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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.

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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!

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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.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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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.

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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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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'.

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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.

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The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, this is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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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, our Pitmaster Award 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).

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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!

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  • Top | #16
    Yea, I clean all probes. Can't hurt. But I'm anal about cleaning the grill after each cook as well as covering it. I do back off a bit in winter on cleaning .


    • ssandy_561
      ssandy_561 commented
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      I see what you did there. “Probe” / “anal”. You’ve been in the mothership haven’t you!


  • Top | #17
    Yeah I do mine every couple or three cooks, or if I notice anything building up on it. Meat probe gets cleaned every time.


    • Top | #18
      I put all mine in the dishwasher after each use cus I am lazy.


      • Red Man
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        My probes are water resistant but certainly not dishwasher safe. What kinda probes do you put in the dishwasher? I have a a ThermoWorks smoke.

      • lonnie mac
        lonnie mac commented
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        My FireBoard probes have seem many a dishwasher cycles. Still going strong.

    • Top | #19
      Put me down as joining the bunch who cleans the ambient probes along with the after each use. I like them shiny and ready for the next cook.



      • Top | #20
        My probes go for a soak every time I clean my cooking grate. Thanks to lonnie mac I learned to use a hot water tank drain pan and DAWN detergent. Let them soak for about 20 minutes and then a little scrubbing.

        This way you can keep the connection end out of the water if that's a concern.


        • fzxdoc
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          I know, right? That hot water heater pan solution is genius, lonnie mac . You're certainly not just another pretty face, Lonnie Mac.


      • Top | #21
        I wash then temp test in boiling water


        • Top | #22
          What is the point in an ambient probe? All I care about is the cooker / food temperature. As long as that is good, the outside temp doesn’t matter at all to me.


          • fzxdoc
            fzxdoc commented
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            I think he means ambient as in cooker temperature. At least that's what I thought.


          • jlazar
            jlazar commented
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            Yes, smoker probe.

        • Top | #23
          I clean my cooker probe every now and again. My meat probes get a wipe down but given that they've been inside moist meat, they clear up pretty easy. The hardest spot is usual the part that was at the edge of the meat.

          Truth be told, I'm not crazy about keeping everything clean. I do tend to clean as much of the cooker as I can right after a cook, but that's because it's generally way easier to clean when warm. Stuff that's stuck to the grills, flakey stuff on the lids, and anything chunky.

          Odd as it might sound, the smokey patina on just about anything I have it on is sort of a badge of honor. I like the look. For instance, I like seeing that color around my damper on the grills.

          Maybe I'm in the minority here, but a sparkling clean outdoor cooker seems wrong to me, lol.