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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

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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.

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.

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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


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.

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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

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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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Everyone nuts over Instant Pot rice?

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  • Top | #1

    Everyone nuts over Instant Pot rice?

    I don’t get it. I’ve never tried rice in my Instant Pot, but the reason not is because it always comes out perfectly on the stove, and then I only have to clean a pot, not the entire Instant Pot.

    Whats the deal, is it that much better? Is rice really hard to make on the stove, and it’s only my 40+ years of experience that makes mine perfect all the time? (I make mine with chicken broth and chopped onion, just because.)

  • Top | #2
    I did instant pot rice once and I wasn't that impressed. I followed the instructions that came with the pot, and I thought the rice was a little undercooked. It was just regular long grain rice. Next time maybe I'll add a little more liquid.


    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      You can do it using the preset which is probably calibrated for white rice. Or you can do it manually and dial in the perfect time for your particular rice and preference.

    • klflowers
      klflowers commented
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      Attjack, I did it with the preset.

  • Top | #3
    No, it's not hard to make on the stove but I prefer using the instant pot. Here's why. You can't burn the rice in the IP and it switches over to warming mode when the rice is ready. You don't have to watch the pot or adjust the heat. When it's done you only have one pot to clean (I rinse the lid but that's it).


    • lemayp
      lemayp commented
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      My wife manages to burn rice in the ip all the time. Oatmeal too...

  • Top | #4
    I would say that if your rice is perfect, then why try anything else? Go with what works, man.

    That being said, my sister in law makes her Mexican rice recipe in the Insta Pot and it is incredible. I don't know if that is the IP or the cook, but my guess is that it has a lot to do with the cook.


    • Top | #5
      I've only done rice a handful of times, but I find it excels at making perfect sushi rice and longer cooked rice is great too because I don't have the chance to burn it. My personal preference is the microwave uncle bens wild rice or the minute rice for normal white stuff just for times sake, the taste is the same and texture is close enough to the longer properly cooked stuff to make it usually not worth my time.

      Beans on the other hand, super time and space saver. Most varieties that usually require an overnight soak don't need it with a high pressure preparation and there is a major taste and texture difference between canned and fresh. I haven't found any beans that take longer than 30-45 minutes (1 hour with natural release)


      • Top | #6
        Not so much. IP rice is just ok (it can be a bit gummy) but then we’ve been using a good dedicated rice cooker for a long time and it’s a tough act to follow.


        • Donw
          Donw commented
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          We too find it gummy. Went back to our old method too.

      • Top | #7
        I have a cheap rice cooker that does just fine. The rice always comes out perfect. And I also use chicken broth instead of water and put in a tablespoon of butter too.


        • JGrana
          JGrana commented
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          I always use chicken stock when cooking rice. Just adds a bit more flavor.
          May goto is 1 cup Basmati rice cooked in 1 cup of chicken stock, 1/2 cup of coconut milk, 1/2 tsp Garam Marsala and a few whole cardamom seeds thrown in.

      • Top | #8
        I usually do brown rice for 28 minutes manual settings high pressure and it’s perfect every time. Much less time than it used to take the rice cooker to make it.

        I could see there being much less time advantage for white rice.

        You can also bake brown rice for an hour, which guards against burning.



        • Top | #9
          Wait! FireMan do you think this is a POLL!?!


          • FireMan
            FireMan commented
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            An astute observation Hawk. We must commence with ending this pot thing or end the commencing of it, yes, so be it.

        • Top | #10
          I guess I have just not bought into the instant pot thing. Not high on my list.


          • Attjack
            Attjack commented
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            Do you consider a crock pot to be "fancy"? Pressure cookers are great as you know so what's not to like about having one with a timer? I guess change is hard for some folks.

          • johnec00
            johnec00 commented
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            Missed your response Attjack I'm not sure what crock pots have to do with this discussion, but I have 3. Small, medium and large. All 3 have a little switch thingy that says off, low, and high. Work great! As to your other comment, if not wanting to spend a C note± on something that has absolutely no value to me is being opposed to change, then color me proudly opposed to change.

          • Attjack
            Attjack commented
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            johnec00 Because you can replace a crock pot, rice cooker, and traditional pressure cooker with one. You can saute and brown meat, cook bacon etc. so it can be a one pot solution in a lot of situations. It's obviously not for you but I feel it's an essential and very versatile appliance.

        • Top | #11
          I did some Zatarains Jambalaya rice mix in the IP and it was absolutely the best I've ever made. That was my first and only rice cook and I'm a believer. Quick and easy and done perfectly.


          • Top | #12
            Rice is one of the best for me in the IP. Push the button or set it for 12min and you are good to go. A 1 part rice and 2 part water ratio works well for most grains. My Rice cooker has not been used since I get the IP.


            • Attjack
              Attjack commented
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              1:2? I go 1:1. I never owned a rice cooker. Probably never will now that I have an IP.

            • EdF
              EdF commented
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              And I do 1.5/1 water/rice. I like to melt a bit of butter first, add the rice and use the browning setting until almost transparent. Then add the water and a little salt. Set for 3 minutes on high, natural release (about 7 minutes). Open the cover and mix it up. Always great!

          • Top | #13
            Not a fan of rice in the instant pot. At all


            • Top | #14
              I have a basic rice cooker that was a gift to me when I lived in Japan. My Japanese neighbor couldn't believe I made rice in a saucepan. That was 34 years ago and that little cooker is still going strong. For the type of rice I use the most, it makes perfect rice. The benefit is that I will make a pot of rice in the morning and it will hold the rice warm until dinner without drying out.

              I also have two instant pots and one of them gets used a couple of times a week. I just don't do rice in the IP.


              • Top | #15
                I haven't had good luck with rice (Jasime, Texmati, Basmati, Jasmati) in the IP. It comes out dry and stuck together, and not in a good way. My stove top method is near-flawless and though it takes longer, is just as easy as the IP.

                I am sure it's because I haven't had the patience to figure out the ideal technique for my IP and the type of rice used. Everything else I've done in the IP has turned out great.