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Some Of Our Favorite
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Recommendations for ATC for Pit Barrel Cooker and Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center

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    Recommendations for ATC for Pit Barrel Cooker and Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center

    So I've had a PBC for about 3 years now, and I would say about a third of the time I have a problem with falling temps and the charcoal dying. I can't figure out what the problem is, except for possibly humidity (I'm in the DC area). It's a pain to keep cracking the lid open to get the fire going again, and then to go back out and shut it before temps get too hot. I've thought about modding the lid to add one of the Weber dampers, but I'm wondering if an ATC would just be an easier fix for overnight cooks.

    I also just got a WSCGC. It's got a port for ATC systems, so ideally, I'd like to get something that would work on both the PBC and the WSCGC.


    Any recommendations? I'm a bit new to the electronics/fans thing so I'm not sure if you can use the same system across cookers so long as you have the appropriate adaptors.

    Thanks in advance!

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    New2Cue I would look at one of the 3 models available at bbqguru.com - the PartyQ, DigiQ and CyberQ. They sell adapters for almost every grill too (including the PBC and Summit), and all 3 come with a fan and the controller. If you happen to already have a Fireboard, then you can use it as the controller, otherwise I would get one of these. The PartyQ is nice as it is completely cordless, and runs from batteries. The CyberQ and DigiQ need access to an AC plug near the grill.

    Just go punch in your Summit or PBC from the list, add that kit to the cart, then go back and choose the other grill, see what adapter it includes, and add just that adapter to your cart.

    I think they install on the PBC by inserting a metal plate with the fan hole into the opening where the existing damper is.

    Calling fzxdoc to this thread, as she has both grills and may know how to fit a temperature controller to each!
    Last edited by jfmorris; September 1st, 2018, 10:20 AM.

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      Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll have to look them up. Not excited about dropping money for a set up, but if I do it I’m going to do it right.

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    New2Cue, Regretabley I Don't Have Either Of Your Griis/Smokers❗️❓❗️ There Are Many Happy Owners Of Both On This Site‼️ First IMLTHOP, YOU SHOULD PM fzxdoc, Kathryn "The Queen Bee Of The PBC"❗️ She May Be Able To Help You Out❓ For Your Info She Also Has A WSCGC❗️ Additionally You Might Want To PM @Jerod Btoussard (Moderator) Abd Owner Of A "HOT ROD PBC"‼️ In Addition To Straight Pipes, Jerod Uses A Temp Controller On The PBC❗️ There Willl Be Many Others Chiming In‼️
    Hope This Help❗️ From A Backyard Cremator In Fargo ND, Dan

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      Thank you!

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        Sorry to bump this - I'm looking to get an ATC that can work on both my Weber Summit and PBC. The Weber Summit is great at maintaining temps, but my PBC always has temp issues (crashing) - I figure a fan unit will help me to avoid having to run in and out of the house to crack the lid and then back to close it before temps skyrocket. It's either that or I sell the PBC and buy something like a Gateway or Hunsaker to avoid all this frustration with the PBC.

        I'll probably go with a Fireboard as a new thermometer device so whatever ATC unit I get will have to work with it. I'm looking forward to six channels - a few weeks ago I did a brisket and pork butt on the Weber and four racks of ribs on the PBC and having the extra channels beyond the two on my Maverick would have been nice (the food came out great nonetheless)!

        Any updated recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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          Doesn’t the summit have a built in port for a fan?

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            Yes it does.

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          New2Cue , I'm guessing that you could purchase the Weber adapter for your WSCGC and the Grill Dome XL adapter for your PBC from www.bbqguru.com . The BBQ Guru folks are so easy to work with--great customer service, and will patiently answer any questions. With a Pit Viper fan (medium) from BBQ Guru and Fireboard's Drive Cable, you should be all set. I think you could just switch the fan between your PBC and WSCGC.

          You may want to see setups with PBC adapters linked to in this post.

          Caveat: this is the setup I'm researching, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet and therefore have no direct experience. Hopefully those who do have experience will pop in here and comment and help us both out!

          And P.S. you won't regret purchasing that Extreme BBQ package from Fireboard. I use it all the time and love it. Lost one ambient probe (went flaky) which they replaced no questions asked. I also purchased that skinny competition series short probe for ribs. I especially like having the 6 probes when I'm running my WSCGC and PBC at the same time--my fav kind of smoking days.

          Kathryn

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            Thank you so much! This is really helpful, appreciate it!

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          New2Cue , I have the Fireboard, too, and posted in a separate thread my experiences in using it as a "guru" on my PBC. An absolutely amazing combination. I have done pork butts, briskets, ribs, and chicken since I "bit the bullet" about two months ago and love every minute of it. The control is unbelievable, and makes the PBC even more "hands off" than it is at its baseline state.

          Here is a graph from the cook of a brisket I made on Father's Day. Due to constraints about when I would b around (church, family commitments, etc.), I "slowed" it down and ran the PBC at 225F for most of the cook. My wife said it was the best one I've ever made...

          In case you need help finding the thread where I describe my efforts in making this work:

          https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...-barrel-cooker

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          • Top | #9
            New on the scene from ThermoWorks - https://www.thermoworks.com/Billows

            Drawback is it requires the Signals controller but could be an option for both of your cookers.

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              Originally posted by supergas6 View Post
              New2Cue , I have the Fireboard, too, and posted in a separate thread my experiences in using it as a "guru" on my PBC. An absolutely amazing combination. I have done pork butts, briskets, ribs, and chicken since I "bit the bullet" about two months ago and love every minute of it. The control is unbelievable, and makes the PBC even more "hands off" than it is at its baseline state.

              Here is a graph from the cook of a brisket I made on Father's Day. Due to constraints about when I would b around (church, family commitments, etc.), I "slowed" it down and ran the PBC at 225F for most of the cook. My wife said it was the best one I've ever made...

              In case you need help finding the thread where I describe my efforts in making this work:

              https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...-barrel-cooker
              Great stuff Supergas! Thanks for passing along the recommendation!

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                Originally posted by cgrover60 View Post
                New on the scene from ThermoWorks - https://www.thermoworks.com/Billows

                Drawback is it requires the Signals controller but could be an option for both of your cookers.
                Thanks cgrover - I saw that in one of the emails from ThermoWorks. I'll check it out, but seems like the Fireboard is the gold standard at the moment. Really appreciate it!

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                  I like Thermoworks stuff, but don't see how their new Billows fan, or the fan Fireboard sells, would adapt well to the PBC and the WSCGC. It's like trying to put a square peg in a round hole, or over a round hole anyway! I think the Fireboard and then a fan from BBQguru.com with the adapter for your grill is the way to go. The Guru guys just have so many adapters for their fans.

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                I realize you mentioned wanting a controller for both the PBC and the WSCGC, but I read last night that Smobot is coming out with a control for the WSC. I'm not entirely sure when, but just something to think about.

                http://www.smobot.com/

                Also, there are lots of threads on here with success stories.

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                • fzxdoc
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                  Good to know, au4stree . I know you were addressing New2Cue, but I'm contemplating the options as well for my WSCGC and PBC.

                  There's something nice about being able to switch the fan between both units, though. Plus I have the Fireboard Extreme BBQ package plus a few extra probes already. I'll be sticking with the Fireboard Driver/Pit Viper fan(medium)/adapters for the WSCGC and the Pit Barrel from BBQ Guru.

                  Kathryn
                  Last edited by fzxdoc; July 22nd, 2019, 02:05 PM.

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                Had a birthday recently and was given a PartyQ from my wife and kids. I was shocked cuz I don't recall ever telling them about wanting a BBQ Guru device. Needless to say I am super excited to complete a cook. I might just burn some coals to see how well it does. I've got a PK360 and WSCGC that will benefit nicely to this addition.

                I want to thank any of you that somehow spoke to my wife telepathically or whatever you might have done to influence this gift decision. I've already bought the pipe test plug to modify the PK360 per Polarbear777 's advice.

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                • holehogg
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                  That's what friends / pit members do. Just let us know whats next on the list.

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                I had problems after a few hours with temps in the PBC then propped up the firebox a few inches and no more problems. I assume the ash collected and interfered with air flow.

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                  au4stree , what a nice gift! You'll have a lot of fun setting it up for your cookers. Let us know how it works out for you. Sounds like your wife did a little research to find just the right birthday gift for her guy. So thoughtful.

                  Mark V , I don't recall hearing folks talk about having a problem with the PBC due to ash buildup, but I've always wondered whether that would be an issue. What sort of ATC setup do you have?

                  Kathryn
                  Last edited by fzxdoc; August 9th, 2019, 07:33 AM.

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