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Some Of Our Favorite
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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.

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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

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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Slow and Sear: Does Not Deliver on Advertised Promises

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  • Top | #1

    Slow and Sear: Does Not Deliver on Advertised Promises

    Using this product for the 2nd time, and there is no way this thing will keep a Weber kettle at 225. Even with half the recommended charcoal-and all vents closed-the pit will stay well above 300 unless you keep removing the lid. Learned my lesson and will be buying a dedicated smoker.

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    Where do you have your dampers set? Are you seeing any leaks from the lid? Removing the lid will cause the fire to kick up and get make the kettle run hot. You need to keep the dampers down and the lid on securely. Lifting the lid gives the charcoal a huge gulp of oxygen. I am sure Dave from ABC will chime in shortly to help you with anymore issues you may be having. we have a lot of member here that will be willing to help you as well. ABC has a lot of very satisfied customers, many of them are here, in the Pit.
    ABCBBQ Dave
    Last edited by Spinaker; March 31st, 2017, 01:20 PM.

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    • Top | #3
      The vents are closed, and the only way to get the temp down is to remove the lid.

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      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        No, That will not lower the temps. That will make the dial thermometer go down because its not on the kettle. That only feeds more oxygen to the fire. So when you put the lid back on......the fire will be even hotter.

    • Top | #4
      How many briquets are you lighting to start the fire? For 225 I would say no more than 12 briquets, once fully lit add extra unlit charcoal and keep dampers closed down pretty far, 1/8" lower and 1/4" upper should do the trick. Also do you have water in the SnS?

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      • Frenchy19
        Frenchy19 commented
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        Started with 12, dampers are closed and yes, I have water in it. Right now-with half a chimney starter load of coal, the pit is at 301.

      • Gooner-que
        Gooner-que commented
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        How much of that is lit? 12 lit shouldn't give you that much heat, sounds like an air leak somewhere. could be the lid.

    • Top | #5
      Trying to upload a pic show the pit temp at 348, but I cannot get it to load. Get the prompt: "Image upload failed because the extension of this file did not match the content." Whatever that means...

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      • Top | #6
        What are you measuring the temp with?

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        • Frenchy19
          Frenchy19 commented
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          Therma Pro unit.

      • Top | #7
        Leaky lid, big time.

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      • Top | #8
        That's interesting because with my 26 inch Weber kettle I'm able to hold the temperature down at 225 according to my digital thermometer, now if I go by the temperature gauge on the lid it says about 325 to 350

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        • Frenchy19
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          Gaff on me...With binder clips on the lid the temp is now at 226.

      • Top | #9
        Okay. seems like it was a lid leak, so my apologies to ABC. I admit I have an older Weber, and it has seen its better days. Right now I literally have 17 binder clips on the lid, and the temp is dropping-was at 348, and is now at 233 and moving down.

        Don't I feel like the fool? Thanks for your patience with me, and I should have known the error was on my end.

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        • JCBBQ
          JCBBQ commented
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          Hooray!! Nice job Frenchy19. You hung in there and figured it out. I could feel your frustration as I read down this thread. Glad you're back on track.

        • Lowjiber
          Lowjiber commented
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          You're not a fool at all.

          When I got my kettle/SnS combo, I was fortunate enough to have all the folks here tell me about the clips ahead of time. Without their help, I'd still be trying to keep the temps under control.

          Glad you got it solved.

        • tenphases
          tenphases commented
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          I used the lid thermometer to measure heat. The thermometer was over the sear portion of the s&s. I had a Maverick connected but it was to late I rushed to take of the pork butt and dropped it. The kettle was at 250 the whole time lol. Luckily I abide by the 10 second rule. A little cleanup and reasoning and the pork butt went right back on!

      • Top | #10
        I put a gasket on the lid of my 22.5 and the temps are steady, no binder clips needed.

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      • Top | #11
        Nobody's laughing, we've all made mistakes. I know I've made my fair share and I've only used my slow and sear 6 times the guys in this group here have helped me a lot.

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        • Top | #12
          Yeah, the Weber's lack of fit on the lids really needs to be remarked upon more. Mine leaks like a sieve and I had to get an insulated seal. The binder clips thing looks awful and is fiddly to open and close. Why's it so hard to make a grill lid that closes correctly? We shouldn't need after market accessories just to make a grill work correctly. Some people get lids that fit well and never have this problem.

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          • Bkhuna
            Bkhuna commented
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            Because the kettles are first and foremost grills, not smokers. Yes they should redesign the lip for a better fit. However, look at all those making money/having fun with modding.

            Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.

        • Top | #13
          Glad you were able to find the source of your air leak. We are all here to help each other.

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          • Top | #14
            Now that THATs all settled, would you mind updating that review you just left on our brand and shiny new website?

            I'm always available by phone if you need realtime assist. Details are on our contact us page.

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            • ABCBBQ Dave
              ABCBBQ Dave commented
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              I'm not sure if the review can be edited. Would you mind just leaving a new one and we'll delete the old one? New site and we really need to build our reviews back up.

            • Frenchy19
              Frenchy19 commented
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              I did leave a new comment; feel free to delete the old.

            • Spinaker
              Spinaker commented
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              And that is why the SNS is killing it! Service baby!

          • Top | #15
            Frenchy19 I too had a learning curve with the SnS. With a little patience and practice, you will soon wonder how you ever lived without the SnS...Soon you will want the DnG and the custom Grill Grates. Not to mention he BBQ Dragon either..

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