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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

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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.

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

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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.

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


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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

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

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  • Mosca
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 2883
    • PA
    • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

    Top | #31
    Happy dance!

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    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 10870
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        SNS
        Pizza insert
        Rotisserie
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        Chefalarm
        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      Top | #32
      Our son lives in Austin. I made the pilgrimage to Franklin the first time we visited him. As good as it was, I wouldn't do it again because there are a bunch of other Q joints I want to hit in that area.

      BTW - lour son sez most of the locals wait until after the crowd thins to go. You may not get exactly what you want every time, but whatever you get will be very good.

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      • Ray
        Ray
        Charter Member
        • Sep 2014
        • 233
        • Central IN
        • ​Green Mountain Davy Crockett pellet grill/smoker
          Weber Summit Gas grill
          Masterbuilt 30" electric smoker
          Maverick ET-733
          Thermapen
          ThemoPop thermometer
          Favorite beer: Fuller's ESB
          Favorite cheap beer: Old Chub or Robert the Bruce if they are ever on sale.
          Favorite wine: Cabernet Savignon, some Super Tuscans

        Top | #33
        I'd love to be there tomorrow morning, but I don't know how to pull it off from Indiana! Great post and what an experience. Thanks for sharing!

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        • au4stree
          Club Member
          • Aug 2018
          • 364
          • Birmingham, AL
          • Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC), PK360(graphite), Jumbo Joe and PBC. Weber kettle @ the hunting camp.

          Top | #34
          Thank you for taking us along with you. Great write up and pics. Not to mention you got to see the smokers, trifecta!

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          • HouseHomey
            Club Member
            • May 2016
            • 4127
            • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
            • Equipment
              Slow n Sear
              Drip n Griddle
              22" Weber Kettle
              26" Weber Kettle one touch
              Blackstone 36” Pro Series
              Sous vide machine
              Kitchen Aid
              Meat grinder
              sausage stuffer
              5 Crock Pots
              Akootrimonts
              Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
              cast iron pans,
              Dutch ovens
              Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, thermapop and maverick T-732 and various pocket instareads.
              The help and preferences
              1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
              KBB
              A 7 year old princess foster child
              Patience and patio furniture
              Lots of ice cubes
              "Baby Girl" The cat

              Erik S.

            Top | #35
            Oh god I miss whiskey!

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            • pjlstrat
              Club Member
              • May 2019
              • 202
              • Massachusetts
              • Grills
                Primo XL
                Weber Genesis w/ rotisserie

                Thermometers/Controllers
                Thermopen
                ThermaQ 2 Channel
                Party Q
                Smobot

              Top | #36
              Thank you for sharing, that was awesome to follow!

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              • jfmorris
                Club Member
                • Nov 2017
                • 2035
                • Huntsville, Alabama
                • Jim Morris

                  Cookers
                  • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
                  • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
                  • Weber Genesis Silver A w/ GrillGrates (2002)
                  • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
                  • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
                  • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
                  • Anova
                  Thermometers
                  • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
                  • Thermoworks Dot
                  • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
                  • Thermoworks RT600C
                  Beverages
                  • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

                Top | #37
                luvthemstillers Thanks for taking me on a journey to a place I would love to try, but will likely never see in person. My wife would NEVER EVER wait in line 6 hours for food of any sort. She doesn't like waiting 15 minutes to be seated. I would have to do this trip without her...

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                • DeusDingo
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                  i'll wait with you, leave the wife at the hotel!
              • smokin fool
                Club Member
                • Apr 2019
                • 640
                • Mississauga, Ont

                Top | #38
                Hmmm, does Southwest fly between Dallas and Austin, I'm in Dallas the end of Sept but doubt if I'll have time to bomb down to Austin

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                • obiQsmoker
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2018
                  • 143
                  • Seattle Area
                  • Started this tasty craziness in 2018.
                    Using a Traeger Silverton pellet smoker.
                    Home is the Seattle area...
                    So much to learn, but it’s a helluva fun education!

                  Top | #39
                  Wow, just wow. HUGE thanks for sharing with us. This little vicarious trip to Franklin’s has me drooling and looking at flights.
                  Whoa, says that little voice, check-in with the other half and .... well, we’ll work it out! Thanks man!

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                  • jgreen
                    Charter Member
                    • Oct 2014
                    • 2472
                    • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
                    • Cookers:
                      Broil King XL
                      Broil King Smoke
                      Weber Kettle 26
                      Grilla Pellet smoker
                      Capital 40 natural gas
                      Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

                      Thermometer:
                      Maverick 733
                      Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
                      Thermo works DOT (or two)
                      Fireboard (probably my favourite)
                      Thermworks Smoke (or two)

                      Accessories:
                      SnS (original, plus and XL)
                      DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
                      Vortex
                      Grillgrates
                      and, maybe some other toys as well

                    Top | #40
                    Great story. I would love to go sometime but agree my wife wouldn’t wait either. Thanks for sharing.

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                    • Jared49
                      Club Member
                      • Oct 2016
                      • 78
                      • Appleton, WI
                      • WSM-18.5"
                        Green Spot
                        Blues Hog

                      Top | #41
                      Awesome post, you da man!!

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                      • HawkerXP
                        Club Member
                        • Jul 2016
                        • 3933
                        • Northern Virginia
                        • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
                          Thermopop
                          Dot w two probes
                          Slo n Sear
                          Cold beer

                        Top | #42
                        Thanks for sharing!

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                        • Thom Emery
                          Former Member
                          • Sep 2014
                          • 473
                          • Indio Ca

                          Top | #43
                          http://bbqthom.ning.com/profiles/blo...-bbq-in-austin

                          I am due for another trip

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                          • DeusDingo
                            Founding Member
                            • Jul 2014
                            • 1139
                            • Madison, WI
                            • Weber Q320 grill
                              Masterbuilt Propane Smoker
                              Maverick and thermo Pen thermometers

                            Top | #44
                            this is cool! did you grow a whole pant size while you were there? i think i would need a nap between eating sessions and a bungee cord belt if i went there

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                            • Red Man
                              Club Member
                              • May 2018
                              • 562
                              • Western Washington

                              Top | #45
                              For those of you that can’t do the wait...you can order online for pick up and skip the line, but pick up orders must be taken to go.

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