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Some Of Our Favorite
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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!

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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

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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

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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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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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Poll: Corks or Screw Tops?

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    Poll: Corks or Screw Tops?

    Remember the old joke about someone sniffing a wine bottle screw top and saying"Aaahh, Tuesday". Well, I'm here to say that I have come to despise corks and love screw tops. I actually give weight to purchasing a new (to me) wine based on it having a screw top. In New Zealand and Australia, both big wine producers, screw tops are ubiquitous. Also, I understand that screw tops are far superior when it comes to being an effective seal.

    Now, maybe a $3,000 bottle of Chateau St. Pomposity obtains some incremental benefits from cork, but I'll never get to try a bottle like that and I suspect that, if there is a difference, my taste buds aren't good enough to tell corked vs screwed anyway.

    Your thoughts?

    EDIT add-on. My preference is due to the ease of opening with a screw top AND I don't believe it affects quality. Corks, OTOH, do fail all too often. That said, I won't buy a wine I dislike just to have a screw top. I mean, I may be dumb, but I am slow...
    42
    I love screw tops, corks are a pain
    30.95%
    13
    Corks only; don't mess with tradition
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    I don't care either way gimme a beer
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    I like boxed wine, it eliminates oxidation, too.
    4.76%
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    Last edited by Willy; November 8th, 2018, 03:39 PM.

  • Top | #2
    What, no love for box wine? :P

    Trader Joe's 3 buck Chuck has a synthetic cork IIRC. The closest one to me is down in Naples so I don't get there very often.

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    • Willy
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      Fixed

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    Screw tops are no longer a sign of an inferior wine. They seal well, they'll never "cork" the wine, and you can store the bottles upright rather than on their sides. That said, there's still something cool about knowing how to use a waiter's friend to remove a cork in such a way that you're not chewing on bits of it with every sip.
    Last edited by MBMorgan; November 8th, 2018, 01:20 PM.

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    • CaptainMike
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      Yup, I just got a $25 bottle of wine the other day that was corked. Usually have to pour and sniff to detect it, but I smelled it when I opened it, GAG!

    • Troutman
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      Yea I agree, even the French are producing screw tops wines. Most of the wines I buy are in the +-$20-25/bottle range. At that price, in the Cabs that is, I don't see anything but corked. Have bought some cheaper wine for cooking that's screw topped, I like it because it's easier to store and deal with.

  • Top | #4
    Whatever keeps it in the bottle is fine by me. I do enjoy the sound of the cork coming out of the bottle, though.

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    • Top | #5
      1st I screwed up on the vote. I hit corks only. Should have been don't care. As far as the after opened and the oxidation ruining the wine is a non-factor for me. When opened fair chance it's finished. If not, red or white well sealed in the fridge. It's gone the next day. I have been a fan of T.J's and Whole Foods answer. I've said before and I'll say it again. I'm cheap. For under $20 and more like $15 you can get a nice wine. Recently I have purchased box wines. I like the convenience, and you can't beat the price for 4 bottles of wine.

      If you are into wine and like a good value check out Wine Insiders http://wineinsiders.com. Been a regular there for a few years. Great value good wines. No clubs and I've never paid for shipping which is next day. I order now, FedEx will have here in 24 hours

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      • EdF
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        Splash Wines is good too. Same kinds of qualities.

      • JGo37
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        You didn't screw up - there isn't an 'I don't care'. The either way ain't - it's gimme beer instead.

    • Top | #6
      I vote for screw tops as I only drink beer, and the wife won't finish even a small bottle of wine in an evening. While I re-cork the wine for her, you have oxidation and storage issues that don't occur with screw tops. Most of what I buy for her is stuff like Reisling, Zifandel, etc, and its a crap shoot as to whether it comes corked or with a screw top.

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      • jfmorris
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        Attjack we have some shelves that tend to be too close together for upright wine bottles in the fridge, and another advantage of screw tops is being able to store the bottle on its side and not worry about the cork leaking.

      • Attjack
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        I guess she only likes whites? A wine preserver would surely solve the storage issue. It will also allow you to store open wine for MUCH longer. But if you aren't unhappy don't fix it!

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      I can go either way. But for some of the dry reds that age well, I'll take a cork to allow those trace amount of oxygen in as part of the aging process.

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      • Top | #8
        I didn't see "To heck with any of them, give me a beer". That would be my vote.

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        • Troutman
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          burp

        • Willy
          Willy commented
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          fixed

        • Attjack
          Attjack commented
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          Kind of fixed... I love wine but don't much care if it's cork or twist. But I lean cork!

      • Top | #9
        I love polls. Someone should make a poll asking who likes voting on polls.

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        • EdF
          EdF commented
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          In the infamous words of FireMan : "They're all rigged"!

        • Attjack
          Attjack commented
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          I would vote in the poll.

      • Top | #10
        Sorry I'm still not there on BOX wine yet. Of course my theory on beer applies to wine as well, after the first 2 or 3 who cares, right !!

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        • Mr. Bones
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          Zackly, Brother!

      • Top | #11
        I just like good wine. But since you brought it up, I find that I gravitate more to canned craft beers more than bottled....actually i prefer canned beer (craft, PBR, you name it).....

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        • Top | #12
          I buy the wine for taste, not how it's sealed. BUT I prefer screw top bottles.

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          • Top | #13
            If you asked several years ago myvote would have been corked only. Rather than ahhh, Tuesday it was more like “vintage 3:00”. For older red wines, the ones I mosttly drink, i would still prefer corked but for every day table wines or whites it doesn’t make much difference.

            Of course, you guys will be awful hard on companies like Coravin if you vote for screw tops. I’ve always had a nitrogen based wine saver, but that works even on a screw top.

            Best regards,
            Jim

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            • Top | #14
              I prefer corks because I'm old school but chose I don't care because twist off is fine too. But the best are synthetic corks because they can't go bad.

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              • Willy
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                My objection to corks--"real" or synthetic" is that you need a corkscrew. Screw tops are are much easier and not dependent on another tool. ;«)

              • Attjack
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                Screw tops are convenient but I am an accessory loving guy. You could also open a wine bottle with a shoe if you are desperate.

            • Top | #15
              I voted for my wife since I rarely drink wine, but she likes the box stuff. And she drinks enough that sometimes she ok's my purchases Me personally I prefer a cork, not so much for taste but the same reason I prefer a physical copy book or movie... it just feels right While I do occasionally drink a wine with a screw top or read an e-book or stream a movie, I'm happier when I do it the "old school" way. Also, champagne MUST be a cork. I don't like the stuff to begin with, and without the POP! there's no point.

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