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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 | #226
    Construction Update #1, continued...
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    Around the Vent Hood area, you need Metal Studs, or you have to offset the vent hood 6" from the wall. Metal studs it is!

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    I'm raising the ceiling in the kitchen to 9', so we have a roomier feel, and more room for upper shelf storage above the tables and the fridges. It's SO BIG!!!! something like 43 x 13.

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    This the carpenter for the exterior work. YEah!

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    Metal studs and rear portion covered up. That center roof section is coming out soon, new roofline on the kitchen.

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    Now the front part of the kitchen expansion! Notice the larger model of the Kindling Cracker in the picture, as well as the Ash can!

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    The back section with lights!

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    Now you can see that roof on the kitchen is gone, and that beautiful 9' ceiling is getting ready! Notice the beautiful, majestic Oaks in the backyard!

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    TheOakTrees, my friends! So great! All day shade in the backyard seating, next to the smokehouse!
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    • Mr. Bones
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      Sweet Progress!
      I'm so Stoked fer yall; this is a Big Event, in my book!
      Love them oak trees, bein from Druid stock!

    • PaulstheRibList
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      "bein from druid stock" so fun!

  • Top | #227
    Thanks Paul! My mom is doing well. I'm sure I'll make it in relatively soon. Making lots of trips that way. I'm hoping to swing by and grab some grub on my way to DeRidder. I'll bring a load up the road and spread the joy!


    • Top | #228
      Beautiful, Paul. We will be down there before the end of the year. Got a trip to the NE for the wife to get out of the way first.


      • Top | #229
        Thanx for the update Paul! Everything is lookin' good and I am lookin' forward to more updates.


        • Top | #230
          Love it!! Keep on trucking.


          • Top | #231
            Dudes, we're getting close! I've never worked so hard in my life.

            This, my friends, is a grease trap. 1,000 gallons and expensive!
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            My concrete guys' crew had trouble (he fired a couple of them) so I took over and did the form boards setup, making sure it was square and level for the pitroom.
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            Now the pour!!
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            Sam getting on the news, again!
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            Now we're putting the pits on the slab...all 3 of them! First, the new Myron Mixon 1k all wood fired cabinet style smoker!
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            Now, the custom 9 food cutting board base for our cutting station, complete with the Flame of Freedom inlayed in Cherry!
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            Back to construction: had to trench a line for the electric to be moved - we're going to remove our electric pole and go underground.
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            • Troutman
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              That's it ROAD TRIP !!!!!!

          • Top | #232
            I'm still lovin' your journey Paul. Please keep the updates comin'. And I know you will...


            • Top | #233
              VERY IMPRESSED !!!!!!
              You have ur game on HIGH !!


              • Top | #234
                Wow. This is big BBQ business. It is so exciting to follow along with your journey, PaulstheRibList . I wish you all the best. You so deserve it!



                • Top | #235
                  What an absolutely stunning rig. I am humbled each and every day I log onto this site. Prior to joining I thought I was obsessed/dedicated/knowledgeable/over the top......I have not even made it to tee-ball, let alone the big leagues!!

                  Congratulations and good luck with your business ,I am sure you will be successful!!

                  Little fish in the freakn' ocean!


                  • FireMan
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                    So you are the little guy in yer picture, 🕶

                • Top | #236
                  Wow is all I got this mornin, Brother!
                  Ya can always say ya built this shack, literally from th ground, up!
                  I know alla yalls hard work will be richly rewarded by th opportunity to do even more hard work, operatin th new place...
                  Keep up th good work, an take a rest, now an again, so ya'll be healthy, an able to keep on doin this...
                  Poor Sam looks purty miserably uncomfortable to be in th media spotlight, please tell him I said" Fine Job, all around!"


                  • Top | #237
                    Man I can't wait to get down that way and try some of your q. Looking like great progress, wishing you all the best.


                    • Mr. Bones
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                      Yet another Pit BBQ Destination, huh? I eagerly await yalls arrival, even yer 'bean stingy' Mrs., lol!

                    • klflowers
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                      I know Mr. Bones. I need to get travelling.

                  • Top | #238
                    This is awesome Paul! Loved your story in Instagram too. It looks like the dream is really coming together! Hard work pays off!


                    • Top | #239
                      Wow! What a journey and project. Getting closer.


                      • Top | #240
                        Thank you all for your kindness and encouragement!

                        I'll be candid for a minute: This project is SO HARD. I've never worked harder in my life. And I'm not one to shy away from hard work. Every day I get new challenges and questions and things to remember. Sometimes, it's not all that fun. But, like Jesus said in John 16, a woman in childbirth has great pain, but she forgets it all when the joy comes from the birth of the beautiful baby! I'm sure I'll look back on this season as a fun story when we are up and running and it's going great.

                        Well, I tried to upload these pics with last night's post, but it just didn't work. Here are some pics of our building and the fantastic lights in the majestic Oaks!
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                        I'm hoping you are sensing a theme here: RED. RibShackRed. This color is called Show Stopper. I agree!
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                        I'm having so much fun lighting up these beautiful trees!
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                        This is the view from high atop my manlift, about midnight. It's a 45' lift, and I'm near the top of the front trees. So great!
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                        The trees and lights work so well with the red smokers, don't you think?
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                        Here's your hint about the interior decor: Sinker Cyprus Trim and Accents! Flooring going in tomorrow, then the trim next week!
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                        Thank you all for helping me get folks on #theRibList

                        Your friendly, neighborhood @BishopofBBQ,
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                        • texastweeter
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                          Nice that sinker is expensive stuff, but beautiful. My mantle is wormwood hickory only because I couldn't find a hand made cypress sinker one at first Monday in Canton.