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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!

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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).

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'.

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.

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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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  • Ribber
    Former Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 169
    • Central Florida

    Top | #1

    BBQ in Boston, Ma.

    My wife and I are going to Boston this October for the first time to visit my daughter and son-in-law. We are very excited about the trip. Can Bostonians do the Q? Can anyone give any recommendations on a BBQ joint/restauran?. I don't know if the kids are much into Q much so I wanted to see what the good folks here think. Thanks in advance.
  • Ribber
    Former Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 169
    • Central Florida

    Top | #2
    My post makes me sing the Pink Floyd song that goes " Is there anybody...OUT THERE!"

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    • EdF
      EdF
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 3277
      • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
      • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
        Karubeque C-60
        Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
        TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
        Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
        Thermapen
        Thermapen Air
        ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
        Thermoworks Hi temp IR
        BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
        Various other stuff

      Top | #3
      American BBQ in Rowley and Beverly is good. Tennessee BBQ in Danvers. Blue Ribbon BBQ in West Newton used to be awesome, but I haven't been there in a few years. Guess it depends on where you'll be in the area. I also don't know much about "in the city" joints.

      A few years back, I was looking into American BBQ to cater to a group of colleagues doing a bike trip, but after toting everything up, decided to do it myself. It may have been even better! ;-)

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      • Ribber
        Former Member
        • Jun 2016
        • 169
        • Central Florida

        Top | #4
        EdF Thank you. My daughter and son-in-law live in Jamaica Plain just a few blocks from the Sam Adams Brewery.

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        • EdF
          EdF
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 3277
          • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
          • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
            Karubeque C-60
            Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
            TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
            Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
            Thermapen
            Thermapen Air
            ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
            Thermoworks Hi temp IR
            BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
            Various other stuff

          Top | #5
          I guess I don't have any in-town BBQ recommendations. But a nice place to check out in Kenmore Square is the Island Creek Oyster place - best oysters in the universe.

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          • Ribber
            Ribber commented
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            Just checked out their website. That's a must. That's singing our song. Thanks for the tip!
        • Danjohnston949
          In Memoriam
          • Dec 2014
          • 4630
          • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

          Top | #6
          Ribber, I think as EdF said going to Boston looking for BBQ is a little like going to Memphis looking for Lobster! Just plain Bass Ackward! It's been years since I last was in Boston, but I know if you go to the Boston Harbor you can view Old Ironsides (USS Constitution), very Historic and full of Seafood Restaurants! Enjoy your trip!
          Eat Well and Prosper! From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

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          • Ribber
            Ribber commented
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            Their is nothing I would like to do more than to see Old Ironsides. I hope we have time for that. Thanks for pitching in!
        • Mitrakas
          Former Member
          • Jun 2016
          • 115
          • Marlboro, MA

          Top | #7
          If you are in Boston probably the best bbq in or around the city is Redbones in Somerville They are pretty authentic. Have not been in a while. October is a great month to visit the City, weather is great that time of year. Hopefully there will be some baseball going on and you can check out Sweet Cheeks by Fenway park. Their pork belly is really good and their biscuits are as good as you will find (not a statement taken lightly). If you are out west of the city my hometown of Marlboro MA has a good spot called Firefly's that does a real nice job. But make sure you see lots of sights in the city and sample around the various culinary offerings the city has to offer. Have fun!

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          • Ribber
            Ribber commented
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            Fenway looks to be fairly close to Jamaica Plain. How do you visit Boston without going to Fenway? That would just be wrong! Just checked out Sweet Cheeks menu...awesome! The beers on tap are calling my name out loud. Thanks. Have a great Sunday!
        • Ribber
          Former Member
          • Jun 2016
          • 169
          • Central Florida

          Top | #8
          EdF Danjohnston949 Mitrakas Thank you so much! My daughter will have some things planned out but I will bring up some of these places and see what we can work out. Unfortunately we will only be there for a few days. I would love to be there a week but my daughter would probably go nuts by then. I'm really pumped about going though. Thanks again!

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          • PSULion
            Club Member
            • Jul 2016
            • 91
            • Near Boston

            Top | #9
            I second Sweet Cheeks! Few blocks up from Fenway Park on Boylston - everything was delicious and the biscuits w honey butter are outstanding 🐽🐽🐽 Enjoy your trip to Boston - Go Sox!

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            • Ribber
              Ribber commented
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              PSULion. Thanks for the second. Sweet Cheeks sounds like a must!
          • carolts
            Charter Member
            • Dec 2014
            • 264
            • Cookers:
              KBQ C-60C
              Primo Jr. + accessories
              Pit Barrel Cooker
              Weber Genesis propane
              Vintage PK Grill
              Frontgate portable infrared grill
              Propane Lobster/Corn cooker
              Magma Marine Kettle 2 Grill and Stove Party Size

              Gadgets:
              Looftlighter
              Weber charcoal chimney
              Chimney of Insanity
              BBQ Dragon
              BBQ Guru Party Q
              GrillGrates for all grills (including custom set for Primo)
              iGrill2 and iGrill mini
              Backlit Thermapen
              Stainless smokebox for gas grill
              sawdust "maze" for cold smoking

              Coffee stuff:
              Gene Cafe CBR101 Coffee Roaster
              Toddy cold brew coffee maker
              Cuisinart burr grinder
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              And, while cooking:
              Harpoon IPA
              Tuckerman's Pale Ale
              Wachusett Light IPA
              Dogfish Head American Beauty
              Bent Water Thunderfunk

            Top | #10
            +3 for Sweet Cheeks. I'm also a fan of Tennessee's in Danvers but that's very out of the way for you.

            There's been an influx of BBQ in the Boston area, most are taking advantage of a service called Fooda that does pop-up lunch/dinner spots. Prudential Center has several Fooda folks and I believe they are on a rotating basis. Fooda comes to our office for lunch, yesterday was Red-Eyed Pig, serving up real Carolina BBQ with actual vinegar sauce. The BBQ folks who participate in Fooda tend to be caterers for the most part, so no brick-and-mortar locations to direct you to. Also, many of the sauces in this area tend toward the sweet side so make sure to request yours on the side. Most places will be happy to accommodate you.

            I'm a big fan of Legal Seafood, the definitive Boston seafood restaurant. Each location has a slightly different menu, and most offer $1 oysters before 6pm in the bar. They are also the best place if you have food allergies or sensitivities and will alter the side dishes listed on the menu items upon request. I usually get plain steamed spinach as a side when we go there, not mentioned anywhere on the menu but they nearly always have it. They can also do gluten-free fried seafood -- chickpea flour and pan-fried, which is very tasty. Pricey but worth it!

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            • Ribber
              Former Member
              • Jun 2016
              • 169
              • Central Florida

              Top | #11
              carolts Thanks for the info. I spoke to my daughter on Sunday and she has a PLAN of places for food, beer, etc. But based on recommendations Sweet Cheeks sounds like a place that we just gotta make it to. I told my wife I wish we could stay a couple of more days to try to hit some of the places folks here have recommended. I appreciate your input!

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              • Atalanta
                Club Member
                • Jul 2016
                • 449
                • Barnsley's Ford
                • Grills: 22" Weber (wood handles) (another Weber on the way), Lodge Sportsman "hibachi"
                  Smoker: None yet, part of why I joined
                  Thermometer: 10+ yr old Taylor digital thermometer with remote
                  Sous Vide: Anovo Imersion Circulator (1st gen)
                  Coffee Roaster: Hot Top Coffee Roaster
                  Adult Beverages: Fighting Cock Bourbon, Leinny Shandy, Troegs Mad Elf

                Top | #12
                I've not been to boston in a while (spent a couple months there in college) and can't really suggest any good BBQ. However, if you hit historic Fanuel Hall, you have GOT to get some Durgin Park Baked Beans. THE Boston baked beans. And raise a toast at the Bull and Finch.

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                • Ribber
                  Ribber commented
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                  Thank you. I will do my best. I think we needed to plan a longer trip!
              • PSULion
                Club Member
                • Jul 2016
                • 91
                • Near Boston

                Top | #13
                Let us know how your trip went!

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                • Ribber
                  Ribber commented
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                  We are going mid-October. I will certainly check in. I hope to hit at least one of the places recommended to me. Thanks. Good luck to your beloved Nittany Lions this weekend!

                • PSULion
                  PSULion commented
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                  Enjoy your trip to NE - October is perfect time to visit! Let us know how the BBQ trip here goes ...and thanks for the PSU shout out 👍💙😀

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