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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

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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.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


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.

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.

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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!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

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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

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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

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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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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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  • grantgallagher
    Club Member
    • Feb 2018
    • 665
    • NJ

    Top | #1

    Anyone got food recommendations in San Diego?

    I will be out there for 5 days or so for a conference starting may 19th. Its at the convention center so we will be staying in the gas lamp district. Are there any must hit places for food?

    Thanks in advance.
  • Livermoron
    Charter Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 449
    • 22" Weber one touch w/roti and SnS
      PBC
      Volcano3
      Lodge Sportsman

    Top | #2
    Hodad's in downtown. Best burger on the West Coast.
    https://hodadies.com/

    Also in downtown, I like Stout Public House. A nice Irish pub, with surprisingly good food. The shepherd's pie is really good.
    http://www.stoutsd.com/
    Last edited by Livermoron; May 12th, 2018, 06:41 AM.

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    • T-bone
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      +1 for Hodad's

    • grantgallagher
      grantgallagher commented
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      The burgers on Hodad's website look pretty amazing
  • Thom Emery
    Former Member
    • Sep 2014
    • 473
    • Indio Ca

    Top | #3
    Fish Tacos are everywhere

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    • T-bone
      Club Member
      • Dec 2016
      • 323
      • Northern Virginia
        • Traeger Texas 075 (circa 2007)
        • Weber Genesis Gas Grill (circa 1997)
        • Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill
        • Anova WiFi Sous Vide
        • Tappecue WiFi Temperature Monitoring System
        • Thermapen
        • Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer
        You can take the boy out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the boy.

      Top | #4
      Try Las Cuatro Milpas for some old school Mexican food in San Diego's El Barrio:
      https://www.yelp.com/biz/las-cuatro-milpas-san-diego-2

      The Crack Shack (https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-crack-shack-san-diego) is very tasty and it's sister restaurant next door, Juniper & Ivy, is Chef Richard Blais' flagship restaurant. Juniper & Ivy is very pricey, but is an awesome dining experience.

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      • N227GB
        Club Member
        • Feb 2018
        • 236
        • Fort Myers, FL
        • ...

        Top | #5
        Island Prime. I'm not sure if they still do it, but they had a seafood buffet on Sundays that was outstanding. Small steam table trays that were constantly being replenished.

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        • grantgallagher
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          Im confused. The link embedded in your reply goes to Yelp for a place called Truckstop...

          I looked up island prime though and im always down with anywhere that actually has escargot on the menu.
      • KBaldwin
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 25
        • North Salt Lake, Utah

        Top | #6
        Blue water seafood market and grill is awesome for fish.

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        • grantgallagher
          Club Member
          • Feb 2018
          • 665
          • NJ

          Top | #7
          thanks for the responses guys. i will def try to hit some of them and report back the experience

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          • jerrybell
            Charter Member
            • Aug 2014
            • 205

            Top | #8
            I was going to recommend Anthony's Fish Grotto on the bay. I just looked it up to confirm I had the name right and found out they closed that location in Jan 2017, after 71 years - too bad.

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            • radshop
              Charter Member
              • Mar 2015
              • 320
              • Orange County CA
              • Lone Star Grillz 20x36 offset
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                PK Classic
                Weber Genesis gas grill
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                Weber Smokey Joe Silver
                Smoke Hollow 44 gas smoker
                Cheapo Brinkmann charcoal smoker with DIY propane conversion

              Top | #9
              Since you have 5 days if you want to get out of downtown, you can get an Uber out to Escondido and hit the Stone Brewing Company. The restaurant there is really good, and of course they have beer. I would get a reservation if you are going at peak time. I haven't done the brewery tour.

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              • grantgallagher
                grantgallagher commented
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                Its unlikely. The conference means long ass days, usually 14 hours or so. But if i get the chance i would love to visit Stone

              • radshop
                radshop commented
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                I kinda figured that might be the case, but doesn't hurt to throw it out there. I've spent a lot more time in other parts of San Diego County than in the downtown area.

              • mnavarre
                mnavarre commented
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                Stone also has a restaurant/brewery in Liberty Station, which is right by the airport. definitely not the same as the main facility in Escondido, but still worth checking out.
            • ecowper
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 2752
              • Maple Valley, WA
              • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
                Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

                Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
                Thermometer = Maverick ET732
                Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
                Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
                Thermapen Classic = Grey
                PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

                Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
                Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
                Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
                Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

                Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


                Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

              Top | #10
              Slater’s 50/50 .... greatest burger joint ever. Make your own creation .... can’t beat it .... and fantastic beer.

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              • ecowper
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                You will not be sorry if you go to Slater’s 50/50 .... the 50/50 stands for 50% ground beef, 50% ground bacon :-D

              • grantgallagher
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                Oh gtfoh...really?

              • ecowper
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                grantgallagher Serious as a heart attack! If you don’t like the 50/50 idea, you can have it 100% ground beef, though
            • ecowper
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 2752
              • Maple Valley, WA
              • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
                Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

                Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
                Thermometer = Maverick ET732
                Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
                Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
                Thermapen Classic = Grey
                PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

                Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
                Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
                Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
                Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

                Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


                Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

              Top | #11
              More expensive, and great Asian influenced seafood .... Roy’s up in LaJolla

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              • mnavarre
                Club Member
                • Jan 2018
                • 297
                • San Diego

                Top | #12
                I'll keep this to stuff that's near downtown, if you're willing to go a bit farther afield I can recommend more.

                The best burger is at The Balboa https://www.thebalboabarandgrill.com. Go during happy hour and the burger's $5.

                Half Door Brewing Co. is a few blocks from the Convention Center and a good place for lunch and a beer. Dinner's good, too. http://www.halfdoorbrewing.com. The same owners also own The Field, an Irish pub in the heart of the gaslamp, good fish & Chips.

                Cowboy Star is my favorite steak house. Spendy, but very, very worth it https://www.cowboystarsd.com/#best-steak-ever

                Lots of stuff in Little Italy. Monello and Mona Lisa are favorites https://www.lovemonello.com http://monalisalittleitaly.com
                There's an Argentinian steak house in Little Italy that I haven't tried yet, but hear good things.

                Las Cuatro Milpas and Salud! are both great for Mexican street food. They're both in Barrio Logan, just a few minutes from downtown.

                Barbecue? Grand Old BBQ y Asada in North Park. There's always a line, and they do sell out, but very legit http://grandolebbq.com

                Coop's West Texas BBQ is also very good. It's in Lemon Grove, about a 10 minute drive east of the city. http://coopsbbq.com

                That'll do for a start.

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