Posted by & filed under BBQ Rub, Grill Pros, Master Chefs.

The 2019 BBQ Season is upon us and we are excited to get you out on the competition field or get your home fire burning with some of our favorite new brisket and beef rubs. See the links below and check out these new and classic brisket rubs, most of these will stand on their own.

  1. Oakridge BBQ Black OPS® Brisket Rub – Black OPS excels on all cuts of beef, but a perfect brisket rub is its sweet-spot.
  2. Sweet Swine O Mine Texas Beef Rub – Brand new and a flavor for Texas BBQ Brisket Rub with some added twists!
  3. Oakridge BBQ SPOGOS – Salt, Pepper, Onion, Garlic & Other Spices sure to make you happy.
  4. Heath Riles Beef Rub – New on the scene, but tried and true flavor from a BBQ professional.
  5. Plowboys BBQ Bovine Bold – An old standby that keeps bringing the love.

The latest trend is starting with a layer Killer Hogs AP Rub, Boars Night Out White Lightning or Heath Riles Garlic Jalapeno lightly to add some extra zip.



Posted by & filed under BBQ Beef Recipes, BBQ Info.

How To Smoke A Brisket: Step By Step Infographic

If you’re going to spend anywhere from 10 – 16 hours preparing and smoking a brisket it helps to know what you’re doing! This is one time where you can skip the recipe books. There’s a process you should follow to convert a 10 pound hunk of beef into beautiful smokey goodness. Brisket can be tough for beginners. From knowing what to look for when selecting the brisket, to trimming, smoking, wrapping and finally resting and slicing there’s a lot you need to know.

That’s where this simple checklist comes in handy. This guide will show you how to prepare traditional texas style brisket. This means a simple salt and pepper rub, smoke and plenty of time. If this is your first time cooking brisket your best bet is to follow the checklist as close as possible. But like everything with barbecue there’s plenty of ways to experiment.

Two Big Tips to help you smoke a perfect brisket:

  • Start early – Forget sleeping in. Getting an early start is important so you have plenty of time before you need to serve. Brisket can take anywhere from 10 – 18 hours to finish depending on size.

  • How to tell when it’s done – A good rule of thumb is to allow 1 hour and fifteen minutes per pound of meat, but this can very a lot between different briskets. Your best bet is to use a temperature probe and pull it off when it gets to 195° – 205°F.

Allow plenty of time to rest – After waiting for hours it’s tempting to start slicing right away. But it’s important to give the brisket plenty of time to relax. Wrap it in foil or butcher paper, then a towel and place in a cooler for 2 – 3 hours and then slice it just before you are ready to eat.

Smoked Brisket Infographic

Smoked Brisket Process and checklist InfoGraphic from Smoked BBQ Source

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Posted by & filed under BBQ Joints.

We are asked the question all the time, I am in “X” city, do you have a BBQ Map to the best BBQ Joint around here? Fortunately the world of BBQ is better off with Twitter’s @bbqsnob, aka Daniel Vaughn. Daniel Vaughn travels the world, and Texas, reviewing BBQ. He writes for the Texas Monthly BBQ Section and is the curator of the Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ Joints List. We have been following him for years. Daniel Vaughn brings the fairness and objectivity of a great food critic. He is less critical and so knowledgeable that reviews and write-ups bring the insight we enjoy.

Below is a link to all the places in the USA, South America and Europe which is growing daily. The official BBQ Snob BBQ Map is below. Share it with your friends, and reference it often.He has them even listed by “Been There”, “Closed” and “On the List”. We find that this BBQ Map is a great start for your research on where to go. It really is the ultimate go to BBQ Map when I am travelling and looking to eat great BBQ.

BBQ Snob BBQ Map

Here is our process for finding BBQ Joint using the BBQ Map

  1. Find a couple of locations on the map near you.
  2. Google each of them and make sure that they are open when you want to visit.
  3. Read the reviews, we like to read the 5 stars first and if people are raving about what is important to us, good food, people that sound like they know BBQ, that is a good sign.
  4. Take a look at the negative reviews, if they are filled with reviews about service, make sure that they are reasonable and you agree with the complaints or concerns.
  5. If all checks out, map it from your location or where you are, make sure that it is within range and that you will not be driving hours out of your way, unless that is the plan!
  6. Arrive early, either before lunch or right after depending on the BBQ Joint, really good BBQ places run out of food and the earlier you arrive, the better the selection.

Hope that you enjoy this list and it helps you create a personal BBQ Map of your own!




Posted by & filed under Grilling Basics, Tips n' Tricks.

EXTECH TM 55 Instant Read Thermometer

EXTECH TM 55 is lightweight, fits in your pocket and is quick on the temperature read.

BBQ Pro Shop was invited to review the Extech TM55 Instant Read Thermometer. We firmly believe that a high quality instant read thermometer is an essential tool for smoking BBQ or grilling in the backyard. Why? A good thermometer gives you the confidence that your food is done, or lets you know where it is in the process when smoking a brisket, turkey, pork shoulder or chicken. We are often lost when asked to grill a tenderloin or thick chicken breasts at a friends house who does not own a quality instant read meat thermometer. Finding a high quality, inexpensive instant read thermometer is not easy to do, but look no further!

The BBQ Pro Shop lab was issued a Extech TM55 Pocket Fold-Up Food Thermometer we were excited to see a product from a high quality brand. The Extech TM55 is an incredible value at a $35 price point, and we were not disappointed. We have been loyal to our Thermoworks Thermapen for a long time, but at almost 3X the price, it is difficult to recommend to friends and family who are in need of a high quality instant read meat thermometer. The Extech TM55 has excellent read time and is accurate within 1DegreeF/0.5DegreeC.

To test it, we were indirect cooking some pretty thick, bone in chicken breasts. About 30 minutes in, we poked them with the Extech TM55 and within 3 seconds, had a solid reading. Poked it again, got the same result, poked it a third time and obtained a quick and accurate reading! Most inexpensive thermometers slowly give you a reading and when that happens it lowers your confidence level. Speed is a really important part of a quality instant read thermometer.

We give the Extech TM55 a solid 5 Star rating, take a look at some of these features, and for less than $35 it is one of the best values out there. Click the link below and order yours from Amazon, ships free with Amazon Prime![amazon_link asins=’B00L44J6P6′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’bps072-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0b2b6e41-4026-11e7-8fa6-439aed2e8a64′]


  • Measures from -40 to 482°F (-40 to 250°C) with 2.4 inch (61 millimeter) stainless steel probe (NSF certified).
  • Fast response time at < 5 seconds in moving liquid.
  • Large LCD display with 0.1° resolution.
  • Basic accuracy: ±1°F/0.5°C.
  • Auto power off (with disable) after 1 hour or when probe is placed in stored position.
  • Probe can be positioned from 0° (storage) to 180° angle.
  • Ultrasonically welded housing (waterproof IP65 rated) with anti-microbial additive.
  • Built-in magnetized strip attaches to refrigerator or smoker stand.
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack).
  • Dimensions: 4.6×1.5×0.8 inch (116 x 38 x 20 millimeter); Weight:1.5 ounce (41.2 gram).
  • Complete with CR2032 battery.


Posted by & filed under BBQ Sauce.

The 2017 NBBQA Awards of Excellence competition judges BBQ Sauces and Rubs, one of the highest industry honors. BBQ Pro Shop follows the awards closely and are lucky enough to stock Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce!

Duce's Wild BBQ Sauce: DQ Glaze

Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce: DQ Glaze wins 1st Prize

Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce was honored by the National Barbecue & Grilling Association at their annual conference and BBQ bash in Forth Worth, Texas at the Stockyards. Duce Raymond, is an outstanding chef and BBQ Pitmaster from Chicago and launched Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce in many original flavors. Three of Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauces hold 2017 NBBQA Awards of Excellence titles.  Duce’s Wild DQ Glaze, is the first place winner of the tomato mild competition. Duce’s Wild DQ Glaze BBQ Sauce is a chef inspired finishing glaze and dipping sauce. We love it on Pork Chops, Chicken, Ribs and Salmon. We have been spreading the word about this sauce for a long time, so glad the judges at NBBQA agree!


Duce's Wild BBQ Sauce: Competition Sauce

Duce’s Wild BBQ Sauce: Competition Sauce wins 2nd Place

The other winner, Duce’s Wild Competition Sauce took home 2nd place honors in the vinegar sauce category and is another huge winner as well. Our experience is that the Competition BBQ Sauce produces an amazing lacquer when used as a finishing sauce on meats. Try it on burgers, BBQ chicken and any type of pork, It is a blend of sweet and heat that is not to be missed. Duce’s Wild competition team has competed both KCBS and MBN Competitions, taking home top awards in both.

BBQ Pro Shop will carry Alabama White Gold Sauce which won a 2nd place award in the white sauce category. Congratulations to Duce Raymond owner of Duce’s Wild and his Uncle Dave Raymond, AKA Sweet Baby Ray.  We have known and followed Duce Raymond’s BBQ for many years and enjoyed all of his BBQ inspired culinary creations. BBQ Pro Shop is ready to ship to our great customers and fans of BBQ!