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Brought to life by more than 400 backers, the patent-pending GrillTimer by Little Griddle is the brand new wristwatch and recipe timer for people who love to grill, cook & BBQ outside!
Brought to life by more than 400 backers, the patent-pending GrillTimer by Little Griddle is the brand new wristwatch and recipe timer for people who love to grill, cook & BBQ outside!
445 backers pledged $30,093 to help bring this project to life.

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The World's First BBQ Timing Watch - The GrillTimer!

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GrillTimer™ by Little Griddle is the brand new wristwatch and recipe timer for people who love to cook outside, and it is the world's first wristwatch designed specifically to time outdoor cooking. It uses a version of the "elapsed time" concept that was used to track below-surface time on the iconic diving watches made famous during the 1950s and 1960s. GrillTimer combines classic three-hand wristwatch styling with a unidirectional rotating "Grill Bezel" to time popular outdoor recipes.  

The idea behind GrillTimer came from Little Griddle's president Jon's realization that his diving watch had never been very far under water, but that he frequently used it for timing foods that he cooked on his grill.  This awareness led to a sketch, a patent filing, and our prototype GrillTimers.  

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Here's how it works: GrillTimer's patent-pending Grill Bezel times recipes by rotating left to align the start of a recipe (the small silver dot before the recipe title) with the GrillTimer's minute hand.  As the minute hand moves across the face of the watch, the recipe is timed and the bezel indicates when the food should be flipped and when it should be removed from the grill. The bezel contains a ratcheting mechanism that only allows it to rotate to the left, ensuring that the Grill Bezel never indicates more time remaining to the recipe than there really is.  This "fail-safe" feature helps to reduce the chance of over-cooking food on the grill.  

The recipe timing on the GrillTimer Grill Bezel features a silver-to-red gradient that indicates degree-of-doneness, and while grills and foods vary in their respective heat outputs and dimensions, GrillTimer provides a good indication of when grilled foods will be ready to eat.  

Overall cooking times can be followed on the fixed minute track on the GrillTimer dial, and the GrillTimer instructions feature a cross-compatibility chart detailing other recipes the Grill Bezel can be used to time.  For example, the bezel timing for "NY STRIP" can also be used to time pork chops, flat iron steaks, or beef filet, and the timing for "SHRIMP" can be used to time scallops, lobster and other shellfish, among many other possibilities included in the instructions.  

At its $50 price, GrillTimer was designed to be attainable by anyone who loves to cook outside.  In order to allow our Kickstarter backers to become the very first recipients of the GrillTimer, we are offering special introductory Rewards as part of this campaign.  Our initial order of GrillTimers is expected to arrive in mid-June (and we hope to ship in time for Father's Day!).  If you miss out on backing our Kickstarter product launch, you will be able to order a GrillTimer for future delivery at www.littlegriddle.com after the close of this campaign. 

As we mention in our video, everyone either loves to cook outside, or they know someone who loves to cook outside!  This watch belongs on their (or your) wrist!  Please back our project right now, and we'll try our very best to get your GrillTimer to you before Father's Day 2015.  It's perfect for the person who's hard to shop for, and definitely for the person who already has "everything."  

Here are some times when we think it would be great to get a GrillTimer:

  • Father's Day!
  • Mother's Day!  (Unsure?  Check this out.)
  • "The Holidays"
  • Birthday Presents
  • Groomsmen's Gifts
  • Golf Outings
  • Corporate Gifting
  • Graduation Presents
  • Housewarming (well, more like Patio-Warming)

Here are the great features of the amazing GrillTimer Wristwatch:

  • Patent-Pending unidirectional "Grill Bezel" times eight popular grill recipes right on the watch
  • Instruction manual details timing compatibility of Grill Bezel for dozens of other recipes
  • Precise recipe timing via watch-face printed minute track
  • Classic three-hand design displays hours, minutes, and seconds for precise timing
  • Handsome 40 mm Stainless Steel case features classic styling and combination brushed and polished surfaces
  • Durable Japan-made Seiko quartz movement with date calendar
  • Striped nylon 2-piece sport watch band included with watch
  • Accepts any 20 mm band or strap to create a unique look
  • Scratch-resistant mineral crystal
  • Water resistant to 1 ATM (10 m / 32.8 ft)
  • Luminous hands and hour indicators
  • 2-Year warranty against material and manufacturing defects
  • Sauce Resistant to 3 Tablespoons (mustard, BBQ, gravy, etc.)

Little Griddle has launched this Kickstarter project to give people who love cooking outside and who love watches an opportunity to be part of the creation of the GrillTimer Watch.  The $20,000 we hope to raise by funding this project is important  to Little Griddle because these funds will help us to offset some of the development costs that we assumed in creating the watch, filing for our intellectual property protections, and building our first production GrillTimer order.  Because our first production order is expected to ship in the near future, this brief, 30-day project only has a very short time to get funded.  If you like this product and want one of the first GrillTimers on your wrist, this is your opportunity to get one. 

Stretch Goals: Thank you to the hundreds of backers who have funded our project!  We have added some great stretch goals as an incentive to push the project to the next level. 

We have given a lot of thought to things that might enhance the GrillTimer Watch experience, and we think that being able to change the look of the watch would be really fun! Little Griddle came up with five different strap options to allow GrillTimer wearers to be able to change the look of the watch whenever they want.  

- If we get to $30,000 in total funding, we will include one extra strap  

- If we get to $50,000 in total funding, we will include two extra straps  

Backers of the GrillTimer project will receive a survey asking them to rank which strap(s) they would like to receive, and we will produce the ones that get the most votes. We will NOT hold watch reward shipments to include the extra stretch reward straps - if we reach a stretch goal we will place an order for the straps we need at the close of the project, and ship them at a later date. Our main objective is for people to get the GrillTimer watches that they pledged for as quickly as possible.  

A note on stretch rewards: we can only offer them if we hit the funding objectives, so if you would like to receive some cool extra rewards, please continue to tell people about the project and share it on social media!

Where We're At: The GrillTimer watches in our video and photography are functional, working prototypes. We have been testing numerous prototypes in both everyday and extreme use for several months to ensure that quality is excellent in production.  The production GrillTimer that our project backers will receive is going to be extremely close in detail to the prototypes seen in our materials. Our first order of production GrillTimer watches is scheduled to ship to the United States from our factory in June.

Product Availability: Little Griddle has placed our first production GrillTimer watch order from our production partner, a well-known watch manufacturer with a long history of producing high-quality timepieces to order.  The first order is expected to be ready-to-ship on June 12, and Little Griddle will airfreight this shipment to the United States with the intent of delivering Kickstarter backer rewards before Father's Day (June 21, 2015).  Rewards will be processed and shipped on a first-come, first-served basis, so early orders stand the best chance of receiving a watch before Father's Day.  

After delivery of our initial order, Little Griddle will begin regular, scheduled production and the GrillTimer Watch will be available on www.littlegriddle.com and through our retailer partners.  

What you will Receive: 

In addition to the patent-pending unidirectional Grill Bezel, every GrillTimer watch has a stainless steel case, scratch resistant mineral crystal, and a custom-designed 20 mm-wide nylon sport strap. You will also receive full instructions, a two-year warranty and 4-color retail packaging (suitable for gifting!).

International (Non-US) Shipments

If you are located outside of the United States, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for information about backing this project internationally. 

About Little Griddle: Little Griddle is a family-owned manufacturer of professional-quality Stainless Steel outdoor BBQ cookware based in Rochester Hills, Michigan (just north of Detroit). Since 2000, we have helped grilling enthusiasts around the world turn their grill or BBQ into a full outdoor kitchen. When you purchase Little Griddle cookware, you are buying griddles and grilling accessories that have been designed, tested, and built to provide year-round enjoyment for decades to come. For more info on Little Griddle and our BBQ cookware, as well as for great outdoor recipes and cooking tips, please check out www.littlegriddle.com.

One more thing: We need your help!

We created this project because we love cooking and we love watches, and we had a crazy idea that putting those things together in a product would be fun for other people too.  We've been in business for a long time, but we're not a gigantic company, and we think that people would really like our products if they knew more about us.  Please help us tell our story by sharing this project on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Getting this project funded will get you a great reward: GrillTimer, the world's first BBQ wristwatch.  Let's get cookin'!

Risks and challenges

After making retail products for more than 15 years, Little Griddle understands that no project is totally without risk. Here are some potential risks for this project:

a. Production Delays: it could take longer than we would like to complete production. It's rare, but delays can happen. We have already placed initial production orders for the GrillTimer watch, and our first order is expected to ship in June. At this time we do not see any reason that the factory will not adhere to the timeline.

b. Delay in Shipping: sometimes shipments are delayed, held for inspection, or stolen. Port delays are not uncommon due to cargo backups or labor issues.

c. Quality Control: We may get the products and be unhappy with their quality.

d. We may not get funded fully by our Kickstarter backers. In this event, Little Griddle will not receive any money associated with this project, and all money pledged to this project would be returned to the backers' credit cards.

The good news: we have been making products and shipping them to consumers and to retailers of all sizes for a very long time. We understand how to design, build and deliver great products, and we also know how to deal with problems when they arise.

We want you to love this watch and we want happy backers - If something goes wrong, we'll keep you up-to-date on the problem and our solution for fixing it.

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    EARLY BIRD 2-PACK: Two GrillTimer watches. Ships to a single destination from our first production run.

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    GrillTimer and a Griddle (for charcoal grills): One GrillTimer Watch + 1 Little Griddle KQ-17R Stainless Steel round BBQ Griddle for charcoal kettle and "kamado-"style grills. Delivery from our first production run.

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    GrillTimer and a Griddle (for gas grills): One GrillTimer watch + 1 Little Griddle SQ-180 Stainless Steel rectangular BBQ Griddle for gas grills. Delivery from our first production run.

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    FAMILY PACK: Four GrillTimer watches. Wear two on each wrist! Or keep one and help three other people stop burning their dinner. Ships to a single destination from our first production run.

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    THE SURF & TURF KIT: One GrillTimer Watch + 1 Little Griddle GQ-120 "Professional Series" Full Size 12.5" x 16" stainless steel BBQ griddle + 1 Little Griddle GK-550 cooking and cleaning kit. Ships from our first production run.

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    RETAILER PACK: Become one of the very first GrillTimer dealers! Includes 10 GrillTimer Watches + inclusion on the www.littlegriddle.com "Where to Buy" page. Delivery from our first production run.

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Funding period

- (30 days)