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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

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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.

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.

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    Advice for first Sous Vide stick

    I know I could go down a black hole in researching which one of these to get but I figure if I ask for the pro's input it will save me a lot of time and hassle to know I am getting a good stick. I am looking a the Amazon prime day deals and see two different ones that jump out to me. The Instant Pot SSV800 and the Anova Nano. I see there is a 50W difference but I don't believe that is a huge deal it will just take a little longer to warm up. I don't see a requirement of bluetooth or wifi so those are not really deciding factors to me. Here are links to the Amazon pages

    https://www.amazon.com/Anova-Culinar...gateway&sr=8-3 $64.35

    https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-S...KX0DER&sr=8-13 $54.99

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    See if they have the Joule on sale. You won't regret buying one.

    Kathryn

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    • Top | #3
      Both the Anova and the Joule are good machines. The insta-pot is fairly new so a little harder to gauge its longevity. I personally prefer the Anova as you can run manually. The Joule requires the use of a smartphone to operate. Make sure u are buying genuine Anova on Amazon there are (or where) some warnings on the Anova website

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      • Top | #4
        I have a second generation Anova with Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is a neat trick, at first. Now I don't bother with it. You need your immersion circulator to 1) heat water accurately, 2) maintain temperature without fluctuation, and 3) circulate water in a container. Bells and whistles aren't required.

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        • CaptainMike
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          Wut he sed.

        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          +2

      • Top | #5
        Amazon has a very liberal return policy. Buy them both, test them, and then keep the one that does what you need.

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        • Top | #6
          BTW - if you get into SV, you'll likely want a second one at least. :-) MCS2? More Circulator Syndrome?

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          • crazytown3
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            +1 on that. I obtained my 2nd unit a few months after the first. Things need 2 different temps sometimes, so I was forced to buy the 2nd one.

          • pkadare
            pkadare commented
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            crazytown3 - Forced, heh, heh, heh. :-)

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          Happy with my Anova

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          • ComfortablyNumb
            ComfortablyNumb commented
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            Myself as well. Like that I don't need to use a phone to operate it.

          • Greygoose
            Greygoose commented
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            I like the KISS principle,,,keep it simple Sammy but my name ain’t Smmy LOL😂🤣

          • mnavarre
            mnavarre commented
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            Same here. I think i've used the app more to look at recipes for time/temp than I've used it to control the unit.

        • Top | #8
          The ChefSteps Joule is on sale for 139.30.

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          • raven
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            I saw that too but honestly I don't see the need for myself to have wifi and the extra cost associated with that.

          • klflowers
            klflowers commented
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            raven I agree. I have the Anova and I don't use the wifi at all. Luckily I got it really cheap before they got so popular. The joule has a good rep though.

          • Spinaker
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            It is also a much higher quality unit with recipes, pre loaded cook times, and a company that will stand behind their product. raven

        • Top | #9
          I have 2 units, both of them are 'off brands', and they both work great. Neither one has bluetooth or wifi, and that's just fine with me.

          - VAVA Sous Vide Cooker
          - Dash Sous Vide

          That being said, I think the Anova units are very well supported, and the Anova Nano is one I have considered getting as a 3rd unit (MCS2 indeed).

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          • Top | #10
            Anova, hands down. Best bang for the buck. You can sometimes find the larger unit on sale for around $99, makes it a much better bang for the buck than the Joule. Joule's a fine machine, just can't justify the additional cost.

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            • pkadare
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              Not to mention the absolute need for another device in order to be able to use it. I've got the Anova that does both blue tooth and WiFi, and I'm a huge gadget geek. Really have never used my phone or any other device with it.

            • Troutman
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              As a negative comment, I had my Anova app simply blow up on me over the weekend. I had logged probably 25-30 cooks on there. The app just went haywire. Tried to revive it but no go. Ended up downloading it again to get it to work but lost all my recipes, dang it. They need to cloud base it like the Fireboard to avoid that from occurring.

          • Top | #11
            I have them all. Pretty good luck with them. I use them all the time

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            • Top | #12
              Not that this has anything to do with your choices, but buying one and using it is a game changer (gawd I hate that term, can't believe I just used it). Had a meal to make for the wife and myself on Saturday night and had nothing thawed. I opened the freezer inside the house and started to dig, I keep a log of my meat freezer in the garage but not the one in the house. Anyway I get to the bottom and here are a couple of choice ribeyes from October of 2018 looking all gnarly but still well sealed in their vacuum bag.

              So I fire up the Anova in my small container and 20 minutes later I'm at 129* and I plop them still frozen into the bath. I took off and had an errand to run, came back after an hour and let them go for another hour. Went outside and fired up the Jumbo Joe, filled the charcoal basket with 1/3 chimney full of coals. At the end of the bath I seasoned, seared and those little choice steaks tasted like pure California gold. Tender, wall-to-wall perfectly medium rare pink in color with a glorious mahogany sear. Really enjoyed those little buggers.

              So...the moral to the story is don't even hesitate to buy a circulator. Those who turn their noses up at SV cooking have no clue of it's potential.

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              • Troutman
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                Ziplocks work fine, you can clip them to the edge of the container you're cooking in. The water will push the air out of the bag by displacement pressure and you get a good result. Just want to make sure you keep the sealed end out of the water and you get a good surface area adhesion to the meat so it can cook evenly. Vac sealers aren't that expensive, I'd still advise investing in one of those instead.

              • klflowers
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                I bought mine on a lark - I had read some stuff on here about the Anova, and I saw it on sale cheap and grabbed it. It is a very useful tool - right up there behind my SNS.

              • stratfordwill
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                Another +1 for the Anova, and for Troutman's comments. My experience has been the same. SV is awesome in it's own right for things like corn, fish, and eggs. But in combination with grilling and smoking, it's an invaluable enhancement to your toolkit. Be sure to check out serious eats sous vide section for recipes and ideas. (there's also really good pressure cooker stuff on serious eats, but alas, I think Troutman has probably already seen it and remains unconvinced)

            • Top | #13
              I just pulled the trigger on the Instant Pot SSV800. Looks like I was too late for the Anova Nano sale. At $55 bucks, Instant Pot seems like a good intro into world of sous vide.

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              • pkadare
                pkadare commented
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                I think you made a good choice. If you ever want to SV a big hunk of meat the Nano may have been a bit under-powered. Thanks for assisting the Canadian economy, eh!

              • Huskee
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                I agree

            • Top | #14
              SV cooking adds a whole new cooking experience and new tool to your cooking arsenal. Consider purchasing this book "Modernist Cooking Sous Vide" There is also a Sous Vide FB forum that is very helpful for beginners

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              • pkadare
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                No need to spend $25 on an SV book, there are tons of free SV resources online. The SV FB forum is very busy and the admin is a bit of a dick. YMMV.

              • Bkhuna
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                I started off with sous vide several year ago by reading the Serious Eats and Modernist Cuisine web sites. I can't see the utility of buying a book, although I do admit to using a tablet in the kitchen at times when I'm trying to follow a new recipe.

            • Top | #15
              @pjlstrat - No you do not NEED a vacuum sealer. However, it is nice to be able to buy meat in bulk, vacuum seal it, and put in the freezer, where is will reside for many months waiting to take a nice edible jacuzzi.

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              • new2smoking
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                Like this use for the vacuum bagging: Costco prime strip, aged 34 days in Umai Dry bag, trimmed, cut and frozen yesterday. (photos on page 2 of this thread)
                Last edited by new2smoking; July 16th, 2019, 06:16 PM.
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