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Gold Medal Gift Guide

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 Pitmaster Award winners or Gold Medalist, listed by price.

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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'.

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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Southern Thunder BBQ Cooking School - Review

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  • Top | #16
    Great review! I definitely want to get down there and catch a ballgame too. Thanks for the heads up. Glad you enjoyed it so much.


    • Top | #17
      Thanks for the great review, I have looked at that class and have been trying to decide if I should go. I think your review has made up my mind, I will be looking to sign up soon


      • Top | #18
        i attended this BBQ school too. He is spot on with the review. They are great. I have my notebook of info, receipes from the class. I use it all the time to
        make sure I'm on Que! Pun intended!!


        • lostclusters
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          Thanks for bumping this thread! I would not have seen this otherwise.

      • Top | #19
        Attended this class yesterday. Everyone was knowledge,helpful and all my questions answered.
        Enjoyed my day and recommend it.


        • Top | #20
          Originally posted by bobby mac View Post
          Attended this class yesterday. Everyone was knowledge,helpful and all my questions answered.
          Enjoyed my day and recommend it.

          I continue to cook using their techniques and recipes, and the food continues to be excellent.

          How did you like their Backwoods Smoker? It looked really nice to me, and they get good reviews. The only complaints I've read is that they are hard to clean.


          • Top | #21
            Thank you so much for the review. I am going June 23rd, 2018. I hope to have the same experience.


            • Top | #22
              Originally posted by mdmiller36 View Post
              Thank you so much for the review. I am going June 23rd, 2018. I hope to have the same experience.
              Cool. And do yourself a favor and eat at PappaDeaux's Seafood Kitchen while you're there. Cajun seafood at its finest. It's only about a 25 minute drive from the BBQ school, and is right in the middle of all the nice hotels in that area.



              • mdmiller36
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                That is in my top five of favorite restaurants. Definitely my favorite Cajun place to eat.

            • Top | #23
              Attending this school this coming Saturday. Wife gave me the class for Father's Day and I am really looking forward to it.


              • HawkerXP
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                Sounds like fun. Let us know how you like it.

            • Top | #24
              I have also attended the Que University and can also attest that it was well worth the money and time. I have recommended it to several other cooks I know who have since gone and thought highly of it. A better school and for the money. Highly recommended.


              • Top | #25
                I’m scheduled for 4/27/19. Looking forward to it. I’ll report back.


                • Top | #26
                  Thanks! Another fun thing to do!