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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.

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.

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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.

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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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First year competing in Backyard.

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    First year competing in Backyard.

    Well, Minnesota in May is a little less than two weeks away. My wife, daughter, and I spent the day Saturday running a full mock competition in our driveway. We made our turn in times and I was happy with the current flavor profiles we have going on. I’m not 100% satisfied with the appearance of the chicken thighs yet, need to figure out a better sauce consistency. All in all, I feel ready to put my best foot forward. I’m looking forward to seeing how I stack up against the other competition and I’m ready to be humbled.

    I should add; this is possible because of the support and encouragement I've received from this site and some of it's members. Cheers!

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  • Top | #2
    Looks pretty good from here.


  • Top | #3
    The food looks awesome . doing a mock competition and getting the timing right is important . We have one in June . I would like to wish you and daughter good luck .


  • Top | #4
    Good luck! You have a serious cooker.


  • Top | #5
    Best wishes! Looking good!!!


  • Top | #6
    Nice results. Best of luck in the competition.


    • DoubleUpOrQuit
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      Thanks, I appreciate it.

  • Top | #7
    If you really want to prep for competition, you need to practice in an unfamiliar setting. You should probably haul your gear out to Virginia and set up shop in my backyard and get cookin'. Turn in time is 6pm when I get home from work. My 20-month-old son can be a judge. It's easy to tell how much he likes what he is eating by tracking how much food ends up in his mouth before he starts trying to share with the dog.


    • DoubleUpOrQuit
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      Ha! I do like the way you think though. Cheers!

  • Top | #8
    After Virginia head to California. My friends and I would be pleased to give you our biased opinions. No kids, no dog just self appointed experts.


    • DoubleUpOrQuit
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      I guess I could work that in on my way back to Minnesota. 👍🏻

  • Top | #9
    It looks like you're as ready as you can get. You got bigger cajones than me for laying it out in a competition, I salute you, DUOQ, and good luck!


  • Top | #10
    Looks like you Are as ready as your going to be.. the family and I are going to check it out .. I will try to stop by and see how ya did.. could I get a tour of the cooker and your set-up??


  • Top | #11
    Good luck!


  • Top | #12
    Minnesota in May is now past and we officially have one competition under our belt; the experience was fantastic. We rolled into the event on Friday afternoon at 4PM, just in time to meet up with our assigned pro team for a one-on-one mentoring session; this was the first year the MN BBQ Society did something like this. We had an hour to hang out with them and ask any questions about bbq or the competition that we had. It was nice having an opportunity like this to help settle some jitters, plus it was nice knowing we had a place to turn during the competition if we needed anything or ran into an issue. I hope they continue to do something like this for future new backyard teams.

    Friday night I learned my family and I are not tent campers. As we were setting up I noticed there was only one other tent in sight. It appeared all the other backyard teams arriving on Friday night were planning on sleeping someplace other than at the event. My first thought was, "man, they are going to miss out on all the evenings festivities". Well, turns out they were the smart ones in this story. Early May in Minnesota can still be pretty cold. Long story short, I ended up giving my sleeping bag to my wife so she could double bag. I just stayed up and wandered around the event grounds and watch the cookers come to life at various times throughout the night. I haven't been that cold in a long time. I think it was around 2:30 in the morning I found myself making hotel reservations for our next competition.

    Saturday, the day of competition started out chilly but once the sun came up things started getting better. The air was filled with bird songs and barbecue smells. Our cook of ribs and chicken started around 8AM, with turn in times of 1:25 and 2:25. Going into this competition our only solid goal was to make our turn in times. Beyond that, I didn't really have any idea what to expect as far as being competitive with our product. I was just cooking what I thought was making good eating bbq. I'm happy to say that we did make both of our turn ins without any issues. In our minds, this was already a successful comp. Once everything was turned in we started cleaning up the site and getting everything packed up; we had an hour and a half before the awards were announced.

    The icing on the cake for us came at the awards presentation. We did not get any awards but we were fortunate enough to get a 12th in chicken, 8th in Ribs, and 7th overall. This was out of a field of 37 backyard teams. We are blown away to say the least. I was just hoping we wouldn't be dead last.

    All in all this was an awesome experience and we're looking forward to another event in a couple weeks. Our next event is a whole different kind of beast. We'll be cooking the usual ribs and chicken but we're also expected to cook 25lbs. of pork loin to hand out to the public as well as cook a 'surprise category' for judging. I'm a little nervous about this one...


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      Really enjoyed this whole post. Thanks for sharing.

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    • AverageJoe
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      Outstanding. Congrats on your placement.

  • Top | #13
    Don't throw that tent out yet! You'll need it when you come on down to a VA, MD, DC meat up! Mudkat Congrats on the great time!
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    • Top | #14
      Great job! Food looks great! I'd love to give it a try sometime.


    • Top | #15
      Tour de America....central MI would welcome summa dat fine looking BBQ! But seriously, congrats, 7/37 is definitely something to be proud of!