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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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  • Top | #1

    Which knives and how to protect the edge

    what does everyone use to store their knives and keep the edge? I need a slicing knife and a boning knife and I would like to get some knives and start to learn how to de-construct some of the cuts I like to cook at some point. I am hoping to slowly pick up a few knives along the way. But would like to protect them once I buy them. Any recommendations on blade sizes and knife designs that you can't imagine being without. I would need a bit of a heavier knife I believe.
    Last edited by Richard Chrz; May 8th, 2019, 06:49 PM.

  • Top | #2
    I just use those plastic slide on things. But I don't really have any super expensive ones.



    • HawkerXP
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      You could probably find these in a dollar store or kitchen store.

  • Top | #3
    I am really liking this boning knife


    I keep mine in a wood knife block


    • Top | #4

      HawkerXP me neither on expensive knives, and not sure if I will or not, but, any money I spend I want to do my best to take care of it. I will check those sleeves out.

      Old Glory Thank you for sharing the links. I will check them out. I have an old cheap Chicago cutlery block, not really built for this job I fear. Would be curious to see what knives and sizes fit in your block?


      • Old Glory
        Old Glory commented
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        Here are a couple of good articles on types of Chefs Knives. Discusses German and Japanese styles and different types of steel.



      • Old Glory
        Old Glory commented
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        I went with a Japanese Poultry boning knife because 99% of my boning tasks are de-boning chicken thighs and cutting up whole chickens. I will eventually get a traditional boning knife but I don't need one.

        Honesuki - The Poultry & Fish Boning Knife (the MAC link above)
        One of the two most common styles of Japanese boning knives, the honesuki’s triangular shape and rigid blade make it especially great for breaking down poultry.

      • fkrall
        fkrall commented
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        Great link, Old Glory; thanks!

    • Top | #5
      I use Blade Savers that I got from https://www.knifemerchant.com/ many years ago...after that the knives got into one of my Messermeister knife rolls/bags. The exceptions being my larger slicer and my cleaver. But both of those have Blade Savers on them as well.

      As far as knives I couldn't live without...
      First and foremost, a 9" chef's knife. It's like an extension of my hand.
      A good quality paring knife.
      A good quality "utility" knife. I have both serrated & non-serrated...but either is useful.
      And finally a flexible boning knife.

      Those can handle 90+% of everything most people might need.

      As your kit grows, it's easy enough to add in pieces to fill the gaps or cover shortcomings of the basic set...things like a long slicer, bread knife, bird's beak, yanagiba, etc...


      • Top | #6
        I would add a good slicing knife to the list similar to https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


        • barelfly
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          Yep, this knife is what I have and love it.

        • IowaGirl
          IowaGirl commented
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          I have the 10 inch version. It works well for slicing many cuts, although probably not long enough for large cuts like a whole brisket. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LRYNUU

        • Potkettleblack
          Potkettleblack commented
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          I am also an owner of the 12" version.

          I buy more stuff that will require it's use. I love that knife.

      • Top | #7
        I have a few Victorinox knives, slicing and boning knife, that I really like. The slicing knife that Donw lists is what I have, was $60, but slices great and has a huge blade. Great for brisket! The boning knife slices smaller cuts so well I’ve actually started using it much more. This knife wasn’t too pricey, and for the price, I feel it is great.

        I use the knife sleeves for both of these knives. As they stay in my drawer, separate from my knife block set. They work well at protecting the edge as well as my hand when I grab other items in the drawer!


        • Top | #8
          I would say follow the advice in this video with one exception. I do like a good Santoku.


          For storage I have some plastic sleeves and I embedded neodymium magnets in oak strips mounted to the side of a cabinet to hold them.


          • Top | #9
            My Blocks. Blades are stored facing upwards to protect edges. Some knives were in use and are not in the block.
            Attached Files


            • Top | #10
              Thank you everyone for all the great advice. I will look at all of them. I think I need to add a slicer first and will likely order one of those and a blade protector, maybe even when of the rolls. I like that idea, no offense to my wife, but she hates cooking, and when she does, she is really abusive to our kitchen tools. So, I want to keep a set that she can not easily access by just opening a drawer. Curious as to why a 9 inch over a say, 8 or 10. comfort and fit. I am guessing I want a strong kitchen scissor as well for some bones on poultry, butcher string...


              • Top | #11
                If you're left handed, be careful when buying serrated knives. The ones that have a bevel that faces left (when in your hand as for normal use) will tend to curve during the cut unless you consciously correct for that. Ideally the bevel should face to the right for a lefty to not have trouble.


                • Potkettleblack
                  Potkettleblack commented
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                  Ditto for any japanese knife. They make left handed versions, but with a single bevel, using the wrong handed knife can be a bit dangerous if you're not careful. And it eliminates the benefit of a single bevel.

              • Top | #12
                Cooks Illustrated has done quite a few reviews on most types of knives. I’ve picked up a few of the top recommended knives and am really happy with them, both on quality and price point.

                And, yes, a good pair of kitchen shears would be useful.


                • Top | #13
                  I got the following knives a year or two back, based on recommendations here, and do not regret any of them. I keep them either in an edge guard, or in a plastic draw insert that holds the knives on edge, away from each other.

                  Rapala Fillet knife - amazingly sharp:


                  Dexter Boning knife - I use this more than any other for cutting up meat. I went to the link from a past purchase, and while it still says Dexter in the picture the description now says "Basic":


                  Victorinox 12" granton blade slicer. I love love live this slicer - it lives in a blade guard.


                  I also ordered this cheap set to replace all our dull and ruined knives, due to my wife using them on a glass cutting board, which has now been banned from use as a cutting board:


                  Those are decent knives, very cheap, and all come with a blade guard for storage. For my other knives, I use things like this:


                  Or this:


                  I use this sharpening steel to reset the edge on my top 3 knives (fillet, boning and slicer):



                  • Top | #14
                    Like some of the others, I use blade guards. I also have the Rapala boning knife and love it. If I were starting a set, I'd go with a 9 - 9.5 inch Chef's knife, a paring knife, and a bread knife.

                    Oh...and a Chinese cleaver. That thing's awesome...


                    • Top | #15
                      Thank you for taking the time to post all the videos and the links. I am also glad that people are not saying super expensive brand names. Not that they are not pretty. I definitely feel I have a bit better understanding on which ones I need to focus on first. Now to add to my want list.