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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



Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

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Forward from Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) "From The Heart"

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    Forward from Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) "From The Heart"


    Subject: From The Heart

    Meals served since 2011
    June 2019 Newsletter
    # WeAreOBR #OBRCares

    2019 has been an active year for extreme weather and our volunteers are always eager to serve impacted communities. For that, we thank you! We’re thrilled by the enthusiasm of our volunteer base. Many of you are curious how and when we make the decision to deploy. So, here is a quick overview of the process we follow to make that determination.

    Local first responders and community officials spend the first 24 hours checking on their residents and making their own assessments of damage and needs. We have a process in place to work with local officials in assessing feeding needs, but that process may take up to 48 hours as the need may be slow to materialize.

    OBR’s niche is “mass feeding” in communities that cannot sustain themselves in the initial aftermath of a catastrophic event. While most weather events impact some number of people and our hearts go out to those affected, it doesn’t necessarily translate into a “mass feeding” need. Our assessment process includes many people and takes many variables into account. Ultimately, if a community can take care of itself, then it’s important that we don’t disrupt the healing process and impact the local businesses as they try to recover as well.

    What can you do? Watch our social media pages for updates. We try our best to proactively post on social media as soon as possible after a catastrophic event, even if it’s just to let everyone know that we’re monitoring the situation. But most importantly, ensure that you have the free OBR Volunteers app downloaded to your smart device. We push deployment notifications out via the app to our entire volunteer base, and you can use the app to keep your contact information up to date. The OBR Volunteers app is available for download; simply click below for the appropriate system based on your device:
    As always, we thank you for your support!!
    Will Cleaver and Stan Hays
    Co-Founders of Operation BBQ Relief

    Breaking Bread Tour/Always Serving Project
    The Always Serving project is entering the final week of its inaugural Breaking Bread Tour. Since the tour kicked off on April 28 in Los Angeles, OBR’s Director of non-disaster programs Jarrid ‘Jay’ Collins has run, biked, and handcycled nearly 3000 miles with stops in several major cities along the way to serve the One Hot BBQ Meal that Matters to our Military, First Responders, and those less fortunate. When the tour reaches its destination in Tampa, Jay will be competing in the DoD Warrior Games as part of the Special Operations Command Team. We wish Jay the best of luck!

    Then, we will kick off the BBQ Basic Series, a group of 8-10 two-day events where teams from the military and first responder communities will learn the art of BBQ from distinguished pitmasters and chefs. After that, they will compete against each other for a chance to go to the finale at the Army Navy game in December and the opportunity to be named Grand Champion! More information soon to come.


    Who is Brent Bolton? He first got involved in OBR in 2015 when he asked to be part of OBRs State Wide Disaster Exercise. We weren't certain about this guy with all those dutch ovens, but he showed up and cooked breakfast each day of that exercise for 320. When we deployed to Dayton, very close to Brent's home, he showed up with a truck and trailer full of those dutch ovens and brought creative ways to prepare sides. He led the team in making these delicious sides that pair so well with our pulled pork and other BBQ mains. His team made almost 15,000 sides using all those incredible dutch ovens!

    For that effort, Brent was singled out when he was Caught Doing Good and awarded his coin. Congratulations, Brent, and thank you for your support and dedication to OBR.

    June 1-2, 2019 - Deployed to Linwood, Kansas
    We showed up on June 1st, ready to serve that one meal that matters to the residents if Linwood, Kansas whose lives were turned upside down by the the EF-4 tornado that ripped through their town. Over the course of the two-day deployment, we served 2000 meals to the residents and first responders. Our thanks go out to all of our volunteers, many of whom were locals who showed up to help their neighbors.

    For more details about the impact of the tornado and the OBR deployment, read this great article from KSHB.com, local news station in Kansas City.

    Thank you to everyone who volunteered!

    #WeAreOBR #OBRcares #TheHealingPowerOfBBQ
    June 1-5, 2019 - Deployed to Dayton, OH
    The same swarm of storms that wreaked havoc in Kansas also struck Ohio at the very end of May. After analyzing the situation on the ground with the assistance of the local authorities, OBR deployed to Dayton, OH and set up shop to serve that one meal that matters, along with a side of compassion and friendship to the residents of the hard-hit town.

    After five days on the ground, OBR was able to shutdown the site as the local community started to get back on its feet and take care of itself. We served a total of 15,172 meals during that deployment and made many new friends. Thank you to everyone who came out to help!
    #WeAreOBR #OBRcares #TheHealingPowerOfBBQ

    OBR Organizational Fact (and response to a FAQ)
    Deployment Levels:
    • Level 1 - 1500 or fewer meals per day with a duration of 2-4 days
    • Level 2 - 5000 or fewer meals per day with a duration of 3-7 days
    • Level 3 - over 5000 meals per day with a duration of 7+ days

    Any suggestions for topics for the newsletter?
    Please email your suggestions to: newsletter@operationbbqrelief.org
    Upcoming Events

    15th - 16th Breaking Bread Tour Stop Tampa Bay, FL

    21st - 30th Warrior Games Event Tampa Bay, FL

    28th - 29th Chicago NASCAR Chicago

    Click Here for other event Info
    Interested in volunteering for an event?
    Please email volunteer@operationbbqrelief.org
    Cookbook Update - Order Yours Today!
    Operation BBQ Relief's Cookbook, Operation BBQ, hit the shelf April 9th. There are 200 recipes from Grand Champion Pitmasters. You can order your cookbook now and know that OBR's portion of the proceeds go towards serving the One Hot BBQ Meal That Matters. Help us help others with this tasty investment in your collection. Order your Cookbook today anywhere books are sold, including through the OBR store on the website.

    It's not too late - order today!
    Operation BBQ Relief now has a Critical Incident Stress Management Program. As we carry out our mission, sometimes our volunteers are put in some very stressful situations, whether it be on a deployment or doing work behind the scenes during non-deployment times. The effects may not be felt at the moment but might be in a day or two, a week, months or can be triggered years later. We just want you to know OBR is here and willing to help.

    We have three trained and certified personnel willing to help you. It is very easy to contact them. Just send an email to obrcares@operationbbqrelief.org and your email will be answered ASAP. All cases are STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

    We urge anyone who is dealing with any stress management issue that is affecting their personal life to please reach out and let our team help you!
    Ways To Help Operation BBQ Relief
    Team OBR has accomplished a lot since our inception. In the last seven years, we have grown from a startup organization to being one of the largest providers of hot meals during disasters. Our BBQ background prepares us to be really great problem solvers and so much of disaster relief is solving big problems to help others. One problem that we are trying to solve is the peaks and valleys of funding between deployments as the ongoing expenses do not go away when we are not deployed. A few of these expenses are vehicle and trailer maintenance, warehouse space, storage, and insurance.

    We are asking for your help in 2019 toward a monthly giving campaign. This campaign allows our supporters to budget their monthly contributions throughout the year and allows OBR to better manage our ongoing expenses. Our 2019 annual goal is to add 1,000 new monthly supporters during the year. Thank you for being part of Operation BBQ Relief and helping us help others. If you wish to sign up for a monthly giving program, go to OperationBBQrelief.org/donate or click below to enroll.

    Other Ways To Help

    Volunteer- We are always in need of volunteers. Let us know your skills and come join Team OBR.
    Company matching contribution – Most large companies will match your contribution. Ask your HR Department and double up your donation.
    In-kind Donation – If you have equipment or a product that we use, your donation is always appreciated.

    Email us at info@operationbbqrelief.org with any questions or suggestions.
    Corporate Supporters

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      Huskee thank you for all that you and your team are doing. I have farm property in and around Burlington, IA where one of the flood gates gave way and flooded downtown. I also have family in Jefferson City, MO where a tornado went through. So I know first hand the kind of damage that is going on here in the mid-west.

      Thank you again so much for what you do in these emergencies.