Choosing The “Right” Grill

With the nicer weather, comes thoughts of grilling out and enjoying some delicious bbq with friends and family.  Are you thinking of buying a new grill for this season?  Are you overwhelmed with all of the choices out there on the market for grills?   There’s one thing to remember, you aren’t just buying a grill you’re buying an outdoor accessory that will either make or break you and your family’s love for grilled food!



The first thing you want to think about is do you want a gas grill or charcoal?  Let’s explore some things about each of these!

Gas grills, of course, are easier to cook on and a standard 20lb propane tank can last for up to 20 hours of cooking time.  It’s always good to have a back-up propane tank, because it never fails, you go to grill dinner and your current tank will be empty!

Charcoal grills are a little more work with changing out the coals after each time you use the grill and you very well may get a face full of ash!

There are many features to consider on grills such as rotisserie options, built in thermostat, a shelf on the inside, a smoke box, lights, side burners, hanging space for forks and brushes.  You also want to think about how big of a grill do you have room for or do you want a portable grill that can be taken to tailgate parties, camping and still be used at home.  A good grill is an essential to every backyard!

Choosing the right grill for you all depends on whether you are a gas or charcoal fan, how much you will use the grill and the different features you may want.  Take some time to go out and do your research on any grills you may be interested in, read the reviews, talk to neighbors, friends and family!  Once you choose your grill, go ahead and enjoy some good ole’ home BBQ!

If you’re not into having a grill or have no space, no problem, there are indoor grills you can choose from that are electric and small in size.  Or if that won’t cut it and you don’t want a grill at all or have no room for one, there’s always Pit Stop BBQ food truck to feed your cravings!  We may have a new location for our food truck so keep checking our Facebook page for info!






Here at Pit Stop BBQ, we enjoy what we do and love to cook for you!  If you haven’t tried our smoked brisket sandwich, now is the time!  Our smoked brisket sandwich is made from mouth watering smoked brisket piled on a grilled bulky roll and served with your choice of BBQ sauce, chips or french fires and slaw.

Often people aren’t sure what exactly brisket is and therefore are intimidated to order it off of a menu.  Brisket is a large piece of beef that comes from the breast section of the cow and can be up to 20lbs in size and is high in collagen!  Collagen is essential to adults as they age as it helps boost the health of tendons and ligaments which can break down as we age.

Brisket is either cured or smoked.  It’s also the best cut of beef for slow cooking because brisket can be a tough cut of meat but if cooked slow and low, it can be very tender. If you have ever eaten pastrami or corned beef, this is also brisket!  Corned beef is brisket cured with salt and spices and then simmered in water and often served with cabbage, potatoes and other vegetables.  Pastrami is often smoked causing a crust on the outside of the meat before the final cooking phase and enjoyed on sandwiches!

Next time you visit us at Pit Stop BBQ, enjoy fresh BBQ at it’s finest! It’s lip smacking good and you’re going to love it!



Planning an Event or Wedding?

Are you planning a wedding, birthday party, graduation party, engagement party or event for this year?  We know it’s a lot of work to plan an event and that’s why Pit Stop Smokehouse is here for you and all of your catering needs.  You’ve gone through all of the trouble to plan the day and have it be perfect and that’s why we are here for you!

After all of the planning for your event, you don’t want to have to worry about the food. You have other things to focus on. Whether you’re planning a birthday, wedding, anniversary, business gathering or anything in between, the food served shouldn’t be your concern. You should be able to get to what matters, the event. Here are some benefits of catering your event.

Menu Flexibility

We can create a menu that fits your various needs while still provided excellent quality. We can work any dietary restrictions and food requirements that you may need to consider in making your event the best!.

Less Stress

Let Pit Stop Smokehouse BBQ take care of the food so you can focus on the rest of the event!

It’s beneficial to have Pit Stop Smokehouse taking care of all of the prepping, setting up and cooking. This is a stress you don’t want to deal with the day of your event.

So in closing, we all know of or have been to events where the food is a little too dry or overcooked or looks less than appealing. We’ll work with you every step of the way to make your moment everything you wanted it to be and the food will be smokin’ good!

When looking for a catering company, look no further than Pit Stop Smokehouse BBQ.


Thanksgiving BBQ Turkey

Thanksgiving is all about the turkey and this month we are going to focus on Thanksgiving BBQ ideas!  If you’re smoking the turkey, it’s recommended that the turkey be no larger than 13lbs to ensure a great end result with the meat.  We suggest using turkey brine and leaving the turkey in it over night.  You can aslo add a nice Chili Sugar Rub onto the turkey the day of cooking or to add some extra flavor give Cranberry BBQ sauce a try! This recipe will have you coming back for seconds and thirds!



Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
Heat oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Cook onion until softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes more. 

Add sugar, tomato paste, mustard and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly until darkened and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in vinegar and cranberries and continue to cook, stirring often, until cranberries begin to pop, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Set aside to let cool slightly.

Transfer contents of the pot to a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Transfer to a jar, seal tightly and refrigerate.  Hint:  you can use canned cranberry sauce, pureed to add into the recipe for a little more flavor & sweetness!

Happy Thanksgiving  – Enjoy!

Pulled Pork……….

Who doesn’t love a delicious pulled pork sandwich?  Right?!!

Have you ever wondered where smoked and pulled pork or the idea of smoked or pulled pork started?   The process of smoking pork was created when the Spanish settlers first arrived in the United States. They watched natives building a smoky fire underneath their game, and took notice of how the process kept bugs away and preserved the meat. This is said to be the first known barbecue process. Over time, the process evolved, with the migration of Africans and Europeans to the South. Pigs became a main source of meat for people in the Southern colonies, due to their cheap price tag and easy maintenance.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Plantation owners would release pigs into the woods to graze for months knowing that they could be easily hunted when food supplies were low. These pigs were semi-wild and a bit tough when roasted, but all parts of the pig were kept and consumed.

Over time, the pig became a proud staple of southerners, and more care was taken to fatten and marble the pig. The southerners did not export pigs to the north, so these marbled swine became an exclusive food source to the south.

Festivals and other gatherings were scheduled around the slaughtering of the semi-wild pigs and roastings. The traditional Southern BBQ grew out of these gatherings.

Make sure to stop on by our food truck at 216 Marlboro Street in Keene, NH.  We are open 11am-5pm Monday through Friday!

Tips for Fall Grilling & Barbecuing

Here it is September already and the crispness and cool weather has started to arrive.  Though a few more warm days are most likely ahead of us, fall grilling and barbecuing can be much more enjoyable than sweating in front of your grill in the heat of the summer!

If you can’t make it to Pit Stop BBQ’s food truck in Keene, NH and want to grill out at home this fall, we have the following suggestions to keep it exciting and new!

Don’t be afraid to try new marinades and spices.  Check out what you have in the pantry and don’t be afraid to mix a few different spices together to create your own marinade.  Check out your liquor cabinet for brandy, wine, tequila or rum.  Many marinades can be spruced up with a splash of your favorite liquor.  Better yet, create your own dipping sauces for meats utilizing what you have on hand.  Pick the remaining fresh herbs in your herb garden and add some zest to your marinades. Be creative and have fun!

With a splash of this and a pinch of that, you’re onto your own culinary creation.  So get out there and enjoy fall and your grill!

Don’t forget to stop and enjoy our food truck at 216 Marlboro Street in Keene, NH!  We are open Monday – Friday 11am-5pm

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Hosting a Party, Event, or Function? Pit Stop BBQ Caters!

Pit Stop BBQ would love to cater your party or event.  No party is too big or too small for Pit Stop BBQ to cater.  From the appetizers to the dessert, we will have you and your guests savoring every bite!

We specialize in providing a catered experience that will impress you and your guests.  Also, aside from award winning BBQ, we can even do old classics such as Chicken Marsala, Baked Stuffed Haddock, Chicken, Steak or even pasta.

Enjoy our catering options or we would be happy to customize a menu to your liking.

Some of our current catering choices:

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