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Tools And Toys

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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

slow n sear

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

the good one grill

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


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


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


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



Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

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What's You Favorite Pan??

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  • TripleB
    Club Member
    • May 2017
    • 318
    • La Crescenta
    • Jambo Backyard Smoker
      Weber Smokey Mountain (22" & 18.5")
      Portable Kitchen 360
      Portable Kitchen Grill
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Weber "Brownie" Circa 1978 22"
      Weber Gas Grill, Silver A
      BBQ Guru ATC
      Favorite Beer: Peroni
      Favorite Sports Teams: Rams, Dodgers, Kings, UCLA Bruins

    Top | #31
    I have an old 8” cast iron Griswold that I found in a flea market a few years ago. Silky smooth and lighter than my Lodge and Wagner. It has a cast iron cover as well, but the cover is from around mid 1930. The pan from the early 1920’s. I also have an old Le Creuset saucier I found in an antique shop that I use quite a bit. Love those old pans and skillets.


    • DiverDriver
      Club Member
      • May 2019
      • 167
      • Fort Wayne Indiana

      Top | #32
      vintage West Bend pots and pans with copper bottoms. They were my mothers when she got married... 1949. Also, my grandmothers cast dutch oven and matching fry pan.


      • FireMan
        FireMan commented
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        Interesting with the West Bend, my wife bought a complete set of pots (no skillet) over 50 yrs ago. She had a couple of broken handles, we took em in 8 to 10 yrs ago, since they were close by. They replaced the whole set, Aluminum clad Stainless.
    • klflowers
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 1941
      • Tennessee

      Top | #33
      My lodge CI. Up until recently, I didn't use them much cause everything stuck. Not seasoned!!! Now that I am a member of this esteemed group, and I know how to season them and treat them right, they are about all I use unless I am boiling water. For that we have some all-clad pans.


      • FireMan
        FireMan commented
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        Yes, you are esteemed kl.
    • mountainsmoker
      Club Member
      • Jun 2019
      • 1216
      • Bryson City, NC

      Top | #34
      I can do just about any thing on these 3. A good wok, stir fry, fry, steam, boil, etc. A half sheet pan, brown veggies, bake bread, cookies, use as a drip pan use as chicken or turkey roaster with a rack etc. A one and two quart sauce pan make bbq sauces, boil, and other things you do. Preferably Cafalon or equal, I am not particular there are pans of equal quality out there.


      • DiverDriver
        Club Member
        • May 2019
        • 167
        • Fort Wayne Indiana

        Top | #35
        Poco y grande
        Attached Files


        • RonB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 10817
          • Near Richmond VA
          • Weber Performer Deluxe
            Pizza insert
            Smokenator 1000
            Cookshack Smokette Elite
            2 Thermapens
            lots of probes.

          Top | #36
          My wife likes the cheap non stick pans, so there is limited space for the "good stuff. So my most used pans are the All Clad 12" and the carbon wok.


          • Friends74
            Charter Member
            • Aug 2014
            • 30
            • Maryland

            Top | #37
            I'm a big fan Field Company cast iron skillets. They are made in the U.S.A. And, they remind me a lot of the vintage cast iron ware that collectors so prize.


            • Bkhuna
              Club Member
              • Apr 2019
              • 279
              • Merritt Island Florida

              Top | #38
              Le Creuset Dutch oven
              Add-Clad Stainless 12 in frying pan
              Lodge CI 10 in frying-pan from a garage sale.


              • Beefchop
                Charter Member
                • Oct 2014
                • 427
                • Lafayette, LA
                • XL Big Green Egg, Shirley Fabrication 24"x42" Patio Cooker

                Top | #39


                • Willard
                  Willard commented
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                  Damn. Wish I would have thought of that one 😂.
              • josh_karpf
                Club Member
                • Aug 2019
                • 42
                • Brooklyn, NY; Long Beach Island, NJ
                • Master Forge 2-door propane water smoker, Weber Genesis II grill (summertime only)

                Top | #40
                I may need some less-favorite pans because I abuse mine.

                Here in NYC everyone cooks indoors with gas, unless you can't. We can't because the our gas riser failed its tests. We returned what could have been my range of a lifetime, a Blue Star, and bought a midrange electric induction range well reviewed for high heat. Unlike radiant elements that indirectly heat the cookware, induction elements use magnetic fields to directly heat the cookware. They can also work better than electric radiant if you have low AC voltage, a problem in some large apartment buildings (like ours) or former-commercial conversions to residential.

                Our induction range does have very high heat. And I love the controls' instant response. I can gently fry my eggs as runnily as I like while still finishing them with a last-minute crunchy sear, forward- and reverse-sear meats perfectly, and give my stir-fries the wok hei that locks in flavor. But the induction elements' heat isn't uniform, despite the abstractly high-tech look of the glassy, frustatingly delicate cooktop that we're not supposed to bang or even drag our pans/pots on. Our All-Clad multi-ply pans distribute the small center heat source well. But over time, when we use high heat, they warp, bellying up from that center.

                Over time, the pans bend until the range will fail to recognize them. We already threw out almost all our old pots and pans because they weren't magnetic enough. We could keep the Lodge and the Le Creusets, but cast iron is actually discouraged on glass cooktops. I miss our wok. Our flat-bottomed Joyce Chen woks were the first to warp into unusability.

                I should probably limit my highest heat to cast iron, or buy cheaper stainless steel and expect to throw that out every six months or so.

                (Attached photo: the slightest bottom warping of the flat-bottomed wok makes an induction cooktop reject it.)


                • pkadare
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                  No photo.

                • josh_karpf
                  josh_karpf commented
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                  Hm, I forgot, and I don't see how to add a photo when editing. Never mind; it wasn't a great image anyway.
              • Richard Chrz
                Club Member
                • Mar 2019
                • 465
                • La Crosse, Wi

                Top | #41
                I have to edit, I have been using my lodge 12 with lid more and more. I bought this pan 5 years ago maybe with big hopes for camping yet never executed or understood it's usefulness in a good meal. Now I am seeing it as a tool that is likely limited only by my imagination. I hope to over time save up for some off the test kitchen's higher rated stainless sauce and other pans. My kitchen cabinet is full of junk pans as well. But, everything in due time and by needs ( the needs are still what I am learning)




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