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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.

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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).

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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

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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.

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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Make your own Kahlua and Amarretto at home, very easy.

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    Make your own Kahlua and Amarretto at home, very easy.

    So I was really craving a Toasted Almond one evening (essentially a White Russian with Amaretto), the only problem was that I didn't have Amaretto... or Kahlua. I don't know why, but I decided to Google how these were made and found them not only surprisingly easy to make, they were very good and could be made with what I had at home.

    Depending on the quality of your ingredients these 2 bottles will cost you about $20, which would probably save you $100 or more. To me, the quality was much better, maybe due to freshness or quality of coffee. Plus it's really cool to make your own.

    • I didn't have instant coffee, so I made a pot of drip using the 4 cups in the recipe.
    • As this was a last minute thing, I did not put in the vanilla bean and wait 2-3 weeks.
    I am linking the recipe's I used, but in case the links go away I will also post the recipe.

    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 2 cups vodka
    • 2 tablespoons almond extract
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1. Combine water and sugars in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the mixture is boiling, and all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
    2. Stir vodka, almond extract and vanilla extract into the mixture. Store in a sealed bottle.
    • 4 cups water
    • 1 1/2 cups instant coffee
    • 4 1/2 cups 100 proof vodka
    • 8 cups sugar
    • 2 vanilla beans
    Mix water, sugar and coffee crystals. Heat and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Add vodka. Stir to combine. Pour mixture into 6, 12.5 oz. bottles. Cut each vanilla bean into thirds and drop bean into each bottle. Cap. After 2-3 weeks strain, remove beans and rebottle.
    Last edited by John; September 4th, 2014, 02:52 PM. Reason: Forgot Vodka in Kahlua

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    neat stuff....


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      My wife has made Kahlua for Christmas gifts for 10+ years. She collects Grolsch bottles all year (and gets bottles from previous years back) and uses them because of the way they close. She adds some green and red ribbon. People look forward to our Christmas open house every year for the BBQ and Kahlua (in that order) .


      • JCGrill
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        Grolsch? You have a keeper there.

    • Top | #4
      That's a good idea, and a reason to pick up some more beer!


      • Top | #5

        how much vodka in the kahlua?


        • John
          John commented
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          Sorry will edit, 4.5 cups 100 proof the article says, I used a little extra of 80

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        We used to make a similar version of Kahlua when we were in the Peace Corps. Start with a bottle of vodka, drink some off of the top and then add the Nescafe, a packet of vanilla powder, some sweetened condensed milk and then shake the bejesus out of the bottle. I think that's the recipe. I'll go look in my PC cookbook.


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          Wife wanted a boozy hot cocoa tonight, tried it with the Amaretto and it was great! Few drops of peppermint schnapps made it even better. I think that mix would be amazing on ice cream.


          • Top | #8
            Big homemade kahlua fan here too. I used to use instant coffee, but now use freshly brewed coffee using Colombian beans and brown sugar, which get cooked down into a thin syrup before the vodka and vanilla is added. My go to recipe these days

            Homemade Kahlua:
            6 cups fresh brewed coffee (used freshly ground Colombian beans)
            1 lb brown sugar
            3 tbsp vanilla extract
            In a pot combine coffee and brown sugar, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 90-120 minutes. (Don’t let coffee get that burned smell when heating) Cool mixture, add one liter (about 32 oz) vodka and vanilla extract, mix.
            Makes about 1.75 liters
            It’s drinkable right away, but the more it sits, at room temperature, the better the flavors blend.


            Makes the best Black Russians!

            2 parts vodka
            1 part kahlua
            pour over ice in rocks glass.

            This weekend I intend to make homemade akvavit using potato vodka and spices. Have done a few different other vodka infusions with great success also.
            Last edited by Steve Navarre; November 5th, 2014, 10:27 AM.


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              Our neighbor makes a large batch of Khalua every Christmas. We trade him in glugg


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                Thank you John, we'll give it a go. Let you know how we do.


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                  Who would have thunk?


                  • Top | #12
                    That's awesome, gonna have to try this! The wife loves her Kahlua, and we've started buying some of the "off" brands which are nearly as good, since Kahlua is frigging expensive - I can't be cutting back or budgeting on my single malt, so we've gotta find other means of trimming the monthly alcohol expenditures!


                    • Top | #13
                      Funny, I just looked up the real deal Kahlua and it says it is made with coffee, corn syrup and rum. Why vodka in these recipes? I would think the flavor difference would be notable, but then, decent vodka is pretty cheap (all hail Tito's and Dripping Springs!) and I imagine the coffee flavor is far more important than any small amount the rum brings to the table. Maybe I answered my own question. lol

                      Has anyone tried it with rum?


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                        YMMV, but I find vodka to taste really nasty (even "good" vodka). A good rum takes the Kahlua recipe over the top. Get one aged over 10 years. Matusalem 15 is a good example. For a quick fix, I've added rum to good strong coffee that's gone cold, add half and half, agave syrup, and maybe a few drops of vanilla to taste, pour over ice.


                        • EdF
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                          I find good vodka tasty, but only for sipping. For this kind of thing I second the good rum.

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                        I get what you're saying about the taste of vodka... I've never been a fan. Even higher-end ones people seem to rave about, or the "upper crust" folks seem to buy. I don't like Goose, Chopin, Belvedere, etc. So when I tried Tito's I was amazed that for such an inexpensive option, it was much better. Then someone I know recommended Dripping Springs, and it was even better than Tito's! It is the closest I've found to flavorless that won't color whatever you mix it with. Vodka, to me, is mainly a mixer, not a solo drink.

                        I can imagine rum would add more to the mix, but just can't figure why most of the recipes call for vodka instead. Oh well...