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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.



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.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

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


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


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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order



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Your Favorite Everyday Wines?

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    Your Favorite Everyday Wines?

    Mainly I'm a beer guy, but for "everyday" wines, I tend to like dry red blends and pinot noirs--and I hate to spend more than $7-$8 a bottle. Some of my go-tos are Menage a Trois (blend and Midnight), Apothic Red, Bogle (blend and old vine Zin), Yellow Tail (various). My wife likes Chardonnays: Toasted Head, Gnarly Head, Yellow Tail, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Colombia Crest Estates And, for the occasional bubbly Freixenet Brut.

    Your favorite vintners?
    Last edited by Willy; December 17th, 2016, 01:49 PM.

  • Top | #2
    I'm not much of a wine drinker but I do like some good ole sipping whiskey this time of the year.


    • Northside Brian
      Northside Brian commented
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      Four Roses single barrel. Elijah Craig. 1792 barrel strength. Blantons.

    • Bumper
      Bumper commented
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      ....And Eagle Rare to finish the set. Best sipping whiskey for the price for me. I really like Blantons, EC and Four Roses, but the smokey rich complexity of the ER is hard to beat. Oh and James E Pepper 1776 is right up there with ER. They do a Rye version I am keen to try too.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Northside Brian Can you put that in the Favorite Bourbon/Scotch thread? My brother in law got some Four Roses and said it's his favorite. I need to try it.

  • Top | #3
    Well Bourbon is my poison of choice and I enjoy craft beers....

    When it comes to wine... I like a good Port... I also like a good Foch as IMHO it pairs fairly well with grilled and bbq foods...

    The wife typically likes something sweet to semi-sweet...

    We don't drink a ton of wine so we usually just have a nice selection of stuff from wineries we have visited.


    • Top | #4
      Today I'm whining about a really bad sinus headache.

      Yesterday I was whining about a spasm in my left trapezius.

      Other than that......never drank the stuff. I was at a Publix in Atlanta and they have a wine aisle long enough to run the 4th leg of the quadruple crown.


      • Willy
        Willy commented
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        A little wine might just help them headaches and spasms... :«)

      • Jerod Broussard
        Jerod Broussard commented
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        You may be on to something Willy

      • tbob4
        tbob4 commented
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        I'm really scared of the trapezius. If I was on one that high up I'd be having spasms, too!

    • Top | #5
      I like Malbec a lot. Dry red with good body and generally inexpensive (Australian Shiraz is like that too, but heavier). Check out Splash Wines on the internet. If your state allows wine to be shipped in, they have great prices and mixed cases, or choose your own.


      • Northside Brian
        Northside Brian commented
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        EdF I love a good Carmenere with a nice peppery steak. The flavors go so well together.

      • EdF
        EdF commented
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        Yeah, good combo Northside Brian !

      • Sierraslick
        Sierraslick commented
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        I think many of those Malbecs are coming from Argentina and they are terrific! Here I live 30 minutes from Napa but the good prices and great values are at my nearby Bev Mo!

    • Top | #6
      I like blended reds or Zins. Some blended reds in the $10 range that we always buy are Frontier Red and Shebang. Zins are my favorite, but the decent "everyday" versions are $15 to $20. We like 7 Deadly Zins, Plungerhead, Cline Old Vines, and Gnarly Head Ancient Vines. Seghesio and Cline Planchon Vineyards are great zins too but they are more costly than what I'd call an everyday wine.


      • Top | #7
        White =Langudoc and Ballard Road
        red= Rex Goliath


        • Top | #8
          My wife is into the Rex Goliath Pinot Noir, right now.


          • Top | #9
            I like a sweet red. Sweet Walter or even Gallo Red moscato.


            • Top | #10
              Wine snobs might hate me ... But the Black Box Pinot is scrumptous and 4 bottles worth for 20 bucks it cant be beat


              • Potkettleblack
                Potkettleblack commented
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                One of my go to cooking wines, with Botabox being the other.

              • Dr ROK
                Dr ROK commented
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                I like the Black Box Merlot and Cab too.

            • Top | #11
              Some people like expensive cars, some people like expensive cookers, some people like expensive clothes. Unfortunately, I got pretty well hooked on some fairly expensive wines. I am definitely not a snob, and I often times head down to Bevmo and buy some of their "buy one get another for a nickel" wines. But damn, when I am flush, there is nothing like an Amuse Bouche, an Opus One, a Hall "Exzellenz", or maybe even a fancy French Bordeaux. Too bad I usually have a beer budget.


              • Willy
                Willy commented
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                Understood! Are there any less expensive wines that you enjoy on occasion?

              • CaptainMike
                CaptainMike commented
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                Huge thumbs up on the Opus! I have been told that Benedictine Monks sort out the best grapes and crush them one at a time. Then they have them blessed by a priest, a Rabbi, and the Dali Llama.

              • Sierraslick
                Sierraslick commented
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                How about Napa appellation Silver Oak? With a well cooked Ribeye it will rock your world!

            • Top | #12
              I am a wine club member of three small wineries whose wines are pretty much are only available at the winery and at local markets. Their wines constitute a fair percentage of my purchases. I also like to go to wine bars where I can get good advice and sample the wines before I buy. But usually id consider wine recommendations the same a restaurant recommendations. Everyone has a particular set of expectations and perceptions, and I like to make my own choices. I have had wonderful meals at restaurants that other people hate, and I have had execrable wines that others love. My best advice is to go out and taste a lot!


              • Top | #13
                Same the wife and I and some friends like to hit the "local" wineries. I typically only purchase from them the ones that we can't get at store. But we don't go hog wild either.


                • Top | #14
                  Screaming Eagle....well I just saw it once


                  • Top | #15
                    We prefer a Cabernet. Dreaming Tree (bottle) is a favorite or even Black Box (boxed). It is fun to try different wines and beers once in awhile though.