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To test any defined pattern, click on its “Test” button. Doing so will make an URI request that includes the defined pattern (opens in new tab or window). This increases the pattern count and enables you to see exactly what happens when the pattern is included in a request.

Here is a screenshot showing BBQ’s one-click pattern testing:

BBQ Pro - One-Click Pattern Testing

Note: test buttons are available only for patterns defined under “Query String” or “Request URI”. To test User Agent Patterns, check out the handy tool at

Tip: you can set the status code that BBQ sends for blocked requests by visiting “Status Code” in the plugin settings.