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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!

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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.

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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

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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).

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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

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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

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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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  • Jon Liebers
    Club Member
    • May 2018
    • 187

    Top | #1

    green light again to purchase second high quality CI pan

    so the board was helpful last year when I purchased the Smithey no 12 and now I am looking to add to collection with another pan. Interested in something a little smaller for everyday use. Love the smithey , especially for searing but man its heavy. I was thinking maybe the Field? what say you?
  • Red Man
    Club Member
    • May 2018
    • 552
    • Western Washington

    Top | #2
    Stargazer 10” is really nice and a bit lighter than most.

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    • ComfortablyNumb
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 2551
      • Northeast Washington
      • KBQ C-60
        PK360
        Thermoworks Smoke
        Thermoworks Thermopop
        Thermoworks Dot

      Top | #3
      I have a Field paired with a No.12 Smithey. Field is very light, I highly recommend it.

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      • Jon Liebers
        Jon Liebers commented
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        which Field do you have?
    • Spinaker
      Moderator
      • Nov 2014
      • 10097
      • Land of Tonka
      • John "J R"
        Instagram: JRBowlsby
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      Top | #4
      I am a huge fan of the Field skillet for a lighter option. It is about a pound lighter than the Stargazer of the same size. The Stargazer is still a bit lighter than the 10" Smithey, but only by about 3 oz.

      The Field and the SG are both great skillets. The SG has a better handle, without a doubt. But if you are looking for a light weight option, it is tough to beat the Field. Another Skillet to consider is the Lodge BlackLock. They are much lighter than the regular Lodges and they are great pans. I own a few. Not sure on the weight when compared to the Field, but I know they are considerably lighter than the Smithey.

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      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        A No 10 is always a good buy. They are not huge but you can still use them for most cooking applications. The Black Lock NO 10 is 3.96 lbs and the Field is 6 lbs. However, the Field No 10 is slightly larger. Jon Liebers

      • Jon Liebers
        Jon Liebers commented
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        only the Field NO 10 is actually larger cooking surface than the Smithey 12 I have(if I got that right?). I was thinking the Field No 8....also what are your thoughts on the seasoning and surface of the Blacklock? seemed to me it wasn't much smoother than ordinary Lodge stuff.
        Last edited by Jon Liebers; September 11th, 2019, 01:54 PM.

      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        The Field No10 has a slightly smaller cooking surface than your Smithey. You would be very happy with the No. 8 though. I love mine. Jon Liebers
    • mountainsmoker
      Club Member
      • Jun 2019
      • 1217
      • Bryson City, NC

      Top | #5
      Are you looking for a pan or another skillet. I have the new Lodge BlackLock line in a 2 Qt and a 10" skillet. They are lighter than my Fields of the same size and have become my every day CI cookware.

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      • Jon Liebers
        Jon Liebers commented
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        you like the No10 better than the Field No 10?
        Last edited by Jon Liebers; September 11th, 2019, 01:47 PM.

      • mountainsmoker
        mountainsmoker commented
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        Yes it is slightly lighter and the handle feels better. But I am a big man so the weight of the Fields doesn't bother me. Just check them both out for you, everyone fits a pan differently.
    • Jon Liebers
      Club Member
      • May 2018
      • 187

      Top | #6
      can also use a recommendation for a dutch oven CI to use in our BGE. Tired of scrubing clean the outside of the LeCrueset every time I make smoked chili. thx

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      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        Yeah, You don't want to use enameled cast iron on the grill. it can chip as well. And once that starts, it is hard to stop.

      • Jon Liebers
        Jon Liebers commented
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        I see there is a Blacklock dutch oven. Maybe that is a good choice
    • Spinaker
      Moderator
      • Nov 2014
      • 10097
      • Land of Tonka
      • John "J R"
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        Minnesota/ United States of America

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        Dexter (Beagle mix)
        Kinnick (American Foxhound)
        ************************

        Grills/Smokers/Fryers
        Big Green Egg (Large) X2
        Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

        Broil King Keg
        Karubeque C-60
        Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
        Lodge L410 Hibachi
        Pit Barrel Cooker
        Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
        R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

        Weber Spirit Gasser
        ******************.
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        FireBoard (Base Package)
        Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
        Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
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        Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
        Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

        Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
        Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

        Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
        Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
        Eggspander Kit X2
        Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

        Finex Cat Iron Line
        FireBoard Drive
        Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
        Grill Grates
        Joule Water Circulator
        KBQ Fire Grate

        Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
        Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
        Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
        Large Vortex
        Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
        Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
        Smithey No. 12
        Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
        Stargazer No.10, 12
        Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
        Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
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        FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
        Kingsford Blue and White
        Rockwood Lump Charcoal
        Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
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        Buck 119 Special
        Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
        Global
        Shun
        Wusthof
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        Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

      Top | #7
      Any of the regular Lodge Dutch Ovens are great. I go with the wire handle DOs for the grill. I remove the handle and just use the cast tabs that are left. This gives you more clearance to get the DO on the grill.

      The DOs without the wire handle have large handles that stick out and can limit the size you can go too. As long as you are wearing grill gloves (which you'd have to do any way to grab a wire handle that has been on the grill) you will be just fine.

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      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        Yeah, it is fine. Nothing like the Field though. Jon Liebers

      • Jon Liebers
        Jon Liebers commented
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        got it. That seals it for me, as I really like the smooth surfaces. but I may do the Blacklock Dutch oven for the grill.

      • Jon Liebers
        Jon Liebers commented
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        so ordered the Field No 10 and picked up the Blacklock dutch oven this weekend. Blacklock stuff is pretty nice , big improvement over everyday Lodge. Decent surface , not glass like but ok. and light.
    • Jon Liebers
      Club Member
      • May 2018
      • 187

      Top | #8
      so ordered the Field No 10 and picked up the Blacklock dutch oven this weekend. Blacklock stuff is pretty nice , big improvement over everyday Lodge. Decent surface , not glass like but ok. and light.

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      • TripleB
        Club Member
        • May 2017
        • 318
        • La Crescenta
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        Top | #9
        How about an old Griswold off eBay? Great pans and amazing lighter than the new CIs.

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        • Jon Liebers
          Jon Liebers commented
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          not very confident buying from ebay. I would rather actually see and inspect personally before buying ....unfortunately I've only found one old wagner piece in my area. A small round griddle, and it doesn't work on the induction cooktop so was pretty much a bust. I've used it to sear on the BGE but I don't really need it at all.

        • TripleB
          TripleB commented
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          I hear ya. Personally, I've never bought anything off of Ebay, but I know others who have. I found my Griswold at a flea market.
      • FireMan
        Charter Member
        • Jul 2015
        • 6665
        • Bottom of Winnebago

        Top | #10
        The Stargazer might only be 3 oz. lighter than the Smithy, but the handle makes it easier & better to handle. The 10” is also perfect for cookin one or two.

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        • Jon Liebers
          Club Member
          • May 2018
          • 187

          Top | #11
          received my Field No 8- love the smooth surface on this piece!

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          • grantgallagher
            Club Member
            • Feb 2018
            • 665
            • NJ

            Top | #12
            I dont know much about cast iron being that i no longer own any...but thanks to this forum i wanted to get back into it. Ultimately i ended up going with carbon steel. People here recommended as a good alt to CI and much lighter. Im very happy with my decision but ive never done a side by side.

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            • Jon Liebers
              Jon Liebers commented
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              i have carbon steel pans also , but for heat retention and long cooks, nothing like CI.
              For steak searing, nothing as good as a solid , heavy CI. Also don't forget we all need a little iron in our diets/ cant say the same for steel.
          • IowaGirl
            Club Member
            • Dec 2018
            • 350
            • Northeast Iowa, USA

            Top | #13
            Very pleased with my new Stargazer 10". The helper handle is wonderful. I really appreciate the smaller size and lighter weight compared to the Wagner #10 beast that I've cooked with for years. The Stargazer is about right for cooking 4-6 eggs or browning and braising 2-3 chicken breasts.

            I will say if you buy a Stargazer, don't waste the extra $10 on the version that's been seasoned. The factory seasoning was nicely applied, but it's pretty thin, so it's really not something you can use right out of the box with good results. You really need to season it even with the factory seasoning. (I intended to get the unseasoned pan but inadvertently clicked the wrong selection and didn't realize my mistake until too late.)

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