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SPOTLIGHT

Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.

 


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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

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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.

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


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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.

Click here to read our detailed review

Click here to order from Amazon


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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Choosing a Sanctioning Organization

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    Choosing a Sanctioning Organization

    Is it even necessary to have a rules "overlord"? If you have a good idea of how you want the contest to run, can publish rules so competitors know what to do, have a scoring system and method of producing results -- the answer is NO!

    What a sanctioning organization does to assist contest organizers (in addition to the three things above) is open the event up to a list of already established competitors and in some cases, judges.

    Some events choose a sanctioning body because it's close. If I'm doing an event in Texas, it's likely that IBCA, LSBS or one of the others will be used. Though KCBS has made in roads into Texas in the last several years and IBCA is strong in Louisiana, New Mexico with some contests in Arkansas and Oklahoma as well. IBCA even has an event in Hilo in July! Down side from a competitor's perspective is that there are no score sheets in Texas rules. If you don't make the top 10 or "finals table" you have no feedback from the judges. "Certified" judges are not required under these rules. Judging is not comparative. Turn ins (what's in the box) are very structured. 1/2 chicken (fully jointed), pork spare ribs (placed horizontally to the box hinge) and brisket slices (7 as thick as a pencil). Judges have a plastic fork and knife to cut a small sample off of each entry. Lots of forks and knives are used! Judging table structure depends on the number of teams cooking.

    KCBS has the largest number of sanctioned events in the USA! Judging is again not comparative. Judges are "trained" in the KCBS judging method. Contest officials are trained to conduct the contest according to KCBS rules, enter scores and maintain the double blind. Score sheets are given to each competitor showing the detailed scoring, judge's average scores at that event, table the entry was judged on and where it scored against the other entries judged at that table. Basically, there's a judge for every team. Normally, each table of 6 judges will score from 4 to 6 samples in each category. Teams are instructed to turn in enough meat for 6 judges. There is flexibility in how meat is presented to judges. Through the end of July 2014, almost 5,000 distinct teams had competed at KCBS events.

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    So if I win a local competition, that is not sanctioned, what does that mean in the greater realm of things? As compared to the comp being sanctioned.

    I've never competed, although we do have a local one once a year.

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    • CandySueQ
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      Bragging rights! For many local BBQ businesses, that means more than any sanctioned win.

    • Jerod Broussard
      Jerod Broussard commented
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      That makes sense.....

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    It means you are a ringer who is beating up on the "Little Guy" - NOT, just trying some humor.

    What I really believe is that you probably missed out on some money. I bet that your product would probably "sneak up" on some pro competition and get you a placement for the dollars handed out. I have obviously never eaten any of your Q but your vast experience with the PBC and previous to PBC experience would probably put you in the running. I guess it would be some sort of luck involved to happen to have the flavor profile that the judges for a day are looking for. If you had one PBC for brisket and one for ribs you would probably do well in both categories of a large competition. We hope to know if you do decide to throw your hat into the ring at a major comp.

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      Too bad I have an infinite negative desire to compete.

      I'm not into travelling and all the things that go along with it. I may try out the local thingee if I don't have to work.

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        I have competed in a non sanctioned event a few times. Just for the fun of it, and the yummy sounds! I was fortunate enough to win the People's Choice Award in the last one I did but didn't even place on the judges scorecards. You have to take these things with a grain of salt and an open mind. In the local competition I do, the People's Choice is the one most of the competitors want anyway. The judges are usually local celebs and don't know much about bbq. I'd like to try my hand at a sanctioned event sometime just to see what happens but I'm with Jerod. The traveling would be probably more than I would want to endure. The important thing for me is getting out and cooking all night with a great bunch of guys and trying all of the variations.

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        • Jerod Broussard
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          Yeh, trying and seeing new stuff would be the key for me. Although I am told not to change a thing on what I cook at home. I saw enough episodes of Pitmasters on Youtube to say, "huh??" a couple hundred times.

      • Top | #6
        I organize two BBQ championships and a chili cook off every year. Traveling teams want national sanctioning such as KCBS or IBCA so they can qualify for the Royal and the Jack Daniels draw

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