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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.

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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'.

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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    Barrel!

    So today was my birthday, and guess what I got:
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ID:	723110 2 liter barrel, soaking now, can't wait to get some spirits in this baby.

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    You'll LOVE it! Just remember to allow for the "angels' share" (evaporation), you put 1.3 bottles in you won't get that out, maybe 1 bottle out...and resist the urge to sample too much as time goes on! I am still learning the latter. FWIW Buffalo Trace is a phenomenal whiskey to age, affordable and it is so good with extra oak.

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    • klflowers
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      That is what I thought, break it in with some buffalo trace. Sampling is going to be a problen though.

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    Nice Buffalo Trace should be a good test.

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      Congrats, Happy Birthday, fill 'er up with some BT!!!!

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      • klflowers
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        I will, Bonesey. By the way, I finally got some Jim Beam Black, and you were right. That is some fine sipping whiskey. After aging the BT, I am going to age some of that - should be ready around Christmas...

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      Congrats! And happy birthday! About Halloween you will have some fine sipping whiskey.

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      • Top | #6
        That looks like a barrel of fun.

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        • Top | #7
          Happy birthday!

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          • Top | #8
            I wouldn't soak it very long with any non-spirits such as water. You want to keep any oak and char for the spirits you are going to age in this thing. Just rinse and then fill with your favorite beverage!

            Huskee can advise you on timing for liquor, but something to be aware of is that fresh barrels need less contact time than aged barrels. The first batch will pick up a lot more oak flavor a lot faster than the subsequent batches. We use the 53 gallon bourbon and whiskey barrels, and some 60 gallon wine barrels here for aging beer - these are barrels from Jack Daniels, Buffalo Trace, or various wineries. The first beer is typically aged long enough after 3 months and picks up plenty of oak and flavor of whatever was in the barrel. The second beer typically goes for 6 to 12 months. The 3rd beer also about 12 months, and we usually find that the barrel goes "sour" by that point, so any subsequent use of the barrel for our brew club projects has to be a sour beer such as a Flanders Red or Brown.

            You won't see a barrel go sour when filled with 100+ proof spirits, but it happens with beer, even high octane 11-12% ABV beers. Critters (lactobacillus typically) get into the wood and its hard to get rid of them once that happens.
            Last edited by jfmorris; July 31st, 2019, 08:21 AM.

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            • Huskee
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              Yeah jfmorris these are virgin barrels, they need a soak to expand and become water-tight.

            • klflowers
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              Huskee, my plan is to start (tonight!!!!) with some Buffalo Trace and let it age a few months, then I have a couple of bottles of Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1 that I was going to throw in there for awhile. Have you tried that?

            • Huskee
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              I have not! klflowers that sounds like a great experiment

          • Top | #9
            Sampling, also dangerous for those who dare to bring home a kegerator or you home brewers. Happy Birthday!
            Last edited by HawkerXP; July 31st, 2019, 09:12 AM.

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              HawkerXP has this in mind I think...

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              • HawkerXP
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                exactly.

              • ofelles
                ofelles commented
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                I thought that picture of me was long gone. Damn it, after all these years it still haunts me.

              • AverageJoe
                AverageJoe commented
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                This is me after work hitting up my kegged home brew in the beer fridge

            • Top | #11
              Just noticed the personal message on barrel face. Awwwe. I guess you need to be welcomed into the Barrelhead Club.

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              • klflowers
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                I'll take that welcome. If you look closely at the barrel, it says love you, Compton. My wife spent some of her youth in Compton, another reason I try and avoid making her mad...

              • ofelles
                ofelles commented
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                @kiflowers Happy birthday. And you are a wise man. Keep that one HAPPY.

              • klflowers
                klflowers commented
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                Thanks, ofelles. I do my best on the keep her happy part.

            • Top | #12
              Nice! Don't burn the house down!

              Happy Birthday!

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              • klflowers
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                Thanks. More like don't stumble into a wall and hurt yourself.

            • Top | #13
              I guess if you want to tinker with already finished bourbons that would be interesting but I went with clear spirits in my barrel (commercially bottled Tennessee white lightning) for about three months and got a pretty good home aged "bourbon" with nice color that always starts a great conversation.

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              • klflowers
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                I actually have a bottle of unfinished buffalo trace that is destined for the barrel. It will go in eventually.

              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                I've thought of that but was nervous I'd end up with a so-so "bourbon" after all the waiting. My wife bought me those charred oak spirals that I though I'd put in a jar of moonshine. I wonder if that would work?

              • AverageJoe
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                I have done it this way as well. I got an unaged corn whisky from Vermont's Spirits Distilling called Black Snake. Was wicked good after a few months and definitely hard to not sample a lot.

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              Happy Birthday!

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              • klflowers
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                Thanks

            • Top | #15
              What a thoughtful wife. Happy Birthday, klflowers !

              Kathryn

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              • klflowers
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                Thanks, Kathryn
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