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Tools And Toys

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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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

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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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PBC / FireBoard / Pit Viper Fan - Thoughts and Assistance Needed

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  • Top | #16
    JoeInTX - FireBoard sells a drive cable to run fans that is required, pricey and WORTH IT in my opinion. It comes with a contraption - outlet power comes to the contraption, and from there splits with one cable going from the contraption to the FireBoard, and the other going to the fan.

    Near as I can tell not only does this power both the FireBoard and the fan, but also provides the communication between the two (which is why I call it a contraption instead of calling it a simple power splitter).

    Its actually a clean, non-cluttered setup, which is one reason (along with the incredible performance) which makes me feel it’s worth the investment. Pricey, yes... but I had to learn the hard way that in BBQ in general and especially thermostatic controllers, it’s often best to pay up for a quality product. 👍

    Hope that answered your question, but if not (or if you’d like some pics) let me know. 😇


    • JoeInTX
      JoeInTX commented
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      gdsim1 Thanks for the explanation. I gather you don't have any experience with the battery pack? I'm just wondering if the one sold by Fireboard is powerful enough to power the Fireboard and the Pit Viper fan for long cook. A battery pack may sometimes be more convenient than an AC outlet.

    • gdsim1
      gdsim1 commented
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      JoeInTX - correct sir, I did not pick up a battery pack. Being a PBC guy, a “long cook” for me is only 6, 7 hours... and with a full charge, the Fireboard’s onboard battery pack well exceeds that.

    • gdsim1
      gdsim1 commented
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      One more for ya JoeInTX - give FireBoard a call on Monday and ask them about the capacity of the unit and battery pack. Great customer service, and they’re happy to chit chat and answer questions.


  • Top | #17
    Troutman & Polarbear777 - just wanted to drop a note to say thank you for the experience, wisdom and guidance you shared here. Your suggestions (along with locking my OCD up for a few hours to keep me from fiddling too much lol) really paid dividends on the next cook.

    Set the fan control to Channel 1, and turned lid detection down to 1 minute (and later completely off) and the fan performed MUCH better and held the ambient barrel temp much more steady at the desired level.

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    Your help is is very much appreciated folks. 👍

    Tagging AverageJoe, fzxdoc and JoeInTX for loop - and temptation! 😇
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    • fzxdoc
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      I'd say you shinnied up that learning curve pretty doggone quick, gdsim1 . Congrats. Looks like a pretty close to perfect cook.


  • Top | #18
    That's much better, your trend line is very solid. I don't cook on a PBC, like I mentioned, but a WSM and I'm still a little confused by the spikes in your temp fluctuations even though it held steady. You can isolate your ambient temp graph, try toggling to that setting and post it again. Here is one from a recent cook on my WSM, notice the rock solid temps with almost no fluctuation and the efforts of the fan to keep it that way.

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    • IowaGirl
      IowaGirl commented
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      "...I'm still a little confused by the spikes in your temp fluctuations..."

      It would be good to compare the fan speed with the temps. Your fan speed is generally in the 10% to 20% range which is telling me your system is pretty stable and under control. If GD's are more variable or if the average fan speed is quite a bit higher or lower than yours, that might give some insight about why his system is less stable. Just a thought.

    • Troutman
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      That's why I suggested he post his fan speed graph, I had the same thoughts.

  • Top | #19
    Troutman - agreed on all sir. I’ve got some more fiddling to do to smooth out the barrel temp, but your assistance has gotten me to a place I’m happy (if not completely OCD satisfied) with.

    1) My PBC is starting to show its age a bit, and I think my lid is a bit leaky. Going to try the ol’ “couple bricks on top” trick during the next cook, to see what difference that makes.

    2) I did two racks of ribs and a pork butt on this cook, and I used the hinged grate to do it. I think the edge of the hinged grate, in the up position, may have been holding my lid up juuuuuuuust a scooch - operator error on that one, but all the meat came out perfect, so mostly no harm no foul.

    3) I do have one “oopsie” drill hole in the adapter plate from installation. Not all the way through so I don’t think it’d be messing things up TOO much, but I’m still going to put a small piece of magnetic tape over it just to be on the safe side. 👍

    Like any process there’s a learning curve involved, but your help has gotten me MUCH closer to where I want to be - thanks again for the assistance!


    • Top | #20
      Spikes could be coals settling or the wood you had in there starting or finishing. Those narrow time spikes don’t matter much to the overall cook.

      If if you had a lid leak I think it would be worse. Though for what it’s worth, I installed a gasket on my PBC lid when it was new and never had issues, but I never gave it a chance to.

      You can use high temp gasket sealant if you are concerned about the small holes, though I doubt it will matter.

      Plot looks great to me.


      • gdsim1
        gdsim1 commented
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        Thanks Polarbear777, heading this really helps me feel like I’m definitely on the right track here. And you’re right, it didn’t affect the cook... as a matter of fact, maybe the best StL style ribs I’ve ever produced, and everything else came out great as well.

        Still going to try the bricks and covering the small hole (because the OCD won’t let me NOT try it lol) and if that pays any dividends I’ll be touching you up for more info on that lid gasket of yours for a more permanent solution. 👍

    • Top | #21
      gdsim1 Beautiful installation. Here's what it looks like if you follow the directions from BBQ Guru. Here's the quote from the email they sent me:

      "We had a pit barrel here in the showroom, and we were able to install our XL grill dome adaptor. We bent it a little by hand so that the adaptor plate mimics the radius of the barrel then we put the bottom lip of the adaptor inside the barrel and it sits down into the small groove that goes around where the bottom and side walls of the cooker come together. The adaptor port goes outside the cooker then we drilled a hole where the existing damper door screw goes and then just used the screw and nut that came with the cooker and it pulls up nice and tight."

      I'm thinking about putting two more screws in at 5 o'clock and 7 o'clock, but that would mean that I'd have to get down on my knees again which is never much fun.

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      • gdsim1
        gdsim1 commented
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        All due respect AZ Fogey, I think you’ve got it backwards - YOURS looks like the beautiful installation! 😃🙌 Mine? Ghetto functional at best! LOL

        I think the difference is the groove you mentioned... with the patina my PBC has built up over the years, I couldn’t even SEE it much less hit it! 😂😂😂

        Exemplary job sir! 👍

    • Top | #22
      I'm glad to see that the port of the XL Grill Dome adapter comfortably clears your PBC's rolling dolly rim, AZ Fogey . Does the Pit Viper fan also fit on well with no interference from that dolly as well?



      • Top | #23
        fzxdoc Yes, the Pit Viper fan fits well. The humped side of the fan is pointing up which helps to keep the fan from sucking debris off the floor and also makes adjusting the fan's output orifice very easy.

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        • Top | #24
          Thanks so much for the photo and the additional information, AZ Fogey .