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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.

 


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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.

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

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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


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


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.


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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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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


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


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

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    Pit Viper + kettle: initial hassle then smooth sailing

    Hi all,

    I decided to do a test run with the FireBoard + Pit Viper fan today. It was a dry run, i.e. I didn't cook anything. I mounted the Pit Viper on my kettle and hooked up the FireBoard. I chose this combo (or rather, the fan) so I didn't have to buy yet another device. Instead, I can use the FireBoard to drive my fan. Excellent! And it runs on the builtin battery too. Even better.

    I had some initial issues with getting the fan to run. Newbie mistake #1: it really helps if one switches mode from "Off" to "Auto". Doh! But I had to do 2-3 reboots before it started running smoothly. On the 3rd reboot I did a reset of wifi settings. After that it was smooth sailing to say the least. I assume it should work without wifi too. Can anyone else confirm/deny?

    I let it run with the Slow 'N Sear loaded with briquettes, and I set the "set point" (i.e. target temp) to 130° C (265° F). See chart below. I literally didn't touch it for 4 hours, and it is still running. Man, I could get used to this! So far, two thumbs up from me.



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  • Top | #2
    Wow! That is very impressive. I've been thinking about a fan set-up for my 26 for a while now. This looks very appealing.

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    • Top | #3
      Now you know how well it'll work you gotta cook something.

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      • Top | #4
        Thanks for the write up Henrik I'm waiting for FB to get more fan controller cables in stock so I can run my newly acquired Pit Viper on my BGE. Really looking forward to it.

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        • Henrik
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          You'll be pleased!

      • Top | #5
        Here's another chart, now a lot later. This thing rocks!

        Now I'm running out of fuel, hence the higher fan speed. Will shut it down now. Experiment succeeded.

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        • holehogg
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          8 hours awesome consistency.

        • Steve B
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          Now I'm REALLY excited to get mine rolling.

      • Top | #6
        That is, indeed, Most Impressive, Brother!

        How many lit did ya start with, guessin standard low n slow setup of 10-12 lit?

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        • Henrik
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          Correct. Standard SnS operation mode, no fancy stuff.

      • Top | #7
        How do you compare the overall experience with BGE+Smobot? Curious since you have both setups.

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        • Top | #8
          Good question! I love the Smobot. It is awesome! I use it all the time on my Big Green Egg. I then use my FB+PitViper for the kettle. Just seems a better match. The engineer in me likes the Smobot better, since it does exactly what I would do. I.e. no forced operation (the fan). But both get the job done. If you have a kamado I recommend the Smobot. If you have a kettle, then the Pit Viper. I’ve use the latter with my kamado also, but like I’ve already mentioned...

          To each his own though. If you have different preferences or experiences, I’d love to hear them. I am relatively new to this controller gizmo scene.

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          • EdF
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            Thanks. Sounds like each has its best places!

          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            Correct!

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          Do you have a picture or the installed position? I assume under the charcoal grate but just above the ash sweepers? If you don’t use a drip pan of some sort, does the airflow still get under the SNS?

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          • Troutman
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            There are several posts describing this. You have to get opposite the SNS missing the sweep of the ash blades. There is a sweet spot.

          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            I did a post recently about it, you can find it here: https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...a-weber-kettle

        • Top | #10
          I just put this together for some added detail.

          https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...-and-fan-combo

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          • Top | #11
            It will work through Bluetooth without wi-fi, but with limited range. When wi-fi is working you can be across town and still monitor the action.

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            • Troutman
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              Correct. Also if you loose WiFi then regain it your cooks get auto up loaded to the cloud. These guys have thought through almost everything. If you don’t have one, GET IT !!!!!

            • Larry Grover
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              Troutman Actually you're the reason I bought one. No regrets, awesome device and great customer service.

          • Top | #12
            Henrik, I had trouble doing what you are doing until I closed the Pit Viper damper to 15/64" (on a drill bit) for 230-250* and 7/16" for 350*. I was using a very tight 22" Performer.

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            • Troutman
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              I never touch the Pit Viper damper, rather control air flow with the top vent. But each to his own if it works for you.

            • Henrik
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              Sam here (as @Troutman). I never touch the pit viper damper, only use the top vent.

          • Top | #13
            I just hate to choke the smoke to control temps; I leave the lid vent wide open. But as you say, if it works for you...

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            • Top | #14
              Now don't you wish you had slapped a hunk of meat in that kettle?

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              • Henrik
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                I do. Next time though...
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