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Some Of Our Favorite
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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!

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.

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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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    Lodge acquires Finex

    https://gearpatrol.com/2019/08/14/lo...lets-cookware/
    Lodge Acquired Finex. What Does That Mean for the Cast Iron Enthusiasts?


    AUGUST 14, 2019 By WILL PRICE

    Save the fact both make cast-iron cookware, Lodge and Finex could not be more different. Starting at under $10 a skillet, Lodge’s wares are made en masse via induction forge and automated molding, and after a round of seasoning is applied, they’re ready for sale. Finex’s octagonal pans start at $175, have machine-smoothed cooking surfaces, sport unconventional steel coil handles and are cast significantly heavier. As of yesterday, Lodge owns Finex; what does that mean for cast iron cooking enthusiasts?

    According to a report in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Lodge will forge and cast Finex’s catalog in its South Pittsburg, Tennessee foundry. Previously, the company relied on contract forges and production facilities to get the pans to its Portland, Oregon base for finishing. The brand confirmed that this will not mean price drops on cookware from either brand in the comments of the Instagram announcement.

    Though this is the first acquisition in Lodge’s 123-year history, it falls in line with the company’s recent push into the premium cast iron space, with the July launch of the vintage-inspired Blacklock collection and March launch of the performance-focused Chef’s Collection.

    The news could mean anything for fans of Lodge’s much-loved vintage cast iron. Will Lodge see the Finex line as ample presence in the super-premium cast iron space, or will it expand further into the category with its own machine-smoothed cookware? After nearly 70 years of waiting for Lodge to re-make its hand-poured, smooth-surfaced skillets of yesteryear, we wouldn’t hold our breath.
    Last edited by Attjack; August 14th, 2019, 04:22 PM.

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    Well, InBev (Budweiser) has acquired several craft breweries and kept the quality the same, I hope this is the case here.

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      I saw this in the Chatt paper today. I don't buy premium CI, so no dog in the fight, but the Finex people will still be on board, so I think no changes to quality right away, just more product availability.

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      • ComfortablyNumb
        ComfortablyNumb commented
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        "I don't buy premium CI" Allow me to finish that sentence for you, "yet." ;-)

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      I personally think, they will raise their prices, when absolutely the cost of production has dropped, although their balance sheet has changed. Side note, I have been looking a lot at a second 4 qt dutch oven for bread making, and think I am going to land on Marquette Castings enameled 4 qt. Any one have experience with those?

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      • mnavarre
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        No experience with the brand, but 4 qt. could be on the small side for a 1 lb. boule, depending on the dimensions.

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      Kinda like Converse acquiring Gucci

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        My guess is not much changes. The lodge brand name is what it is. Good, but not “premium”. To expand into the higher end of the market you either acquire another existing brand OR launch an all new one.

        Since the Lodge brand is already carried by so many retailers, they can piggyback the new brand on top of it and instant wide distribution network. But they will also want to keep the lodge buyer market segment.

        My prediction is the Finex brand will become easier to get. Order online and pick up at the local Walmart easy. Quality will remain the same, and of course the current Lodge we all know will still be around.

        Buying a premium brand just to lower quality and capture higher profit margins only works for the very short term. People spending $200 on a skillet know the difference between good stuff and “meh, it’s OK but nothing special”.

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          When it comes to cast iron cookware, I defer to Spinaker . I will await his response ;-)

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          • Attjack
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            Exactly who I was thinking about when I posted this.

          • ComfortablyNumb
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            The only thing Spinaker is concerned about is does he still make the cheque out to Finex?

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          My uncle bought me the 12 inch skillet for my birthday. I had never heard of FINEX before then. After I seared my first steak on it, my only regret was that I didn't buy one sooner. An absolute workhorse. Hope the quality doesn't suffer.

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            I don't see this affecting either company as Lodge has excess forge capacity with there latest upgrade. Finex has always been a finisher of there cast ware. It should be a match made in heaven.

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            • Attjack
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              This is what I'm thinking. Since Finex is a company from my town I just hope the operation stays here and expands.

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            Healthy companies that make money for their owners usually don't get acquired. Companies that are struggling in some way tend to get acquired by someone who thinks they can run them better, and changes usually follow. Not saying that this is necessarily the case here--maybe something else is going on in terms of logistics or synergies, but if I were a Finex fan, I'd be looking to purchase anything I really wanted sooner rather than later.

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            • ComfortablyNumb
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              Not always the case. Another reason companies get bought is because they are doing well and the large corporation eliminates the competition by buying them and taking over their market, while the entrepreneur makes a nice profit and goes on to retire or do something else. Happens a lot to organic food producers and brewers.

            • Murdy
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              I do agree, could be lots of reasons, but it is worth paying attention to, particularly if one was putting off a purchase.

            • ComfortablyNumb
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              Murdy I agree with that, quality isn't going to improve, hopefully stay the same, but could suffer. Not to mention price could go up.

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            Just got back into communication form the north woods.....

            This is very interesting news! I will have to read up on it. But for now, bed time after a short 1 hr float flight and a 10 hour drive, I gotta get some sleep but I will have to look into this very interesting development! Thanks for posting!

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            • ComfortablyNumb
              ComfortablyNumb commented
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              Hmm, it's not too late to turn around and go back! ;-)

            • Spinaker
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              I thought about it! But I’d miss you all too much, you know that. LOL. ComfortablyNumb

            • HawkerXP
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              Ack!
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