it easy to do so.

If we choose well, our BBQ Christmas Gifts will be used well past the Winter months and on into summer!

So this year I’m focusing on these areas:  BBQ Encouragement and BBQ Usefulness. 

I hope you find these gift ideas useful!

Top BBQ Christmas Gifts Under $50 for 2012

I’m going to put these BBQ Christmas gifts in order of how I think they’ll be put to use.  We’ll start with a few of my favorite BBQ books, move on to some ingredients that you might find useful, pop in a few useful tools, and round out to some BBQ Smoker and grill suggestions.

BBQ Christmas Gifts:  Books 

The first step in learning to cook great BBQ is to “LEARN” about great BBQ!  These books are sure to help up your BBQ IQ and get you producing amazing smoked goodness!

  BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 - Big Bob GibsonBig Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint  


Nearly everyone who considers themselves serious about BBQ or anything related to BBQ Smokers would tell you that Chris Lilly’s book Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book is about the best darn BBQ book around. For 85 years, Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur, AL has served up some of the best barbecue in the country. Bob Gibson’s is most famous for their BBQ chicken served in a white barbecue sauce. I know… white BBQ sauce. But to this day, the place stands as BBQ Holy Ground with folks heading there in droves to taste a bit of history. Today, Big Bob’s Gibson’s is in the hands of author Chris Lilly who married into the family and worked his way from the bottom to the top of the barbecue world. This book, part cookbook, part history is the legacy of the Gibson dream.  Pick up your copy here.

 BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 Wicked Good BBQWicked Good Barbecue: Fearless Recipes from Two Damn Yankees Who Have Won the Biggest, Baddest BBQ Competition in the World  


This book is BBQ Smoker GOLD.  I can think of no better way to give you an idea of just how awesome this book is than to relay some of the best of best review quotes the BBQ LORDS have bestowed upon it:”Live fire cooking at its wicked BEST! The IQUE team will raise your BBQ IQ.” —Carolyn Wells, Ph.B., Executive Director and co-founder, Kansas City Barbeque Society

“A lot of serious barbecue champions have been waiting to see what secrets would be revealed in Chris and Andy’s book, and they are not going to be disappointed! These guys are both finely tuned chefs and hardcore pitmasters, a rare combination, and they’ve shared it all. I now understand how they won the world championship. The barbecue cookbook bar has just been raised.” —Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ, author of Ribs, Chops, Steaks, and Wings

“If there were ever a book that personified the ethos of the chef and brings it right into your kitchen, it is Wicked Good Barbecue. The audacious and tasty recipes showcase everything from the modern classics to serious in-your face-barbeque. Wicked Good Barbecue is a must for every grill aficionado.” —Chris Schlesinger, coauthor of Thrill of the Grill and owner of East Coast Grill & Raw Bar in Cambridge, MA

How did two guys from Boston win hundreds of barbecue ribbons, thirty Kansas City Barbecue Society championships, and the biggest prize of them all, the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue? By standing over glowing coals and smoking barrels for days on end to develop barbecue recipes not just good, but “wicked good” as they say in New England.

Award-winning chefs Andy Husbands and Chris Hart reveal their secrets to competition-winning barbecue—from the actual recipe that won the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational, to the 25-Step Championship Chicken that melts in your mouth and the American Royal First Place Beef Brisket, king of them all, hardest to master and unforgettable to eat when it’s done right.

Wicked Good Barbecue ain’t your daddy’s barbecue. It’s just the best you’ve ever tasted. So if you want to cook competition-worthy chow, and you think you’ve got what it takes or want inspiration from the best; crack this book, pick up your tongs, and fire away. Wicked Good Barbecue is your guide to fun, fearless, and fantastic barbecue no matter where you’re from.  Pick up your copy here.


 BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 Backyard Barbecue - The Art of SmokologyBackyard BBQ: The Art of Smokology  


Backyard BBQ: The Art of Smokology is in it’s Fourth Printing This book covers all the barbecue basics of Backyard Smoking, as taught in Chef McPeake’s barbecue classes. Hence the name: The Art of Smokology. McPeake takes you from starting your fire, to buying, selecting, trimming and smoking meats. There are also chapters covering terms, rub making, sauce making, brining and the proper procedures for smoking seafood.Plus some of his favorite recipes like: Hell Fire Brisket , Sweet & Spicy Cherry Ribs, Duck Pastrami, Oriental Smoked Pork loin, Twice Smoked Pulled Pork, Take Your Breath BBQ Sauce, Passion BBQ Sauce, Mustard & Pepper Spiced Beef Tenderloin, Honey Maple Brine for Salmon, Honey Marinated Lobster Tails, Coconut Curried Scallops, Margarita Mop for Chicken,Nawlins’ Butter Mop, Warm Jalapeno Corn Relish, Gazpacho Salsa, Zesty Backyard Baked Beans, Wisconsin Cheddar Potato Salad Jambalaya Rice …………and much more! Pick up your copy here.


BBQ Christmas Gifts:  Ingredients

When you get ready to put your BBQ Book learning to use, you’ll want to be sure you start out with some of the best ingredients around. No sense in wrecking good meat with a bad rub!  Unless of course it’s a Great Rub that just called “BAD RUB” for fun. Ok. Sorry. I’ll move on.  Check out these suggestions.  You won’t go wrong using any one of these!

BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 Dizzy Pig Dizzy Dust for Pork Butts and BrisketDizzy Pig Dizzy Dust Coarse BBQ Rub Seasoning Spice  


Dizzy Pig Dizzy Dust Coarse is a all Purpose Barbecue Seasoning for roasts and larger cuts. Essentially the same recipe as the regular Dizzy Rub, but they’ve bumped up the ingredients to their coarsest grinds so they can stand up when applied to large pieces of meat. Pork butts and picnic roasts, beef briskets and other large cuts will benefit from a coating of this flavorful, balanced barbecue rub. Full on flavor but very low on heat. This is a mild rub on the heat scale. Our favorite on: Boston butt, brisket, and pork roasts 32 oz. jar In the world of barbecuing and grilling, (and in the kitchen) a rub is the blend of herbs, spices, sugars, salts and peppers that, when applied to a food’s exterior and cooked, create that marvelous outer crust barbecue is famous for. A rub is an integral part of the entire cook, as it is the lead impression when you take that first bite of food. It can impart intense heat, mellow sweetness, lip-smacking saltiness or a ‘What is that wonderful flavor?’ uniqueness…sometimes all of these sensations coming from a single rub! Click here to grab some now!

 BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 Backyard Barbecue - Bad Byron's Butt RubBad Byron’s Butt Rub  


Bad Byron’s Butt Rub This authentic Texas-style barbecue rub is sure to have them coming back for seconds. Used by many of the professional BBQ circuit Pitmasters I know, the Bad Byron’s Butt Rub offers a smoky, authentic flavor to steaks, chicken, pork, and ribs. Ideal for pork butt, this blend of spices includes black pepper, paprika, and chipotle powder for a special kick to any dish. This rub has no MSG, and is great on seafood and vegetables. It is available in 4.5 oz., 24 oz., and 7 lb. shakers. Features: All-purpose seasoning Blend of spices No MSG Ideal for meats, seafood, and vegetables Available in 4.5 oz., 24 oz., or 7 lbs.

 BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 Blues Hog Original BBQ SauceBlues Hog Original Barbecue Sauce  


Used by top BBQ Teams across the country, Blues Hog Original BBQ Sauce is a thick and sweet sauce.  Made from all natural ingredients, its sweet, yet spicy, flavor enhances the taste of all meats prepared on the grill or in the kitchen. In many cases, competitors “cut” the thickness of this original Blues Hog sauce with Blues Hog Tennessee Red BBQ Sauce.

BBQ Christmas Gifts:  Useful Tools

Keeping your protein and veggies from sticking when grilling is key.  I also think there’s no more important metric to measure during a cook than temp.  The first two items below will keep you solidly taken care of on those fronts.  Thermapen is the industry standard and is ever present at the cook sites of any Professional BBQ team I’ve ever visited. The last tool is a beast where injecting flavorful solutions into your meat is concerned.  Again, the folks over on several BBQ Forums like the Split Jack a whole lot.  I think you will, too.

I have to be up front here.  I broke my under $50 rule w/ the Thermapen and the Splitjack Injector.  But they are both so very useful and will last a very long time.  It’s worth going a little bit over budget if you can.

BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 Chef's Planet Grill & BBQ MatChef’s Planet Grill & BBQ Mat  


Chef’s Planet Grill & BBQ Mat is ideal for grilling fish, veggies and shrimp.The nonstick mat prevents food from falling through the cracks. Ah, grilling perfection. I’ve seen these last a long time used in BBQ Smokers, as there is no direct flame or high heat source under them then.  They are easy to clean and work as advertised. Get yours here!

Splash-Proof Super-Fast ThermapenSplash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen  


The Super-Fast Thermapen has been a favorite among BBQ Pitmasters for a long time. Hundreds of thousands are in use. The clever fold-away probe and the simple pocket design replace more costly and bulky handheld thermometers while using the same professional thermocouple technology. This new generation Thermapen introduces a robust, splash-proof design with molded-in seals to protect the thermometer from wet hands and kitchen splashes. Just open the probe and the Thermapen comes on. Close it and it shuts off. No buttons or switches to catch germs, confuse staff and cause errors.  This is a MUST have for any true BBQ or Grill Master! Get yours today!

BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 The SpitJack Magnum Meat Injector Gun
The SpitJack Magnum Meat Injector Gun (with 3 needles)


First found this on Stumps BBQ website where it gets tons of great reviews!If you need to get some extra flavor (or a special kind of flavor) deep into your meat, you will have to go beyond rubs and marinating. The SpitJack Magnum Meat Injector GunTM is the ultimate injector that will penetrate up to 5.5 inches. A patented dial lets you adjust the flow of the marinade or seasoning mix you are injecting from 1-5 ml. per shot. 50ml (2 oz.) capacity.The Magnum comes with 3 needles, one with a slanted open tip (for injecting a marinade that might have small spice or herb particles), another with a closed end and side perforations (for liquid only flavoring solutions), and a 3/8″ slanted open tip needle that can be used for injecting larger particles or solid pieces A smaller, thinner gauge needle are also available at additional cost.

The Magnum Injector is manufactured in the USA from quality nickel plated brass and die cast zinc, with FDA food borne approved O-rings. This is an awesome tool – you will be looking for excuses to use it. Get yours here!


BBQ Christmas Gifts:  BBQ Smokers and Grills

OK.  So, I’m going over my “Under $50″ marker here.  There just isn’t a BBQ Smoker out there that out of the box merits mention here.  Any of the three models you see below will be good to go for a long time.  The Weber bullet (Smokey Mountain Cooker) is competition ready, as is the Big Steel Keg – which is a poor man’s Big Green Egg but gets awesome reviews.

BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 Weber Smokey Mountain CookerWeber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18-1/2-Inch  


For the moistest, juiciest cuts of meat, sometimes low and slow is the way to go. That’s where Weber’s two Smokey Mountain Cooker smokers come in. After one use, you’ll want to slow things down every night. Weber’s 18-1/2-inch Smokey Mountain Cooker charcoal smoker makes it easy to enjoy authentic smokehouse flavor at home. The unit comes equipped with two nickel-plated 18-1/2-inch-wide cooking grates for a total of 481 square inches of cooking space. Other highlights include a water pan, built-in thermometer, individual vents on the bowl and lid, a heat-resistant nylon handle, and a storage cover. Made of porcelain-enameled steel, the smoker measures approximately 21 by 19 by 41 inches and carries a 10-year limited warranty.  Pick yours up here.

 BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse SmokerMasterbuilt 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker  


With more than 1.7 cubic feet of total smoking capacity and a variety of easy-to-use features, the Masterbuilt 30-inch electric smokehouse smoker sets the standard for slow-smoked BBQ. The smoker is designed to appeal to smokers of all skill levels, from novices to experts. To use, simply plug in the smoker, set the temperature and timer, load your food, and sit back. The smoker does the work for you, making it easy to wow your friends and family with delicious smoked turkey, sausage, and pork.  Just look at these two 13 lb. turkeys!  Someone’s eating VERY well for the Holidays!The smoker’s simplicity starts with its intuitive push button digital control panel, which includes temperature settings that range from 100 to 275 degrees F. Easy to set, the temperature is remarkably consistent, so your food comes out exactly the way you expect. In addition to the thermostatically controlled heat, all walls in the smoker are 100-percent insulated for energy-efficient, even cooking. No more overcooked meat on one side and half raw meat on the other. Plus, the control panel includes a 24-hour timer with an automatic shutoff, so food is never overcooked or dry.  This is a great smoker for beginners that should last you a long time. Get yours here!


 BBQ Christmas Gifts 2012 Big Steel Keg BBQ Smoker Big Steel Keg 05503 Charcoal Grill  


This is a great option for anyone who has thought about a convection style (kamado) BBQ – maybe like the Big Green Egg.  Only, the BSK will run you a whole lot less!Big Steel Keg Convection Grill, Designed For High Temperature Searing, Oven Style Roasting, Low Temperature Smoking and Controlled Barbequing, Made Of Double Wall High Temperature Insulated Steel Designed To Keep In and Maintain Heat, Integrated Thermometer Assures Proper Temperature Maintenance, Top and Bottom Numbered Damper To Accurately Control Airflow and Internal Cooking Temperatures, 2 Removable and Adjustable Grill Grates, Removable Side Trays, Large Wheels Moves Easily, Comes With Cover and Built In Bottle Openers, Trailer Hitch Adaptor, Sold Separately, Enables Grill To Travel On Trailer Hitch For BBQ’s, Tailgating and Camping. Grab yours here today!


Top BBQ Christmas Gifts Under $50 for 2012 – Final Thoughts 

I’ve tried to pull together a list of BBQ Christmas Gifts you can pick up for your favorite BBQ enthusiast (maybe even yourself) regardless of what she, he, or you may already have in your collection.  Whether it is one of the BBQ Books I mentioned, a BBQ tool you found interesting, or one of the BBQ Smokers listed here, I hope you find this list useful.