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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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'.

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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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  • ofelles
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 717
    • Brentwood CA
    • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
      Klose Charcoal Grill
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    Top | #1

    Soak or not?

    Going to be cooking some Wagu tri tip this weekend on my Klose grill. I will be using Fogo lump with some mesquite chunks. I used this combo to grill some burgers a few days ago and the wood seemed to burn up very quickly. I did not soak the chunks. Should I soak them? Just learning so bear with me please.
    Will try and remember to get some pictures of the cook but I'm learning that things happen pretty quick on this grill. Not slow like the Yoder.
  • holehogg
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 1450
    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Top | #2
    Pointless. The wood will only do it's trick once the moisture has dissapated so makes no sense. The only effect it will have is to make the chunks take longer to get up to temp won't make them burn longer.

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    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 5707
      • Colorado
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      Top | #3
      Here's some light reading that explains why most people around here will say "no" to the wood soaking question" https://amazingribs.com/more-techniq...our-wood-first

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      • ofelles
        ofelles commented
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        Thanks MBMorgan That's what I thought but everyplace else says soak. I'll follow the experts here.
    • klflowers
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 1962
      • Tennessee

      Top | #4
      I used to soak, then I came here.

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      • Spinaker
        Moderator
        • Nov 2014
        • 10131
        • Land of Tonka
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        Top | #5
        No need to soak the chunks. MBMorgan posted a link, give that a read to tell you why you don't need too.

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        • mountainsmoker
          Club Member
          • Jun 2019
          • 1250
          • Bryson City, NC

          Top | #6
          Yes that link tells why not to soak. I don't even soak chips any more.

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          • Woodson
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            • Jun 2019
            • 83
            • Missouri
            • WSMx2, OKJ, UDS, and Trusty Weber Kettle.
              Guru, Smoke, Thermapen.

              Real Fire = Real BBQ, the rest of ya'll are just playing pretend.

            Top | #7
            Soaking is a waste of time. You see it everywhere because there are more amateurs than real masters of the craft. They market the process so they can sell wood chips, which are essentially scrap.

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            • Mudkat
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              • Feb 2017
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              Top | #8
              I am a recovering soakaholic

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              • gdsim1
                gdsim1 commented
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                HA! 😂😂😂 Love this... I’m working the steps now myself, and am currently in the process of making amends to all the chips I’ve wronged over the years. 😂😂😂

                Like others have said, I got smarter when I came here and read the mythbuster on this. And no such thing as a silly question - we’re ALL here to get smarter and better at this. 😃👍

              • ofelles
                ofelles commented
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                It's not my fault. It's not , it's not. Everybody told me to so I'm not responsible. I;m not, I'm not!

              • gdsim1
                gdsim1 commented
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                Definitely one more “Ya don’t know, what ya don’t know” item in a long list of them I’ve discovered at both The Pit and AmazingRibs.com in general.

                Have I mentioned lately how much I love this place? 😃
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              Top | #9
              So, I'm doin em all wrong, jus plunkin chunks in my water pan???
              Ahhh, Bugger...

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              • SmokingSteve
                SmokingSteve commented
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                Only if you have water in the water pan, ... only if you have water in the water pan.
            • FireMan
              Charter Member
              • Jul 2015
              • 6669
              • Bottom of Winnebago

              Top | #10
              Experts everywhere........ It’s called group think or follow the crowd. Wood is not paper or cardboard so it doesn’t soak up anything. It’s like the area between yer thumb & yer finger to figger out the temp of a stake (I couldn’t help myself). 🕶

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                Top | #11
                I soak in the tub.

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                  Top | #12
                  Go soak your head...I think this post is dead

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                  • smokin fool
                    Club Member
                    • Apr 2019
                    • 627
                    • Mississauga, Ont

                    Top | #13
                    I do chips, half dry and half soaked....that way everyone's happy....

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                    • SmokingSteve
                      SmokingSteve commented
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                      So are you saying you are a half-wet? I think you need to dry up! LOL! Like the song says " You can't please everyone..."

                    • smokin fool
                      smokin fool commented
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                      I think I'm saying I'm half dry!?!?!?
                      You can't please everyone....so at least please yourself....

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