Below we have begun to assemble the products we recommend on our newsletter. Due to popular request, we added this feature in Issue 9 of the newsletter. We will continue to build the collection as the newsletters are published.
In the meantime, you might also check out our SC BBQ Gift Guide that features authentic products made by SC BBQ restaurants, businesses, and individuals.
Between these two guides, we hope to steer you to the products we believe in.
Our ever-growing library of products we recommend either because we own and use them ourselves or trust the opinion of those who have tested them out.
As recommended in Issue 10 of our newsletter, the Slow 'N Sear is an amazing addition to your standard kettle grill. As they wrote on Amazing Ribs: "For about $100 you can easily convert a standard Weber Kettle into a much better grill as well as a smoker capable of making restaurant quality smoked ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey, salmon, or whatever you want to smoke. This revolutionary new device also makes an awesome searing tool for steaks. We have even baked brioche with it. We have used ours extensively and hereby crown it “The Single Best Accessory For The Weber Kettle Ever.”
You're not using lighter fluid, are you? No self-respecting pitmaster would. As recommended in Issue 11 of our newsletter, I have long used this very charcoal chimney starter. With a bit of paper in the bottom, a full chamber of charcoal on top, and a flick of the lighter and you're walking away while the coals burn toward the perfect ashen coating. A full canister holds up to about 80 briquets which may be more than you need depending on your grill size and cooking intentions. Heck, you can even cook on it! Mine has lasted for years and years, even with outdoor storage.
As recommended in Issue 12 of our newsletter, GrillGrates sear and sizzle foods better than traditional grills, which have more open exposure to direct flame and juices which fuel flareups. GrillGrates virtually eliminate charring but accentuate searing. This model is for the The 18.5" Weber Kettle Grill and Jumbo Joe, but once you get there, if you click the "Visit the GrillGrate Store" link, it will take you to their main store where you can find the model that fits your grill. Meathead from Amazing Ribs gave GrillGrates their highest rating saying, "They may be the best thing to happen to gas grills, charcoal grills and pellet smokers since salt and pepper..."
If you're Rodney Scott, you might need a full-sized cotton mop, but most of us aren't cooking whole hogs on a regular basis. The one trait we share with Rodney is a need to "mop" our barbecue. As recommended in this edition of our newsletter, the eighteen-inch basting mop from Miso is an easy choice. For one, it does the job, but it also comes with 4 replacement heads. You can toss a used head into the wash and have another ready to go. Better yet, it's less than $10 (at least at the time I am writing this).
In the 14th issue of our newsletter, we profiled this firestarter. While I personally use the Charcoal Chimney featured above, this can be a much faster way to get things going.
"The HomeRight ElectroLight Fire Starter gets your charcoal, fireplace, or wood stove ignited and ready to use quickly. Up to 1300ºF of hot air lights a piece of wood or a pile of charcoal in about two minutes, and the blower stokes the fire until it’s blazing how you want it. It runs on a standard 120v plug and is reasonably priced. I like that when the unit gets dangerously hot, it will not re-start until it’s safe to do so." - Paul Sidoriak, Product Reviewer, AmazingRibs.com