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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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Chantilly/Fairfax, VA recommendation

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  • jumbo7676
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 189
    • Centreville, VA
    • GMG Daniel Boone

      Weber Spirit E-310
      GrillGrates

      Weber Performer Premium 22"
      Slow 'N Sear 2.0
      Drip 'N Griddle Deluxe
      EasySpin Grate

      Weber Kettle Premium 22"
      Vortex

      Weber Smokey Mountain 14"

      FireBoard
      Maverick XR-50

    Top | #1

    Chantilly/Fairfax, VA recommendation

    Might be a long shot, but has anyone in the Pit tried either Willard's BBQ in Chantilly or Mission BBQ's Greenbriar location? I'm trying to decide where to pick up my birthday dinner tonight. Both have very good reviews on Google, not quite as good reviews on Yelp. But when it comes to bbq, I'd trust the review of one pit member over the reviews of one thousand "unknown persons" that may believe that if you can taste the meat through the sauce, that it needs more sauce.

    Without a trusted recommendation, I'm leaning towards Willard's simply because I appreciate a place that has burnt ends on the menu.
  • ClayJones
    Club Member
    • Jun 2017
    • 79
    • Washington, DC

    Top | #2
    No, but I will be watching this closely because I'm definitely going to one of these this weekend. Great idea and Happy Birthday!

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    • jumbo7676
      jumbo7676 commented
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      Thanks!
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 3893
    • Northern Virginia
    • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
      Thermopop
      Dot w two probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    Top | #3
    Willards is one of my favorite!
    Work at Dulles. Not a big fan of Mission.

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    • Polarbear777
      Polarbear777 commented
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      Exactly.

    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Man I miss that area. Worked in Tysons back in the 90's, built the Ritz Carlton hotel at Tyson's II and the Freddie Mac headquarters. Had good times up there !!
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 3893
    • Northern Virginia
    • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
      Thermopop
      Dot w two probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    Top | #4
    I normally have the burnt ends sandwich. But like all things sold for the masses its not like what we see in the Pit.

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    • HawkerXP
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      Happy Birthday!

    • jumbo7676
      jumbo7676 commented
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      Thanks!
  • Troutman
    Member Recipe Director
    • Aug 2017
    • 6257
    • Republic of Texallence

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    Top | #5
    Yea Happy B'Day man !! I'd bring you to Lockhart for your present but then you'd have an even bigger dilemma choosing from Kruetz's, Black's or Smitty's. So many choices, too little time !!!

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  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 10830
    • 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
    We went to a Mission close to us and see no reason to go back, but it wasn't terrible.

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    • klflowers
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 1951
      • Tennessee

      Top | #7
      Hope you didn't choose Mission - there is one here that is average. And happy Bday.

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      • HawkerXP
        Club Member
        • Jul 2016
        • 3893
        • Northern Virginia
        • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
          Thermopop
          Dot w two probes
          Slo n Sear
          Cold beer

        Top | #8
        jumbo7676 So? Which did you choose? What did you eat? How did you like?

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        • HawkerXP
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          Oops, kind of early I guess. I’m in India and its 5:22 am.
      • jumbo7676
        Club Member
        • Jun 2018
        • 189
        • Centreville, VA
        • GMG Daniel Boone

          Weber Spirit E-310
          GrillGrates

          Weber Performer Premium 22"
          Slow 'N Sear 2.0
          Drip 'N Griddle Deluxe
          EasySpin Grate

          Weber Kettle Premium 22"
          Vortex

          Weber Smokey Mountain 14"

          FireBoard
          Maverick XR-50

        Top | #9
        Ended up going with Willard's. Glad the recommendations pointed me that way since I had decided that location made more sense for my commute home anyway.

        Good: sliced brisket was moist with good flavor, St. Louis ribs were tender without falling off the bone, burnt ends, dirty rice, baked beans
        OK: Green beans, rice & beans
        Not so good: pulled pork - pork shoulder is such a forgiving cut so I don't understand how a bbq joint that's been around so long can have dry pulled pork. Cornbread - had good flavor but was way too dry.

        Final verdict: nothing stood out as great but the food was good, better than I have come to expect from bbq joints in this area. Impressed with the amount of food for the $$. Would go back for beef and ribs, avoid the pulled pork, and maybe try their chicken or sausage.

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        • shush
          Club Member
          • Sep 2016
          • 134
          • Northern Virginia
          • RecTec RT-680
            Brinkmann Bullet (Electric)
            Thermapen
            Maverick ET-732

          Top | #10
          Yes, I realize it is late... Yes, I realize it isn't in Fairfax... but Carolina Brothers is fantastic. https://carolinabrothers.com/ It is in Ashburn, so a bit of a haul, but if you bike/walk/run, it is on the W&O.D. Trail. If you want a bit more of a drive, go to Sibby's in Warrenton. It will be worth the trip. http://sibbysbbq.com/

          My take on Mission... not as good as Dixie bones, better than Famous Daves, superior to Smokey Bones (I'll never go back there). I will go back to Mission, but only for brisket/chicken. My pork bbq is better than theirs. =)

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          • jumbo7676
            jumbo7676 commented
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            If only I had known this last week. Was in Ashburn picking up a used Weber Performer Premium.

          • shush
            shush commented
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            Sorry I was tardy.

          • jumbo7676
            jumbo7676 commented
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            No worries. I'll get back out there at some point.

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