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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

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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.

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.

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  • tRidiot
    Club Member
    • Dec 2015
    • 674
    • NE OK
    • Traeger BBQ124
      Yoder YS480
      Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

    Top | #16
    I was hoping Santa would bring me the Fireboard today, but apparently my "hints" must have come along too late in the gift-buying process.

    Looks like I will be buying one next month out of my personal "play money." lol

    Well... if I can ever stop buying out of the sale section at Palmetto State Armory, anyways!

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    • jlazar
      Charter Member
      • Oct 2014
      • 575
      • San Antonio
      • Backwoods Chubby G2
        Weber 22" Master-Touch GBS Kettle
        Blackstone 36 Griddle
        SlowNSear (Original)
        Fireboard Extreme
        Maverick 732
        Super-Fast Thermapen
        Rapala 7 1/2
        Bear Paws
        Weber Rapidfire Chimney
        Grill Beast 304 Injector
        G&F Suede/Leather Gloves
        Foodsaver V4880

      Top | #17
      A few things for you to consider, as a former owner of a 640 and also an owner of the Fireboard Extreme (6 probes) and 2 Mavericks 732.

      I bought the 640 vs the 480 because there was little price difference and because I could afford to do so - not because the 640 is better or because I needed the extra space. Buy what you are comfortable and meets you needs. A 480 is more than enough for backyard cooks - especially for only two folks. Now if you had an family of 8 that would be a different story. Also, I think 200 dollars would be better spent on the two piece diffuser (for ease of cleaning) rather than more size. This is from someone who loved the 640 but also bought the two piece diffuser.

      All pellet smokers are different based on their design. I would expect the 480 and 640 to be very similar. The firepot is on the left and the chimney on the right. As a result, it is hottest on the left side of the bottom shelf near the firepot. It is also hottest on the right side of the top shelf where the heat exits the chimney. Not a great deal, maybe 20 degrees different from what your smoker is set. Manageable in day to day smoking. You just need to learn the characteristics of your smoker and place your meat accordingly.

      I usually ran the 640 with a Maverick with two probes. One in the meat and one as a temp prob. The smoker was on the patio right outside our bedroom so the range was fine for overnight smokes. I did lose a signal occasionally during daytime smokes when I move with the receiver to the front of the house.

      I have no experience with the Smoke. But I am in love with the Fireboard. Love the wifi range and also ability to monitor from my phone. I could easily run a 480/640 with a Maverick. But if I could afford it, the Fireboard is a much better choice. Could easily see myself cooking a couple of butts using 4 probes (2 meat, 2 temp) or a couple of briskets with 6 probes (2 in points, 2 in flats, 2 temp). I currently have a Backwoods Chubby and have used the 6 probes for such a situation.

      Based on all your comments on this thread and the one about pellet smokers, I think the best fit for you is the 480 with two probe ports, a two piece diffuser, and a Fireboard Extreme (6 probes). Buy a small shop vac from Lowes/Home Depot for $39 to use to sweep out the ashes.

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      • EZCUSE
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 45

        Top | #18
        I think I'm still a bit confused about the diffuser. When I go to atbbq.com and look at their video on the diffuser, it seems like it's mostly used for high heat temps. Is that true?

        If my plan is only to go low and slow with the smoker, does it really make that much sense to get the diffuser? Does it make it that much easier for cleaning purposes having the diffuser?

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        • Donw
          Donw commented
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          The diffuser with the door makes it a snap to clean the firebox, and you will want to clean it often. Otherwise you need to remove the grill grates, and then the entire diffuser to clean the firebox. Not a hard thing to do, but the door makes it much easier.

        • jlazar
          jlazar commented
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          DonW hit it on the head. The two piece diffuser is used with grill grates at high temps for grilling. But the main advantage of the two piece diffuser is ease of access for cleaning. I could clean the 640 in 5 minutes with the two piece diffuser barely getting my hands dirty. A different story if you have to remove the lower grate and the diffuser (and have a place to set them while cleaning).

        • jlazar
          jlazar commented
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          Cleaning a 480/640 is easy. Sweep out the firebox and the main area after each cook. Every 8-10 cooks, remove the grates and diffuser to sweep a little better and possibly scrape any buildup with a plastic putty knife.
      • FireMan
        Charter Member
        • Jul 2015
        • 6670
        • Bottom of Winnebago

        Top | #19
        Now that MCS is settling in, there is on piece of advice you need to heed (need to heed, like the sound of that). Go back and look at DWCowles post #2, and Buy them ALL, git ALL of em, yeah, that’s the ticket!

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        • dshaffes
          Charter Member
          • Jan 2015
          • 273
          • NJ

          Top | #20
          I say stick with the smaller smoker since it's you and the wife for most of your cooks. I've got the smaller Traeger Pro 22 and have no regrets vs. the larger unit. As for thermometers, go with the Fireboard so you can have remote access without having to fuss with a separate gateway, plus the the extra probes are an option if needed. The recommendation of the MK4 is mandatory equipment. Good luck and let us know.

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          • EZCUSE
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 45

            Top | #21
            I just tried ordering my Yoder from www.atbbq.com. The problem is that I am going on vacation from Jan 10-18 so I was told by atbbq.com that the freight company charges an astronomical amount for storing your freight package (something like $100 a day) if you are not there to take delivery so I have to order it when I'm back from vacation.

            Does anyone else have any recommendations of where to order the Yoder smoker besides www.atbbq.com?

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            • jlazar
              Charter Member
              • Oct 2014
              • 575
              • San Antonio
              • Backwoods Chubby G2
                Weber 22" Master-Touch GBS Kettle
                Blackstone 36 Griddle
                SlowNSear (Original)
                Fireboard Extreme
                Maverick 732
                Super-Fast Thermapen
                Rapala 7 1/2
                Bear Paws
                Weber Rapidfire Chimney
                Grill Beast 304 Injector
                G&F Suede/Leather Gloves
                Foodsaver V4880

              Top | #22
              I used atbbq.com. Where are you located? You can go to the Yoder website and put in your address to find out if there is a dealer near you. If nothing near, any dealer will be using a freight company and you will need to be at home.

              When ordering the freight, be sure you get a truck with a drop tailgate. It costs about $50 extra but unless you have 5-6 guys handy for off loading, it is the only way to get it off the truck at a residence. My driver got in on the ground and then, using a small lift, wheeled it into the garage for me.

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              • EdF
                EdF commented
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                Excellent advice for any industrial grade equipment! ;-)
            • EZCUSE
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 45

              Top | #23
              There is only one place by me (Denver, CO) and they won't have any of the 480's for another month or so.

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              • Mudkat
                Club Member
                • Feb 2017
                • 2169
                • At a river near me, MD
                • Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5"
                  Weber 22" Kettel
                  Weber Smokey Joe (2)
                  One Grill 45" Rotisserie
                  Lodge 5 qt. Dutch Oven
                  Lodge 10.5" Double Loop Skillet
                  Cast Iron 9" Skillet
                  Cast Iron 12" Skillet
                  Weber 22 Grill Grates
                  Home Built 55 Gallon Ugly Drum Smoker - "MUDS"

                Top | #24
                See this is why Amazon is taking over the world. They are making it too hard for you EZCUSE ! Maybe you should just take a long deep breath through your nose and exhale slowly out of your mouth and order it when you get back. I know. I know. It's hard and I couldn't do it. But I can easily suggest you do.

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                • EZCUSE
                  EZCUSE commented
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                  Man I wish they sold Yoder’s on Prime. I would have it in two-days and gauenteed cheaper. Gotta go grab my inhaler.
              • philbaker
                Club Member
                • Sep 2017
                • 8
                • San Diego, CA

                Top | #25
                I just got the 480. It has enough room for all I do with its 2 levels of grates. I use a Thermopen, but the lid seals so well, I was told it's not advisable to bring a wire out under the lid. Yoder can drill a hole for the probe instead.

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                • Mudkat
                  Mudkat commented
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                  Sweet! Any pics?

                • jlazar
                  jlazar commented
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                  Recommend you get two probe ports.

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