30+ Smokin’ Hot Grilling Puns (& Jokes) Perfect For BBQ Season

Grilling Puns

What’re ya cookin’ with — gas or charcoal? Do you have an Egg? What about a smoker? We’ve written a lot about grilling and barbecuing here. Probably because it’s almost as dad-specific as dad jokes. And, really, what’s not to love? Grilling brings with it a rush of both nostalgia and freedom. Whatever kind of grill or barbeque you’re working with, firing it up just makes you feel… cool. (C’mon, you can admit it; we’re all friends here.) It’s your chance to show off your grill master skills, not to mention give your partner a break. Bonus: Your kids have long learned that “for safety reasons” they need to stay back from the grill. As long as you’re within a three-to-five foot radius of the grill, clicking those dad-only grill tongs in your funny apron, no one is going to bother you. That doesn’t mean it’s not family time, though. After all, who are you going to bounce grilling puns off of if you don’t have a captive audience, i.e. your unwitting family?

From your version of a throne, you can watch the chaos that is family life during grilling season. Fido is protecting the fam from the big, bad pool skimmer. *eye roll* The kids are soaking each other with the hose. *laugh* And your partner is happily boiling corn on the cob in the kitchen with the cool air conditioning blasting. *sigh* Could life get any better than this? Sure, but only with these truly amazing grilling puns and jokes at the ready.

Grilling Puns And Jokes

Best Grilling Puns

  1. Accidentally burned dinner on the grill.
    Missteaks were made.
  2. Someone threw a grill at my face.
    The attack made headlines.
  3. I can’t decide whether to grill chicken breasts or chicken thighs.
    I guess I’ll just wing it.
  4. At the office barbecue, I grilled a medium-rare steak for my boss, and he said, “I like it well done!”
    I said, “Thanks. That means a lot.”
  5. Before every barbecue, I tell myself I’ll eat healthy and stick to the salads.
    But then my plan takes a turn for the wurst.
  6. Just finished cleaning my grill.
    It was grate.
  7. You can imagine my surprise when I saw James Bond making burgers in the park.
    I guess he had a license to grill.
  8. I was grilling yesterday, but the meat started smoking.
    Steaks were high.
  9. My friends invited me to barbecue night yesterday.
    I said no, but now I’m regretting it. That was a missed steak.
  10. One day when I was young, I watched my father grill burgers.
    When they were done, he handed me one and told me it was a bison burger. He left and never came back.
  11. When I’m cooking on the grill,
    I like to sing “The Tong Song.”
  12. My dad just got a fancy new grill, and I’m worried he’ll get hurt trying to use it.
    The steaks have never been higher.
  13. I hate when my mom grills brats for dinner.
    She’s the würst.
  14. It took me two hours to grill a chicken the other day, and it still didn’t tell me why it crossed the road.
  15. My grammar may be poor, but my grilling is impeccable.
    I’d steak my reputation on that.
  16. A grill master wanted to load up the grill with more BBQ, but he was running low on hot coals.
    So, he decided not to brisket.
  17. My buddy is awesome at grilling steaks.
    They are all very well done.

Best Grilling Jokes

  1. What did the exasperated man serve at his barbecue?
    Sheesh kabobs.
  2. How can you tell if a hamburger was grilled in space?
    It’s a little meteor.
  3. What do you call a row of dolls burning on a grill?
  4. What’s Snoop Dogg’s favorite part of grilling?
    The sizzle.
  5. What is the most important task of a grill master at a chop house?
    To please their steakholders.
  6. Why was the man at the cookout so happy?
    He met the grill of his dreams.
  7. If Bear Grylls could grill bears, how many bears could Bear Grylls grill?
    As many bears as Bear Grylls’ grill could bear.
  8. What is a librarian’s favorite thing to grill during the summer?
    A shhhhh-kabob.
  9. Why are cows scared of cars?
    They’re afraid they might end up on the grill.
  10. You know how your mouth waters when someone’s grilling?
    Do vegans drool when someone is outside mowing their lawn?
  11. What do you put on a lonely grilled cheese sandwich?
  12. For sale: Muhammed Ali DVD set and George Foreman Grill.
    Both boxed.
  13. The cast of the Matrix was having a barbeque and grilling seafood.
    Keanu Reeves tasted it and exclaimed, “What is this! It’s like charcoal!”
    The cook turned and said, “What if I told you that’s why they call me Laurence Fishburne?”
  14. What do you call a grilled cheese sandwich that gets right up in your face?
    Too close for comfort food.
  15. I got fired from my job today.
    Apparently, when you work at a cremation company, you aren’t supposed to answer the phone with “Hello, this is Joe’s Crematorium. You kill ’em, we grill ’em!”
  16. My friend was going to barbecue baby backs, but he stumbled into the grill.
    Unfortunately, he broke his ribs.
  17. What’s the difference between a dad and a grill?
    A grill runs out of gas.

Want To Eat BBQ All Winter Long? Try These Winter Grilling Tips And Flavor Ideas

winter bbq
(Taylor Friehl/Unsplash)

Football is almost over. The leaves are off the trees and (almost) off the lawn. You dug out the kids’ warm clothes from the attic, have Die Hard on loop through the holidays (and beyond?), and have your Marvel movie marathons all lined up and ready to go. What now? It’s winter, my dude. It’s cold, blustery, and gray. For most men, that means it’s time for chili and pot roast, soup, and meatloaf. You know. “Winter food.” But, why? Why can’t we grill and enjoy BBQ in the snow? Why can’t we have “summer food” in January? Guys. We can. We just have to do a little prep.

winter bbq

Some Winter BBQ Safety Tips

1. Don’t try to grill inside – even in your garage.

Seriously. Grilling in any enclosed place is a bad idea. You can create carbon monoxide build-up and poison yourself and your family.

2. Dress warm, but not in flammable clothing.

Since you’ll be outside, you’re going to want to be warm. Remember, though, that you’ll be hanging out over an open flame. Wear warm, fitted layers. Make especially sure that your sleeves aren’t too loose or gloves too big. If you’re scratching your head wondering if wool (not really) or polyester (kind of) are flammable then you may need to put more thought into your clothes.

3. Have extra fuel for grilling.

Because you’re competing with colder temperatures (and probably more wind) than you do in the summer, it’s going to be harder to keep your grill temperatures at acceptable levels. To do so will require more fuel. That goes for not just gas but also charcoal, wood, or anything else.

4. Consider a windbreak.

You’ll obviously want to try to avoid grilling in a wind tunnel, as it’ll make it more miserable for you and make you use even more fuel. Try setting up your grill station on the far side of your home, shed or garage so it stops the wind. If you’re really invested in winter grilling, you could consider making a windbreak with PVC pipe and a tarp. Just keep in mind not to get too close to any structure. Even if you don’t set your house/shed/wall on fire, you could still melt or warp siding.

5. Prep inside.

The key to withstanding and enjoying winter grilling? Do as much as safely possible inside the house. In order words: Prep your sauce or rub inside and apply it before you take things outside. If you add more as you go along, have it ready to go. And, for the love, don’t wait until you’re outside to start wrapping or chopping veggies.

The Winter BBQ Menu

With today’s technology, there’s really nothing off-limits or out of season. All those “summer foods” are still sitting at the grocery store, just waiting to be eaten up. But, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. There are tons of amazing foods with specifically fall and winter flavors. Why not experiment with some “new” flavors when you fire up your grill this winter? Just about any of these can be mixed and matched for a warm, winter-friendly, grill-made meal.

Winter BBQ Meats


Winter BBQ Veggies

Sweet potato

Grilling Fruit


BBQ Seasonings

A note about seasonings: You’ll never go wrong with garlic, salt, and pepper and those seasonings are never out of, well, season. There’s something about the seasonings and flavors below, though, that are especially warm and winter-friendly.
Brown Sugar

BBQ Recipes

Pulled pork mac and cheese
You can’t go wrong with mac and cheese, but this recipe takes it a step further with pulled pork. It’s a meal and a side dish, but above all, it’s comfort food. It includes layers of melted cheese and noodles mixed with pulled pork that’s baked together. Then it’s topped off with breadcrumbs, more cheese (obviously), and BBQ sauce.

BBQ short rib chipotle fondue
If you’re planning on having a dinner party anytime soon, this is the recipe that will steal the show. Fondue is fundamentally the most fun form of food. Between the dunking and the explosion of cheesy flavors, you can’t go wrong. So grab some short ribs and season them in chipotle sauce to create a rich, cheesy, and super-flavored sauce that’ll make dinner easy and hearty.

BBQ Chicken and Apple Bread Pudding

If you’re looking for a sweet and savory meal you’ve come to the right place. First, bake your cornbread. Then cube your cornbread and add your chicken, cheese, and apples to the dish. Pour your egg mixture over the combination and put it back in the oven to bake. After about 30 minutes your unique bread pudding will be ready. Just don’t forget the barbeque sauce!
For this recipe, you’ll need one package of cornbread/muffin mix, butter, sweet onion, barbeque sauce, cooked chicken, eggs, half and half cream, salt and pepper, Monterey jack cheese, a green apple, and chives.

Proud Dad Shares Heartwarming Post About His Son Grilling: “Autism Be Damned”

Dad's heartwarming post about son with autism grilling
(Facebook/Eddie Gomez)

It’s always a proud moment when our kids learn new skills. Whether they become master drummers or budding entrepreneurs, seeing our kids carve out their own impressive paths in life is all we want as parents. But when our kids face obstacles in life, milestones and successes become even sweeter. And for dad Eddie Gomez, sharing a hobby with his son became a source of pride that warmed hearts and resonated with people around the world.

Eddie’s 18-year-old son Tristen is on the autism spectrum, but when he was younger, his school thought he may be hearing impaired. Eddie Told The Dad, “After a month of tests they came back and told me it was not a hearing issue. My response was ‘I told you, that boy can hear an ice cream truck at 3 miles.’”

Tristen’s autism doesn’t get in the way of his adventurous nature, and with his supportive dad by his side, Tristen eagerly experiences everything life has to offer. “Tristen has always liked to be in the middle of things and stay active and involved,” Eddie explained. “No matter what we are doing he likes to be my partner. We do everything from yard work to cooking as a team.”

Tristen Eddie

With COVID shut-downs, many of the father-son team’s favorite activities were no longer available. Before COVID, Tristen and Eddie could be found at the zoo, the aquarium, Disneyland, and swimming at their local pool (sometimes for hours a day). Eddie encourages Tristen to be independent, so when Eddie purchased a new Oklahoma Barrel Smoker, he wanted Tristen to take the lead on a fairly simple recipe.

“To my surprise he took to it like a duck to water,” Eddie recalled. “It was great, while we waited for the smoking to do its thing we would play catch, kick ball, fly his kite, or play with water balloons on really hot days.”

Excited about Tristen’s new hobby and endlessly proud of his son, Eddie took to Facebook to share some pictures of Tristen grilling. Eddie posted the photos to a group dedicated to owners of Oklahoma Joe smokers, and before long, the post had been shared thousands of times. Looking at the photos, it’s easy to see why Eddie’s pride in his son made people around the world smile and take notice.

The caption read, “Autism be damned my boy can work a grill.” Each photo shows a smiling Tristen, clearly proud of himself as well (as he should be, I mean, look at those wings).

Eddie Tristen Gril
(Facebook/Eddie Gomez)

“I was amazed at the response this post got!” said Eddie. “I was sharing a post of Tristen and I doing something we loved to do together. I got responses from around the world. People from Scotland, Australia, Europe, as well as across the USA were IMing me to tell me what an inspiration he was and to thank me for making their day.”

Eddie even received offers of care packages from several companies. Some sent sauces, some sent rubs, and one generous company even sent the father-son duo a massive amount of Wagyu meat. One group member asked to set up a GoFundMe so Tristen could buy a new pellet smoker, and incredibly, the page surpassed its goal in just four hours. After much deliberation, Tristen selected his new smoker, and Eddie donated the remainder of the money to an Autism awareness charity in Tristen’s name.

Tristen Grill

“Something I would like all people to understand about Tristen and all children like him is that they are different but want the same thing we all do. To be accepted, have fun, and to be involved,” said Eddie. “With a little patience and a little more guidance I think people would be amazed and how well they do. I have to say I have learned way more from my son than I have ever taught him. I think we could all take a lesson from my boy and just try to enjoy every moment in every day to its fullest potential.”

How to Reheat Your Ribs Like a Seasoned Line Cook

how to reheat ribs
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Is there a food that is more satisfying than some decent BBQ ribs? The entire process is enjoyable, from going to the grocery or the butcher and picking out that perfect rack to hearing the sizzle when you toss ‘em on the grill to get those perfect, restaurant-quality grill marks. Plus, you know, that shit’s scrumptious, too. Less delicious? Eating ribs the next day. Are you sitting there saying to yourself, “There’s just not a good way to reheat them”?

Oh, but friends, there are actually some decent ways to reheat ribs.

how to reheat ribs

The Less Controversial Ribs

1. Grab A Pyrex Dish

That’s the super breakable-looking square or rectangle, oven-safe dish with the clear glass lid. Your partner’s Pyrex dishes probably look exactly like your mom’s dishes. They’re old, heavy, and shatter if dropped. But, they’re also perfect for literally anything. Especially heating ribs.

2. Place Your Ribs Curved Side Up

In other words, make a hill with the rack. There should be a tunnel under them formed by the curve of the rack and the bottom of the dish.

3. Add Water

But not too much! There’s no exact measurements here because it’s based largely on the size of your dish and the number of ribs you’re reheating. You really don’t even need enough to fill the bottom of the dish. Think of the water like a small river or canal going under that rib tunnel.

4. Wrap In Foil

Make a couple of loops around the dish in both directions to seal it up tight. Use enough that the keeper of the foil will yell at you later.

5. Pop ‘Em In The Oven

Low and slow is key here. The idea is to build up steam under the foil so that, as you heat them, they don’t lose moisture. Think 250 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, but time may vary depending on your oven and how many ribs you’re reheating.

Grill Them Again

If you don’t believe ribs should ever be inside an oven and you’re more of a self-dubbed grill master, then you’ll be happy to know you can certainly reheat day-old ribs on the grill. All you’ll need to do is:

1. Heat your grill on high.

2. Add more sauce to your room-temperature ribs and wrap in foil as your grill heats up.

3. Lower the heat to a medium before adding the wrapped ribs. Turn over a few minutes later.

4. The ribs are ready when the internal temperature reaches 165 Fahrenheit.

Steakhouse Style

Before you get your tighty whities in a twist, know this: Any time you’ve ever gotten ribs from an Outback or T.G.I. Friday’s, they’ve been served to you almost exactly like this.

Note: The night before, when you’re putting away leftovers, wrap your ribs in plastic wrap to seal in the moisture.

1. Follow Steps 1-3 Above

Alright. In restaurants, they don’t typically have Pyrex dishes. We’d modified it slightly to accommodate a home kitchen.

2. Wrap in Saran Wrap

This is the controversial part. We know you hate plastic wrap. Fancy chefs will tell you this is an abomination. But a line cook at any of your favorite rib places will tell you this is exactly the right move. As a matter of fact, when your giant platter of ribs comes to your table at a restaurant, we guarantee that they’ve just been unwrapped from plastic wrap.

3. Microwave

Seriously. 30-120 seconds is all it takes, depending on the microwave and amount of ribs. It’s so much faster than the oven and just as effective. The key is the plastic wrap and water, which create a nice little sauna-type situation for your ribs.

Optional: Coat With Fresh Sauce And Add New Grill Lines

Don’t believe us? Try these methods with your next leftover rack of ribs and let us know if there’s a difference.

The Best Quotes About BBQ

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best barbecue.” — Henry Ford

“There are three great friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready barbecue.” — Benjamin Franklin

“No one has friends over to microwave!” — Unknown

“If summer had one defining scent, it’d definitely be the smell of barbecue.” — Katie Lee

“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” — Anthony Bourdain

“Southern barbecue is the closest thing we have in the U.S. to Europe’s wines or cheeses; drive a hundred miles and the barbecue changes.” — John Shelton Reed

“All of the people took it up and sung it over and over until it was wrung dry, and no further innovations of tone and tempo were conceivable. Then they hushed and ate barbecue.” — Zora Neale Hurston

“The first thing I did was eat barbecue. I have always found that barbecue helps the human body work better. The cholesterol lubricates the mental passages.” — Sean Dietrich

The 5 Coolest Star Wars-Themed Barbecue Pits

(Etsy/ Burned by Design LTD/ West Coast Fire Pits)

If there’s one thing dads love, it’s grilling. If there’s a second thing dads love, it’s imbuing their kids with a shared reverence for pop culture artifacts. If you’re looking to grill two birds with one briquette, here are 5 insanely cool Star Wars-themed grills and barbecue pits we found.

1. Darth Vader

(Etsy / Burned by Design LTD)

From the good folks at Burned By Design LTD comes this wood burner/grill shaped just like Darth Vader’s iconic helmet. Be sure to flip any burger you see getting too much of a dark side.

Click here to buy one!

2. R2-D2

(R2D2 Central/Philip Wise)

If you take a 55-gallon drum and repurpose it for smoking meat, the grilling community refers to that an Ugly Drum Smoker. If you don’t want your smoke to be ugly, do what Star Wars fansite webmaster Philip Wise did and make it look like the cutest droid in the galaxy.

3. AT-AT

(Etsy / Burned by Design LTD)

Another masterpiece from Burned By Design LTD, this extremely dope AT-AT walker grill was designed using original movie blueprints. “AT AT” is also something you can shout at your dog if you see him getting into the buns.

Click here to buy one!

4. Death Star

I… just… holy shit. Holy shit.

Click here to holy shit

5. TIE Fighter


For those of you looking for something more portable, you can’t go wrong with this tabletop grill shaped like a TIE Fighter. Especially if that showoff neighbor of yours just got one that looks like a Rebel X-wing.

Click here to buy one!

Essential Accessory!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t alert you to the existence of this spatula that with a lightsaber handle.



Click here to buy one!

You Can Own This Ridiculously Cool AT-AT Barbecue

AT-AT Grill
(Burned by Design)

Pardon us for saying so by your grill is lame. Oh, you’ve got the Blazemaster 8000 Titanium Ultra Plus? That’s cool, is it an AT-AT? Because from now until forever if your grill isn’t an AT-AT then your grill is lame. That’s the stake Alex Dodson has thrown in the ground when he welded (with fire and his hands) a near pitch-perfect replication of an AT-AT only it’s a goddam grill.

Yes. That’s fire surrounding it. Badass. (Burned by Design)

Alex runs Burned by Design, a euphoria for folks who like grills to be shaped like things that aren’t grills. According to his site, the approximate size of this particular grill is L47 x W20 x H39 and is “handcrafted in mild steel using 4mm precision cut laser profiles to capture that movie detailing.” It’ll run you a cool $1,712.22 which really isn’t that bad considering it’s a grill that looks like an AT-AT! From Star Wars! It gives you full permission (it doesn’t really) to yell “Burgers will be ready at-at 2:00!” Or “Who wants some Hoth Dogs???” Those 2 lines are worth the price alone. Check out this in-depth video Sr Dodson posted to Facebook in which he gives us every possible angle we could ever hope for. He’s also included a cut in there to show off his sick editing skillz:

This isn’t Alex’s first foray into the Star Wars universe. Check out this ridiculously cool fleet of wood burners:

Darth Vader Wood Burner
(Burned by Design)
death star wood burner
(Burned by Design)
Falcon wood burner
(Burned by Deisgn)
stormtrooper wood burner
(Burned by Design)

Alex Dodson, you have our respect. Of all the innovations to modern grilling, this has to be our favorite.

5 Safe Grill Brushes That Keep Bristles out of Your Burgers

My wife loves watching weird medical diagnosis shows. Whenever they show the family grilling in the first 15 seconds, the medical mystery is almost always going to involve someone in the family unknowingly eating a burger with a stray metal grill brush bristle in it.

This is actually a thing and a cause for alarm for dads who grill. If you end up with a metal bristle in your throat or intestine, it’s no joke. So enough with using a metal-bristled barbecue brush! Instead use a safe grill brush, such as a non-wire grill brush.

This doesn’t mean you should stop grilling burgers and juicy steaks. Far from it. As a dad, you need to grill. Grilling is in your DNA. We’re all counting on you. Just clean the grill with a wire-free grill brush, and your mouth-watering barbecue will be safe and delicious. Plus— Father’s Day is coming up, you’re going to need a gift. Put in your request early.

Best Safe Grill Brushes

best safe grill brushes: grillart

Grillart 18-Inch Grill Brush

If you just can’t break the bristle brush habit, this Grillart model has a form that’s similar to the traditional brush, but this is a safe grill brush.

It doesn’t use bristles, relying on stainless steel pads. It gives you the scrubbing power of multiple stainless steel pads at the end of a foot-plus-long handle. (Trust us. A stainless steel scrubbing pad works well to clean a hot grill, but you don’t want to be holding it by hand.)

It also has a scraper at the end, meaning you can remove that disgusting melted cheese mess that your wife insisted that you try on the grill. With the scraper, no one has to know about your grilling mishap.

Buy for $20 on Amazon

best safe grill brush

KitchenReady Stainless Steel Safe Grill Brush

If the Grillart brush is a little too big for your grill, you have two options. First, consider buying a much bigger grill. You know you deserve it.

Or save some money and stick with the smaller KitchenReady safe grill brush. This is the best bristle free grill brush for smaller grills, as it has a smaller scraping surface and fewer stainless steel pads.

It still has that long handle to keep your hands away from the heat, which is handy when you start to put the burgers on the hot grill, only to realize you forgot to clean it from last time. You can safely use this non-wire grill brush while the briquettes are burning hot.

This will save you the annoyance of your wife asking if you remembered to clean the grill halfway through cooking the burgers … and you having to lie to her. With this brush on hand, you can have the grill cleaned ahead of time and actually tell her the truth. (This time.)

Buy for $20 on Amazon

best safe grill brush: wooden grill brush

FEROS Safer Scraper Wood Grill Cleaner

Maybe you prefer a wood pellet grill, giving you that unique flavor and that smooth, even heat. Maybe you have become so addicted to wood fire grilling that you snicker under your breath when someone else fires up a tank of propane. (Some people might say you have become a boorish grilling snob, but I would never do that.)

With your love for wood pellet grilling, you need a wood cleaning tool like this one made of bamboo, which is sustainable.

The cleaner has grooves on the end to clean the edges of the individual bars on the grill rack. It’ll also scrape the top. And it’s thin enough to fit between the bars on the rack. Your grill will never have been so clean. (Just don’t show your wife, or you may be given a few other things to clean.)

Buy for $18 on Amazon

best safe grill brushes: scraper

Best Music BBQ Bristle Free Grill Grate Cleaner

If you dislike having a cleaning tool that you only can use on your grill, this grate cleaner works in other areas around the kitchen, including that non-stick skillet your wife loves. (Don’t try using the metal scraper for your grill to clean the non-stick skillet in your kitchen, or you’ll be sleeping on the couch for a few days.)

As a bristle free and safe grill brush, this nylon pad works for your barbecue grill, your iron skillets, metal griddles, or enamel-coated skillets. The handle on top allows you to apply extra pressure for those tough spots.

You even can toss the whole unit into the dishwasher between grill cleanings.

As the nylon pad wears out, you’ll have another one at hand, as each order has 10 pads.

Buy for $25 on Amazon (Pack of 10)

best safe grill brushes: bristle free grill brush (grill cleaning brick)

Avant Grub Pumice Stone Grill Cleaning Brick

Maybe none of the tools we’ve mentioned so far are manly enough for your grilling needs. We get it.

How about a huge black brick of pumice stone to clean the grill? That should up the manly factor when grilling. (Yeah, we know your wife uses pumice stones on her feet as a beauty product, but just put that out of your mind.)

Each brick measures 8 by 4 inches with 3.5 inches of depth, and you receive four per order. It may not have the same look as a non-wire grill brush, but it’s extremely effective for cleaning up grilling gunk. It also doesn’t absorb any of the gunk, so it remains ready to use each time without the need for washing. (A huge plus.)

Buy for $32 on Amazon (Pack of 4)

Bristle Free Alternates to Clean a Grill

bristle free grill brushes alternatives: aluminum foil

While you’re waiting for your new safe grill brush to arrive, there are a few other ways to clean a grill that go outside of conventional thinking. We cannot guarantee they’ll all work perfectly, but we can guarantee none of them will leave a stray metal bristle behind.

Aluminum Foil

Take a wad of aluminum foil and use your grilling tongs to rub it across the surface of the grill (you’re making your own scrubber here).

Aluminum foil is a great tool for grilling, as you can create a little grill pan with it, throwing vegetables inside tossed with a little oil, and grill them alongside your steak. (And if you believe forcing meat to share space on the grill with vegetables is a sin against the gods of BBQ, at least the veggies are wrapped inside aluminum foil, so you won’t have to look at them.)

Buy for $4 on Amazon


Cut an onion in half. Grill half of the onions in an aluminum foil tent to eat, and use the other half to clean the grill when you’re finished. Just rub it back and forth on the grill bars to clean them. And if it doesn’t work, what have you lost? Half an onion? No one will miss it.

Scouring Pad

The sponge/scouring pad combination that you probably have stored under your kitchen sink will work nicely on a disgusting grill surface. Just don’t expect to be able to put it back under the kitchen sink after you’ve finished. Gross. But it does work on the grill when nothing else is available.

Buy for $7 on Amazon (Pack of 9)

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Get Fine Meats Delivered to Your Door Before Your First BBQ of the Season

meat delivery

The weather warms up, your trusty grill is standing by and you’ve got your BBQ puns all queued up! As BBQ season nears, there’s only one more thing you need to get prepared  your meat! Premium Farm-to-Table Meat Boxes can help with that, providing you with a box full of real food from real farms. There are no GMOs, no hormones, no pesticides, and no antibiotics to worry about, and the food comes straight from small and trusted farms that embrace ethical and regenerative methods to pasture raise their animals in a happier, healthier way. For a limited time, you can get your hands on one of these Premium Farm-to-Table Meat Boxes for the low price of $149.

Though farm-to-table is one of those trendy food phrases these days, United Harvest really puts its money where its mouth is, providing a direct-to-consumer food revolution. There’s no middleman, and the meat is even packed right at the source! After that, the meat is flash-frozen to lock in freshness and will be at your door in an impressive 72 hours, making it truly a pasture-to-plate experience. What does that mean for your upcoming BBQ? An unrivaled delicious taste that will only be amplified by your serious grilling skills.

Curious what’s included in this meat-filled box? The Lovers’ Regale (Angus) comes packed with plenty of options to satisfy even the pickiest eater in the family. You’ll be supplied with two pastured Oregon Angus NY Strip Steaks (weighing in at 0.8 pounds), two pastured Oregon Angus Tenderloin Tails (weighing in at 1.25 pounds), and four pastured Oregon Angus and Wagyu Ground Beer (weighing in at 1 pound). And they will all be packed neatly with dry ice and insulation to get them to your door safely and ready to cook.

Make sure you have the finest meats at your first BBQ of the season. Get one of the Premium Farm-to-Table Meat Boxes for $149 for a limited time. 

Prices subject to change.

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The Grillbot Wants to Terminate the Gunk on Your Grill

Grillbot Robot Grill Cleaner

Innovations in technology have revolutionized almost every aspect of modern life. From how we communicate to how we shop, things look a lot different than they did even a decade ago.

But some things are just too manly to automate. Sure, there are automatic lawnmowers that will manicure your grass on-demand, but at what cost? At best, every dad on your street will disown you and worst case some punk kid steals the thing, leaving you both ashamed and broke.

Best to leave certain tasks as they are. I mean not EVERYTHING needs to be etched out… right?

Enter the Grillbot. Think of it as a Roomba for your grill, only instead of vacuuming up crumbs, this little son of a bitch (allegedly) grinds away grease and grime without the standard effort typically associated with this dirty chore.


But does it really work? More importantly, will it cost you your man card? Fear not, for we’ve investigated the reviews and weighed the pros and cons and can definitely give you an answer.

Let’s start with the basics. According to several reviews, it does indeed clean your grill. At least as well as one would imagine any motorized wire brush would. From a “set it and forget it” standpoint, reviews say it delivers. Simply set the timer and close the lid. The three steel brushes go to work grinding away at years of cooked on crap you’d much rather not taste on your steak. That said, it’s loud as hell. Again, about as loud as you’d expect a metal bristled robot to be when unleashed instead of a metal grill.

Several reviews noted that while it’s a cool gadget the first time you use it, subsequent uses can be less than perfect. From dirty brushes to pieces of wire breaking off, it’s definitely coolest when first out of the box. Business Insider’s Tyler Lauletta reviewed the bot, saying “While it’s a niche purchase, I am convinced that anyone who is willing to consider investing almost $100 in a device to clean their grill will not be disappointed with what they get out of it.”

GrillBot before and after
(BI/Tyler Lauletta)

What about the hit to your masculinity? You always knew you’d eventually be replaced by a robot, you just didn’t think they’d start at your grill. When it comes down to it though, cleaning is cleaning. If you can save a few minutes after grilling, that’s a win. But there’s something to be said for the pride of ownership and maintaining your own tools. You’ll still likely need to manually brush at least a little, so let’s say this one’s a wash.

Ok, so should you buy it? For yourself? Nah. As a gift for the over-the-top drillmaster in your life? Sure, why not. It’s likely to be less offensive than buying them the wrong dry rub. So if you’re a cooking connoisseur, or don’t have a teenager to pawn this task off on yet, check out the GrillBot on Amazon.

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