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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.

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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.

Click here to read our complete review


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


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


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.


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.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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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


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


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.

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


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

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New Cast Iron Line from Lodge Manufacturing Co.

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    New Cast Iron Line from Lodge Manufacturing Co.

    Lodge has just launched their new Cast Iron line. It is called "Blacklock". These new pans are lighter and feature a redesigned stay-cool handle. The handle itself is a gorgeous design and one that is somewhat similar to my favorite handle, made by Stargazer Cast Iron.

    For now they are offering 12,10 and 8 inch skillets. Along with a Dutch oven, a Griddle. (Which I really love the look of!) and a Grill Pan.
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    Personally, I love the look of these new pans. They promise to be lighter and come with three layers of factory seasoning. I also love the new logo on the back of the pan. You can see in the pictures that they are noticeably thinner in profile when compared with a regular Lodge skillet. It will make it easier for people that dread moving a heavy cast iron pan from the stove, oven or grill.
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    I have the 12" on order and I will report back once it has arrived. I love how Lodge is always coming out with new products. It is not surprising that they are the oldest cast iron foundry continually in operation in the US.

    Watch the promo video here!


  • Top | #2
    Interesting. I didn't see it mentioned, but I wonder if they smoothed out the surface while they were at it.

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    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      I doubt that is part of it. With the volumes they produce, it would be cost prohibitive. But I will make sure to report on that when I get the skillet.

    • Craigar
      Craigar commented
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      Oh, so it is one of those deals where you pay more for less, 25% less according to them.

  • Top | #3
    Thanks for the info Spinaker. They do look nice!

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    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      You bet! I agree, they do look really nice!

  • Top | #4
    Prices seem very reasonable compared to Stargazer, Finex, Field Company, and the other "premium" cast iron manufacturers. It will be interesting to see if these have a smoother finish to start out compared to the regular Lodge pieces. Can't wait to hear what you think of these Spinaker

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    • Spinaker
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      I am not expecting these to have a smother cooking surface. We will see what they have come up with.

  • Top | #5
    Are those US made?
    Their enameled stuff isn't...which I only discovered AFTER buying a Dutch oven. It still functions as it should, but it was a little disappointing to discover.

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    • Spinaker
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      Yes, they are made in the US. Yeah the Enamel line bothers me too. I only own one and it was a gift. All of their other cookware is made in South Pittsburg, TN. Or the new foundry down the road.

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    Saw the announcement and am intrigued. I'd really like to hear if you think the 2.5x cost difference between the new line and the basic Lodge line is worth the improvements. I'm thinking the light-weighting may be a big draw. Looking forward to your impressions Spinaker

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    • Spinaker
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      Yeah, that is the main draw. Lodges can be heavy for some and this should help with that problem. Especially with the larger pans.

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    Look forward to your review. Not going to lie, I get nervous when I see something like this. Part of me thinks Lodge figured out a way to charge more for less.

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    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      I hear you. That being said, this pan is a totally new design. I don't think the pan will be better, per se. I think it is more about making it easier for people to use. They also look cooler as well.

  • Top | #8
    I'd like to lodge a complaint.
    Not sold in SA.
    I have a griddle pan that's 10*x10* and weighs a ton.

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    • Spinaker
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      Maybe I will get you for SS and send you one!

  • Top | #9
    I quit buying Lodge when they stopped making the smooth bottom. Hope these have it.

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    • Top | #10
      I agree that Lodge should bring back the smooth surfaces. That would get some excitement. The modern pans work fine but smooth would be better.

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      • Ahumadora
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        Take a 7" 60 grit flap wheel to the pan and you will get it smooth in no time. Then just re cure it. I love my lodges. My kids can use them when I am in the ground.

      • Jon Liebers
        Jon Liebers commented
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        love my Smithey 12" but it does weight a ton. could use a nice light weight 10" or even 8" plus the dutch oven is interesting too.

      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        These pans should work great for that! Jon Liebers

    • Top | #11
      Priced like a Finex or a Field, thin like them, but not smooth like them? Trading on the name a bit, methinks.

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      • Spinaker
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        A Finex is a really beefy pan, and not thin at all, but they are smooth. Both Finex and Field are made in much smaller batches in numbers no where near the quantities that Lodge pumps out. It would be cost prohibitive to sell the pans at their much lower price and still be able to finish all of them smooth. Too much labor. The Finex 12" is $280 and the 12" Field is $215. The 12" Lodge Blacklock is $90. BTW, I am not sure if they will be smooth or not, we will have to see. My guess is no.

    • Top | #12
      If you don't mind a little elbow grease to clean them up, a used and (surface) rusty Griswold is a better buy than Lodge. I've bought the occasional dud, but they're still better IMO.

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      • Spinaker
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        Agreed, but I like to collect. I’ve got many a Griswold in the collection. 😎

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      • Top | #14
        Wait a minute. Ya’all will pay 60 bucks or 30 twice for a bottle of bourbon, Countless dollars on mail order pork and forty dollars for a bag of pellets but don’t think a Cnote is worth it for a pan?

        Maybe im in the minority.

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        • Steve B
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          I’m with you Homey.
          And why is Spinaker having to defend Lodge.
          Guys. Get a grip.
          If you like it. Buy it. If not than don’t.
          End of story.

        • surfdog
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          I agree...
          Reminds me of people that spend thousands on a camera & lenses and then want to put a $14 filter on the front and balance the whole thing on a forty dollar tripod. O_o

        • Skip
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          Well said HouseHomey. We all have our priorities on all sorts of things for all sorts of reasons.

      • Top | #15
        Ok everyone let’s just calm down. (Oh. I think that’s us Steve B) I just don’t see (perhaps my inexperience with CI in camparison) why the Lodge would be compared to the Finex and smithy n such.

        Perhaps some one can educate me on that. I do understand the surface which you reference in the way they were cast.

        So where else would the comparison come in. Seems like the high end owns are like Porsche’s and the new lodge a Lexus while the old one was a Datsun B210.

        Edit: in Hindsight I may not be the most objective person on this matter. I daily use all types, sizes and shapes of pans. Forgive my shortness on the issue.
        Last edited by HouseHomey; July 11th, 2019, 05:42 PM.

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        • Craigar
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          Get off my lawn. 😎

        • Troutman
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          Stay in your lane...

        • FireMan
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          Let’s talk about cars. Let’s not!
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