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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.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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



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Like a kitten with a ball o' yarn, I'm tangled up in thermocouples

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    Like a kitten with a ball o' yarn, I'm tangled up in thermocouples

    Over the years, I've acquired several digital thermometers, mostly from ThermoWorks, with varying types of thermocouples. I have grown to believe all thermocouples are tricksy, mean little creatures.

    For a long time, I carefully coiled each thermocouple wire, fastened the coil with a wire tie from a bread sack, and stored it with its brethren in a kitchen drawer. Of course the wire never lays in a tidy, flat coil, so it takes up all kinds of room in the drawer and tangles with anything nearby. When time comes to use one, the wire inevitably refuses to uncoil nicely -- it wants to kink and tangle some more.

    I've lately gone to draping the thermocouple wires over a hook in my kitchen, leaving both ends dangling. What with needle sharp tips, they pose a bit of a safety hazard, especially the ones with a 90 degree bend in the thermocouple. But they are sure easier to grab and use.

    Any tips for how you store your thermocouples?

    And do you have a preference for straight thermocouples or ones with a 90 degree bend?

  • Top | #2
    they make a thing like a mini hose reel. Some of 'em are fancy and will clip the probe in place too!

    *edit* tried to find a link for one, but only find probes that come with them, I'm sure someone has a more proper term or even a link for you


    • Top | #3
      I put two or three twist ties on them. They lay flatter and don't tangle that way.


      • Top | #4
        You can take the cardboard roll from any type of wrap and cut it into 2" or 3" sections, and cut a slit on each end. The put your probe inside a section and place the wire from the probe end in one slit, carefully wrap the wire around the section, and place the connector end in the other slit. That will keep them fairly neat, but it's a bit bulky.


        • Top | #5
          Mine are coiled and tied with twist ties and in a box in the garage with my other outdoor BBQ stuff. They are not always neat and tidy but it works ok.


          • Top | #6
            I coil mine and put in ziplock sandwich bags.


            • Mudkat
              Mudkat commented
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              This sounds simple and organized.

          • Top | #7
            I sort of wrap em the way they came & shove em in the box they came in, then into a bigger box to hold em all. A Guy thing.


            • Top | #8
              These rigs come with the Weber iGrill
              I’m sure they’re available separately on a website
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              • IowaGirl
                IowaGirl commented
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                A quick look on google doesn't show this type of thermocouple organizer being sold separately. Maybe they're out there -- just haven't seen them yet. But earbud organizers also popped up, and some of those designs could be translated to thermocouples. Thanks for the inspiration.

              • Razor
                Razor commented
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                The Weber ones are so nice. I wish everyone did that.

            • Top | #9
              I use snack size zip-lock bags and have a special shoebox sized plastic container with lid to keep all the Q odds and ends in for neatness.


              • HawkerXP
                HawkerXP commented
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                I do the same.

            • Top | #10
              I coil them up and use a rubber band or a bread package tie to keep them coiled. My wife gave me a galvanized metal tool box looking thing for Father's day; it is overflowing with TCs and instant read probes and stuff. I need another one...


              • Top | #11
                Most of mine are on top of the fridge, with the cables dangling over side. The Maverik XR50 stays outside, stuck to the backside of an upright smoker. It has a ziplock bag over it and the two cables are on the patio table next to it, still attached. Other two hang from a clip on the fridge. Haven't shut the dang thing off in months, maybe a year! The remote does need turning off to save the batteries though.


                • holehogg
                  holehogg commented
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                  My home XR50 is hanging on the side of my fridge with the cables plugged in. My work XR50 hangs on a steel sheet next to the smoker with cables plugged in.
                  Both ready at a moment's notice.

              • Top | #12
                IowaGirl - give these a look and see if they might work for you. Tad bit pricey (as is everything from FireBoard), but the best non-sandwich-baggie solution I’ve found so far.


                Good luck! 😊


                • Donw
                  Donw commented
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                  I made some similar to the fireboard on a 3D printer for my Maverick probes and then sprang for the fireboard ones for my Smoke and fireboard probes. To protect the sharp ends I use styrofoam which I spray with hypochlorite (diluted bleach) in the holes to kill any bacteria collecting during storage.

                • gdsim1
                  gdsim1 commented
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                  Donw - can you grab some pics of the ones you made with the 3D printer? 😃 I would love to see that! The creativity and skill of our members is one of the things I love most about The Pit! 👍

                • gdsim1
                  gdsim1 commented
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                  Donw - can you grab some pics of the ones you made with the 3D printer? 😃 I would love to see that! The creativity and skill of our members is one of the things I love most about The Pit! 👍

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                  I coil mine up and stuff them into one of the zipper pouches I got from Thermoworks. Click image for larger version

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                  • surfdog
                    surfdog commented
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                    HouseHomey I’m only organized because I’m too lazy to look for stuff.

                    Besides, it does raise eyebrows when I show up to help someplace with my knife rolls & thermometer case. LOL
                    Last edited by surfdog; August 2nd, 2019, 01:28 PM. Reason: Fixing autocorrect shirt.

                  • HouseHomey
                    HouseHomey commented
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                    Knife roll. Mine is more like luggage. I like space. Not to mention my backpack. 😃

                  • surfdog
                    surfdog commented
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                    HouseHomey Oh yeah, I get that...
                    When I’m “gettin’ serious” it’s two knife rolls and a custom embroidered duffle bag.
                    Along with aforementioned thermometer case.
                    Every thing from a 3” paring knife to a clever...along with a 12” yanagi just in case. LOL

                    I got this. ;-)

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                  I use earbud cases that you can get for a buck or so apiece - https://smile.amazon.com/Sunmns-Earp...-2-spons&psc=1

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                  You can get them in either square or round shapes. Keeps the wires neat and coiled and unable to get tangled with others but you do still have to be careful about not poking your eye out.