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Some Of Our Favorite
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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

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.

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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!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


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.

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.

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  • clb239
    Club Member
    • Oct 2016
    • 580
    • Farmville, Va
    • Smokers / Grills
      Weber 22" w/ SnS & GrillGrates
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      OKJ Bandera
      22" Blackstone
      Meadow Creek PR42G

      Thermometers
      Lavatools Javelin
      Thermoworks Thermopen mk4
      Maverick XR-50
      Maverick ET-732
      Maverick ET-735

    Top | #1

    Suggestions - Nashville - Memphis

    I am going to be traveling through Memphis and Nashville next month...Probably only one night in each city...looking for BBQ suggestions;

    Nashville I am considering Pat Martin's BBQ Joint

    Memphis I am considering Memphis BBQ Co. - I know it is just outside Memphis or The Rendezvous....

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...I will be pictures and comments from my travels...

    clb239
  • Spacecase
    Club Member
    • Dec 2017
    • 114
    • Florida
    • Proud owner of: PK 360, 18 inch Weber Smokey Mountain, 22 inch Weber Kettle, Weber Jumbo Joe, Weber Smokey Joe, Weber E-310, and Rec Tec Trailblazer.

    Top | #2
    It's not BBQ, but save room for a trip to Gus's in Memphis. http://gusfriedchicken.com/

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    • clb239
      clb239 commented
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      Malcolm Reed mentioned Gus's on his podcast. Unfortunately my trip to Memphis will be extremely brief. i may go for some fried chicken to give me a break from BBQ.
  • texastweeter
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 1970
    • Republic of Texas

    Top | #3
    Nashville hit up Prince's Hot Chicken, and yes, you gotta hit Rendezvous!

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    • clb239
      clb239 commented
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      Prince's or Hattie B's is on the list for some Hot Chicken...

    • texastweeter
      texastweeter commented
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      clb239 go with the original, Prince's. Do yourself a favor and go ahead an put the toilet paper in the freezer.
  • xaugievike
    Club Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 569
    • Chicagoland
    • Weber Genesis 300 series
      Weber Summit Charcoal With custom grill center
      Weber Performer w/SNS
      PBC
      Blackstone 22" TableTop Griddle
      Ooni Pro Pizza oven

    Top | #4
    Nashville - Loveless Cafe. Thank me later.

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    • clb239
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      This will likely be my B-Fast stop...the breakfast menu looks awesome...

    • grantgallagher
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      Second this. I was there with the wife in september. Biscuits are phenomenal.

    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      Loveless Cafe FTW!!
  • grantgallagher
    Club Member
    • Feb 2018
    • 669
    • NJ

    Top | #5
    Trying to remember the name of the bbq place we hit up when i was there in spetember. I think it was jacks. I remember being disappointed. Also, dont even think about trying to go anywhere on broadway...its a zoo.

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    • Steve R.
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 1911
      • Elizabethtown, KY
      • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 22.5" Original Premium kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Old Country Over and Under smoker; PBC; Weber Ranch Kettle w/ Guru adapter.

      Top | #6
      For Memphis, we really enjoyed Central BBQ. Rendezvous was pretty good, not great.

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      • JonnyB
        Club Member
        • Feb 2016
        • 115
        • Clarksville, TN
        • JonnyB
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          Old Country BBQ Pits Over and Under stick burner
          Smoke Canyon Vertical gas smoker
          3 Embers gas grill
          Maverick 732 thermometer
          Creator of Son of a Butcher Barbeque Apparel
          https://teespring.com/stores/son-of-a-butcher-barbeque

        Top | #7
        In Nashville, Martins and Peg Leg Porker are really good. Puckett's Grocery is good too, if you are in the downtown area. Jack's on Broadway was pretty good when I last had it, but that was several years ago. I'd rather walk around the corner and go to Puckett's now. Stay away from Jack's on Trinity Lane. There are also some good pop-up bbq places, Zilla's BBQ being one. You can find him on Instagram. If you want company, hit me up and I'll make the short drive down! lol
        In Memphis, I had Central BBQ but was not impressed. Maybe it was just an off day or it could have been the cockroach sitting on the windowsill next to me. But there are a ton of choices in Memphis, so throw a dart at the map. I go through Memphis on my way home to Texas, but I'm usually saving myself for the meat coma that starts when I hit Texarkana and continues all the way to Lubbock.

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        • klflowers
          Club Member
          • Sep 2015
          • 1966
          • Tennessee

          Top | #8
          I have had Central and Rendezvous, but it was some years ago. If memory serves, I liked Rendezvous a little better, but I didn't think either of them lived up to their reputations. Can't remember any others - I am usually visiting family, and I have some serious pitmasters in the Memphis branch of the family. Next time I am out there I will post some pics.

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          • VideoWolf88
            Club Member
            • Mar 2018
            • 188
            • Rickman, TN
            • Charbroiled Tru Infrared gas grill
              Pit Barrel Cooker
              Maverick digital thermometer

            Top | #9
            If you're coming in on I-40 and need to stop in middle Tennessee, Moogies in Cookeville isn't a bad trip. Big fan of their fresh pork rinds.

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