BBQpad Now Supports Logging Previous Cooks

BBQpad is a powerful tool for tracking your cooks as they happen, providing a way to add updates throughout your cook, record temperatures, photos, and more. For longer smoking sessions such as ribs, pork butts, briskets, and chicken this works well, to track your cook as you go, but for shorter cooks where you do everything in a few minutes (such as a quick sear of a steak) you might not  have time to track your cook in BBQpad, and just want to record it after the fact. You may also have previous cooks fresh in your mind that you would like to track in BBQpad that happened before you joined the site.

So far BBQpad has not been well equipped to track those pre-existing cooks…until now!

We have just added support so that in addition to tracking your cook as it happens, you can also record a cook that has already happened. When you click New Cook to create a cook you can now see an additional option:

If you select Track a cook live as it happens you will get the normal BBQpad experience for tracking your cook and updating your BBQpad cook log as the cook progresses. If you now select Record a cook that has already completed though, BBQpad will ask for your cookers, woods, fuels, and foods as normal, but then provide a simple single entry to provide a written summary of your cook. This provides a simply single shot place to put all the details about your cook.

Here is an example of a recent cook that we did:

As you can see, this makes it simply to summarize your cook, while still using the normal BBQpad features for tracking your rubs, marinades, sauces, and brines, cook/rest times, and rating your food and generating your cook scores.

Enjoy!

Making Cooker Selection Easier and More Personalized

Yesterday we shared a new feature for browsing all cookers and fuels that are supported in BBQpad. Today we want to follow up with a few more feature updates.

We have had a few pieces of feedback about improving how our users select cookers and we wanted to share some improvements here that just arrived on BBQpad.

Remembering Your Cooker

One common request we have seen from our users is that many folks use the same cooker, wood, and fuel over and over again and they would prefer if BBQpad remembered the last cooker, wood, and fuel used and pre-selected it when creating a new cook.

Well, we have added this, so the next time you cook, your cooker, wood, and fuel will be pre-selected and ready to roll!

Adding Unknown Cookers/Fuels

While the BBQpad cooker/fuel database is growing every day, some of you will use cookers and fuels that are not in our database. So far you have only been able to select Other Unknown Cooker and Other Unknown Fuel. As one of our users said “this makes me feel less connected to BBQpad as I can’t show which cooker/fuel I am using“.

Well we have fixed this in a neat way. Now when you create a new cook and select your cooker, wood, and fuel, if you select either Other Unknown Cooker or Other Unknown Fuel we will provide a text box where you can enter the cook/fuel brand and model. This will then appear on your cook page.

We are also going to keep an eye on these cooks and when we spot an unknown cooker or fuel, we will add it to our database proper and update your cook to reflect this – this will then make the cooker/fuel available for others to select, display them in our cooker/fuel lists, and in our popular lists too. This also helps to make us more aware of which cookers and fuels are not in our database so we can pro-actively add them.

Alphabetizing Cookers/Woods/Fuels

Finally, our cook, wood, and fuel lists were sometimes listed in a random order and we fixed this so they are alphabetical – this makes them much easier to navigate.

Each of these features was added as a result of your wonderful feedback – keep it coming to talktothe@bbqpad.com and in our comments. Thanks!

All About the Cookers and Fuels

One neat feature of BBQpad is that you can select which cookers, fuels, and woods you are using as part of your cooks. People can then click on one of these cookers or fuels and see more information about them (and soon we are going to show the most recent cooks using the cooker/fuel someone is looking at).

Although you have been able to click on a cooker or fuel on a cook page, we have so far lacked the ability to see all cookers and fuels in our database on BBQpad.

…until now!

Today we landed a new feature on the Most Popular page (which shows the most popular cookers, woods and fuels used in BBQpad) where you can click see all and see a full list of cookers and fuels. It looks like this for the cookers:

and this for the fuels:

Simply click on one of those cookers/fuels to see more details about it!

We Need Your Help!

Now, some of you may look at these pages and not see your cookers or fuels in there.

Unfortunately, we are missing some cookers and fuels, so we would like to invite you good folks to email us with cookers and fuels that we are missing so we can get them added right away.

How do you do this? Simply drop us an email to talktothepad@bbqpad.com

Thanks!

 

The Great Chicken Thigh Cook Off

Do you consider yourself the chicken king/queen?

Do you think you can rage the rooster and cook up the very best chicken thighs in the BBQpad community?

On the weekend of April 20, 2013 – April 21, 2013 we are going to be cooking the meat that challenges everyone to deliver moist results with that bite-through skin that we all savour.

The idea is simple: on that weekend we will all cook the very best chicken thighs we can and track our cooks in BBQpad, and everyone who participates will have their latest updates automatically appear in one place on the cook off page. This provides a great way of cooking together and chatting about our cooks and techniques.

When the cook off is complete the BBQpad team will pick a winner and runner-up based on appearance and pitmaster control. All the details are on the cook off page, just click below to check it out, and we hope to see you join us – everyone is welcome!

See The Great Chicken Thigh Cook Off Event Page

BBQpad Interview on The BBQ Central Show

Last night Jono from BBQpad joined Greg Rempe on The BBQ Central Show to talk about BBQpad, what it is, how it was conceived, how it works, and lots more.

Unfortunately (or amusingly, depending on your view!), Jono’s wife Erica was late getting home from work before the interview started and as such their four month old son, Jack, was present and correct and weighing in with some insightful BBQ knowledge in parts of the interview.

The interview, complete with bonus baby noises, can be watched below:

As a special bonus, we have also created a coupon code with a 20% discount for a BBQpad Pro account. Simply log into BBQpad (or register if you don’t have an account), click the Upgrades link and enter the coupon code THEBBQCENTRALSHOW (in uppercase letters). You will then see the discount applied.

Palmetto Smoke Company Review of BBQpad

The Palmetto Smoke Company based out of Columbia, South Carolina who compete on the BBQ competition circuit as well as provide catering services, just wrote up a rather review of BBQpad.

One except from the review:

If you are serious about honing your BBQ skills, I highly recommend giving BBQpad a try. It’s absolutely free, so you have nothing to lose. BBQpad also offers a paid upgrade for people who want to keep their cooks private (professional cooks, competition cooks, etc).

Thanks to Palmetto Smoke for the review, and go and check the full review out!

Read The Review Here

New Most Popular Page

We are pleased to announce a brand new page that has recently been added to BBQpad.

It is called the Most Popular page and it lists the most popular Cookers, Woods, and Fuels that BBQpad pitmasters are using. It looks like this:

This page provides a great way of seeing what our pitmasters prefer, and clicking one of the links will take you to a page that provides information about that cooker/fuel, a place for our community to discuss it, and links to places where it is available (such as on Amazon).

This information page looks like this (showing the Weber Performer, already one of the most popular cookers on BBQpad):

Our Most Popular page will continue to be expanded and improved in the future. Do let us know what other information you want to see on it!

In other related news, we have also improved the look and feel of our BBQpad Community page. This page includes our most active pitmasters, newest users, latest cook photos, recently completed cooks, up-coming events and more. It looks like this:

Be sure to see the Most Popular and Community pages!

Be sure to keep up to date with BBQpad news and what our community is cookin’ up on our Facebook page, on Twitter, and in our Google+ community.