BBQ on a Budget: 7 Affordable Tips and Tricks

BBQ on a Budget: 7 Affordable Tips and Tricks

BBQ on a Budget: Affordable Tips and Tricks

At Humphrey's BBQ Store in West Newfield, we believe that great BBQ doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you’re a seasoned pitmaster or just starting out, there are plenty of ways to enjoy delicious, smoky flavors without spending a fortune. Here are some cost-effective tips and tricks to help you get the most bang for your buck, using products from Humphrey's BBQ Store.

1. Choose Affordable Cuts of Meat

One of the easiest ways to save money is by selecting less expensive cuts of meat that still deliver great flavor. Cuts like pork shoulder, chicken thighs, and beef brisket are perfect for smoking and are often more affordable than prime cuts.


  • Visit your local butcher or grocery store to find deals on these cuts, and don't be afraid to ask for recommendations on budget-friendly options.

2. Use Olive Oil or Mustard to Make Your Rub Stick

Our signature rubs such as Sap Sucker, Herbal Remedy, BBQ Crack and Jivin' Hive at Humphrey's BBQ Store are packed with flavor and can enhance even the simplest cuts of meat. To ensure the rub adheres properly, lightly coat your meat with olive oil or mustard before applying the rub. This not only helps the rub stick but also enhances the overall taste.

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  • Create a flavorful base by using just enough olive oil or mustard to coat the meat, ensuring an even layer of rub that won't fall off during the smoking process.

3. Invest in a High-Quality, Fuel-Efficient Smoker

A high-quality smoker that is fuel-efficient can save you money in the long run by reducing the amount of fuel you need. Humphrey's BBQ Store offers a range of top-notch smokers designed to use fuel efficiently, providing consistent heat and smoke with less waste.  The Battle Box is the perfect size for any homeowner.  Did you know that Humphrey's makes their smokers from raw materials to finished product right in West Newfield, Maine!  

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  • Look for smokers that have good insulation and adjustable air vents. These features help maintain steady temperatures and reduce fuel consumption.

4. Invest in Reusable Accessories

While the initial cost might be higher, investing in reusable BBQ accessories can save you money in the long run. Items like reusable skewers, grill mats, and quality thermometers can be used repeatedly, reducing the need for disposable alternatives. Humphrey's BBQ Store carries a wide range of durable, reusable accessories to enhance your grilling and smoking experience.


  • Check out the durable and affordable accessories available at Humphrey's BBQ Store. They’re built to last and can enhance your grilling and smoking experience.

5. Cook in Bulk and Store for Later

Cooking larger quantities of food at once can be more cost-effective than preparing small batches. Smoke a big batch of meat and store leftovers in the freezer for quick and easy meals later on.


  • Use vacuum-sealed bags or airtight containers to store your smoked meats. This preserves the flavor and makes reheating a breeze.

6. Utilize Wood Chips and Chunks Efficiently

Wood chips and chunks are essential for smoking, but they don’t have to be expensive. Using them efficiently can stretch your supply and maintain great flavor. Remember, large cuts of meat will only take on wood smoke in the first few hours of cooking.

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  • Soak your wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes before using them. This helps them last longer and produce more smoke. Also, consider using a smoker box to control the burn rate of your wood chunks.

7. Plan Ahead and Shop Sales

Planning your BBQ sessions around sales and discounts can save you a significant amount of money. Keep an eye out for sales on meat, accessories, and charcoal.


  • Sign up for newsletters from your local grocery stores and butcher shops to stay informed about upcoming sales. At Humphrey’s BBQ Store, we also offer seasonal promotions and discounts, so be sure to check our website and in-store announcements.


BBQ on a budget is entirely possible with a bit of planning and smart choices. By choosing affordable cuts of meat, using olive oil or mustard to make your rub stick, investing in a high-quality, fuel-efficient smoker, opting for reusable accessories, cooking in bulk, and utilizing wood chips efficiently, you can enjoy delicious smoked meals without overspending. Visit Humphrey's BBQ Store in West Newfield to find everything you need, from affordable smokers and accessories to our signature rubs and sauces. Happy grilling!

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