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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.

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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!

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

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.

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Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

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Best 33 BBQ Joints?

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  • Top | #1

    Best 33 BBQ Joints?

    Thrillist has posted their list of 33 best BBQ joints. Let the arguments begin!

  • Top | #2
    You do have a mean streak! 😁 stir it up and sit back.


    • Top | #3
      I’ve only had the pleasure of eating in about 6 on the list and I have to agree with her on those. Unfortunately, as many of us have discovered, there are lots of pits located next to gas stations or under a few trees by the side of the road who can probably produce equal or even better BBQ than those on the list, and they will never even get a mention. That is just how the world works.
      My only regret when lists come out like this is that people will flock to them and bypass so many equal or better places on the way.


      • Mr. Bones
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        My only regret when lists come out like this is that people will flock to them and bypass so many equal or better places on the way.

      • N227GB
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        Very true, but this is where Yelp comes through to help out the little guys.

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      I can attest to 17th Street.
      I think I enjoyed their smoked wings and fried pickles the most though. Plus the beer that was branded for them was good too!

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      • Top | #5
        Great article, thanks fer sharin!


        • Top | #6
          Thanks for sharing. Been to most of those in the Carolina's.


          • Top | #7
            I now have lots of great ideas for road trips!


            • Mr. Bones
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              Happy Trails, when all yall do so, Brother!

              Lookin forward to yer stories, take us, vicariously, Please????

          • Top | #8
            Nice attempt but I can think of 50 within a 100 mile radius of my house. Way too subjective to even attempt imo. BBQ has gotten way too big and popular.

            On a side note they mention Feges here in Houston. It’s literally in a food court at the bottom of a high rise complex I work in. It’s good, actually very good at times, but no where near the best nationally speaking. Just goes to show you, opinions are like belly buttons.....


            • Top | #9
              I’ve eaten at three of the places on the list, and I can think of a few other places that that I have eaten at that should replace two


              • Top | #10
                I've been wanting to try the Skylight Inn for a looong time, but it's just too far for a lunch run...

                I've been to ZZQ several times and really enjoyed it, but my friends tell me my beef ribs are better.

                Edit to add that I have been to Franklin BBQ which was outstanding and La Barbecue which was a notch below Franklin, but also a much shorter line.
                Last edited by RonB; August 17th, 2019, 03:35 PM.


                • Meathead
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                  Skyliight is a trip back in time. Do it.

              • Top | #11
                I love reading about good bbq joints, but I don’t put any stock in the list unless I see the list of everywhere they went.

                I have that Peace Love Barbecue book, but I can’t find it. It’s a wonderful book.


                • Top | #12
                  Been to none of these, and doubt I'll be to any of them soon. Not that I'm avoiding them, just don't get into their territory. I used to consider a destination BBQ road trip, but I think there's just too much good Q out there to bother with that anymore.


                  • Top | #13
                    Love this! I’ll never get to most of theses but cool to read. Can’t believe multiple spots in NYC!! Like others I tend to avoid the destinations spots, though won’t turn down the chance to get to Franklin when I get to Austin. Having married a southern girl from Birmingham, my first taste of real barbecue was there, and I’ll always be partial to Saw’s there in the ‘ham. Nothing against Gibson’s or Dreamland, both of which I enjoy, but Saw’s is pretty special IMO when talking AL barbecue.


                    • Top | #14
                      Thx for sharing. I grew up with Big Bob's white sauce in my baby bottle, their chicken is truly unique. Having said that, there are many other "gas station" pits with better bbq. Also, having eaten Central BBQ in Memphis, you are truly missing out if you skip Payne's. Their pork sandwich is a work of art.


                      • Top | #15
                        In Brooklyn, lovely spouse and I have been to Hometown but were not impressed. On our visit the meat was too fatty, and thought it had great spice and bark, not much smoke flavor; we wanted smoke.

                        But my favorite NYC-centric food forum, whose members I trust, have praised Hometown, and also Arrogant Swine (which I haven't been to yet).


                        • Meathead
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                          I was impressed with Hometown. Hill Country was good but not special.

                        • JoeSousa
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                          Troutman I went to Hill Country when I was in NYC a couple years back. It was fine but nothing great. It is similar to Austin bbq but I went there a couple weeks after eating at La Barbecue and Micklethwait and it was nowhere near as good as those two.

                          But for being in the middle of NYC it was acceptable.

                        • josh_karpf
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                          Troutman, Hill Country is our fave for variety/quality. Also approved by a Houston pal. But does Houston know Austin?.

                          We married at Blue Smoke, but its entree style is limiting. It's more creative, like its smoked/fried Cornish hen. But we haven't been back much.

                          Mighty Quinn's started well but now phones it in. Dinosaur acts like TGI Fridays but is solid. Morgans and Fette Sau are great. Pig Beach half-tries and does well; Fletcher's and Smoke Joint try too hard and flop.