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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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Mounting a Pit Viper fan on a Weber kettle

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    Mounting a Pit Viper fan on a Weber kettle

    Hi all,

    I mounted a pit viper fan on my Weber kettle (22") today. It is really simple, but I thought I'd share some pics here, just in case it helps someone else.

    What you need
    • A drill
    • A step drill bit (I drilled a 28 mm hole).
    • The pit viper adapter (duh...)
    • A metal file (to soften the edges of the newly drilled hole)

    So, it should be mounted below the lower grate, and still not be in the way for the bottom vent 'blades'. I eyeballed it pretty much, but I also held the adapter in place with a finger to make sure I could still turn the bottom vent freely.

    The pictures should illustrate pretty well, otherwise just fire off some questions and I'll see if I can't help and/or clarify.

    The nice thing about the drill bit is you start small, and then keep pushing it in/down until the whole is the size you want. Wear ear protection, drilling in sheet metal like this makes one helluva noice. And protective goggles.

    Also: drill from the inside out, not the other way around. Since the kettle is concave (looking from the inside), it is easier to get the drill to 'bite' or take without wandering off. If drilling from the outside, you're gonna have to create a small dimple with a center punch first. If you have the tools, it only takes seconds, but I'm a lazy guy, and drilling from the inside was quicker

    Here's the 28 mm hole. As you can see it is very close to the bottom vent blades. This is to be able to mount it below the lower grate

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    Here's a closeup. I still haven't polished the sharp edges.

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    Here's what it looks like from the outside (still raw. I placed to the right of the vent grip, figured it was a smart place)

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    Here you can see the inside of the adapter, with the air hole pointing downwards (important). The downward facing air outlet is what provides the clearance, i.e. the bottom vent blade almost goes 'under' the vent adapter.

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    And here's the fan in place. Time to smoke some meat!

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    Some comments

    1. yes, that is a large dent you see in the upper left corner of the last photo. I bought it used off of craigs list.
    2. No, I didn't apply any rust sealant. Still pondering whether I should. Most likely. I think I will do that next weekend.

  • Top | #2
    Very helpful to see what you've done. Looks like you drilled from the inside. I wonder if you started inside then moved to the outside to finish if you would get a cleaner hole? I would also love to see someone who has done this on their 26 before I do mine.


    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      I drilled from the inside only. I used a file to make the edges smooth. Less than 1 minute's work. It is easier (with a step drill bit) to drill all the way in one direction. If you do half from the inside, then half from the inside, the drill is gonna twist and turn a little as it starts gripping the (not perfectly round) edges. No biggie, but if you're not used to it...

    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      I was thinking of drilling a pilot hole then switching to the step bit. Maybe I'll find something to practice on. Maybe I'm being nitpicky about the chipped paint.

    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Drill a pilot if you will, but since the sheet metal is enameled it won’t chip easily. Practice runs are always good!

  • Top | #3
    Where did you get that Pit Viper fan Henrik ?


    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      I ordered mine from bbqguru.com, and then I bought the adapter too. Actually, I bought two adapters, one for my Big Green Egg, and one for my kettle. That way I can use the pit viper fan for both grills.


  • Top | #4
    Very cool, indeed, Brother!
    While I'm very much lookin forward to how it all works, I jus cain't bring myself to blow no holes in my Webers!
    Happy Smokin!


    • Top | #5
      Great tutorial! Thanks Henrik. These set ups are really slick.


      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        They sure are!

    • Top | #6
      Happy New Year Henrik! Which bbq guru did you match to the pit viper fan? I have a couple of 22 kettles too.


      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        Happy New Year to you too! I use the FireBoard with my fan. No BBQ Guru products.