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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.



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 | #16
    Hug the lid. Find a flat surface you can set the lid on and see if it actually sits flat. When I bought my new Weber 22, SnS setup in November I couldn't keep temps below 350. Binder clips worked great but I just wanted it to work. Set my lid on a flat surface and had to push it to get it to go flat with a large 1/4 gap in one spot. Hugged the lid and it was basically sitting flat. After that I put a 60lb sand bag on top of it for a few hours and it's level as can be. Now I can hold 225 and go for a loooong time with the SnS loaded up and no binders. I can still see some smoke getting out under the lid in spots but as long as I'm holding low temps I don't care.


    • ABCBBQ Dave
      ABCBBQ Dave commented
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      Good info!

    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      I learned pretty much the same method awhile back. A slight wobble in the lid when I set it on my garage floor was a dead giveaway.

  • Top | #17
    phoccer Yep, I kinda did the same thing with my latest kettle about 11 years ago I guess now. It was not bad really.

    People need to keep in mind about the good ole tried and true weber kettle. In it's design, it was a back yard bbq pit. Just like the one my ole dad cooked on when I was a boy, and like the one I still use today. You never saw in the old commercials back in the day cooking Mom's pot roast for 14 hours out in the sun on the thing. It's design was never to be a low and slow machine. We did that to the kettle and changed the world and that's a great thing.

    Knowing manufacturing processes very well, I can understand why not all kettles are air tight, some are... They weren't really meant to be totally air tight. That's why the new Summit comes with a gasket.


    • Potkettleblack
      Potkettleblack commented
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      It was originally designed to deal with Chicagoland prairie wind, by keeping the coals lower, they wouldn't blow out or blow hotter.

  • Top | #18
    Frenchy19 the lesson here is when things go sideways you can reach out to this community to help solve the problem. My constructive criticism is to PLEASE do that first before trashing someone's brand. That being said, we are glad you are here. And I look forward to seeing the results of your cooks. Cheers!!


    • PJBowmaster
      PJBowmaster commented
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      I think most of us recognized that your comments were born of frustration. We can all relate to that. Glad you came back and made it right. Looking forward to seeing some great food pics and stories about your cooking experiences. Positive or negative. Cheers!!

    • ABCBBQ Dave
      ABCBBQ Dave commented
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      Yes. A big thank you for adding the updated review!

    • Frenchy19
      Frenchy19 commented
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      Actually, the ribs turned out so good I am doing another rack today!

  • Top | #19
    I agree the SnS has great service. If you have any kind of problem the owner is personally Johnny on the spot as well as the SnS owners that purchase the product. It's a very Broad support base here always willing to answer questions.


    • Top | #20
      I was searching for SNS info and found this. It sounds like you experienced the same problems I did originally. Binder clips and learning how to manage air via the vents solved my problems, as they did for so many of the folks commenting above.

      I spent all last year learning how to smoke using my Weber kettle & SNS. I did not want to spend $$$ on a dedicated smoker until I was sure I could get results. By the end of the season, I could smoke Tasso, which is meant to be dry, using SNS with no water and pit temps between 230 - 250 using digital grate probe. Binder clips were really the magic solution for my particular Weber. It does take some fiddling with the vents though if you run it dry. Smoke times for Tasso are short, around 4 hours, so this worked well.

      I finally bought a Weber Smokey Mountain this year. Much as I love the SNS, there is no question that a dedicated smoker is more convenient for longer smoking sessions. My very first ribs were perfect on the WSM following Meathead’s & Harry Soo’s advice. My first pulled pork was damn near perfect, I just took it off the smoker at the wrong temp. This was a lesson learned for me, not a problem with the smoker.

      I am planning a rib cook using the SNS this week. It’s just my wife & myself, so one rack on the kettle sounds about right. Less charcoal used and less to clean than the WSM with water pan.

      TLDR: SNS is an amazing product, which lets people learn how to smoke with a minimal investment. The results are great, unlike other “cheap smoker” products out there.


      • Top | #21
        I have a Weber 18” Jumbo Joe and a small SnS. Works out fantastic for cooking for 2


        • Top | #22
          Someone linked these above - do they really work well? I've been dealing with leaks too (hey, it's a 15 or 20 year old 22" Weber...) and I'd rather do a good gasket solution vs clips.



          • RonB
            RonB commented
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            If properly applied, and your lid is not too far out of whack, the will do the job. But you need to make sure the area where the gasket attaches to the lid is squeaky clean. If not, the adhesive will fail.