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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.

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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!

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.

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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

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.

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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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The new kids of Texas BBQ

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    The new kids of Texas BBQ

    Texas BBQ rubbed with Japanese togarashi? Slathered in Korean gochujang? Smoked sausage stuffed with Mexican Oaxaca cheese and serrano chiles? Here's a taste of the new Texas BBQ in town. What do you think? http://ow.ly/I54e50w4KMh

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    My kinda Q! It’ll take some time to learn how to pronounce the names, but the eclectic combo of cultures behind it all sounds fabulous! Very cool!


    • Jerod Broussard
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      Oaxaca- wuh-ha-ku

      I know folks from there. My witness protection program name is Jose Boudreaux from Oaxaca.

    • FireMan
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      OK Jose!

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      No way, Jose?

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    BBQ is dynamic!! Always changing .. I am doing the same cow here smokin up alll the cow guts n stuff.


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      Mention of Harlem Road BBQ. It's a little joint near my house, ok but not fantastic. The guy does do some exotic stuff, I do like his lamb.

      I've heard of Blood Bros. in Bellaire but not been there. I'll have to make the journey for lunch and report back. Thanks for the article David, those are joints literally in my backyard !!!


      • nvgraham
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        I've been to Blood Brothers several times and I absolutely love what those guys are doing with BBQ right now. Creative, delicious and super high quality while still knocking it out of the park with the traditional stuff - brisket, etc.

      • Troutman
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        Awesome, look forward to going there soon. It's about 15 mins from my office in Greenway !!

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      Fantastic that the newer-immigrant flavors are working their way into Texas restaurant 'cue. Mashups like these already exist in home cooking. But the hurdle is high for acceptance by professional chefs, who won't see any point in becoming influencers for it if the dining-out market isn't interested.

      I remember an article around twenty years ago about Asian Americans in Texas routinely adding bacon to stir-fries. I showed it to a vegetarian friend who didn't get the point. To her, meat was meat.


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        Since traditional BBQ is a mish mash of cultural traditions, I think it's pretty cool that continues to evolve with new to America flavors and immigrants. If it truly is the original American cuisine, shouldn't it reflect the nation as it is, in perpetual evolution? Yes, say I.

        But folks in Texas thought college me was "interesting," which I learned in my sophomore year was more of an insult than a compliment.


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          Realizing Blood Bros. was only 15 minutes from work I ventured there for lunch. It's in a traditional strip center, kind of unassuming. Rough wood walls and cedar tables, rusty corrugated tin ceiling, you get the picture. Looks and feels like a traditional bbq place but as mentioned it's more, I'd say fusion plus contemporary.

          It's in an inner city suburb called Bellaire which has seen a lot of changes of over the years. Quite a few Asians now live there and the largest Chinatown is located not too far away. So definitely an Asian/Viet influence on this bbq. I looked at the traditional stuff, looked good, but I wanted something a little more cutting edge, show me your wares !!!

          Had as a starter the sausage of the day. They call it a gyros sausage. Said it was primarily beef with some lamb and feta cheese. Came with a side of tzatziki mayo. Very tasty, definitely had a gyro flavor component....

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          For my second choice I had one of the other off menu items of the day, Asian steamed buns. Instead of the traditional pork belly in this sandwich, these "buns" came with brisket burnt ends. Two of the three again were really tasty, the third had hard charred pieces only barely edible. The buns were traditional Asian in flavor so a very interesting combo....

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          I really like what these guys are doing. Houston is becoming a food mecca of sorts and this is part of the reason why. Taking traditional Asian foods and fusing them with Texas barbecue, and doing it quite well, is part of the reason why.

          I'd give this place a B+ for overall food quality, a B- for overall bang for the buck ($20 for what you see + drink) and A+ for uniqueness and inventive fare. I'll go back again, it's close enough to me. Try their traditional stuff next time.


          • mountainsmoker
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            Nice report Troutman. Look forward to your follow on.

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          Originally posted by davejoachim View Post
          Texas BBQ rubbed with Japanese togarashi? Slathered in Korean gochujang? Smoked sausage stuffed with Mexican Oaxaca cheese and serrano chiles? Here's a taste of the new Texas BBQ in town. What do you think? http://ow.ly/I54e50w4KMh
          I love Korean and other Asian flavors mixed with my BBQ. I first heard here about a recipe for Korean pulled pork, from over at the Barbecue Bible, and it is now one of my favorite recipes. In fact, I just bought some more gochujang for making that, and Korean fried chicken wings.