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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

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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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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

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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).

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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

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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

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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

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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, 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
    • 669
    • NJ

    Top | #1

    Chicago food and phish trip

    so im here in chitown visiting a friend. We are hitting up the three night phish run at allstate arena but also doing a bit of a culinary tour.

    flew in this morning and landed around 7 chicago time. After getting to my buddies house and indulging in an early morning glass of bourbon, we hit calumet fisheries. Picked up some fried shrimp, fried smelt, smoked shrimp and a big hunk of smoked salmon. Enjoyed it on the docks with a nice blanc de blanc champagne. Salmon not pictured because we didnt open it yet but will shoot it later.

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  • scottranda
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 1449
    • Charlotte, NC

    Top | #2
    Eat some GUMBO and get your Weekapaug Groove on!

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    • Troutman
      Member Recipe Director
      • Aug 2017
      • 6272
      • Republic of Texallence

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      Top | #3
      I grew up on the Southside of Chi, never thought much of Calumet City to be honest, but some of those fish joints all along the lake front have some killer seafood. I guarantee they didn't catch those shrimp in Lake Michigan !!!

      (Bourbon for breakfast? That's the spirit [pun intended] !!! )

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      • EdF
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        grantgallagher I was thinking about those fried smelts myself!

      • Troutman
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        I can remember as a kid we used to ride our bikes up to the Sheridan Road bridge over Wilmette Harbor next to the Bahai Temple on the Northside where a guy had a little shack where he'd sell smoked whitefish fresh caught from the lake. In my mind's eye that somehow was the best fish I ever tasted. Ahhh Troutman in his youth !!!

      • EdF
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        I've smoked whitefish, and it is awesome!
    • grantgallagher
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      • Feb 2018
      • 669
      • NJ

      Top | #4
      Next step is smoque tonight before the show. Pics to come

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      • grantgallagher
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        • Feb 2018
        • 669
        • NJ

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        • Mosca
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          Best brisket I've ever had. The night we were there the flat was excellent, so maybe a bad night, yes.
      • troymeister
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        Top | #6
        Calumet Fisheries on the 95th St Bridge....Just think "The Blues Brothers"

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        • CaptainMike
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          Top | #7
          Man, you guys are livin' large!

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          • JGo37
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            NO kidden' !!
        • grantgallagher
          Club Member
          • Feb 2018
          • 669
          • NJ

          Top | #8
          Ok. So the brisket at smoque is to die for as long as you get the point. The flat was dryyyy. Maybe just an off day. The real star of the night was the salmon from calumet. All i can say is wow

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          • grantgallagher
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            The guy at the store said they cook it for about five hours then smoke for an hour. Ill be damed if i can figure that one out

          • Mr. Bones
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            Dayum, that looks Great!!!

          • grantgallagher
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            You have no idea. It was literally perfect. Seasoned with garlic, pepper, and nommmm
        • grantgallagher
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          • Feb 2018
          • 669
          • NJ

          Top | #9
          Today we are hitting up SKY for brunch.

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          • grantgallagher
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            Btw, the phish show was probably one of the best first sets ive ever seen. Tried to upload video but im getting an error that its too big

          • allsid
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            I want to see that video-
        • allsid
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          Top | #10
          a PYITE opener really sets the tone for a show, doesn't it grantgallagher ?

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          • RichieB
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            • Apr 2018
            • 673
            • Western Mass

            Top | #11
            My son is a phishhead. He been one since high school About 16. He's 40. Just went to 2 shows in Albany. He goes every new year to MSG. Pretty sure he's going again. grantgallagher you might have walked by him or sat next to him if u r a long time fan. He's been all over the country. He's been to 119 and counting.
            ​​​​

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            • grantgallagher
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              I havent been to that many but probably 50+. Im at msg every year but these days dont travel much for shows. Used to go all up and down the east coast.
          • JGo37
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            Top | #12
            I would have had to try the Frog Legs Friccasee. It's a Missoura thing..

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            • grantgallagher
              Club Member
              • Feb 2018
              • 669
              • NJ

              Top | #13
              Pics from SKY. This place just missed out on a michelin star. The food was really great. Three course prix fix. This is just a few dishes from the table.

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              • grantgallagher
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                • Feb 2018
                • 669
                • NJ

                Top | #14
                Somw pretty cool light show shots from the shows

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