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Some Of Our Favorite
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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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Judged my 6th KCBS Contest on Saturday

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    Judged my 6th KCBS Contest on Saturday

    I judged my 6th KCBS contest on Saturday, a Backyard event in Arab, Alabama. The food was excellent - as good or better than I've had at any judging event yet. And it was run by very excellent KCBS reps.

    I'm not normally a big fan of pork butt/shoulder, but it was really good on Saturday. Two of the money muscle entries were excellent, because they were perfectly cooked, and they had great bark on them as well. This was the first time I'd seen money muscle with nice bark. I guess the cooks extracted it before it reached the finish temperature, and then finished it on a hot smoker or grill to form the bark. I have no idea how they did it, but it was very nice and well-received by all us judges.

    There was one chicken entry at my table that got 9-9-9 (highest score possible) from all 6 judges. It was the best chicken thigh I've ever had. It was one of two pieces of meat I sampled today that I devoured. I cleaned the bones of that chicken thigh. Its appearance made me anxious to taste it, its bite-thru skin was "easy", its taste was wonderful, and its finish heat was surprisingly pleasant.

    My pet peeve in BBQ judging is "too much sauce". If a piece of meat looks like it would drip sauce if turned on its side, then I deduct a full point on the appearance score.

    Cooks, remember that we judges are required to eat with our fingers. Although we are allowed to serve ourselves from your turn-in box with a fork, we are actually required to eat with our fingers, because KCBS considers BBQ a "finger food". And they argue that it can be fully assessed for tenderness only if eaten with fingers. So please go easy on the sauce. I and most of the judges I've talked with much prefer this: light, carmelized sauce. If I pick up a piece of chicken and have dripping sauce all over my fingers, I don't like it. It makes for an unpleasant eating experience.

    Most of the rib entries had a wonderful flavor, but most were either under-cooked (tough) or over-cooked (fall off the bone). Only one was cooked to KCBS tenderness guidelines.

    Cooks, please remove the membrane from pork ribs. Failure to do so results in a bad eating experience for judges, and definitely affects your scores.

    Next week I'm judging a contest in Birmingham, AL. At the Barber International Motorcycle Speedway. I'll finally get to eat competition brisket. And there's a somewhat famous motorcycle museum there I'm looking forward to seeing.
    Last edited by TBoneJack; May 18th, 2017, 06:09 PM.

  • Top | #2
    Thanks for the wonderful insights! Good luck in Birmingham.


    • Top | #3
      Been going to the Barber Vintage Festival in October for the last eight years. Beautiful place. The museum is incredible. If you can make the time it is a must see.


      • Top | #4
        Thanks for your sharing. I don't ever plan to compete but enjoy reading about the experience.


        • bardsleyque
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          Compete on motorcycles?(I used to)or BBQ I haven't yet

        • HawkerXP
          HawkerXP commented
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          lol, I meant judging BBQ competitions. bardsleyque

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        And the inevitable finally happened this week: while I was serving myself a piece of chicken from a turn-in box, I dropped it on the floor (one piece of chicken, not the whole box). And as I agreed to do when I became a judge, I picked it up, brushed it off, and took a bite.


        • Mr. Bones
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          5-second rule!!!!

      • Top | #6
        Well, the thirty-second rule has been shown to be a poor guess. Should be fine!


        • Mr. Bones
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          I'll do 30-seconds offa th' ground. Country Boy. Food comes from th' Earth. No prob.
          Somebody's floor? Well, who knows what's on that? Gack!!!!

        • TBoneJack
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          I've probably eaten worse.

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        TBoneJack, Mr. Bones, kmhfive, Why Hell Boys I don't know one damned thing about Judging BBQ and Little or Nothing About Smok'n It❓ What I Can Tell You Boys "For Fact Certain" is there's a reason TBJ has that JUG for an Avatar it's an Innoculent, Purely for Medical Emergancies! Such as the one with the Dropped Rib! You Can Say, You Heard It Hear First! I wouldn't be surprised, that after a Long Day of Judging TBJ Polices the Site Picking
        Up and Tasting the Dropped Bones by the People and Stray Dogs❓ πŸ‘πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™ŠπŸ‘. πŸ˜‰πŸ€—πŸ˜‡πŸ€—πŸ˜‰
        Eat Well and Prosper! From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan