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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.

 


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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

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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  • Top | #1

    No longer sharpest tool in shed.

    My knife is about 6 years old and had a fair ammount of use up until 2 years ago when it became subjected to hard labour. I recently bought a new knife exactly the same as existing as it has a good feel.
    My original knife does not want to sharpen as it has in the past. It has a what feels like a sharp edge after sharpening but the knife is blunt after a very short time.
    Does a knife blade have an expiry date in that it needs to go to a specialist sharpner for a new edge?

    May be a case old out new in knife jealousy.

  • Top | #2
    When you say "sharpen", do you mean 'hone' or 'true' the blade? There's a difference between sharpening or trueing a blade. The former (sharpening) is a rework/rebuild of the edge, done by a specialist. The latter is what you do after every use (or so) using a rod. It sounds like you need to hand it in to get it sharpened properly.

    You can sharpen it yourself, of course, provided you have whetstones, or a machine, or something like that. I use whetstones for my knifes, but it all depends on type of knife, skills et.c. I hand them in every now and then too, purely because I'm lazy.

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    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      I do hone with a rod and it looks like I need a speciallist to give it a new edge but I don't think such a person exists in PE.
      I do have a whetstone but lacking in skills.

  • Top | #3
    It might have something to do with how it was tempered. If it was just edge tempered you could have sharpened it past the hardened edge. But that would be very odd. I sharpen my own and have never had that happen. It does depend on the knife and how it was made/forged. Best knife I have ever had was my Marine Ka-Bar. I miss that knife. Had to leave it behind in the Marshall Islands. It went to a good home. But now that guy lives here in my town. Go figure.

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    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      The F. Dick are good. Easy to sharpen, not as hard as some of the newer knifes.

    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      Henrik measured the width of the new one and compared with older. Older is about men narrower. It does sharpen but looses it's edge in no time. New one to take over with the finer work.

    • Troutman
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      F. Dick ? I thought bad language was frowned upon here ?

  • Top | #4
    A quick search on Amazon and it seems like most of these knives are stamped steel, not forged. Sort of a Victorinox Fibrox equivalent. If you own or are willing to buy an Accusharp hand-held sharpener that's likely all you'll need to get a good working edge on the knives that'll last a week or so at a time with heavy use and frequent honing. They're cheap.
    If it's a forged knife that has become dull, it would probably benefit more from a pass over a set of water stones or a good belt-sharpening from a local hobbyist. If it's really been six years since it's been sharpened those options would be the best for re-establishing the correct angles and thinning the knife behind the edge if necessary.

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    • holehogg
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      Has been sharpened plenty times in its lifespan. I think it is time to retire it after many years of good service. Cheap enough to replace.

  • Top | #5
    You need to thin the blade. I use an Edge Pro and a digital angle gauge on my knives.

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    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      Not an expensive knife so not stressed. Jus more curious if they get to the age when they don't work like they used too, much like us humanoids.

    • ComfortablyNumb
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      holehogg When you thin and sharpen you lose metal on the edge, so in theory at some point a kitchen knife will become a steak or paring knife after enough dressings. I guess you can think of it as a pencil, when it gets to a nub and can't be sharpened anymore it's done.

    • ComfortablyNumb
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      My fleet of knives are old carbon steel that I pick up for a couple bucks in a thrift store and in twenty minutes have them working like new.

  • Top | #6
    What can happen when sharpening is that you can get the knife feeling sharp, but you have not removed the burr. So the knife will cut for a bit, but the burr will eventually fold over and it will no longer cut well.

    A honing steel just realigns the edge. If there is a burr, the hone will realign it, but eventually that will not work any longer and the knife needs to be sharpened. Something like the Accusharp should work for you, and at ~ $10 (US) it's not too much of a hit.

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    • holehogg
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      Thank you Sir.
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