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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

Click here to order from Amazon

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



Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

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  • Top | #181
    Brother, I am absolutely delighted to see all yall's Hard Work payin off so handsomely!!!!
    Yer an inspiration to us all!!!!


    • Top | #182
      Sounds like a winner already Paul!


      • Top | #183
        Congrats. It's great when someone puts in the work to become successful, and even better when I feel I know the person.


        • Top | #184
          Congrats! Love reading your stories and where this journey is taking you.


          • Top | #185
            Good luck brother my journey continues too, currently working planning permission for my smokehouse!


          • Top | #186
            What a journey!

            Originally posted by PaulstheRibList View Post
            Our trailer arrived late October 2016. It's still really pretty, but a few things have broken. Like the slide out on the generator tray. Putting that 300 pound big honda in the bed of my truck and taking it out for every move is, well, a lot of work! I changed the new slide out, but had to make 2 runs to the store, turning what I hoped would be a 30 minute project into 2.5 hours.
            In the past, my company has outfitted commercial, first responder and military vehicles with custom slide out trays. While I've exited that sector, I can hook you up with a couple of companies that can set you up with a slide that will outlast your trailer. I still get calls from past customers looking for tips on removing and reinstalling into replacement vehicles because my 800 number is on the slide. Just drop me a PM.


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              Will do!!

            • PaulstheRibList
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              It won't let me send you a PM...
              Dude, Thanks for thinking of me!

              Yep, that 300 pound generator is a strain on the slide. I'd love to get some info on upgrading our slide!


              Thanks, again!

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              Email sent!

          • Top | #187
            Our to do list on the RV includes an eating tour of LA. You will be one of the stops - probably multiple stops till we sample the entire menu. Keep living the dream, amigo...


          • Top | #188
            I’d like reservations for two please.


          • Top | #189
            Paul - Congrats. You have worked very hard for this and deserve all of the success you will receive. Keep posting photos of your happy customers.


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              Running a business is FUN! It's also a lot of work n such. One of the fun things I like to do is promote events and such that I care about in my business. I'm doing just that for the 1st two weeks of October, giving away 50 tickets to a Christian concert night for my favorite artist, David Crowder.

              If your memory is really sharp, you may recall that I and our Rib Shack crew have already cooked for Crowder...TWICE! This will make #3, and we are pumped!

              If any of you want to drive to Lake Charles, Sunday, Oct 14, I'll buy your ticket to join us for that night! Plus, you can help me cook for the artists and volunteers that night!

              Here are the first 20 winners! We had 69 entries so far, and there's 10 days to go!
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              I really love Crowder and his friends at Six Step Records. Here is a good sampling of the CD's, Books and DVD's from him and those guys from my shelf. I've given away hundreds of their books, cd's and talks. I'll update ya'll with pictures of our cook!
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              • Top | #191
                Hey My friends!

                Guess what? We got some more smokers here at Paul's Rib Shack!

                I bet you can't guess what type of pits, can you?

                If you said Stickburner, you've been keeping up with our little bit of barbecue fun!

                Not just any stickburner, either, but from Austin Smoke Works, started by John Lewis, Sr. 1,000 gallon propane tank conversions, with huge, insulated fireboxes and gigantic draw-inducing stacks of glory, painted RibShackRed!

                Well, I'll just let you take a look at them. This is the first picture that he sent me of the finished work:
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                What do ya'll think! Sam and Colin accompanied me up to outiside of Austin. It got cold! Nevertheless, we spent about 90 minutes taking pictures and talking before the load-up started.
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                And, yes, they are shiny! Since the firebox is insulated, we can go with a 2-part automotive paint, which should be good to 500 or so degrees.
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                The straight-up reflection only pic!
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                This one is so gorgeous! Shame it's missing the Paul's Rib Shack hat. The wind was blowing and the hat just didn't cooperate fully!
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                John Lewis, Sr. has retired and handed the reigns to Jimbo Glass. They have been building the pit's at Jimbo's shop for the last several years, and I am Jimbo's first customer on his own. These are pits # 1 and 2 from Austin Smoke Works by Jimbo Glass.
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                They are nearly 4' wide, so I had to borrow a Gooseneck trailer to go pick them up.
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                And, of course, we had to stop at Bucc-ees for a pic! This is pit #8 or #9, I'll have to recount, that I've purchased in Texas and brought back, every one with a stop at that Disney World for rednecks, Bucc-ees!
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                Next Post I'll unload them and we'll decorate for Christmas!
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                  RonB we used one of them for turkey breasts on Thanksgiving morning! I'll share that soon.

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                  Those are two magnificent beasts!! Congrats!

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                  Paul, I'm sorry to be the one to say this. I don't think the color is right for you. If you want to drop them off at my house, I promise to paint my house red!

              • Top | #192
                PaulstheRibList ..... wow, amazing pits ... those things are beautiful!


                • Top | #193
                  Wow! The cooking capacity you have is amazing! Great looking pits! Have fun and good fortune to you!


                  • Top | #194
                    Gorgeous! And you have made your wood supplier very, very happy as well as the rest of your purveyors! Those smokers can handle a lot of meat.


                    • Top | #195
                      "SMOKING" That is just amazing. Look forward to what's to come.