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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.

 


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Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

maverick PT55 thermometer

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

Click here to read our detailed review

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

grill grates

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


kareubequ bbq smoker

Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker


Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only 9 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


PK 360 grill

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only


The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

the good one grill

The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

Click here to read our complete review


Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

the good one grill

The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Click here to read our complete review


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

masterbuilt gas smoker

The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

Click here to read our detailed review


Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

fireboard bbq thermometer

With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

Click here to read our detailed review


Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

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The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).

Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal.

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  • Top | #16
    You won't go wrong with the Weston Pro-2300, I've been very happy with mine. I'm not a heavy user of it, but it is well built and I expect it to last for years. The VacMaster you're looking at also appears to be a compelling choice, though the negative reviews are concerning.

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    • Top | #17
      It seems like every FS sealer we had was lacking in one feature or another (usually multiple). Also went through a few in a couple of years. Currently have the The FoodSaver 5800 Series 2-In-1 Automatic Bag-Making Vacuum Sealing System which also is lacking on some features. When this one goes will most likely go with a chamber vac.

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      • Top | #18
        I understand when you say a chamber sealer isn't logical because of infrequent use. That being said if you had a chamber sealer you likely would use it more than you think. I too got feed up with the cheap FS and other sealers and bought the VP215. I use it at least once a week and many weeks several times during that period. They are so much easier, reliable and cost effect material wise for me it has turned out to be a great decision I'll not regret making. I rarely buy many freezable products unless in bulk. CS are costly but savings on bagging materials and bulk food purchase prices add up rather quickly. Another plus is how long it would last. It is a product you can depend on getting what you pay for.
        All that being said if you have a Cabela's near you check out what they offer. I think it is made by Weston but with slightly different specifications.

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        • mgaretz
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          I agree 100%!

      • Top | #19
        Um, well...My Weston Pro 2300 didn't last any longer than your new Foodsaver ones. Less than a year. We only did a dozen bags a week. So I'm busy and just bought another. More problems. Change the pump. Other problems.

        So I went with the biggest Chamber that Webstaurant sold. Not practical for a home, but great for a restaurant. Bags from vacuumsealersunlimited.com seem reasonable. 3 mill work fine.

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        • fzxdoc
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          Well, that's disconcerting to hear, PaulstheRibList . I was hoping for a huge step up in quality and reliability with the Weston Pro 2300.

          Kathryn
          Last edited by fzxdoc; June 12th, 2019, 07:58 AM.

      • Top | #20
        I'm out of expendable counter space. I don't need in integral roll cutter, I have an external one from an old FoodSaver that does quite will. I just need one that will do a couple of nice steaks, 4 ears of corn, and the occasional 2 bone rib roast.
        Any ideas?

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        • NapMaster
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          Look at the Avid Armor unit. Reading post and reviews, the Weston and Foodsaver units appear to be a crap shoot at best. Reviews are excellent for the Avid Armor unit. I like mine.

      • Top | #21
        I've read a ton of reviews for the Weston Pro2300 (15" sealer, no bag storage, no roll cutter, no accessory port, $399) and the VacMaster 380 (16" sealer, bag storage, roll cutter, accessory port $439).

        After reading the reviews on the Webstaurant store site for the VacMaster 380 ($60 less than other sites) it looks like it's a real hassle to get authorized for return for a defective unit, throwing the customer between Webstaurant and the vendor. Vendor wants to replace the unit which is defective right out of the box, but Webstaurant store won't authorize; they want the vendor to repair it instead. Then there's the hassle of getting the money back from Webstaurant even though vendor has stated the unit is defective. Sounds awful. I may have to pay more and have a cleaner return/refund policy.

        For both units the reviews are mixed. About 10% 1 Star ratings and 70% 5 star ratings for both. Sounds like a crap shoot either way.

        Many reviewers say, like Polarbear777 and PaulstheRibList , get a chamber sealer for twice the price, entry level. Still not sure I want the weight (60 to 80 lbs ) the fact that I'd have to eat a lot of $$ for my FoodSaver Gamesaver bag stock, and the fact that I'd never use it enough to recoup the price differential in lower bag costs.

        Still mulling...

        Kathryn
        Last edited by fzxdoc; June 12th, 2019, 07:17 AM.

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        • Top | #22
          Originally posted by Bkhuna View Post
          I'm out of expendable counter space. I don't need in integral roll cutter, I have an external one from an old FoodSaver that does quite will. I just need one that will do a couple of nice steaks, 4 ears of corn, and the occasional 2 bone rib roast.
          Any ideas?
          Actually the VacMaster Pro 380 or 350 have smaller footprints than the Weston 2300 or 2100 products. Weight about 20 pounds, give/take.

          I'm like you with my use level, but when I need it, I need it.

          Looks like VacMaster and Weston are both iffy purchases in that either you get a good one or you don't. A crapshoot, as I said. Just like FoodSaver, except FoodSaver customer service is wonderful. Not such good reports on customer service for VacMaster or Weston.

          So now I'm considering backing down to an 11" unit (VacMaster Pro 350) just so I don't have so much skin in the game and purchase an extended warranty plan from Amazon, which kicks in after the 1 year manufacturer's warranty expires. It adds $44 to the purchase price. That way I can hopefully recoup my money if I get a lemon.

          Still thinking though. Maybe I should just go back to crappy FoodSaver reliability and keep returning the lemons. Like I said, at least their customer service is good. Kind of "the devil you know" approach.

          Kathryn

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          • Top | #23
            Seems like I've seen this post several times over the past few years on various forums: Had a Foodsaver, lasted a long time, eventually needed to be replaced, and the new one was a problem. I, too, have an older Foodsaver that has served me well but seems to be failing (my usage is sporadic, some parts of the year very little, others a lot) and I'm not looking forward to replacing it.

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            • fzxdoc
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              Yup, Murdy . When one has to replace a non-chamber vacuum sealer, one gets into a real pickle. Hope your FoodSaver hangs in there.

              K.

          • Top | #24
            My VacMaster Pro 350 is a little over a year old. My usage has been light, probably less than a dozen bags a month on average.

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              Thanks, fuzzydaddy , for the additional info.

              K.

          • Top | #25
            @fzxdoc..my very old, very reliable Food Saver is beginning to bite the dust also. I'm close to pulling the trigger on a Vacmaster vp112s Chamber vac. It's about $150 more than the prices you're quoting, but with pretty good reviews. Take a look at Vacuumsealersunlimited.com (about $640 w/ free shipping) and good luck on whatever decision you make

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            • fzxdoc
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              Thanks, OmegaDog12 . I'll go there and take a look.

              Kathryn

            • EdF
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              That's what I've had since 2012. A year or so back I had to replace the top cover. Not a big deal. Very reliable.

          • Top | #26
            I've had two food savers that crapped out. Almost pulled the trigger on the Vacmaster 380 until I read the reviews at webstaurant store and Amazon. I'd love the 16" seal width, but there are entirely too many reviews that say a $350 machine is not reliable. Finally decided to go with another foodsaver (2435). It gets used a couple of times a week and so far so good. I've decided that if this one craps out soon, I'm going with the cheapest available knock-off on Amazon. It won't last, but at $30-$40 tossing it in the trash is no harm-no foul.

            I think that the weak link in the non-chamber sealers, regardless of initial quality, is that sooner or later some liquid gets sucked into the pump and gums it up. No way to clean it out.

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            • Top | #27
              Well, that's one approach, johnec00 . Go with whatever's cheapest and use until it dies.

              I was intrigued by the 16" width as well, but honestly, for all the years I've used vacuum sealers, I've never needed anything wider than the 11" bag rolls I always get. When I thought about it (brisket, for example) I decided they are cryovac packed when I buy them. So if I want to freeze one, I just leave it in the cryovac.

              If I want to sous vide (SVQ) a brisket, I'd want to separate point/flat anyway so could use smaller bags.

              I just thought the 16" would come in handy but for a total price tag of $440 + $77 insurance plan, I just couldn't see spending over $500 for a non-chamber sealer.

              Kathryn
              Last edited by fzxdoc; June 12th, 2019, 02:19 PM.

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              • johnec00
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                You're likely right about the 16" seal bar. It's one of those things that sounds good when you say it fast, but on reflection . . . .

                I've also tried foodsaver's "expandable" rolls. Never got a good seal without running the seal 3-4 times.

              • fzxdoc
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                Agreed, johnec00 . I never could get those FoodSaver expandable bags to work either.

                K.

            • Top | #28
              Originally posted by OmegaDog12 View Post
              @fzxdoc..my very old, very reliable Food Saver is beginning to bite the dust also. I'm close to pulling the trigger on a Vacmaster vp112s Chamber vac. It's about $150 more than the prices you're quoting, but with pretty good reviews. Take a look at Vacuumsealersunlimited.com (about $640 w/ free shipping) and good luck on whatever decision you make
              I checked the Vacmaster vp112s chamber vac out, OmegaDog12 . Its dimensions are similar to the VacMaster 380, but it weighs 55 lbs (the 380 weighs around 20 lbs). No way I could store it in my pantry and take it out on the infrequent occasions when needed. If I used a vacuum sealer daily, though, and wanted to yield counter space to it, then it would be just the ticket.

              Thanks for the suggestion.

              Kathryn

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              • mgaretz
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                Make room on the counter. You won’t regret it.

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              Originally posted by RonB View Post
              Sop I guess that this is one time that you want your purchase to suck.
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              • Top | #30
                Originally posted by fzxdoc View Post
                Fed Up With FoodSaver Vacuum Sealers
                Preach it sister! I'm feeling the same way. Reading this thread with great interest.

                Originally posted by johnec00 View Post
                I've decided that if this one craps out soon, I'm going with the cheapest available knock-off on Amazon. It won't last, but at $30-$40 tossing it in the trash is no harm-no foul.
                That, sir, is some high-level thinking. If I use up my big stash of foodsaver bags and throw away a few knockoff sealers inthe process, it might be the loss-minimizing strategy. Great stuff.

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