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Some Of Our Favorite
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.

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.

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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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  • Top | #1

    DigiQ or CyberQ experience?

    Anyone have any experience with either of these pit controllers? Just spent another night with too little sleep smoking a brisket. The reviews on Amazon are mixed, especially for the CyberQ. Or, does anyone know of a good one? I am so done with this. It is either a pit controller, or I am going to drop 3k on a MAK 2. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Top | #2
    I have a digiq that i picked up from Spinaker and its been great. Use it with pit viper and i have no complaints. If you have specific questions i can do my best to answer.


    • HandsomeDave
      HandsomeDave commented
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      grantgallagher No I haven't looked at the fireboard. I will check that out, thanks.

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Glad to hear that beast is getting some use!

    • grantgallagher
      grantgallagher commented
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      Spinaker almost constant use. i actually barely break out my smoke anymore since im usually only cooking one big piece of meat, lol.

  • Top | #3
    I used a digiq and fan on a WSM18 with no issues. Did overnight cooks.

    I now use a Fireboard and Viper on a Chubby G2. Bought the Fireboard for the additional probe capability. Recently did a smoke with all 6 probes:
    1 - a temp probe
    2 - brisket point
    3 - brisket flat
    4 - another brisket flat
    5 - pork butt
    6 - pork butt
    Last edited by jlazar; July 27th, 2019, 05:21 PM.


    • HandsomeDave
      HandsomeDave commented
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      jlazar when you say Viper, are you talking about the Pit Viper fan?

    • jlazar
      jlazar commented
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      Yes. Bought it with the Digiq X2 as a package.

  • Top | #4
    I've had a DigiQ DX2 "BBQ Guru" that I've used on my Big Green Egg for years now. It is a must for overnight cooks. It will hold my cooker at 225 all night long. I pair it with a Maverick remote read so I can make sure all is ok with the cooker and the internal meat temp with a quick glance from bedside. At first I was reluctant about the $300+ price, but my wife, God Bless her, just said "if you want it get it." I've forgotten the price a long time ago, but never regret the sleep filled nights I am getting.


    • jfarley
      jfarley commented
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      As far as reliability, I've had no problems at all. For years. That said, I am meticulous in the care and storage between uses, carefully coiling all the wiring and even keeping the unit in its cloth pouch it came with.

    • HandsomeDave
      HandsomeDave commented
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      jfarley Thanks that is good to know. Sleep would be good.

  • Top | #5
    Now thermoworks has a fan to connect to the smoke temp controller . Under 300 for both and 4 probes. The fireboard brand wants 55 I think for the fan attachment wire plus the fan cost. Hope this helps.


    • HandsomeDave
      HandsomeDave commented
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      kranknhank. I looked at the thermoworks unit, it is tempting since I have a smoke and have been using their products for years. However, you have to buy a signals controller to use their fan, it doesn't work with the smoke. Both are new products. I am always hesitant to jump on new products until they have been out for a while. Been burned too many times.

  • Top | #6
    I've been using the CyberQ with the pit viper fan for a few years now. Zero problems. Only great results.


    • Top | #7
      My CyberQ has served me well, but I did have one probe go bad by giving strange readings.


      • Top | #8
        DigiQ Dx2 On LBGE. Works as advertised. Haven’t had a problem, have had the unit 4-5 years, maybe more.


        • Top | #9
          I own a couple of DigiQ Dx2’s for a few years now. My older one (going on over 5 years now) is still working great. Dropped it once and the glass plate came loose, but still works without a hitch. In fact used one today, but just to record the temp. The Fireboard looks interesting.


          • Top | #10
            Oh man, am I about to do you a SOLID my friend!!!

            Recently started my thermostatic controller journey, and tried the PitmasterIQ IQ110 model... here is how THAT disasterpiece turned out!


            After that debacle, I went with the FireBoard setup with the Pit Viper fan that so many others here have had success with, and here’s the results I’m getting with that setup (in darn near real time no less):

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            I’ll let you be the judge lol. The FireBoard / Pit Viper setup is pricey, but worth every penny for the product and performance in my experience. And it’s much cheaper than the $3K you’re considering for the MAK 2.

            Hey, everything is relative right? 😇


            • HandsomeDave
              HandsomeDave commented
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              @jdsim1 Looks like you did the leg work for me! I didn't know you could use a Pit Viper on the fireboard. Do you need to buy the fan control cable from fireboard to make it work? And yes it would be a lot cheaper than the MAK 2

            • Polarbear777
              Polarbear777 commented
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              You still need the fireboard fan cable (sold separately, and expensive), but it’s still worth it

          • Top | #11
            I have the cybercue cloud. Works great. I have the older pit viper fan and the newer one. The newer design is an improvement.

            As a controller I don’t think either the bbq guru stuff or fireboard work any better or worse. The digi-q, cybercue, and fireboard will ALL work exactly as they say. Turn almost any grill into a mostly “set and forget” system. The convenience of a pellet cooker in your charcoal cooker.

            That said, there ARE a few things.
            1. I really don’t like BBQ guru interface. You MUST use their “share your cook” website for the cybercue cloud. You can use third party apps, but setup is complicated (you need to screw with port forwarding on your Wi-Fi router to fool the device into operating as an ac-hock device on your network), and in doing so you lose push alerts. So if you don’t check constantly a temperature crash or spike could go unnoticed. Apparently cybercue used to work with third party apps....but a firmware update “fixed” that. They want you using their website. And that means having to log back in if you aren’t connected all the time.
            2. BBQ guru lacks an internal battery. If the power quits, so does your controller. it is easy enough to rig a battery backup, just need a large 12v battery and an automatic charger. With utility power on the charger keeps the battery full, if power quits you are on a battery. But that’s something else to do.
            3. BBQ Guru only has 3 food probe inputs plus one pit input. Not really a big deal, but a fact.

            Given all that, I am going to trade my cybercue cloud to a friend and get the fireboard with the fan cable. Really just for the app interface, and battery backup. I already have a backup power supply for my modem and Wi-Fi, I have fiber to my house and the fiber to Ethernet box has a battery backup as well. So I shouldn’t lose internet, my fiber stayed lit for Irma (lost internet only because power quit and the modem/Wi-Fi quit with it). But during an overnight cook a power blip would go unnoticed on the fireboard. The internal battery would keep things going, and if the fan was off too long I would get a push alert (power backup will power my Wi-Fi for 4 hours at least).

            Its not that the guru doesn’t work. It does. It’s just that as a device of convenience, fireboard has advantages. Not having to constantly log in to a website (at 3 AM when my eyes aren’t working properly and I have to enter a password into a phone because the website doesn’t remember me), and having the internal battery AND the easier option to use a USB battery pack to really back it up.

            but that’s just me.


            • HandsomeDave
              HandsomeDave commented
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              SmokeyGator Thanks for the info. That helps a lot. Seems like I am getting a number of people mentioning the fireboard and using it to run the pit viper. Not sure if it is because it is a better fan than the one fireboard sells, or they just already have one.

            • SmokeyGator
              SmokeyGator commented
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              HandsomeDave the pit viper is a good fan. And the adaptors bbq guru sells are also great. If you get their adaptor, their fans fit perfectly. I don’t like that fireboard requires a fan cable, and the cost is just silly. On the gurus the fan plugs in, no adaptor needed. And the output is variable from 1% to 100%, and if that isn’t enough the fan has a baffle built in. It’s just that the guru interface is lacking. Make an app! No reason not to at this point. That is the ONLY thing.

            • Polarbear777
              Polarbear777 commented
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              You nailed it. The cyberQ works great but set up is a pain and their website sometimes wonky.

              I’ve used several controllers and the control logic is fine in all of them. It’s the Wi-Fi and remote control features that differ.

              The Wi-Fi connection may flake out a bit during a cook but if so the controller keeps doing whatever it was told to do.

              They pretty much all work. Having used several, I like the pit viper fan and the fireboard

          • Top | #12
            I have the CyberQ and it has worked fine for me. Zero problems. If I had to by again, I'd look at the fireboard rig and the new thermoworks fan rig. Not sure which I would go with.


            • Top | #13
              HandsomeDave - “Looks like you did the leg work for me! I didn't know you could use a Pit Viper on the fireboard. Do you need to buy the fan control cable from fireboard to make it work? And yes it would be a lot cheaper than the MAK 2”

              I did SOME of the leg work for you brother lol... let’s do the rest now so you can get to ordering! 😃

              Yes, you need the fan control cable from FireBoard to make it work. Pricey for a silly cable but no way around it, and again worth it.

              Here’s what you’ll need to order up (and from whom) if you decide to go this route:

              Fireboard Labs - The FireBoard thermometer itself, and the fan control cable. On the thermometer, they’ve got several different options (FireBoard unit by itself, FireBoard with a couple probes, FireBoard with ALL the probes, etc, etc). You may also want to consider the weatherproof case... not that much extra, especially compared to what a new FireBoard will cost you if it rains or you spill a beer on it. 😊

              BBQ Guru - a fan, and an adapter for your cooker. They’ve got a couple different fans, and the basic difference between them is size / air output. I do my smoking in a Pit Barrel Cooker, and the Pit Viper XL fan is more than big enough for what I need. As for the adapter, choose the one that matches your cooker. They’ve got a very easy to navigate drop-down menu, and they make adapters to fit just about any cooker or smoker on God’s green earth. 👍

              Let me know if you have any more questions or if you need any help.


              • Polarbear777
                Polarbear777 commented
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                When ordering the fireboard, if you have or want to add the option of their “professional” meat probes, get those. They are much thinner and measure just as well.

              • gdsim1
                gdsim1 commented
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                Polarbear777 is correct; thank you for catching that sir. 👍

            • Top | #14
              I love my DigiQ DX2.


              • Attjack
                Attjack commented
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                I use it with a cheap wifi camera for remote monitoring.

            • Top | #15
              Thanks everyone for all the input. I just pulled the trigger on the fireboard and the pit viper fan. My wallet is substantially lighter, but the first good night's sleep I get will make it well worth it. So glad to be part of this community, you guys rock!