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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

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Compart or Prairie Fresh?

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  • Hayduke
    Club Member
    • Apr 2018
    • 9

    Top | #1

    Compart or Prairie Fresh?

    I currently use Smithfield for my ribs and pork and have success but I struggle finding good ribs and full fat cap/large money muscle pork butts. I have seen Compart ribs and butts and they look aweome and I find those that use Prairie Frsh dont struggle finding good ribs and butts. Thoughts?
  • IowaGirl
    Club Member
    • Dec 2018
    • 356
    • Northeast Iowa, USA

    Top | #2
    I just cooked my first Compart butt recently and was very happy with the outcome. Here's the story if you're interested -- https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...t-was-a-winner

    I don't know about Prairie Fresh, so can't give you any feedback about their products.

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    • Hayduke
      Hayduke commented
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      It seems to rain like crazy every time I light my barrels though I am squirrel free. Thanks for the feedback. One question is how full was the fat cap? did it cover the butt or was it hacked up like the smithfields I get in the store?

    • IowaGirl
      IowaGirl commented
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      If I remember correctly (it was a crazy day), the fat cap covered most of the roast. I don't leave a lot of the fat cap on the meat I cook, so I don't normally pay too much attention to that.
  • texastweeter
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 1970
    • Republic of Texas

    Top | #3
    I think compare uses a duroc/betkshire mix. I like 100% Berkshire. Never heard of the other brand.

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Compart is 100% Duroc

    • IowaGirl
      IowaGirl commented
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      Troutman is correct. I attended a presentation this spring by the Compart folks. They were very clear their pork was Duroc and the packaging on the meat is also labeled accordingly.
  • Troutman
    Member Recipe Director
    • Aug 2017
    • 6277
    • Republic of Texallence

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    Top | #4
    Compart is excellent. Also check out Porter Road, they have the Berkshire/Duroc mix, good as well.

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    • Hayduke
      Hayduke commented
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      Is there a big difference?
  • IowaGirl
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    • Dec 2018
    • 356
    • Northeast Iowa, USA

    Top | #5
    A quick look at the Prairie Fresh website -- https://prairiefresh.seaboardfoods.c...mium-Pork.aspx -- doesn't show they are using "heritage" breeds of hogs. If they're not touting this point, my guess is they're offering commodity pork. Might be very tasty commodity pork, but if you want heritage pork instead, Compart would be the way to go of the two you mention.

    edit: I just looked at a listing for the Prairie Fresh loin and the info includes "Basted with up to 16 percent added solution..." Frankly, that's a turn off for me.

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    • mountainsmoker
      mountainsmoker commented
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      I totally agree. I would stay far away from them if they doing that to their meat .
      Last edited by mountainsmoker; July 17th, 2019, 02:01 PM.
  • pkadare
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    Top | #6
    Pretty sure that someone from Compart is going to be presenting at the Memphis Meat Up in April.

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    • ofelles
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      Top | #7
      Bought 4 butts a while ago from Compart. 2 still in freezer. The 2 I cooked were great. Pulled 1 and made my chili with other.

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      • Hayduke
        Hayduke commented
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        Do they have a full fat cap or is the fat cap choppy like the smithfield I buy from the store?

      • ofelles
        ofelles commented
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        Had to go look in the freezer. Not full, right where I like it trimmed to 1/2" to 1/4" thick. Guaranteed you will notice the difference from Smithfield.

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