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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!

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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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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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Everett and Jones - Oakland CA

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  • Livermoron
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    • Aug 2014
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    Everett and Jones - Oakland CA

    Thought I'd help open up the California portion of this site. Since I started backyard Q'ng, I don't go out for BBQ much anymore. I do make an exception for E & J. They have two locations in Oakland, one near Jack London and another smaller site near San Pablo & University Ave. The meat is good, the sides are often great & the spiciness is legit. It's a great example of an old school BBQ joint.
  • Papa Bob
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    • Jul 2014
    • 282
    • stokton ca

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    I have only eaten at one restaurant that sells BBQ I wont call it a BBQ joint it was unimpressive (is that even a word) Dickie's chain. Since I have been doing my own I get real critical about stuff and if I can do it better at home my wife and I would rather do it there would give Everett and Jones a try with a little idle time in Oakland was there three weeks ago judging at Oaktown Throwdown And blues event.


    • Livermoron
      Livermoron commented
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      I agree. I prefer doing my own, but it would be nice to find a few legit joints out here in the Bay Area. Berkeley's Smoke has promise. We went there once under a time crunch and couldn't wait for an hour to order. I'd like to go back when I have a more open-ended day.

      I was spoiled by Old South in San Leandro (now closed).
  • CirrusTrouble
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    • Oct 2014
    • 2
    • Northern California

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    We like Sauced in Livermore. Found it after one of my kids swim meets. The half chicken was very tasty and we all like the burnt ends. Fries are decent and the coleslaw is good but I don't care for the apples in them. I only had the ribs once and have not had the regular brisket yet. I do agree with Papa Bob about Dickies. It was heavily salted and not to my liking. I had the 3 meat plate and there was plenty left when I was done.


    • briano52
      Charter Member
      • Oct 2014
      • 7

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      I have been to E and J half a dozen times. It is in the Jack London Square (or a block or two from it) area of West Oakland. This area is undergoing gentrification and E &J is no exception. The menu is good, very traditional ribs, chicken, brisket and the usual sides. The meats come out of the kitchen with a smoke profile on the light side. Most things I have had have, judging from the texture of meats, they might have been smoked a day or two ago and then reheated. They have a full bar and a power lunch scene with a lot of suited folks (sometimes me) from the local offices that have moved west in Oakland. I can't ever say anything too negative about a real BBQ joint as E&J has a loyal following but they could turn up the smoke a little bit and the suits would still come.


      • Livermoron
        Livermoron commented
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        I went there for lunch a few weeks ago and the ribs were (sadly) unremarkable. I'm chalking it up to a bad day, but now that I can get E & J sauce at the local Lucky's, we've been making our own at home even more than before.

        Still, it would be nice to have a good BBQ lunch area near the office to entertain guests...
    • Bathgate
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      • Nov 2014
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      • Central California coast

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      A year late to this discussion, but what the heck. There used to be much better Q joints in the Oakland/Berkeley area than there seem to be today. Flints was my old favorite. Good meats, good smoke, great sauce. Doug's, in Emeryville, used to have great quality meat and did a great job of smoking but their sauce (IMO) wasn't quite as good a Flints. E&J was always the fallback rather than first call. But E&J got themselves well connected politically in Oakland and got an operation inside the Coloseum Arena for Warriors games and then into the main stadium for A's and Raiders games, started doing a volume business and then opened their big restaurant in Jack London Square. I don't think they've ever been as good as when they were a neighborhood joint ever since they went big and corporate and my experiences at the restaurant suggest that quality varies greatly day to day. They're still a decent option if you're jonesing (see what I did there?) for some Q but not really top notch. I'd rather cook myself.


      • Livermoron
        Livermoron commented
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        I see what you did there...

        I remember Doug's when it was good. My favorite was Old South, in San Leandro. The Que was good, but the family was what really sold it for me. They've closed up as well.

        I guess I'll just have to make what I want out back! 😀
    • mayapoppa
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      Top | #6
      I am another 4 years late to this discussion, but I went to E & J a few months ago, and sad to say, it was terrible. They proudly put something they called "goop" on their (weirdly thin and small) slices of brisket, and it was basically a sweeter, spicier, and thicker version of generic bbq sauce. Yuck.


      • ofelles
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        • Jun 2018
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        Another very late entry. I have heard good things about Sauced there in Livermore but have not tried it. When I worked down in San Jose we use to lunch often at the Burnt Pig on 4th street. Great then and I hear still great.

        Going to lunch at the Burnt Pig next Friday. Will see if it's as good as I remember.
        Last edited by ofelles; June 22nd, 2019, 07:01 PM. Reason: Going to lunch


        • kenrobin
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          Everett & Jones at Jack London makes fairly decent BBQ in a pinch. I won't call it award winning but I'm ok with having their food every now & then. It's still probably the best well-known BBQ spot in the East Bay & their yams are outstanding!

          I recently tried Sauced in Walnut Creek & I was less than impressed. My friend who took me there loved it but I chalk that up to him being someone who never cooks his own meals, let alone BBQ . My waiter recommended the ribs & burnt ends. Neither was tender & the taste was unremarkable.

          I read that Flint's BBQ is going to return to Oakland as a pop up.


          • kenrobin
            kenrobin commented
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            I'm learning that recommendations from nonBBQ guys is the equivalent to "try at your own risk" LOL.

          • Livermoron
            Livermoron commented
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            I've tried Sauced in Livermore and wasn't that impressed. I feel like the staff is engaged and trying hard, but...it just isn't as good as Old South was, and it's not as good as what comes out of my back yard. I wonder if part of the issue is that a business model really has to look at pleasing all palates from paying customers. They seem to be doing good business though...entirely justified in looking at my comment and simply pointing at the Scoreboard...

          • Livermoron
            Livermoron commented
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            I wish I would've tried Burnt Pig when I lived in SJ. I've been planning to go back for burgers from St. Johns and Clarke...maybe I need to put Pig on the list...



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