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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.

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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


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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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.

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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'.

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Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

masterbuilt gas smoker

Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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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

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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.

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  • Top | #1

    Best Size for first Dutch Oven?

    Hi guys,

    I've been wanting a Lodge CI dutch oven for a while, and the wife and kids keep pestering me about Father's Day gift ideas, and I saw that I had an 8 quart Lodge Camp Oven sitting in my Amazon wish list. The more I look at that one, the more I am less sure it is the one I should get. I would primarily be using this on the grill (kettle or Genesis) or stove top or oven. That camp oven has legs that seem like they would cause problems if I wanted to set it down on the grate of my kettle, or on the grate of the Genesis too.

    My primary initial purpose would be to use this for frying stuff like chicken outside on the grill, or even on my Bayou Classic 60,000 BTU burner, but I've seen enough on here to be intrigued by all the other types of cooking you can do with a dutch oven. We have nothing similar in the kitchen beyond old stainless pots with plastic handles, and you cannot put those in the oven.

    Any suggestions on what size I should be going for? 8 quarts seemed good, but then I started thinking about how big my 2 gallon and 5 gallon stainless stock pots are, and 8 quarts might be almost too big for most purposes.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

    Thanks!

  • Top | #2
    I cook with Le Creuset which as you know is porcelain enamel cast iron. My go to is my 5 quart, I use that most of the time. 8 quart, as you say, is good for a large cook but ask yourself what you're going to be using it for most of the time.

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    • gcdmd
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      Walmart and Sam's have a Tramontina enameled 5 qt. for a lot less than the LeCreuset. I've used the Tramontina, and it seems to be fine.

    • fzxdoc
      fzxdoc commented
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      jfmorris : Good suggestion, gcdmd. Tramontina was a Cooks Illustrated best buy for an enameled dutch oven; maybe it still is. I bought the 6.5 qt one as a friend for my Staub 8.5 qt porcelain enamel cast iron dutch oven.

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  • Top | #3
    Originally posted by Troutman View Post
    I cook with Le Creuset which as you know is porcelain enamel cast iron. My go to is my 5 quart, I use that most of the time. 8 quart, as you say, is good for a large cook but ask yourself what you're going to be using it for most of the time.
    Thanks Troutman. That brings up another question - I've not even considered coated cast iron. Do I need enamel coated cast iron for basic use?

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    • Troutman
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      If you're worried about cooking acidic type food, like tomato sauces, there may be some reaction with CI, so I've read. The enameled ones are bullet proof but very expensive.

    • Polarbear777
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      I don’t know if you’d want direct coals on enamel so go for straight cast iron and the legs if you want to do cowboy cooking right on or in fire.

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    I have had the Lodge 7 qt. for many years, but I’m finding it too big for most of my needs, and unwieldy on a grill. I’m lobbying for a 5 qt. (I’m not seeing an 8 qt. on Lodge’s list.)

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    • jfmorris
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      Right now I am comparing the Lodge 5 quart and 7 quart models - they seem to only do the 8 quart in the camp style Dutch Oven with the legs on it.

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    I have this one. It's 5 qt and I like it because I can use it upside down for baking bread. However, I do wish I had a larger one for deep frying. It's all about the thermal mass. Drop a couple of pieces of cold chicken in a 5 qt DO half full of hot oil, and the oil's temp drops quickly and a lot. That severly limits the number of pieces you can fry at the same time. With an 8 qt DO, you should be able to get almost twice as much oil in it and that would lessen the temp drop thus allowing you to cook more each batch.

    But since you have a dedicated burner, you might be able to overcome the temp drop with the appropriate application of additional BTUs. Personally, I'd go for the 8 qt and plan on using the BC burner.

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    • jfmorris
      jfmorris commented
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      Thanks RonB. They apparently don't have 8 without the legs on the bottom, but do have the 7. That double Dutch Oven looks interesting, since the lid doubles a a skillet (without a handle of course). I have a skillet already though...

    • RonB
      RonB commented
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      I think I have seen another brand in 8 qt without legs....

    • Polarbear777
      Polarbear777 commented
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      With the 60000 btu burner you’ll keep up just fine. I have no problems with mine (except forgetting to dial it back and overshooting).

  • Top | #6
    Maybe you need a 5 quart Dutch oven AND a Lodge fish pan?

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    • Attjack
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      Definitely no legs though.

  • Top | #7
    My wife has a Lodge, I think 8 qt, with legs. She does large meals (stews and such, and a lasagna bake thing) on campfires when we camp. For grill use, I would avoid the legs.

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      I use my 8 and 12 often. I couldn't imagine wanting smaller than an 8qt. Neither have legs.

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      • Top | #9
        I've got both the L8DO3 and the L8DD3 5 qt. I bought the DD3 for bread baking, but I use it more for frying on the side burner on the gasser and the lid comes in handy for back burner skillet duty since there's no handle to get in the way. The DO3 gets used more as a dutch oven, since the bail handle stays pretty cool on the stove top and cools rapidly when you take it out of the oven. It also fits under the cooking grate of a Weber kettle for pit beans. For bigger jobs and acidic stuff I've got a Lodge enameled 7qt. DO, not as good as La Creuset, but you can buy 5 for the price of the LC and it works just fine.

        I do want to pick up a larger DO for outside duty, just need a plan to conceal it from the wife.

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        • RonB
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          camo paint...

      • Top | #10
        I have the 5qt and like it. I understand you can get the camp style lid for it separately when wanting to place coals on the lid if needed.

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        • Polarbear777
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          That’s a good suggestion. Best of both. You can always prop on bricks to get coals under it, but they won’t stay on the standard lid.

      • Top | #11
        I have a big one (probably 7 or 8 qts) and a smaller one (probably 5 qts). Big one is good for whole chickens and big batches of stew, and really good bread! Small one is almost exclusively for baked beans Mr. Bones style. You're a great dad. Maybe you need both!

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          As far as space goes, the 5 qt. will hold a pound of beans with plenty of head room:

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          • Top | #13
            I use a 6 qt. as a compromise between frying and cooking. It is big enough to keep the oil hot for frying yet small enough for cooking a nice batch of beans. Just remember not to over load it when frying and a good hot fire will maintain its heat. Here is a company that carry's all of the Lodge including there enameled ones. https://www.webstaurantstore.com/478...pe:dutch-ovens I bought my 6qt red through them.

            One caveat if you do a lot of frying get an 8 or 10 qt. pot and a separate 4qt casserole for cooking other things. I use a 10x10 aluminum pan from Chicago Metal to cook my beans.

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            • AverageJoe
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              I just hit your weblink and the first one that caught my eye was a 16oz with legs LOL

          • Top | #14
            I have both 5 and 7 qt. Lodge DO's (no legs on either). When I cook something that needs to "spread out" in the DO for browning, searing, etc., I use the 7 qt. The 5 qt is used almost exclusively for baking bread. I like it for baking because I can use it inverted with the "lid" on the bottom and the base on top. If I were deep frying, I'd probably use the 5 qt to avoid the need to use much more oil in the 7 qt.

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            • jfmorris
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              Is your 5 quart the "double dutch oven" where the lid is flat and turns into a separate frying pan? Just curious, since my wife bought me the regular 5 quart model with bail handle... I don't think I could use it upside down!

            • MBMorgan
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              Yes, it's the double dutch oven: Lodge L8DD3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 5 qt ... currently $39.90 on Amazon.

          • Top | #15
            I have a 5qt CI, 6qt enameled, and 9qt CI all Lodge. I use the enameled one the most it's a work horse around my house. I usually make double batches of chilie and soups so the 9qt is great for that.

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