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Big Kahuna 06-18-2010 07:29 AM

America's Test Kitchen
 
Gentlemen, I realize this post is going to raise some strong opinions but I can't resist. I received my America's Test Kitchen weekly email. This current posting has a review of thermometers and store bought BBQ sauces. I have also enclosed another link for some recipes.
For the life of me I don't know why they didn't review the Thermapen, everyone knows the Orange one is the best.
As for the sauces please keep in mind that the magazine is run by a bunch of Yankee's. Anyway take the information for what it's worth, these links will only work for a short period, about a week.
Al.

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/equi...sp?docid=10666

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/tast...sp?docid=20160

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/reci...code=L0FN3AA00

smokedgoose 06-18-2010 09:58 AM

Well I disagree on the sauce big time! An interesting read on the thermometers.

jgh1204 06-18-2010 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smokedgoose (Post 1313232)
Well I disagree on the sauce big time! An interesting read on the thermometers.

I get that same email and I wanted to fire back a response.

Regional bias. Stubbs is a good sauce.

kcchiefdav 06-18-2010 10:02 AM

I don't really care for it when media outlets do these kinds of surveys on things like sauces because literally everyone likes something different in a sauce. And surveying a half dozen people around the office really doesn't do anyone any good.

1FUNVET 06-18-2010 10:06 AM

Stubbs over Bulls Eye all day long.Not impressed with any of the sauce selections.

SmokeJumper 06-18-2010 10:31 AM

I think they didn't review the Thermapen because they were reviewing thermometers to monitor grill temperature and not meat thermometers.

The sauce test results seem "in the ballpark" for common brands. Don't forget these guys are out in Vermont so they are biased by local tastes.

I'm a big fan of Cooks Illustrated but on things as subjective as BBQ sauce only you will know the final answer.

FamilyManBBQ 06-18-2010 10:34 AM

Think they were reviewing pit thermos...not food. In defense of ATK I've seen they give very high marks to thermapen. I'd like to suggest to them that they test each color of thermapen...that way everyone will see that black is best.

Sweet Baby Ray's is the go to bottled sauce in my house

el_matt 06-18-2010 11:21 AM

We still have the bottle of Hunt's that my sister-in-law brought over, last summer. I just quietly used either Stubbs or Sweet Baby Rays. She said my 'que always tastes better than theirs. We just smiled, and thanked them. My wife said it's because we use charcoal, and not propane !!

Matt

caliking 06-18-2010 11:22 AM

ATK has reviewed food thermo's in the past, and their favorite was the Thermapen, their best buy was something cheaper (can't remember the brand.)

Their ranking of sauces is laughable.

Ceedubya 06-18-2010 12:06 PM

hmmm, stubbs is not recommended huh? seems funny I have actaully used this sauce on chicken in a comp...... and WON!

MAsQue 06-18-2010 12:26 PM

I think that if it's not sweet, it doesn't sell in the Northeast. I find that Sweet Baby Ray's is always dependable for catering. I like my own more vinegary. Some customers will go for a vinegar or Piedmont sauce on pork, but not most.

expatpig 06-18-2010 12:28 PM

A"bunch of Yankees"? What the heck is that about? You sure don't have to be from south of the Mason-Dixon line to be a BBQ expert. Have you ever had a good lobster roll in Memphis?

Icetech 06-18-2010 12:33 PM

I tried stubbs for the first time this last weekend... and although i would not buy it again, i would take it anyday over bullseye..

deguerre 06-18-2010 01:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by expatpig (Post 1313383)
A"bunch of Yankees"? What the heck is that about? You sure don't have to be from south of the Mason-Dixon line to be a BBQ expert. Have you ever had a good lobster roll in Memphis?

I was just waiting for that one. :thumb: And, living in (not being from) Memphis...What's a lobster roll?:becky:

Big Kahuna 06-18-2010 01:07 PM

Sorry, I should have put a smiley face beside that comment. The last time this Canadian was in Texas I was classified as a "Yankee". But I do like Sweet Baby Rays. :roll:


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