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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.



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.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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.

Click here to read our detailed review

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order



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The Adventure Continues: Welcome to PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com

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    The Adventure Continues: Welcome to PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com

    Journey's are fun! Sometimes hard, sometimes exhilarating, usually involving a lot of work, and often blessed by the generosity and wisdom of others, as in Meathead teaching me how to smoke meat over live fire!

    The next step in the Barbecue Adventure here at #theRibList is...opening a Barbecue Trailer and Vending/Catering/Events business, PaulsRibShackBarbecue.com. I've had so much fun cooking barbecue and making friends through it, I've decided to increase our capacity to do more of that by buying a FoodTruck/Trailer and serving up some tasty Barbecue!

    A friend made me a logo, and I decided to make it a little more modern. Then I asked my graphic/photographer/website person to make a Patriotic rendition. She added this Flame of Freedom to it, and rather than being a Patriotic Rendition, it's our Full Time Logo!

    What do ya'll think?
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    I've been working on designing and sourcing a trailer since about 9 months, and last Wednesday, a buddy and I got in my truck and headed up to Nashville to pick it up!
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    She is BIG!!!! 26 feet long, not including the V-Nose. 8.5 foot ceilings. 13 foot of Kitchen, and a 11 foot deck for Smokers!

    On the back hangs a Myron Mixon 72xc, a Stickburner with 47 SQUARE FEET of Cooking space, on 3 grates that are nearly 6 foot by 3 foot each!
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    Inside, all the fixin's Here's the Prep Counter with storage above and below. Stainless counters with rolled fronts, and they stick out beyond the cabinet's so your feet can fit beneath.
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    Toward the front, Fridge on the left. Winston CVAP warming cabinet will arrive next week and go next to the fridge. Handwash and 3 part sink in the front, with lots of storage above. On the right, a shadowbox for a TV and menu's, the serving window and counter, and a 2 compartment steam table. AC at the top. Rubberized flooring. Everything is stainless or Aluminium.
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    My new 2008 GMC 2500 has the 6.0 gasser in it. Only about 12 MPG normally, 13.6 hwy on the drive up. However, you tag on this great big, tall trailer, 3850 pounds before you put on the smoker (1,800 pounds) and other gear... Well, if you pull her 75 MPH in the hills of Alabama, it stays in 4th gear, about 3,600 RPM and you get a whopping 5.6 MPG. Slow down to 65 on the flatlands, it will stay in 5th gear, about 2,400 RPM, and tuck in behind an 18 wheeler, and that rises to a whole 8 MPG! My brother offered his 2500 with the Diesel for our next long trip!
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    A New Day has Dawned here at #theRibList, it's #theRibShack!
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    Oh man, that trailer is gorgeous! Best of luck in business, I have a dream of doing the same!


    • Top | #3
      That is awesome Paul! Wish you the best success


      • Top | #4
        Nice looking logo Paul, along with a nice looking rig! I have 2 RV gates on my property. I DARE you to beat the winter snap and come to my house in Arizona for "seasoning" of the pit. Well done sir.


        • Top | #5
          Whoah! That's beautiful. What's your business plan?


          • Top | #6
            Congratulations Paul, what a beautiful setup! Good luck, I'm sure you'll be successful!


            • Top | #7
              Congrats BISHOP! The trailer looks awesome and the logo too! Lots of great ideas in that rig!

              Is that going to be what you use for the Crowder concert?


              • Top | #8
                So awesome, all the best in this venture!

                Im looking forward to some pics of that monster in action!


                • Top | #9
                  Too purdy, too purdy!!!


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                    Originally posted by Pit Boss View Post
                    Whoah! That's beautiful. What's your business plan?
                    Excellent question! That's what the Entrepreneur asks. Here's the basic outline:

                    1. Restaurants that are profitable do a couple of things: Food is Good, Experience is Fun, and if you're a local/theme shop, the more Noteworthy/Authentic/Storytelling the better. If you can do these things, customers WANT the experience, and are a little less sensitive to price. This allows your place to be busy AND profitable.

                    2. Build a Following. I was a commercial loan officer for 16 years, and I hated restaurant loan requests. Most folks really neglect the Build a Following part of the equation. They assume there idea/food is so great people will find them. That's a risky bet. Better bet is to do the work and Build a Following. Launching a food truck takes operational quality, vibe and a following. We are going to work at building a following before we do lots of vending days. I've accidentally been doing this for over a year. Cook for charity events. Give away Ribs for 50 Party Gift Certificates to Charities (raised $12,000 for charities so far). Bring a box full of the best drumsticks folks have ever had to offices - the variable cost of doing this is small if you already have someone on the trailer and the smoker lit. The impression is great, and now a dozen or so people will be talking about you for a week. Smoke really good Barbecue! There are no really good BBQ joints around here. Not even any that are consistently good. The field is wide open for someone to raise the bar. Authentic Cookers, using natural products in a rustic process - if there's no active woodpile out by the smoker...

                    3. We'll do vending days at events that bring their own crowd. There is one really successful food truck in town. We've become friends, he's my restaurant commissary and he and some others have made some successful events that draw a crowd. We'll be there and be ready to serve at least a guest a minute with a 2 person serving crew. A guest every 30 seconds with a 3 person serving crew.

                    4. Emphasize catering in the beginning, as we build operational capacity and a larger crew. I need 3 medium size catering gigs at only 30% margin (after variable costs of food, supplies and labor) to pay for the trailer. That's the minimum.

                    5. Social media helps you keep your connection with that following. @BishopofBBQ and @GetOntheRibList

                    6. If we are having fun, making money and selling out, consider a land based option as Phase 2 down the road.
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                    • ecowper
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                      I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to make a special swing through LA once you are solidly up and running! :-)

                    • PaulstheRibList
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                      Right on with that, ecowper!

                    • 6th Borough BBQ
                      6th Borough BBQ commented
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                      Wow that was great! Thank you.

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                    Originally posted by Nate View Post
                    Congrats BISHOP! The trailer looks awesome and the logo too! Lots of great ideas in that rig!

                    Is that going to be what you use for the Crowder concert?
                    The Crowder Concert has been my Launch Date, creating the Urgency to Make it Happen! Crowder is 12 days away, and short of having all the graphics on the trailer, we will be totally ready! (Full Bone-In Beef Short Ribs for Crowder!!!)


                    • Nate
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                      Awesome and Congrats... Anxious to see some pics! Also anxious to hear how that mixon smoker does! Wish the wife and I could road trip down for the show and the inaugural launch of the new trailer.

                  • Top | #12
                    Wow Paul - that's a great looking trailer. good, no, great luck in your now venture.


                    • Top | #13
                      Looks fantastic, and I wish you great success!!!

                      Sorry that them trailer-makin' folk was all sold outta the BIG ones, but I reckon ya' still done purty good, as she sets!

                      With my warmest wishes for success, and my best regards to you, and your'n!


                      • Top | #14
                        The Bishop of BBQ...👌 Brilliant slogan. The logo looks great too. The trailer, smokers are absolutely beautiful, first class. People that know BBQ will bow down to your rig!!! It sounds like you've got a solid business plan now it's time to execute.👍 You are going to need some additional help because people that really know BBQ are going to want you to give them a tour of your beautiful setup. If you're trapped in the kitchen you can't entertain your customers with BBQ stories during their tour.😆

                        Paul I wish nothing but the best for you and your new project.🤑 Having a job you love is not like real work. Having fun for 12 to 18 hours a day ought to be illegal.😎


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                          May your smoke make many people smile.