Thinking About a Ceramic Grill…Now’s the BEST Time to Buy a Primo!

As you may or may not be aware, we have added a Retail Grill and Smoker shop to our lineup of Grilling and BBQ business activities!  Why would we venture into the ‘sharkBBQ tank’ that is retail sales?  Easy…we’ve got LOTS of Experience and Knowledge that can help us listen to your needs and identify the RIGHT product for YOU.  Then, after the sale, we’re still here to help you learn to burn!  We firmly believe that you can educate yourself about all things BBQ and Grilling online…there is TONS of information out there and Education does indeed teach one the RULES, BUT…EXPERIENCE teaches the EXCEPTIONS!  We think each is equally important in life and especially in BBQ!

We’ve got two brands of Grills/Smokers that we currently sell and we’re evaluating Primo OVAL XL Grillmore.  First up, we offer the full line of (Made in the USA) Primo Ceramics which boast their famous Oval design and Extended Cooking Rack system that can deliver nearly 700sq. in. of cooking surface in an amazingly small footprint.  In addition to the versatility of space, it offers you true multi-zone heating so you can cook veg AND do a reverse sear on your steaks ALL on the SAME Grill!  Ceramics provide AWESOME thermal insulation and wind blocking, not to mention nice, even heat which is great for cooking real deal BBQ ‘Low & Slow’ too!  With a 20 year Warranty you can expect a lifetime of service from your Primo Grill/Smoker.

Additionally, we have the revolutionary Myron Mixon Pitmaster Q3 Pellet Grill/Smoker!  It’s easy to use, well designed and built and could LITERALLY replace that cobweb MM Q3filled, rusting gas grill you’ve got outside your back door!  With the ease of use that pellets offer and incredibly innovative features such as a water pan option, firebox burn out and easy ash removal…it’s hard to beat thePitmaster Q3!  Priced lower than most Big Box Store Gas Grills it’s the perfect option to add a whole new dimension to your outdoor cooking and LOTS of wood fired flavor to every dish you cook!

Why is now the BEST time to buy?  Well, until July 7th, the Primo All American Sales Event is happening!  Buy any qualifying Primo Promo 714Primo Grill and Table and get up to $400+ in FREE Accessories to make your purchase complete!  You’ll have the complete outdoor cooking system that stands above all other Ceramics and save BIG BUCKS!  Additionally, we’ve got the Pitmaster Q3 at our lowest price EVER and will toss in a FREE Bag of Pellets to boot!  In fact, buy ANY Grill/Smoker from us and we’ll toss in a T-Shirt and Bottle of BBQ Sauce too!

SO…what are you waiting for, we’re conveniently located at 105 Texaco Road in Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 and can be found on FaceBook & Twitter!  Call Jim at 717-254-1937 x1 or e-mail: Jim@GreatQ4U.com for more information or stop by the shop!  We don’t sell hardware, outdoor furniture or home heating products…we ONLY sell BBQ and Grilling products and services and we provide service before, during and AFTER the sale!  For more info online, visit us at http://www.Grill-SmokeHQ.com

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What’s the BEST Smoker for Me?

By, Jim Knepper

I get asked this a LOT and while I do have a ‘standard’ response…it would be reckless for me to not point out that our new retail shop sells Primo Ceramic Grill/Smokers Primo Kamodo Grill(which I believe to be the most versatile outdoor cooking ‘system’ available) and will soon be stocking Pit Barrel Smokers (<$300 with all you need to start cooking)!  That said, this is again somewhat of a ‘trap’ question because every BBQ person’s got their own opinions and mine is just one in a cacophony of them.

So, what is the best smoker for you?  One that you USE!  Doesn’t matter what your budget or whether you use wood, charcoal or pellets, how fancy or ‘high tech’ it is or if you made it out of an old 55 gallon drum, if you use it and enjoy doing so, it’s the best smoker for you.  BBQ is a primal concept and as long as you’ve got a fire and the ability to regulate the temperature in the chamber, you’re set!

That said, there are of course a number of factors that make it easier or harder to PBCachieve a consistent temperature in the cooking chamber such as: insulation, air flow (very important), convection and knowledge of the ‘zones’ in your particular smoker.  Much of this can be accomplished with practice and/or some easy to do home modifications.  Less expensive or home made smokers may require a bit more attention, but they can still get the job done!

Alas, it seems a bit of a cop out on a Friday, but just like anything else that you own, the best is the one that you use the most and the more you use your smoker, the better you’ll get.  Smoking adds a whole new dimension to the iGrill 1flavor profiles of just about any food and it’s a worthy endeavor for just about any foodie or home chef.  If you need online resources, there are a LOT of them.  My perennial suggestions are to begin with the Kansas City BBQ Society (www.KCBS.us) and the National BBQ Association (www.nbbqa.org) and then move onto your local or regional BBQ organization…here in PA we are fortunate to have the Mid-Atlantic BBQ Association (www.mabbqa.com) and there are TONS of online forums like the BBQ Brethren, a great group of helpful and committed enthusiasts (www.bbq-brethren.com) and the BBQ Backyard (www.bbqbackyard.com) just to name a few.  You’ll find that folks are for the most part, welcoming and more than willing to share information and answer questions!

Of course, if you ever need help or advice, we are online at www.GreatQ4U.com and only a phone call (717-254-1937) or E-Mail: Jim@GreatQ4U.com away! – Smoke on and have a GREAT weekend! 🙂 – jak

Friggin’ Frozen Fingers Fog…

…I couldn’t think of a word for ‘brain’ or ‘mind’ that began with “F”…so I deployed the old dot, dot, dot trick!  Probably yet another thing that they don’t teach in Journalism school or some form of poor Blog etiquette, but that’s why I cook BBQ for a living and don’t write for the New Yorker!

So, with frozen fingers in mind and work to do before the next big storm gets here, PBCbrevity will be the order of the day.  Just wanted to let folks know some of the plans we’ve got coming up for the warmer weather at ‘Station Q’ in Mechanicsburg, PA.  In addition to the awesome deals that we have on Primo Grills/Smokers right now…we are PROUD to announce that we will be adding the affordable, versatile Pit Barrel Cookers (pitbarrelcooker.com) to our Retail Shop SOON!  In keeping with our commitment to ‘Made in the USA’, this cooker is not only All American, it’s a Veteran Owned Company!  Priced under $300 and well built from the ground up, these awesome Primo OVAL XL Grillgrill/smokers can do a LOT!  Look for them in March or pre-order yours today!  We’ve got the absolute lowest prices of the year on our In-Stock Primo Ceramic Grill/Smokers and with a wide selection at the shop ready for immediate delivery, we can hook you up today!  We’re available to show off the Primo’s by Appointment at your convenience, just give us a call at 717-254-1937 or visit us online: www.BuyAPrimo.com!

As the Spring thaw approaches, we’ve got openings in our April BBQ Classes and still a few spots left in our Whole Hog Class on April 5th!  Focused on the ‘home cook’ we will Suckling Hogdemonstrate two different cooking methods while covering all the bases about whole hog cooking.  From sourcing, prepping, anatomy, seasoning and serving…you’ll get TONS of knowledge and a full belly at this class.  All for $275 per person…register on the website (http://www.greatq4u.com/BBQ_Classes.html) or call us to save your spot.

Don’t have the time or cash to commit to a class just now? No Problem!  We will be offering our ‘Boys Night Out’ on Wednesdays in the Spring and Summer months!  Every Station Qweek we will fire up a Primo and cook some tasty treats, have some comfortable seating available and cover one specific topic that relates to BBQ in some way, shape or form.  BYOB and prepare to get some knowledge and great food for free all while seeing the AWESOME Primo Grills in action!  From basic butchering and knife skills to making Rubs, Mops and Sauces and more, we’ll spend a few hours of cooking, conversing and learning…all for FREE! – We will limit the attendance to 15 folks and require Pre-Registration, but other than that it will be a great time for all!

Speaking of Primo Ceramic Grill/Smokers…we will also be offering folks who purchase their Primo from us the chance to host ‘Primo Parties’!  What’s that?  It’s a chance for you to invite up to 10 friends over to your place to show off your new Primo and it’s incredible versatility and capability while letting us bring the food and help however much you’d like with the cooking!  If any of your party guests buys a Primo from us, you get a $50 GQ4U! Gift Card for every one sold!

SEE…the friggin’ snow hasn’t frozen our brains…yet!  Catering schedule is filling up fast and I’ve already had to break the bad news to several potential customers…don’t like it, but we’re not a big resort…we are a small, local business and plan on keeping it that way!  SO…if you have an event this year and you’d like GreatQ4U! to cater it…BOOK SOON to save your spot!

Thanks for reading along and stay warm! – jak

Monday = PROGRESS! Catering and Tailgating Schedules Filling Up!

By, Jim Knepper

So, with the addition of our Primo Grill/Smoker and BBQ Accessory retail Shop it’s been a busy ‘off season’ for us at GreatQ4U! and I am not complaining!  As I’ve typed on this Dimples Shrimplespage before, we have a LOT going on in addition to the retail shop!  We’ve got our Spring and Summer Catering schedules filling up fast and have been diligently working on new menu, buffet, display and service options.  We are cleaning and re-stocking and getting ready for the best year ever.  We have been working hard on getting the ‘BBQ Battlewagons’ (our two Antique Firetrucks) ready to roll for parties and BBQ Sauce sales at area Flea Markets in the Spring….you get the point!

On top of all that stuff, we have a jam packed schedule of BBQ Classes coming up in OBR Harrisburg 1013the ‘pre-season’ months that are really designed around the needs of our customers…home cooking!  We may add a few Competition oriented classes in the Spring and bring in some instructors who KNOW how to do Competition Que even better than us, but our true focus is on teaching folks how to get the most out of the smokers they have at home or buy from us!  Our Basic and Advanced BBQ Classes are full until April and those classes are beginning to fill up fast.  We have a Whole Hog class on April 5th that will be a BLAST and limited to 15 folks…again with an emphasis on the home BBQ enthusiast!  All of them can be found and registered for on our website: http://www.greatq4u.com/BBQ_Classes.html

I am reiterating my earlier post for folks that may have already received an Estimate from us for a 2014 Event or have talked with us about catering their upcoming events; BOOK SOON!  We do begin to fill our schedules pretty fast this time of the year and weDSC_0128 cannot guarantee our availability without a signed Contract and Deposit!  Inevitably every year during the months ahead, I have awkward conversations with folks who have Estimates in hand and haven’t yet booked only to find out that we are no longer available on their dates…I don’t like having those conversations, but we will never compromise quality for quantity!

Speaking of quality, we are continuing to source as many of our ingredients as possible from local sources and can work with customers to source ALL of the products for your GQ4U!events locally if you choose to do so, but with the crazy fluctuations in pricing and the production of some incredible product in other areas, we are also sourcing from the best suppliers in other areas as well.  Yet another reason to book soon is that the cost of Beef and Pork specifically are going to skyrocket this year as well as the lingering drought in California’s impact on produce prices…this WILL lead to price increases!  We will absorb as much as we can, but in order to stay in business and committed to quality…I just know that we’ll have to do it and maybe more than once!  When you do Book with us, we lock in your pricing and will honor our agreed upon pricing no matter the increases!

What about the ‘BBQ Battlewagons’?  Well, we will be rolling out to several Regional BBQ Competitions with them this season, probably from Mid-Summer into early Fall and I’ll let you know when we choose the dates and locations.  We are also going to be Station QFULLY set for Fall Tailgating parties and those spots will book up FAST!  You can reserve your ‘Battlewagon’ for games in Philly, Pittsburgh, Baltimore or DC and let us provide an unforgettable experience with AWESOME food and fun!  Again…I’d suggest booking early as we’ve only got two trucks to go around and those dates will fill up fast!

SO…get out there and make this a great week!  If you’d like more info about ANY of the products or services that GreatQ4U!’s got to offer, please don’t hesitate to call or E-Mail me: 717-254-1937 Ext. 1 or Jim@GreatQ4U.com

BBQ Lover? Got one in your life? We’ve got ALL you need!

We say Merry Christmas around here!  Just to get that out of the way up front…BUT, that doesn’t mean that we don’t honor ALL the Holidays that are celebrated this time of year every year!  After all, diversity is what has made America the great country that it is and we celebrate THAT every day!  BUT…we only Celebrate the Christmas season ONCE a YEAR and that means LOTS of benefits for YOU!

We recently opened our FIRST EVER retail store at our shop in Mechanicsburg, PA and it is ALL STOCKED UP with American Made Primo Ceramic Grills/Smokers and GQ4U! New Tee BackBBQ Accessories!  We’ve got sauce, rubs and LOTS of GreatQ4U! Gear from hats and shirts to Gift and Loyalty cards that are the PERFECT gift for that hard to shop for Foodie on your list!  NOT ONLY will they receive bonus bucks rewards, they can use the cards on ANYTHING we sell: Catering, BBQ Classes, Consulting, Primo Grills and Accessories, GQ4U! gear and even a 5-Alarm Fire Truck Party!

It IS without question a tough economy and we get it!  In fact we feel it every day as well and we are doing our best to help in LOTS of ways!  We are offering the LOWEST prices of the year on Primo Grills, which are not only Made in the USA, they carry a 20 Primo All-In-One Kamodoyear warranty and in addition to being the LAST Grill you’ll ever need…they are as versatile as it gets!  From smoked meats to ‘Wood Fired’ Pizza that is JUST like in the best Pizza places and even baked goods…the Ceramic Grill produces INCREDIBLE results and we will MAKE sure you know HOW to achieve them before you leave the shop!  Our Primo Kamodo ‘All-In-One’ package includes EVERYTHING you need to get started; Grill/Smoker, Cradle with HD Casters, Shelves and Ash Tool!  AND you can get one before Christmas for UNDER $876!!

Our Catering division has NEVER had more options for our customers from our ‘Real Station QDeal’ Wood-Smoked BBQ to the new addition to our fleet: Fully Fun Featured and Functional Fire Trucks that are DECKED OUT in order to provide an AWESOME party experience!  CO2 dispensing systems, Flat Screen, Satellite TV’s, Gaming Systems and ready to ‘Respond’ to your party needs, provide great food and entertainment and then clean up and roll out!  Book SOON…we’ve had a LOT of interest!  BETTER YET, we are offering our Once A Year sale until December 31st…you can save 5% OFF the TOTAL of ANY size event!  Call us for details: 717-254-1937

Our BBQ Competition Team ended the year in Harrisburg, PA back in October and after a 3 year hiatus, we rolled out with two award calls and a great bunch of memories, we GQ4U! Competition BBQare busy preparing for an ACTIVE (for us) 2014 Season and planning on attending at least 6 major competitions!  Meanwhile, we are offering several options already for our 2014 ‘BBQ Master Class’ series with dates already scheduled and filling up in Jan, Feb and March so far with more to come.  For up to date info on dates and times, visit us online at: www.greatq4u.com/BBQ_Classes.html

We’ve also got a full service Hospitality Consulting division and are capable of helping you work on everything from building a ‘BBQ Business’ or adding ‘Real’ BBQ to your existing menu to building and optimizing a successful website!  We have helped folks take a look at their operations and streamline to increase margins, customer satisfaction and employee productivity and satisfaction!  No matter your needs, we can help!

SO…there’s PLENTY of time left before Christmas to get on down and see us, we are open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30pm to 9:00pm – Saturday from 10am to 2pm and Sundays from Noon to 4pm – OR by Appointment at your convenience!  We’re located at 105 Texaco Road in Mechanicsburg, PA 171050 and online at www.GreatQ4U.com – not to mention our Twitter and Facebook pages!  For personal attention, call Jim at 717-254-1937 Ext. 1 or E-Mail: Jim@GreatQ4U.com

Those Who Know, Choose Primo!

OK, Okay…I know I have said MANY times that much like anything else, the BEST Grill or Smoker for YOU is one that you USE!  I continue to stand by that line and hope that you find yourself enjoying grilled and/or smoked foods as often as you like!  Each of these cooking techniques adds so much to the flavor profiles of ‘common’ meals and provides a visceral connection to our ancestors all the way back to the origins of fire!

THAT SAID…BUY A PRIMO CERAMIC GRILL!!!  Why you ask?  Well..because WE SELL THEM! 🙂  Yes…we are PROUD to be Central PA’s newest Primo Grill dealer and Primo Kamodo Grillwow can we help you choose the right model for your needs then learn how to use it!  In fact, I know folks who cook on their Primo’s just about EVERY night!  We have the knowledge and attentive experience to listen to your needs and then hook you up!

So…why buy a Primo?  Well, in addition to the fact that they are the ONLY Ceramic Grill/Smokers that are Made in the USA and their legendary 20 Year Warranty (How many gas grills would you go through in 20 years???) There are a number of compelling reason’s to add a Primo to your cooking capabilities:

  • The ability to cook a wide variety of foods including steaks, chicken, pork, turkey, fish, pizzas & vegetables that have an unbeatable taste!
  • You can grill and/or smoke while maintaining a consistent low temperature or high temperature and even take advantage of 2 heating zones!
  • Ceramics provide even heating across the entire surface of the grill!
  • Primo Grills are the highest quality grill and smoker made with our SuperCeramics and in our manufacturing facility overseen daily by our Founder and business leaders!

As if THAT’s not ENOUGH to get you to choose a Primo (primogrill.com), we are Primo OVAL XL Grilloffering an Introductory Special which offers a FREE BBQ CLASS of your choice during our January ‘BBQ Master Class’ series and $25 store credit for Accessories for ANY Primo Grill purchased before Christmas!  That’s up to $275 in direct bonus gifts for ALL Primo Grill purchases!  Look for our Black Grill, Black Friday Specials for ONE day only THIS FRIDAY!  (We WILL NOT be open on Thanksgiving because that is plain SILLY!)

So…as we continue to lead the charge for hand prepared, locally sourced Catering and incredible 5 Alarm Fire Truck Parties, we can give you the tools and knowledge to make meals like the one’s our catering customers have come to LOVE right in your own back yard!  For more info on our current special, give Jim a call at 717-254-1937 or e-mail him at: Jim@GreatQ4U.com

REMEMBER: Those Who KNOW Choose PRIMO!!!