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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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'.

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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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ZZQ - Richmond VA

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  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 10836
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    Top | #1

    ZZQ - Richmond VA

    I've been hearing about this place for some time. They have a food truck and on Saturdays they sell meat out of a local brewery. It's advertised as "Texas craft BBQ". The last Sat of each month they add beef ribs to the menu that includes brisket, homemade sausages, pork ribs, and pulled pork. They open at noon and close when they sell out. I've also heard that there is normally a line, so I got there at 11:30 this morning. I wanted to get a bit of everything, but my wife said the refrigerator was already full of smoked meats, so I settled for 1 2 lb + rib. It's on the stove in a hot bath until dinner time....

    They did give away a few samples of brisket and that was mighty good. And I did sneak a small sample off the rib before it went swimming - that was super. If the meal is as good as the sample, I will be going back.

    https://www.zzqrva.com/
  • 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 | #2
    Nice rounded menu - just need some burnt ends!

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    • RonB
      RonB commented
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      They were cutting off the ends of the briskets and calling them burnt ends. And they gave them out as samples - very tasty, but no sauce and not returned to the smoker a second time either.

    • JonnyB
      JonnyB commented
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      If they are doing it Texas style, they won't have burnt ends. At least not KC style. The ends are usually just trimmed off and given out as samples. I love burnt ends, but it's just not a Texas thing, traditionally.
  • BigJoe
    Former Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 143
    • Midlothian, VA

    Top | #3
    Gonna have to check it out.

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    • RonB
      RonB commented
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      It's worth the trip but remember that the ribs are only on the last Sat of the month.
  • HouseHomey
    Club Member
    • May 2016
    • 4120
    • 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 | #4
    RonB You need a bigger fridge.

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    • RonB
      RonB commented
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      Not This time - no leftovers.
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 3896
    • Northern Virginia
    • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
      Thermopop
      Dot w two probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

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    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 10836
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        SNS
        Pizza insert
        Rotisserie
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        Chefalarm
        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      Top | #6
      Well, I did take one crappy shot of the rib with my phone. I sent it to a friend to torment him. And I did take a shot at ZZQ too.

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      • jecucolo
        Club Member
        • Nov 2015
        • 1203
        • Schertz Texas
        • Pit Barrel Cooker
          Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
          Weber 22" Kettle (Craiglist)
          Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
          Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
          Maverick ET-732
          Kingsford Original Charcoal
          Kingsford Competition Charcoal
          Anova Sous Vide

        Top | #7
        I can smell the smoke thru the phone!

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        • T-bone
          Club Member
          • Dec 2016
          • 323
          • Northern Virginia
            • Traeger Texas 075 (circa 2007)
            • Weber Genesis Gas Grill (circa 1997)
            • Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill
            • Anova WiFi Sous Vide
            • Tappecue WiFi Temperature Monitoring System
            • Thermapen
            • Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer
            You can take the boy out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the boy.

          Top | #8
          Great heads up. Thanks! I look forward to trying it when their brick and mortar opens up. Between work and BBQ judging, I pass through RVA pretty regularly.

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          • RonB
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            Let me know and I might be able to meet up with you.

          • T-bone
            T-bone commented
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            RonB sounds great! Thanks.
        • scottranda
          Charter Member
          • May 2015
          • 1449
          • Charlotte, NC

          Top | #9
          Very cool. When I'm back in RVA, I'll see if I can stop by. The smoker they use looks legit.

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          • MrMisunderstood
            Club Member
            • Jan 2017
            • 275
            • Grand Rapids, Michigan

            Top | #10
            Looks and sounds like i need to make a "business" trip to RVA soon!

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            • RonB
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 10836
              • Near Richmond VA
              • Weber Performer Deluxe
                SNS
                Pizza insert
                Rotisserie
                Smokenator 1000
                Cookshack Smokette Elite
                2 Thermapens
                Chefalarm
                Dot
                lots of probes.
                CyberQ

              Top | #11
              scottranda and MrMisunderstood - Please remember that they are open only on Saturdays until they get their brick and mortar location open, and they just broke ground for that. And beef ribs are only on the last Sat of each month while at their current location. Let me know if you are going and I might be able to join you.

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              • kmhfive
                Club Member
                • Mar 2017
                • 3161
                • Northern Illinois
                • Weber Kettle -- 22.5" (In-Service Date June 2015)
                  Slow-n-Sear/Drip-n-Griddle/Grill Grates (In-Service Date March 2016)
                  Pit Boss 820 (Retired)
                  GMG Jim Bowie WiFi (In-Service Date April 2017)
                  Maverick ET-733
                  Fireboard
                  Home-brewer

                Top | #12
                Good find!

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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 | #13
                  ZZQ's brick and mortar has been open for a few months.

                  Went there for the second time Sunday, we took my dad there for Father's Day. We got Brisket, Ribs, and my mom got the Prime Rib they had on special. Everything was amazing. They also had 40 oz. Dry-Aged Tomahawk steaks on special also, they looked amazing.

                  The main menu consists of Brisket, Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork and Sausage. All sold by the pound, the brisket and ribs are sliced to order, as was the Prime Rib. I believe they have pastrami on Friday's.

                  The hours are from 11am until sold out except for Friday and Saturday where they are open until 10PM, they have a full bar so i guess that is why they stay open on the weekend. Not sure if they run out during the week.

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                  • clb239
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                    If the beef ribs are as good as the pork ribs then they will be worth it...

                  • Huskee
                    Huskee commented
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                    I follow them on Instagram, they look like the real deal. Good ol real wood BBQ is catching on like wildfire!

                  • RonB
                    RonB commented
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                    Huskee - they took the whole team to TX for two weeks to sample TX BBQ. That was to set the standards.

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