THE PERFECT FISH CLEANING TABLE

For outdoor enthusiasts, fishing has greater significance than simply reeling in a trophy catch. It’s about the experience from baiting the hook to cleaning your catch. It’s a process passed down from generation to generation, and mastering each step is a source of great pride. The final task, cleaning the fish, is no exception.

When it comes to fishing, having the right equipment can often mean the difference between a successful fishing trip and going home empty-handed. The same principle applies when it’s time to clean and prepare your fish. This is where a quality fish cleaning table comes into play. An effective fish cleaning table provides a leveled surface that makes the work easier, faster, and less messy. It’s the kind of convenience that transforms an often tedious task into a seamless routine.

What Makes a Good Fish Cleaning Table?

As any skilled angler will tell you, not all fish cleaning tables are created equal. Some offer a bare-bones setup that barely meets the minimum requirements – giving you a place to clean fish, but with little consideration for ease of use or cleanliness. Others take every aspect of the angler’s needs into account, offering an optimized cleaning station equipped with a host of features designed to make the task of fish cleaning efficient, easy, and enjoyable.

A Reliable Cleaning Station

The #1 component of a good fish cleaning table is… you guessed it, a reliable cleaning station. This area needs to be large enough to handle whatever catch you’re likely to bring in, while also being easy to clean so that it can be kept in perfect condition for your next fishing outing. It needs to be sturdy too, with an ability to hold securely on any ground – be it on a boat, a dock, or right on the river bank.

Top-Quality Components & A Strong Surface

Quality components are another essential element of a good fish cleaning table. Heavy-duty marine-grade materials ensure longevity and resistance against the elements. In particular, the table surface needs to be made from a durable, non-porous material that provides a solid surface for filleting and prevents bacteria from seeping into the fibers – ensuring a clean, safe space for food preparation. 

Attachment Capabilities

Finally, the benefits of having attachments cannot be overstressed. A cup holder for your beverage of choice is an advantageous feature. Similarly, a designated holder keeps your tools within reach while ensuring everyone stays safe during the cleaning process. The more specialized your cleaning table, the smoother your cleaning process will be.

When all these features are built into a cleaning table, the result is an efficient, safe, and enjoyable workstation that makes cleaning fish a breeze.

Introducing… The PECOS Workstation

In the world of fish cleaning, few products can claim to offer the same level of craftsmanship, durability, and thoughtful design as the PECOS Workstation. Our approach of combining functionality with high-grade materials and comfortable features results in a product that is leagues ahead of competitors in providing the perfect fish cleaning experience.

Our Materials

Built and designed in the USA with FDA-compliant plastic and aircraft grade aluminum, the PECOS Workstation is constructed with an eye for longevity and a focus on delivering unrivaled performance. What gives this table its extraordinary toughness, you may ask? Well, look no further than its impressive 1.75″ aluminum legs constructed to hold a remarkable 3,500 pounds. This heavy-duty support underlines PECOS’s ability to withstand rigorous, heavy use, providing unbeatable stability while maintaining its sleek, practical design.

Our Attachments

Step further into your potential by checking out the PECOS’s extraordinary add-ons, honed to simplify your fishing experience in a significant way. Our Richlite Cutting Board serves as a robust, sanitary surface for filleting. The surface’s non-porous nature guarantees no bacteria seep into the fibers, maintaining a clean cutting surface crucial for preparing your catch. For getting rid of waste, we also have a Trash Bag Ring add-on for simplified disposal.

We didn’t stop there. Integrated into the workstation is the PECOS Beverage Holder, a small but smart addition that assures your drink stays within arm’s reach. Converted to a fish cleaning table, the PECOS Workstation ensures no detail is overlooked, seeking not only to fulfill your basic needs but also to provide a bit of comfort in the process of cleaning your fish. 

Adaptability to Different Environments

Even more remarkable is that despite all these notable features, the PECOS Workstation maintains its adaptable nature, ready to fit your specific needs. Whether you’re cleaning up on a dock, in a boat, or are perched on a river bank after a successful angling session, this workstation’s adaptability shines through, solidifying its place as the trusted companion for any angler or outdoors enthusiast. 

When it comes to fish cleaning tables, the PECOS Workstation isn’t just another option to choose from. Its incredible design makes it a tool poised to take on the task of cleaning fish, no matter where you go.

How to Transform Your PECOS Workstation into the Perfect Fish Cleaning Table

Now that you understand the PECOS Workstation’s extraordinary capability, it’s time to show you how to maximize its use as a powerful fish cleaning station. Here’s how to utilize and adapt your workstation to make the process of cleaning your fish not only efficient but also pleasurable.

Prep the Table

To start, prep your workspace—clear your table and ensure all your tools are within arm’s reach. This is when you want to make use of all of our handy attachments. With the utility basket incorporated into the PECOS workstation, you can have your tools safely stowed and easily accessible. You will also have plenty of space for your filleted fish on our Richlite Cutting Board and have your beer off to the side in our drink holder.

With the abundant space that the PECOS Workstation offers, you can efficiently manage your workspace. Arrange your tools, your catch, and your cleaning materials on the table top. Place a trash bag on your Trash Bag Ring attachment to collect the fish remains to keep your workstation tidy. The table offers plenty of space for all these.

The Perfect Gut & Fillet Table

Once your fish is on the Richlite Cutting Board, you can start gutting and filleting your catch. The sturdy nature of the workstation will come in handy here, providing a stable surface for effortless cutting. The heavy-duty set-up is enough to withstand the weight of any fish, and the functional layout ensures you can gut and fillet your fish with efficiency.

Cleaning Up Your Workstation

Perhaps one of the most impressive features is the simplicity of the clean-up process. Once you have finished cleaning and filleting your fish, there’s no need to stress over the mess. Hook up a garden hose and spray down the workstation (preferably utilizing a spray nozzle on the hose). With its corrosion-resistant components and the easy-to-clean plastic table surface, you’ll have your station ready for the next round in no time.

Why Choose the PECOS Workstation for Your Fish Cleaning Needs?

All these features and more make the PECOS Workstation the perfect fish cleaning table. Every component of the PECOS station assures you can not only get enjoyment out of fishing but the fish cleaning process as well. The high-quality cutting surface, the convenience of a beverage holder (because who doesn’t enjoy an ice-cold beer when prepping their food?), and the rigid stability prove our table remains unmatched by competitors. Get your own PECOS Workstation today!

 

Outdoor Gift Ideas for Men

Outdoor Gift Ideas for Men

Since the holiday season is upon us, what better time to start thinking about the best outdoor gifts for the outdoorsman in your life? We’ve drawn on our expertise to guide you toward finding gifts that perfectly suit the outdoor lifestyle. At PECOS Outdoor, we believe that durability, practicality, and authenticity make all the difference, making PECOS your go-to source for outdoor products.

Thinking about what to gift the outdoor enthusiast in your life can feel like a challenging task. Whether it’s your dad who loves camping, your husband who enjoys long hikes, or your son who’s an avid fisherman, choosing the right gift is a stressful task. But what makes up a thoughtful gift? To answer that, we’ve compiled several unique outdoor gift ideas for men who love the wilderness. 

The Perfect Camping & Hiking Gifts

Camping and hiking require a mix of resilience, practicality, and comfort. So let’s check out some essential camping and hiking gear for our outdoorsy guys out there.

A Rechargeable Portable Battery

Next on the list is a staple of the outdoors – a rechargeable battery. Camping trips and day hikes can be unpredictable. Having a reliable power source can be a life-saving gadget under these circumstances, especially when access to civilization might be limited. This practical item is an excellent gift that any camper or hiker will appreciate. 

Turtlebox

What better to have in the great outdoors than some good music? The Turtlebox is one of our personal favorites thanks to its robust design that holds up in any environment. Whether you are camping, hiking, or enjoying the outdoors in any other capacity, the Turtlebox is a fantastic gift that keeps on giving the gift of music.

A Camp Stove

Unlike campfires, which can be unpredictable and banned in certain areas, a camp stove offers a consistent and controllable heat source, making it easier to prepare various meals. It’s also portable and easy to set up, making it ideal for different camping environments, from remote backcountry locations to established campgrounds. Our personal favorite is the Presidio Fire Pit from Mill Scale, which has the unique capability of operating as a firepit or a camp stove! 

Truck Bed Storage Solutions

One constant pain for those who love to traverse the outdoors is storage. Thankfully, the experts at DECKED have thought of the perfect solution. Their truck bed storage has been a game-changer for us over here at PECOS and we know your man will love their products too!

The PECOS Table

Lastly, camping and hiking shouldn’t have to mean roughing it in all regards. Here at PECOS Outdoor, we believe outdoor enthusiasts deserve a bit of luxury too. That’s why we’ve developed the PECOS Table. Consider this – you’re in the middle of nowhere and need a stable, sturdy surface to prepare and cook your food. That’s where PECOS’ table fits in. Made of high-quality, durable materials, this table can hold up to 3200 pounds, counterbalance on any terrain, and even withstand up to 60 mph winds. That’s not just convenient; that’s badass.

Getting ready for outdoor adventures is not just about packing your bag and setting off; it’s also about equipping yourself with the right tools for your journey. Remember, gifts that make the recipient’s experiences safer, easier, and more comfortable are always a good bet.

Outdoor Gifts for Hunting & Fishing

When you’ve got a man in your life who appreciates a sunrise over a calm lake or the challenge of navigating the wilderness during hunting season, you know that ordinary gifts won’t cut it. Let’s dive into the sort of outdoorsy gifts that are perfect for those who love to hunt and fish.

Merino Wool Clothing

First on our list is merino wool clothing. This is a great option because it combines the warmth of wool with moisture-wicking technology. It’s perfect for those chilly morning fishing trips or long hunts during fall. Plus, they help regulate body temperature, providing comfort throughout long adventures.

A Lightweight Jacket

For someone who can’t get enough of long days in the great outdoors, a lightweight jacket is invaluable. Whether it’s for protection against the sun or a sudden shift in weather conditions, this item is a must-have for every hunter or fisherman. Our friends at Duck Camp make some badass jackets (as well as other clothing) made specifically for hunting. Give them a look! 

A Trusty Water Bottle

Next, for those long hunts or fishing trips, a durable water bottle can be a lifesaver. It’s essential to stay hydrated while engaging in outdoor activities. And don’t forget, a water bottle that maintains the content’s temperature for hours can be vital. A high-quality stainless steel water bottle not only looks good but also withstands challenging elements out in the wild. 

Portable Solar Panel

Similarly to the rechargeable battery, another great gift idea that might not be on everyone’s list is a portable solar panel. Powering devices is a constant challenge in the wilderness. Having a portable, water-resistant solar panel offers a reliable charging solution off the grid – a thoughtful gift for any hunter or fisherman.

The PECOS Table

In rugged conditions, no ordinary table will do. That’s why the PECOS badass table is an essential tool for hunting or fishing expeditions. Its ability to withstand up to carry up to 3200 lbs and balance on any terrain is just what you need when gutting a fish or cleaning game in the field.

Many think that the best gift is always something luxurious, but, as we all know, there is no one-size-fits-all gift for hunters and anglers. However, thoughtful gifts like these show a deep understanding of the outdoorsman’s needs, making them an awesome gift.

The Perfect BBQ Gifts

We would be amiss to not include some gifts for barbeque lovers as well. Our table works great as a pitmaster’s wingman so we know a thing or two about what will make that special someone in your life happy. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for outdoorsmen who love to light up a smoker:

 

A World-class Smoker

At the top of our list is none other than a trusty smoker. Nothing will make your man happier than receiving a gorgeous smoker that he can use to feed his family for the rest of his life. When purchasing a smoker you are picking a lifelong piece of equipment, that is why we recommend you take a look at the incredible smokers made by Mill Scale. These smokers are built to last, made with only the highest quality steel and industrial-grade hardware. 

Some Premium Cuts of Meat

Once you have your trusty smoker you now need to get your meats. Like with your smoker, it is important not to cut corners on good meats. We source our meats from Force of Nature Meats and we can confidently say there is no higher quality cut available on the market today. In addition to making a delicious product, Force of Nature Meats helps support the environment – something imperative to every true outdoors enthusiast.

BBQ Seasonings & Dry Rubs

Well, we have given you our top smoker as well as our go-to cuts of meat so what is left? The answer: don’t forget that seasoning! A good BBQ seasoning is what will take your backyard barbeques to the next level. There are plenty of good seasonings on the market but our personal favorite is the Fab 5 from Meat Church. No one knows Texas BBQ better than Matt Pittman so who better to trust to season the meat your loved one worked so hard on? 

Selecting the Perfect Outdoor Gift

It is important to remember that it doesn’t always have to be a special occasion to give a gift. Whether it is Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or a simple “I appreciate you” the right gift can mean the world to your loved ones, especially when that gift resonates with their passion for the great outdoors.

Durability & Reliability

Remember that investing in high-quality materials for outdoor gear is crucial. A quality product will last longer and perform better over time. This extra cost may seem an uphill task, but it pays off in the long run.

Consider His Interests & Preferences

Choosing a gift for an outdoorsman may involve some thought, especially if you aren’t a particularly outdoorsy person yourself. The key is to think about what sort of adventures your man loves. Is he into camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, or some combination of these? Consider, too, his habits and preferences. Does he prefer solo adventures or group excursions? Is he a minimalist at heart, or does he love to carry an array of gadgets? Thinking about these things can guide you to find that ideal gift.

Our Products are Made with Versatility in Mind

Here at PECOS Outdoor, we have carefully crafted our products to meet the needs of every outdoorsman. The PECOS Table, for example, is not just for campsites or hunting grounds. It’s also great for tailgating, road trips, or even a backyard barbecue. It’s our pride in product versatility and quality that makes it a perfect gift for someone who loves the outdoors. 

Whether he is off to a national park for a weekend or simply hitting his favorite fishing hole, all his adventures require essential tools. The awesome gift you choose now could end up being his favorite companion on his future adventures.

Outdoor Gift Ideas for Men: Wrap-Up

So, there you have it. Our detailed guide spanning across several outdoor activities with hand-picked gift ideas that are sure to impress outdoorsmen. Be it camping, hiking, hunting, or fishing, we’ve covered a range of practical items with a particular emphasis on quality, longevity, and usability.

Where PECOS Comes In

Our standout recommendation, the PECOS Table, is a testament to our commitment to crafting a product that is created from our own passion for the outdoors. With its extreme resistance and best-in-class stability, our badass table is a product that embodies the true essence of outdoorsmen.

So what are you waiting for? Unleash the adventurer in your life by presenting him with the perfect outdoor gift. After all, the best gift is not in its contents, but in its thoughtfulness and longevity. It’s giving the right tool for the most memorable adventures – that’s where the true spirit of gift-giving lies.

 

How to Smoke Brisket on a Pellet Grill: The PECOS Way

 

How to Smoke Brisket on a Pellet Grill: The PECOS Way

If you love good barbecue like we do, your mouth probably waters at the thought of a properly smoked brisket. This slow-smoked cut of beef is the crown jewel of grilling achievement, and you would be hard-pressed to find a World Champion that doesn’t have a pellet grill in their arsenal. So today, we’re going to show you how to smoke brisket on a pellet grill – the PECOS way.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the entire process from choosing and preparing your beef, to getting that perfect low and slow coal, right through to presenting your final masterpiece. Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a barbecue beginner, we’re confident these tips will help you serve up a smokey success at your next cookout.

By following the advice in this blog post, you will have all the knowledge and tools needed to prepare a perfectly smoked brisket on a pellet grill. So light up your pellet smoker, grab an ice-cold Lonestar, and let’s get to this show on the road.

Preparing The Brisket

The journey to the perfect pellet grill brisket begins with choosing high-quality beef. Your local grocery store should provide a good selection of briskets, but if you want a truly premium cut, consider a Wagyu brisket or a whole packer brisket. Either of these will yield tender, flavorful meat after a slow smoke. When preparing your beef brisket, PECOS Outdoor’s badass table can provide the sturdy, functional workspace you need to handle and prepare your brisket with confidence.

Trimming Your Beef

Before you firinge up the pellet smoker, make sure you trim the brisket properly. Using a sharp knife, you’ll want to trim the fat cap down to about a quarter of an inch. While it might seem counterintuitive to cut away fat, it is important to trim the brisket to allow for even cooking and the best texture. Some silver skin will also need to be trimmed off, which will prevent the outside of your brisket from turning tough and chewy while it cooks.

However, you don’t want to trim off all of the fat or connective tissues – this is what gives your smoky brisket its distinctive, juicy flavor. Approach it as sculpting your brisket. You’re not trying to remove as much fat as possible, you’re trying to shape an ideal piece of meat. For the fat side, leave about a quarter-inch of fat cap. This will add richness and also help preserve the beef’s moisture during the long process of smoking.

Binder & Seasoning

Once you’ve trimmed it down, it’s time to apply your brisket binder. In Texas, we like mustard or Worcestershire sauce—to help the seasonings adhere to the meat. It is a commonly held myth that Texans like to season purely with salt and pepper, and maybe a dash of garlic powder. However, the potential dry rub variations are truly unlimited – just make sure that your rubs will complement the rich flavors of the meat and are applied in abundance. We recommend starting with a heavy coating of black pepper, it is important to add the pepper first so it doesn’t bounce off the other seasonings. Then follow with your favorite rub.

Let the Glorious Beast Sit

Finally, let your brisket rest until it reaches room temperature before placing it in the smoker. This might take an hour or two, so be patient. When it comes to brisket, the process can’t be rushed. During the wait, grab a beer and get your pellet smoker ready to go.

Smoking Brisket on a Pellet Grill: Setup & Maintenance

The moment has arrived – it’s time to smoke your brisket on your pellet grill. By cooking it low-and-slow, the grill cooks your meat evenly and infuses it with a wonderfully smoky flavor. 

Begin by preheating your pellet smoker, aiming for a consistent temperature of around 200-225 degrees F. Consistency is key here, as major temperature fluctuations can result in an unevenly cooked brisket. This is where the reliability of a quality pellet smoker and the convenience of a digital temperature probe play an invaluable role in smoking the perfect brisket.

Fat-Side Up or Fat-Side Down?

Once the grill has reached the desired temperature, it’s time to get the brisket on the grate. Now this is a step of the process where pitmasters argue constantly. Some people swear that you must place the fat side down to safeguard your meat from the heat source which comes from the bottom of your pellet grill. However, we have found that if you cook the brisket on the top rack where the heat is allowed to circumvent around the meat you can choose to cook with the fat side facing up or down depending on whichever produces the best results for you.

Monitoring the Temperature

It’s important to monitor the internal temperature of the meat throughout the smoking process. Puncturing the thickest part of the brisket with a meat thermometer or temperature probe will help you get the most accurate reading. Remember, our target for this step is to gradually bring the brisket up to an internal temperature of about 165-170 degrees Fahrenheit before wrapping it.

Smoking Brisket on a Pellet Grill: The Process

Start by positioning your brisket on the grill, either fat side up or down depending on your preference. Your brisket will spend the first portion of the smoking process unwrapped.

Wrapping the Brisket

Then, usually after it reaches an internal temperature of 165-170 degrees Fahrenheit (a thermometer probe is useful here), it’s time for the wrapping phase—a key part of the cooking process. You can wrap your brisket in aluminum foil, butcher paper, or even a combination of both. This wrapping is often referred to as the “Texas Crutch” and it serves several functions: it keeps your brisket from drying out, it helps push through a plateau in temperature known as “the stall” that occurs around 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and it even speeds up the cooking process. 

The Smoke Ring

Remember that all-important smoke ring? This is the seal of approval for any proper barbecue champ, a pink layer just beneath the brisket’s bark. This smoke ring happens because of a chemical reaction between the smoke and the meat, and to develop a good one, you need a steady stream of smoke. Try various wood chips and chunks in your pellet grill – each will lend a distinct flavor to your smoked brisket.

Let the Brisket Cook

Maintain the smoker at a constant temperature of 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and let that brisket cook. It might be tempting to peek inside the grill and check on your progress, but remember the saying: “If you’re looking, you’re not cooking.” Each time you open the grill, you let out heat and smoke—both essential elements in the cooking process.

There are many ways to enhance the flavor profile of your smoked brisket. For instance, every hour or so, some choose to spritz their brisket with apple cider vinegar, apple juice, or beef broth — this not only imparts flavor but also helps keep the cut moist.

Remember, patience is key at this stage. Don’t rush the process. The timing will vary depending on your specific grill and the size of your brisket, but generally, you’re looking at about 10-126-8 hours. Your goal? A juicy brisket that’s melt in your mouth tender with a beautiful, crimson smoke ring. 

Post-Cooking Process & How PECOS Can Help

 

Checking if the brisket is ready is an art of its own and typically takes practice to master the feel. Usually, briskets are done when they reach an internal temperature between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit. However, relying solely on temperature can sometimes be misleading. That’s why many brisket veterans check the tenderness of the brisket using the ‘probe test’. This involves sliding a probe or a skewer into the meat. If it goes in and out with little resistance, like through butter – your brisket is done. 

Let it Sit… Again

Once your brisket has passed the ‘probe test’, remove it from the grill. But. don’t slice it just yet. Give it another spritz, and let it rest for about an hour so that the juices can redistribute throughout the meat. Cover it with a layer of aluminum foil to retain heat during the resting phase.

Slicing the Brisket

After resting, now comes the all-important final step — the slicing. How you slice a brisket can make or break your hours of patience and hard work. With your trusty knife in hand, slice the brisket against the grain into thin slices. If you slice with the grain, the brisket will come off as tough and chewy—definitely not the yield we want from a day’s worth of grilling. 

At this moment, your PECOS Outdoor table comes in handy again, offering you a perfect slicing station. Simply pop on your RichLite or Walnut cutting board and alleviate any worries of sliding or heat-related troubles.

How PECOS Can Help

The end result is a tender, juicy brisket with a blend of flavors that stand as a testament to your hard work and patience. At PECOS, we believe it’s not just about the result but the journey to get there that counts. We aim to make your smoking process easier, more dependable, and a whole lot more enjoyable. So come grab your PECOS table today, and learn how we can help elevate your past times from barbequing to hunting to wherever your next adventure takes you.