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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.

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.

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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.

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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  • Top | #31
    I had a buddy who would take a sip of wine and say: "Ah, fruity, yet gangrenous."


    • Top | #32
      Originally posted by Bumper View Post
      Australia is lucky, we have some great wines at reasonable prices. If you are looking in this direction, happy to recommend some. There are a number of wineries here exporting to the US now.
      You folks do indeed produce some excellent wines. One of my favorite Aussie brands is Penfolds. I'm particularly fond of their Bin 389 Cab Shiraz (in fact I've still got a couple of 1996 bottles in the wine cooler). Bin 28 Shiraz and Bin 407 Cab can be mighty fine, too! (notice that I didn't mention Penfolds Grange ... but only because its price point puts it WAY out of the "everyday wine" category)
      Last edited by MBMorgan; December 20th, 2016, 06:01 PM.


      • Top | #33
        I must be the only cheap one in the bunch of ya. By everyday wine, I'm assuming you are talking about something that you drink everyday or close to it. I'm too cheap to spend 15 bucks a day on wine, so I buy Black Box or Botta Box (cab and merlot mainly) that equate to about $5 per bottle. It also keeps for several weeks once opened. Great for everyday drinking and also makes a very nice pan sauce. I also participate in a wine club that sends 12 bottles (all reds) at a time and they equate to $11.00 per bottle if shipping and handling is included in the price. Those are my "special occasion" wines, but you also have to consider that to me sometimes a special occasion is a nice juicy steak or even just a Friday evening If you want a good cheap sweeter wine, Walmart carries a (Oak Leaf) mascato that is very nice for $3.00 per bottle. I buy 5 or 6 of these at a time.


        • Top | #34
          Originally posted by Mbmorgan View Post

          You folks do indeed produce some excellent wines. On of my favorite Aussie brands is Penfolds. I'm particularly fond of their Bin 389 Cab Shiraz (in fact I've still got a couple of 1996 bottles in the wine cooler). Bin 28 Shiraz and Bin 407 Cab can be mighty fine, too! (notice that I didn't mention Penfolds Grange ... but only because its price point puts it WAY out of the "everyday wine" category)
          You can't go wrong with a bottle of Penfolds, even their entry level Koonunga Hill is good mid week fare. Grange for me, having tried a couple, is great but not worth the money, particularly when you can buy half a dozen stellar wines for the price.

          I would love to try a 1996 389 - guessing that would be drinking particularly well now! I can be there in around 24 hours, what's for dinner They call it the poor man's grange. I prefer to think of it as the smart man's grange for the money.

          Everyone has their own price point for their a daily tipple. Here you can get $20 wines that punch well above wines in the $50-$100 bracket if you do your research. If you like Penfolds, see if you can track down wines from Heathcote region - they make big bold shiraz. A good one is Tatiarra, such as their culled barrel shiraz they are brilliant value.


          • Top | #35
            FYI - recieved this in an email today. For what it's worth: http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshow...L_TopTen122016


            • Top | #36
              Sierraslick Funny thing about Silver Oak. Their Alexander Valley Cab was always my preferred wine of the two they make until just a few years ago. It wasn't the price, since they are both pretty pricey, but I always had a soft spot for cabs from the Alexander Valley. We have been to both the Silver Oak facilities many times, and have attended lots of release parties. Always fun, and always left me temporarily broke! When you visit, you get a nice Silver Oak glass to take home. I have a closet full, some still wrapped, and I have given away quite a few. And, I still have a bottle of 1986 Alexander Valley signed by Justin Meyer, the founder, winemaker, and a Christian Brothers Monk. Sadly, he passed away many years ago.


              • Sierraslick
                Sierraslick commented
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                We have a cabin up towards Bear Valley and often enjoy those big, bold fruity Zins that they have around Murphy's. Chathom Vineyards, Hatcher and a few others up there make good affordable ones. Chathom also makes a Sangiovese that is very nice.

            • Top | #37
              This is my first time writing and I'm a new member...This is an interesting thread. I have a fairly large wine cellar and have enjoyed wine for years. My wife and I are also KCBS master BBQ judges. So after judging, many opt for ice cream. Not us, nothing like a good acidic sauvignon blanc to cut the fat. For everyday wines I seek out, like some of the others wines that taste better than their price. For me anything made by Castle Rock fits the bill. They make wines sourced from juices in Sonoma, Napa and the Willamette, to name a few. IMO, some of the best wine for the buck. Another recommendation is 14 Hands from Washington state. If you are lucky to have a Total Wine store in your area, you can get their Cab Sav for $7.97. Another value wine that I like is Leese-Fitch and recommend everything but their Chardonnay. For big value reds, I like blended wines. A good example and this now is a cult wine is "The Prisoner." It's about $40.00 but tastes like a $100.00 cab. Also I find if you like drinking big drinking cabs with a great piece of beef that you grilled and don't want to pay bust out retail, look at Zinfandel's. Pay dirt is a great one for $20.00 and if you are feeling rich try the Trespass at $60.00. To me, to truly understand value you have to taste a lot of wine. Fortunately for me that has been a life long pursuit! I hope this helps and if anybody has a wine question let me know. Thanks!


              • richinlbrg
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                Welcome, @bak101 ! Agree with you on the 14 hands and Prisoner! But if I am going to pay in the $40 range, I'll also look at Belle Glos, a bold Pinot Noir that goes well with a grilled steak.

              • Potkettleblack
                Potkettleblack commented
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                Seconding the recommendation of Zin. Almost any Dry Creek AVA Zin is a value in terms of delivery.

              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                Can't believe I missed this. Thanks for your expertise bak01!

            • Top | #38
              I'm from Washington State (east side) so we have lots of REALLY good wines. For your price range the Columbia Crest and Chateau St. Michelle are very consistent and reasonably priced. 14 Hands would fit into that list too. To step up a bit my favorites in our area are Fidelitas, (across the board on reds), Goose Ridge, Anelare and Alexandria Nicole. Look for Red Mountain. Walla Walla has a slew of great wines. Too many to list. Look for that region and enjoy!


              • fuzzydaddy
                fuzzydaddy commented
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                sargentrn1 Welcome! We'd love to get an intro from you over in the Introduce Yourself channel when you get a minute. https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...troductions-aa Thanks!

              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                Chateau St Michelle is a great value for its price, I agree. Thanks for joining up and for posting these great options!

            • Top | #39
              Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
              -- Benjamin Franklin


              • Atalanta
                Atalanta commented
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                I always thought that quote was "beer," but I see you are correct:

                "Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy!”

              • Craigar
                Craigar commented
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                Beer works for me too! And whiskey. Sometimes gin. 😎

              • Potkettleblack
                Potkettleblack commented
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                Saw a billboard yesterday with pizza as the proof.

            • Top | #40
              We have a pretty eclectic wine cellar living here in NorCal. But for a really good everyday red, try the Bogle "Essential Red". It's a blend of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah -- full retail is $11, but available for less. And if you want to impress your snotty friends, say it's from a boutique winery called Bo Glay...


              • Willy
                Willy commented
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                I think they sell Bo Glay at Tar Zhay. ;«)

                Coincidentally, I picked up a couple bottles of the wine yesterday in Costco/.