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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.

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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.

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'.

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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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.

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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Tips for great BBQ in CA needed!

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  • mattias
    Former Member
    • Mar 2015
    • 18
    • Sweden

    Top | #1

    Tips for great BBQ in CA needed!

    Where else should I turn to find the best BBQ places in the triangle of Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Las Vegas? Me and my family will travel to America for a holiday during easter and I'd love to soon real BBQ!
    So hit me!
  • tbob4
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 1872
    • Chico, CA
    • BBQ's
      California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
      California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
      Santa Maria Grill
      Vision Grill

      Sierra Nevada IPA


    Top | #2
    smokinfatties - A call out to you.


    • smokinfatties
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      LOL i just finished a novel below
  • smokinfatties
    Club Member
    • Oct 2015
    • 551
    • Upland, CA
    • Paul Arquette

      18.5" WSM + stoker
      KBQ C-60
      Weber 22" Kettle + S'n'S + GrillGrates
      BGE XL
      Yoder YS640

    Top | #3
    Hi Mattias!

    I am somewhat familiar with the areas you have mentioned. To start, in Los Angeles, there are a couple places that I have tried and would recommend-

    Maple Block Meat Co- 3973 Sepulveda Blvd
    Culver City, CA 90230

    Bludsoes BBQ
    609 N La Brea Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Not sure if you have a strict itenerary, but San Diego is an excellent place to visit! And it also happens to be the home of my personal favorite BBQ spot on the West Coast-

    Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado- 302 32nd St
    San Diego, CA 92104

    b/t Thorn St & Upas St
    North Park

    They are open wednesday - saturday and have two shifts (lunch and dinner). On sunday, they do an Argentinian style Asado at 12pm for lunch

    Their Brisket is as close as you'll get to Texas style at a restaurant on the west coast. They sell out of brisket and short ribs fairly quickly so make sure you get there when they open. There's always a line!

    Check their website facebook and twitter accounts out as they give updates on when they sell out etc

    San Diego is a couple hours from LA. Being from California, I much prefer San Diego for a vacation over Los Angeles (I am familiar and have lived in most areas around southern California).
    I know there are some pit members from Las Vegas, but I personally have not heard of any to die for BBQ restaurants in Vegas. There are places like Lucille's smokehouse which I would say is decent for a chain, but not knock-your-socks-off good. A website/app that you can use to check into restaurants is Yelp (www.yelp.com). Not all reviews are reliable (some people love to complain and are never happy), but you can get a general idea of the type of food a restaurant serves and some of the recommended dishes.

    Palm Springs- No good BBQ joints to my knowledge in that area, although they do have some great BBQ competitions there. None that i know of while youre visiting

    A couple other novel ideas for you-

    If you are here on the 6th of April, there is a BBQ comp at Santa Anita (not far from Los Angeles), where you can try samples of competition BBQ. They also have horse races at the Santa Anita Park that day, its a pretty fun event! Admission is reasonable (about $25 but you may have to buy more tasting tickets than what's included with the admission package).

    Although it's expensive ($400 USD) my highest recommendation would be to take a BBQ class while you're here in California from Harry Soo in Diamond Bar, CA (about 30 mins outside LA). Harry is a wonderful guy and his class is excellent to learn some great tips to step your BBQ game up (I have taken the class twice). Not only that, but you will try some insanely good BBQ during the class! You can independently look for reviews to validate my claim but there are a few others that can vouch for Harry's class and people do travel from all around the world to take the class!) They are held on Saturday mornings. He hasn't yet posted his April date but you should definitely try to make that class happen if you can afford it and if it works into your schedule.

    Hope this helps!




    • mattias
      mattias commented
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      Wow! Thank you! Much more than what I hoped for! San Diego sounds good.
      And what do you know! It looks like I am gonna be there the 6th of April! Excited to say the least!
  • PappyBBQ
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 498
    • Los Angeles
    • Equipment:
      Brinkman Gas/Charcoal duo with offset firebox
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Maverick Remote Temperature Gizmo with Pit and meat probes
      Thermopen Instant thermo

    Top | #4
    Interesting smokinfatties ! The space occupied by Maple Block used to be a family owned Italian restaurant that had been there for YEARS. I lamented their closing! I live close to this place and now I'm going to have to stop in and take a taste test. It's rare to find a place that turns out great BBQ here in LA IMHO. I mean, there are places, it's just that what I've been turning out thanks to this amazing site is typically a dang sight better and FAR less expensive.


    • smokinfatties
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      I 100% agree! Maple block is good, but not knock your socks off, and I think most of the stuff I make at home would rival what they make. The only place that I think is better than what I make is Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado. I am pretty proud of my brisket but theirs is amazing!

    • PappyBBQ
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      Think we have an advantage because we're not trying to make mass quantities! Where in the city are you located? I've always though it would be fun to have an LA group get together...
  • Greasy
    Charter Member
    • Jun 2015
    • 196
    • Oahu
    • Traeger Pro 22
      18.5 WSM
      Weber Kettle with SNS
      Weber Genesis
      Weber Smokey Joe

    Top | #5
    I used to go to Dr Hogly Wogly in Van Nuys when I used to live in the area. http://hoglywogly.com/


    • mattias
      mattias commented
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      Sounds like a great place for BBQ. Will for sure try that one! Thanks!
  • mattias
    Former Member
    • Mar 2015
    • 18
    • Sweden

    Top | #6
    Thank you all - but my plans for the trip have changed... First off I will land at LAX, LA on the evening of the 6th of april, will stay in LA until Saturday when we will travel to Palm Springs where we will stay most of the time, a three day trip to Las Vegas is also planned.

    So tips for great BBQ places in LA, Palm Springs and Las Vegas is greatly appreciated. And of course if there are places near the road of an hour from Palm Springs.

    Thank you my fellow US BBQ-nerds.




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