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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


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


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


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


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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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

Click here to order from Amazon


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


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


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


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


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

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  • Top | #76
    Zoinks!!! Jinkies!!! Jeepers!!!
    Beautiful job, so far, brother!!!
    This is shapin' up to be a Fabulous resto!!!!

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    • Spinaker
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      Thanks Bones. She needs a few more rounds. That coil handle is being a real PITA.

  • Top | #77
    She's looking great Spinaker ! The Griswold bottom designs are the best. It's part of the allure of their CI.

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    • Spinaker
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      I know! I Love it!!!!

    • Spinaker
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      Should be making waffles by this weekend!

    • Mudkat
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      Nice. What kind? Anything special? Sous vide? Or hanging them from your PBC? 😁

  • Top | #78
    Very nice piece

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    • Spinaker
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      Thanks Jimmie!

  • Top | #79
    Electric bath is the best way! Great results Spinaker! I’ve been doing it for a few years as well. Garage sales are a treasure.

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      Yes sir!!!

  • Top | #80
    i picked up 8 skillets, a couple of dutch ovens, a griddle and a couple of pans last night, thrown in with a hobart slicer i bought. buddy has a body shop where i plan to sand blast them, then reseason. plan to gift them to family. let you know how they turn out and how long it takes

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      I look forward to seeing the results. Get some before and after pics!

  • Top | #81
    Hi there... I'm a brand new member and this is one of the first posts I've read. Great tip and guide for this idea.... worth the price of membership... on day 2 :-) Thanks.

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      Glad you like it! Welcome to The Pit!

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      Welcome to the Pit TPGuess!

  • Top | #82
    I just threw a newly acquired Griswold #6 (Block Letter 702a) in the E-bath. This one is a real gem, lots of surface rust, but that is all. No pitting and no spinning on the counter top. Looking forward to seeing this baby all seasoned up nice and returned to her former glory! Lotta "projects" going on today!
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      I'm looking forward to it too!

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    Trying now "peracetic acid" using No bubbling or color change. From AmazonClick image for larger version

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    • Top | #84
      After an hour bubbling & color change. I let it set for 5 hrs. IMO this solution is too weak too strip like other methods. After rinsing & drying. I used a putty knife to remove allot baked on black stuff, time consuming & allot of elbow grease. Then 70 grit sponge back sanding, followed by 220 grit sanding.

      Next the hair drier then oven dry. Then Flax Seed oil.

      Are "Flax oil", & Flax Seed Oil, the same oil? Also Tung oil, seems to be sold for wood, is that appropriate oil for CI


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      Long ago I tried, the ovens "self cleaning" with CI in the oven. I was amazed, it was stripped clean, what I've spent hours scrapping & sanding. Was gone coming from the oven.

      Has anyone else tried oven self clean to strip?

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      Is sandblasting an option, for the strip?

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      • Top | #85
        For heavy crud lye bath worked good for me then finish in e-bath. Soak it for a week, scrub then put it back in. Rinse & repeat until clean. It also doubles as a nice way to clean stainless steel grill grates, rib racks & flavorizer bars. Caustic stuff though so use caution. Lye does not clean rust...e-bath for that.

        For light crud and/or rust straight to e-bath.

        I prefer Crisco or Grape seed oil over flax. Shouldnt need to sandblast. Self clean oven is pretty effective but can mess up the finish of your oven racks. It can possibly emit toxic fumes so remove small pets and open all windows. It can also fry or shorten the life of internal oven components.

        Lye bath: I use Home Depot 10 gallon plastic tote filled with 5 gal water & 1 container of 100% lye. Watch YouTube videos for safety and keep away from pets & kids. You can use it for a year then dispose in your pipes (it's basically just drain-o).
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