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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 Pitmaster Award winners or Gold Medalist, listed by price.

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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

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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.

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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


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.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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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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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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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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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


The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, this is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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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, our Pitmaster Award 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 Gold Medal.


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

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  • 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.

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

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      Exactly.

    • Troutman
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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 !!

  • 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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      Happy Birthday!

    • jumbo7676
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      Thanks!

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

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      • 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.

      • 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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