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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).

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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.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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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

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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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Looking to buy a new cooker -- pellet smoker versus Weber Kettle 22"

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  • Top | #1

    Looking to buy a new cooker -- pellet smoker versus Weber Kettle 22"

    Hi Everyone! Going to pull the trigger and buy a bigger smoker. Been working with a WSM 14" for a few years now, but looking for something bigger and different. I was doing my pellet research and like what I'm seeing. But then I started looking at a Kettle/Slow 'N sear combo. A couple questions:

    1. I know pellets produce less smoke flavor at higher temps, but would there be a similar smoke profile at lower temps compared to my WSM (using a few wood chunks)?

    2. If I bought a Kettle, I would also buy a Slow 'N Sear. If I could also add a CyberQ to that, I've basically made a set it and forget it smoker. Would there still be an advantage to getting a pellet smoker over the Kettle?

    As always, thanks for everyone's help.

  • Top | #2
    If you go the kettle route, consider the 26” and the XL slow n sear. (Or the summit charcoal grill) With a thermostatic controller, there isn’t much you can’t cook and it’s almost as set and forget. If you get a Wi-Fi controller, you can forget and have your phone remind you when you need more fuel etc.

    Kettles with a controller can usually run at least 6 hours without tending, and you can also two zone grill and sear like crazy on them.

    Pellets are fine too, so long as you have a separate searing system.

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    • Smoking77
      Smoking77 commented
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      I know I'll be happy with either. Just wish I knew what I'd be happier with. I've never had food off a pellet smoker, so I have zero idea what it tastes like.

    • Jon Liebers
      Jon Liebers commented
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      i agree. the one thing I don't like about my weber performer deluxe 22" is the same as with my lg BGE, and that's the lack of space. Its worse on the weber because the slow n sear actually takes up a good chunk of realestate, unless you are just searing.
      Otherwise I like it fine.

    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      Yeah, you retain more space with a snake instead of a SNS.

  • Top | #3
    1. 99% sure no way Jose. Charcoal & wood vs pellets won't be very comparable. Both good, sure, but not comparable.
    2. Still won't be SIFI, you'd still need to stir the coals at or near the 4-5hr mark and sweep ash. But that's relatively hands-off. Pellet smoker, depending on type, will hold more capacity.

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    • Smoking77
      Smoking77 commented
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      Thanks! I wish I could try them next to each other and see what I like better. Don't have the cash for that though.

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    I actually have and use both. Different types of cooks and capacities of course. Lately have used the Weber with SNS a lot for the missus and I, but have a big group to cook for on Saturday. Gonna limber up the Yoder YS640. Glad I have the option. The Weber was an inexpensive enough purchase while waiting for the Yoder, and has been very useful since.

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    • Jon Liebers
      Jon Liebers commented
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      same here, we purchased the weber just to hold me quiet for awhile. We have a gasser, Lg BGE and the weber . but neither the weber 22 or BGE easily provide for larger cooks. So I am still considering a larger cooker even after the weber and slow n sear.

  • Top | #5
    Originally posted by Texas Larry View Post
    I actually have and use both. Different types of cooks and capacities of course. Lately have used the Weber with SNS a lot for the missus and I, but have a big group to cook for on Saturday. Gonna limber up the Yoder YS640. Glad I have the option. The Weber was an inexpensive enough purchase while waiting for the Yoder, and has been very useful since.
    Texas Larry Thanks for the info. When do you prefer your Yoder over your weber?

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    • Smoking77
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      Besides for capacity, that is.

    • Texas Larry
      Texas Larry commented
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      Smoking77 The Yoder is a great cooker. It can sear very well despite what people often say about pellet cookers. (With the two piece diffuser and Grill Grates.) It produces a great smoke flavor at lower temps. I like it for longer cooks, esp. with more food than will fit on my Weber. It’s easy and a real joy to cook on. You do have to keep it clean between cooks.

    • Smoking77
      Smoking77 commented
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      Thanks for the info. Decisions, decisions...

  • Top | #6
    Dad, KenC52 should chime in. He has a flotilla of various Weber's (seriously, he has a problem), as well as a pellet popper. Uses both.

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    • Smoking77
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      Would appreciate the info. Thanks.

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    Smoking77 you will get more smoke with the kettle than the pellet smoker. I’ve got a Weber Performer Deluxe, with SNS and a PartyQ, and monitor cooks on my phone using my Smoke from Thermoworks. With the right charcoal I can get 10-12 hours unattended cook time at 225. I wanted a pellet cooker for a long time, but find my setup to be pretty hands off, and I like the smoke profile from charcoal and wood. I think the suggestions for the 26 are spot on if you need more space. I love my Performer as an outdoor kitchen type setup with its cart and table.

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    • Top | #8
      Originally posted by jfmorris View Post
      Smoking77 you will get more smoke with the kettle than the pellet smoker. I’ve got a Weber Performer Deluxe, with SNS and a PartyQ, and monitor cooks on my phone using my Smoke from Thermoworks. With the right charcoal I can get 10-12 hours unattended cook time at 225. I wanted a pellet cooker for a long time, but find my setup to be pretty hands off, and I like the smoke profile from charcoal and wood. I think the suggestions for the 26 are spot on if you need more space. I love my Performer as an outdoor kitchen type setup with its cart and table.
      jfmorris What type of charcoal do you use for your long cooks? I've been using lump on my WSM.

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      • jfmorris
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        Weber briquettes give me 10-12 on a load in the SNS, if I am running at 225. Too bad Lowe’s and Home Depot near me quit carrying them... I’m going to have to find an alternate source when I run out.

      • Oastytoasty
        Oastytoasty commented
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        I found some Weber briquettes at target the other week, might be worth checking out

    • Top | #9
      You said you wanted more cooking area, so if you are doing for the kettle then the 26” makes more sense. But, if you can spring for the Ranch Kettle without a SlowNSear, that will give you lot’s more cooking space.

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      • Top | #10
        If you get into sous vide it would seem much easier to do QVQ with a pooper.

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        • Polarbear777
          Polarbear777 commented
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          True. Though I always plan to do the first Q with another meal in mind so I’m never firing up for such a short time.

          Pellet would make this a breeze.

      • Top | #11
        I have both a Rec Tec and kettle/fan combo. I'll be getting rid of the Rec Tec this weekend and at some point in the near future adding a 26" kettle. I have found the kettle/fan/SnS/DnG set up to be far superior in every way except for capacity. So adding a 26" to go with my 22" will make up for any capacity issues. Kettle/fan combos produce better smoke flavor, better temp control and are more versatile. They are also more portable if you ever need. Plus no moving parts to eventually fail. Even if the kettle fan fails you can still continue to cook with just having to tend to it more. If the fan, auger etc fails on a pellet grill, you are screwed. Not bagging on pellet grills. They were my spring board to where I am now.


        https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...-and-fan-combo

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        • jfmorris
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          Wow! That is a solid testimonial for kettle/SNS/DNG from the owner of one of the better pellet smokers around (RT-680). Yet another nail in the coffin of my pellet smoker plans. I love my Performer and all the ABC stuff plus the PartyQ. The only thing lacking is capacity, and I am starting to think a WSM might be the way to go next - my PartyQ would fit on that just fine!

      • Top | #12
        I have both (and then some) and use them regularly. As already noted, the pellet pooper does not provide a lot of smoke at higher temps, but I use it often for baking or for giving a kiss of smoke at lower temps before searing. It is very convenient and is my favorite way to do brisket as it makes a very nice bark without becoming a meteorite.

        I use my kettles for pork because I do like a more prominent bark on ribs and butts, plus they are unbeatable at reverse searing and 2 zone cooking. They are pretty good at pizzas as well.

        If I had one choice I'd go for the 26 with all of the goodies. Then save up for a PP down the road. And a gasser.....and a WSCG......and a Santa Maria grill......and a...........

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        • Smoking77
          Smoking77 commented
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          Very informative, thanks! And I'll get all those cookers one day! But first I need to get a second job, and win the lottery, and only use one diaper a day for my two-month-old, and...

        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          Haha, so you already have a "pooper"!

      • Top | #13
        Thanks everyone for all the help! I still have zero clue what I'm going to do, but if I do go for the Weber, I'll get the 26"

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        • Top | #14
          Here's my 26 loaded up pretty well. If I wasn't using the SNS I could get more meat on there.

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          But now that I have a Primo XL I would use it for that cook instead. These pics aren't mine but you can see what's possible with the Primo XL. You don't lose any surface area with a kamado.

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          You can also get expansion racks.

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          • Top | #15
            Attjack Wow, great pics! Now a Primo XL is on my radar too. Luckily, I'm not in a rush to buy, so I can keep doing research. Disadvantages of the Primo XL? Thanks.

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            • Attjack
              Attjack commented
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              The only other Kamados I think are better are some models of the Komodo Kamados.

            • Smoking77
              Smoking77 commented
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              Thanks for the info. I did five pushups last week, so I'm pretty sure I can deadlift it.

            • klflowers
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              Don't forget the newest kamado - the ABCBBQ entry with the SNS.
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