Diva Q Christmas Gift Giving 2013


Well tis the season for some giving – the items below I have all personally tried & used . I do not recommend items that I have not thoroughly tried out or used. These are my own personal choices – some have made the list before and some are brand new.


Making a repeat appearance – one of my favorite gifts to receive and to give:

Back Lit ! Thermapen


Diva Q Christmas List Backlit Thermapen


In typical Thermapen-fashion, our UK engineers have designed a button-less intelligent backlight system. When the Thermapen is on, a new display sensor continuously monitors ambient light levels. As it gets darker, the backlight comes on automatically so you can read the digits in any light condition. With this power-saving strategy, battery life is only reduced to a minimum of 100 hours even when the backlight is in continuous use. If only used in the light, the miniature CR2032 cells still last 1500 hours! Your actual battery life will be somewhere in between depending on the amount of night cooking you do. And, there’s no button to push. You don’t even need to think about it.


Thermoworks Chef Alarm

Designed for commercial use, ChefAlarm delivers features not found in “houseware” cooking alarms. Continuous Min/Max display tells you how hot (or cold) your food got when you weren’t looking. A “High Alarm” sounds when your food reaches your setting, and a first-of-its-kind “Low Alarm” is perfect for making yogurt and other cold dishes.

Diva Q Christmas Chef Alarm


Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Texas Pepper Jelly

Diva Q Christmas Texas pepper Jelly

Seriously this stuff is incredibly addictive. So many flavor choices. I love glazing with these jellies on meats, brie (seriously to die for), and heck my husband loves pairing the jelly with toast too!  The possibilities are endless and the owner Craig is a super nice guy to deal with. Also make sure to try out their rib candy & also Craigs new BBQ sauce.

Diva Q Christmas Texas Pepper Jelly

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Lodge Cast Iron

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with giving cast iron. Its a gift that can last a lifetime. This year I bought myself the Sportsman’s Grill.  and a new dutch oven. Great quality. The company has been around since 1896. Seriously thats a long freaking time.

Lodge Cast Iron Grill

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

BBQ Books

One of my all time favorite BBQ books. Now in its second edition – Championship BBQ Secrets for Real Smoked Food by the late Karen Putnam (Flower of the flames) & Judith Fertig. Some of my favorite recipes have come from this book. I cannot recommend it enough. The recipes were tried and true before publication. Really great food.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Big Green Egg Pizza Stone

I have owned a few pizza stones over the last few years. The Big Green Egg pizza stone has stood the test of time and usage. This is a great gift paired with a bag of  00 Flour and some homemade pizza sauce

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Big Green Egg Pizza Stone

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Rossy’s Diablo’s Fuego Hot Sauce –


This is not one of those everyday hot sauces. This is in a whole other category. Chef Rossy Earle is from Panama. I have been lucky enough to eat at her house and experience just a tiny bit of her cooking skills. This is an incredible condiment. Absolutely full of flavor and beyond delicious. This hot sauce can be used as a marinade or topping for grilled anything from meats to veggies and everything in between.

Available in select stores & locations in Ontario.

Pimenton on Mt Pleasant
Ruby Eats in Leslieville
The Sweet Escape in The Distillery District

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Diablo Fuego Rossy's


Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

FEC100 from Cookshack.

Ok this is a big BIG gift but I got one this year and I love it. Load it up with meat and it makes BBQ magic. I really enjoy using it- so simple and flavorful.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

JP Custom Smoke Rubs

I received some of these as a gift this year. Great selection -terrific flavors.  Small operation that has BIG flavors!! Get some!
Diva Q Christmas List JP Custom Smoke

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Smoky Mountain Smokers Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

I have been using this sauce for years and it always tastes great. Great for use on so many items. Order a case. Trust me on this. Their disposable cutting boards are also something high on mylist of competition favorites. Truly awesome people.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Smoky Mountain Smokers Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Butchers Prime Injection

I use this product regularly in my briskets and big beef roasts.  It is like an insurance policy to make great meat. A little goes a long way. Check out their selections of rubs and sauces too!

Diva Q Christmas List Butchers BBQ Prime Injection


Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Grill Grates

No shock that these are on the list again. I take them to every competition, use them at home and recommend them to all my friends.

  • The Original Raised Rail Design™ is a new engineered cooking system that sits atop any existing grill. GrillGrates sear and sizzle foods better than traditional grills, which have more open exposure to direct flame and juices are only fuel for flare-ups. GrillGrates virtually eliminate charring but accentuate searing.



Diva Q Christmas List Grill Grates

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Plastic Shakers with different types of lids

Earlier this year I was experimenting with rubs and bought a couple of these 10 oz shakers. They clean up nicely and the different lids really help control how much rub and spice comes out.  My only lament is that I didn’t buy more. These would be great to give with an assortment of basic spices – garlic powder onion etc and some simple recipe cards for rubs.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Plastic Shaker

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present


Char-Broil Wood Chip Smoker Boxes – Assorted Varieties

Perfect for anyone who wants to take their food up to the next level of flavor. Char-Broil came out with these smoker boxes and they are super convenient to use. Also they have a great selection of accessories on their website.  Also check out the BIG Easy Roaster for your Turkey this year. I was shocked how great our turkey came out!

This code will give  25% OFF All Grills and Cookers on  Pls note it is not applicable to parts but to grills & accessories only. This code & link below is valid until December 31 2013. Just use the code when you are checking out. **** Please note this code cannot be combined with any other online code**** – See more at:


Diva Q Christmas List Char-Broil Wood Chip Smoker Packs

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Zinger Grill 

My teammate Patrick bought this Zinger Grill. I picked it up for him at a contest in the US. I admit I was skeptical – I have to tell you I was/am thoroughly impressed. It is a grill & fire pit with an adjustable grate that raises and lowers. It also compacts down simply.  I also haven’t given it back. Good Luck Patrick, You may want to order another one. LOL

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Zinger Grill

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Montana Cross Grain Planks 

I like using planks for grilling. I like them even more when they really give a lot of flavor to the meats I am grilling. I find these cross grain planks are just really effective. They also look snazzy serving up great smoked food to your guests.

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Organic Cross Grain Planks

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Tony Chachere Injectible Marinades

I don’t use really fancy injectors. Never have. Also many of the large stainless steel ones are just too big for my hands. I always buy Tony Chachere’s Injectable Marinades- I like the flavors and I keep the injector. Its like a 2 in one present.

Diva Q Christmas List  2013 Tony Chachere Injectible Marinades

 Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present


Beer & BBQ go naturally well together. It would be a great idea to purchase an assortment of craft brews locally and then give them this book.  A great pairing. Ted Reader has written so many terrific grilling books. Check this one out – one of my favs!

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Beerlicious

Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present


BBQ Calender

365 days of BBQ tips & Recipes! Seriously- everybody should have this!

Diva Q Christmas BBQ List 2013


Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present


KCBS BBQ Judging & Competition Classes

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Classes

There are lots of judging classes listed for 2014 – Check the KCBS Bullsheet  and online

Also check out classes given by Competition Pros a great gift for anyone to step up their game.


Gift Cards for BBQ Stores:

Gift Cards

If you have a griller that seems to own everything then a gift card might be the right option> I love these stores for BBQ Accessories & Equipment.

In Ontario/Canada I shop at: -Ontario Gas BBQ located in Vaughan Ontario

Amazing selection  – Guinness World Record holder for largest store.

Diva Q Christmas 2013 Ontario Gas BBQ – Capital Appliance & BBQ located in Ottawa Ontario –

These guys are some of the nicest people you could ever deal with. Highly recommend this store – terrific service and selection!

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In the US – Great selection they will ship anywhere!! These guys know competitions and everyday grilling too!

Diva Q Christmas 2013

Whiskey Bent BBQ Supply  Store located in Lakeland Florida coming online Black Friday 2013 – Competition & Everyday grilling needs ? They have you covered!

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Whiskey Bent BBQ supply


Diva Q Christmas Gift List 2013 Present

Get SPUN !!! Dizzy Pig Spices & Rubs – Gift Box! 

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Dizzy Pig

I am huge fan of the entire Dizzy Pig Spic Line of rubs!..

This would make an awesome gift for anyone on your grill & BBQ loving gift giving list … Even better getting 25% off with this code: use DIVA25 at the Check out to get 25% off of their Gift Box 4 

Diva Q Christmas List 2013 Dizzy Pig Get Spun

Packaged in a colorful, eye-catching and sturdy box are our 4 top-selling rubs, Dizzy Dust, Cow Lick, Raging River and Tsunami Spin…along with 7 samples of all of our other flavors, a Dizzy Pig lapel pin and sticker.

Here is an even sweeter deal.

Dizzy Pig is giving away one gift box of their 4 top selling rubs to a Diva Q Fan! 

Contest Rules:


All you have to do is leave a message under this post on the Diva Q Facebook Fan page under this contest announcement – tell us what is on your Christmas wish list from Santa this year. The contest is open to both Continental US & Canada residents. 1 winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER Household. Subsequent entries will be disqualified.  Contest is void where prohibited by law. Contest begins November 17/2013 and closes December 1st at 7pm est. Diva Q accepts no responsibility for comments lost or unpublished. Winner will be notified via Facebook message and published on the website.




Its no secret that I have a serious fondness for Thermapens. They are rated as one of my all time favorite BBQ/Kitchen gadgets. Thanks to the generosity of Thermoworks I now own their brand new Thermapen !! It just came in the mail today. The Backlit Thermapen solves a dilemma I have had at many comps and that is being able to see when I am temping my meats in the middle of the night without holding a flashlight in one hand. Plus its red.  Happy Happy Happy.

New Backlit Thermapen, BBQ gadget


From the Thermoworks website:

Serious outdoor chefs can now enjoy all the advantages of the Super-Fast Thermapen even in the dark! Cheaper Chinese knock-offs trade unacceptable levels of wasted batteries. The best of them gives you only 10 hours on a set of three massive AAA cells! Really? 10 hours? (They’re so embarassed by this they stopped publishing battery life in their specs.)

In typical Thermapen-fashion, our UK engineers have designed a button-less intelligent backlight system. When the Thermapen is on, a new display sensor continuously monitors ambient light levels. As it gets darker, the backlight comes on automatically so you can read the digits in any light condition. With this power-saving strategy, battery life is only reduced to a minimum of 100 hours even when the backlight is in continuous use. If only used in the light, the miniature CR2032 cells still last 1500 hours! Your actual battery life will be somewhere in between depending on the amount of night cooking you do. And, there’s no button to push. You don’t even need to think about it.

The only professional choice in a folding thermocouple, the Thermapen is still the fastest, definitely the most accurate, and now the only one with an intelligent backlit option. Available in Red, White and Blue colors.

Backlit thermapen

  Click here to order yours!


I love getting surprise packages in the mail.  Especially one that I use on a regular basis. I was thrilled to receive the first ever Canadian Maple Leaf Limited Edition Thermapen. These are available currently on their website and when they are gone they are gone! Get yours before its too late.

The Super-Fast Thermapen is a professional tool (originally designed for commercial kitchens, labs and manufacturing plants) that has become the top consumer cooking thermometer for home use. It’s popularity among celebrity chefs, cooking magazines, top foodies, bloggers and competition BBQ teams have made the Thermapen into an essential tool in the best-equipped home kitchens and backyard BBQ rigs.

Made by Hand in England, the Thermapen is faster and more accurate than any other cooking thermometer on the market. Competitors have tried to copy the Thermapen with mass-produced products made in China and have flooded the housewares market with slower, less-accurate knock-offs. However, when compared to true competing commercial thermocouple thermometers, the Thermapen is not only faster and more accurate, it’s also less expensive!

The Thermapen’s speed and accuracy will reveal more about food and cooking techniques than you ever imagined. You’ll learn that temperatures are always changing; a roast is never the same temperature throughout while cooking. If you want to know what’s really going on, get a Thermapen.

If you want to experience speed and precision (traceable to National Standards) and you’re on a quest for culinary perfection, you will want a Thermapen. Add up the expense of wasted meats alone and you’ll justify the cost of this professional tool.

A Thermapen can be used for virtually anything that needs to be cooked or chilled. Use it on meats, fish, casseroles, re-heated foods, breads, cakes, deep frying and candy. You don’t have to have a Thermapen to be a great cook; however, more than one celebrity chef and several food writers have testified that a Thermapen will make you a better cook…AND, you can choose your own color! Order one today.


I have a well noted serious love affair for my thermapens. They make it onto my Christmas giving list each year.

I have 3 of them. One is red, another is orange and the newest is pink. One stays in the trailer during competition season. One is always at the house and the other stays in my purse. You never know when you may want to temp something. Also in 5 years I have only had to change the batteries once. I use them often they have been through a lot and I am impressed with their durability and endurance.

What? You don’t know what a thermapen is?  Here is the breakdown right from their website:

The Super-Fast™ Thermapen™ has been a favorite among restaurant chains, health inspectors and quality managers worldwide. Hundreds of thousands are in use. The clever fold-away probe and the simple pocket design replace more costly and bulky handheld thermometers while using the same professional thermocouple technology. This new generation Thermapen™ introduces a robust, splash-proof design with molded-in seals to protect the thermometer from wet hands and kitchen splashes.

Speed & Accuracy
Even more accurate than before and slightly faster! Our proprietary circuit yields accuracies better than ±0.7°F. That includes all errors! (many competitors don’t include the probe error in their spec.) Each unit comes with a NIST-Traceable certificate of calibration showing test results for the individual thermometer. Resolution is now 0.1° over the full range. Improvements in the probe technology now yield a blazing fast speed of 3 seconds to a full temperature reading.

No Cables! 
The components most likely to fail in a commercial thermometer are the cable and its connector. Also, the typical handheld meter and probe combination requires two hands. What do you do with the cable when you’re through with it? The competition want you to wrap it around the meter, which is time consuming and a natural trap for grime and bacteria! The one-handed Thermapen™ eliminates frayed cables, snags, germ traps and wasted time while freeing your second hand.

Simple Operation
Just open the probe and the Thermapen™ comes on. Close it and it shuts off. No buttons or switches to catch germs, confuse staff and cause errors. Configuration settings in the battery compartment allow management to easily set the Thermapen™ for °C or °F, read in tenths or whole degrees (0.1° or 1°), and disable the auto-off for continuous readings till the probe is closed. Although likely to never be needed, a calibration trim button fine-tunes the Thermapen™ calibration at a single temperature such as an ice-bath.

Incredible Value 
The closest commercial competition for the Thermapen™ sells for about $200. Other meter and probe combinations sell for up to $250! In most cases, you can buy a whole new Thermapen™ for about the price the competition charges for just a replacement probe. Compare speed, convenience, accuracy and the new durability of the Splash-Proof Super-Fast™ Thermapen™ and you’ll see how you can save significant money while improving your own product quality.

BBQ friends and I talk on twitter back and forth through the day. One of them Wayne Brown from Big Wayners BBQ Blog.

You can find him on facebook, on twitter and his own website. We finally got to meet at the Jack this year and we had a blast:

Photo credit: Wayne Brown

We talked about thermapens and a new shipment he had received and I said they really need to come out with one with flames. I mean yes they have the beautiful assortment of colors but flames would just be awesome. Within minutes Wayne sent this picture back to me:

I want this.


I think thermapen needs to make this happen. Send them a tweet if you agree! Post on their facebook!


You know everyone has their favorite BBQ tool item or even grill. Along the way you learn some tips some tricks and things that just help you get better.

A couple of years ago Duff Dixon of Ontario Gas BBQ’s gave me one of the best BBQ presents ever. …. I had heard about them. I had seen pictures.. I will admit I was a bit skeptical of their tales of reliability their speed and their accuracy.  In the end it all turned out to be true.  It was better than I had ever hoped.

It was my very first Thermapen. I will admit it was love at first use. It was shiny pretty fast as all heck and darn it all it was RED!!!

There is an ongoing debate amongst thermapen owners which color is the fastest (I still think the RED one is the fastest!).  Funny since this is the history on the colors of thermapens:

Originally, we manufactured the Thermapen in gray only. Later we added all the food-safety color-coding versions. Many people in the food industry use color coding to prevent cross contamination by dedicating tools to specific food products. That way, a knife, cutting board or thermometer that is used for say, raw poultry, won’t end up contaminating fresh vegetables like salad greens.

That was the reason we did multiple colors for the Thermapen. Of course most people buy a color variety simply according to personal preference. Even in commercial applications it seems most people buy colors so they can quickly tell who belongs to which Thermapen (blue is Fred’s, yellow is Cathy’s, etc…)

In 2006 we added black and orange which aren’t even on the color coding system. If you have a color preference that we don’t make yet, email Randy and we’ll keep track of your vote.

Standard Color Code:
Red = raw meat, raw beef and pork.
Blue = raw seafood
Yellow = raw poultry
Brown = cooked meats
Green = produce
White = dairy or bakery items

There is such a following of these superfast digital thermometers that Thermoworks has recently developed a new blog dedicated to all things Thermapen .

Here is a great opportunity from their site:

Enter to win a FREE Thermapen for yourself and RT301WA Pocket Thermometers for TWO of your friends! Just go to the Sweepstakes Tab on our Thermapen Fan Page and enter to win.

Also for those of you on Twitter click the link below for an additional chance to win one of their spanking brand new Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen!!!

They took their original Super Fast Thermapen and they made it even better!! Here is a great video of them on Youtube!!

  • 3-second readings!
  • Improved accuracy and durability
  • Water-resistant design
  • Biomaster anti-bacterial additive
  • °F to °C reconfigurable
  • 0.1° resolution full range to 572°F
  • Auto on/off—no buttons!
  • 1,500 hour battery life

Made in England

You can follow the fine folks at Thermapen on twitter and on facebook!!

Also for those of you who are ALton Brown Fans here is a video featuring my favorite steak Porterhouse and Thermapen!!