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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

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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


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



Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

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

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  • Top | #16
    You probably shouldn't listen to me because I'm a pure BBQ gadget junkie but... I did order this.. To add to my Webers..



    • Smoking77
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      Very very cool. I'll keep this in mind.

  • Top | #17
    I have a 22" kettle and a 18.5" wsm, so between the 2 I can cook a lot at one time. That being said, when Huskee pulls my name in a couple of days, I will be hard pressed to choose between another charcoal machine and a pellet pooper. I like the pooper for overnight cooks, even though the wsm is pretty rock solid with and without my party q. Starting over, I would still go with the wsm. I love that little cooker.

    I guess we will see which way the mcs winds are blowing when I win the next monthly drawing.

    That wasn't much help - just me rambling along with a stream of consciousness thing or something...


    • Smoking77
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      Absolutely helpful, thank you.

  • Top | #18
    Also another thing to know is that it is hard to maintain low temps when the ambient temp is 90+ degrees outside for pellet cookers.


    • Smoking77
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      Good to know, thanks. I'm in Los Angeles, so it's never too hot. Probably 20 days above 90 degrees all year.

  • Top | #19
    Attjack On your Weber 26, think you can get an 18-20 pound spatchcocked turkey on one side and the slow and sear on the other?


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      I would say yes. I've done a 15 pounder on a 22" kettle. The tips of the drumsticks were sticking out over the SNS, and I had to wrap them in foil. I made it work. I had two 20 pounders on the offset at the same time.

    • Smoking77
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      This is extremely helpful. Just to double check, this was a 15# turkey, spatchcocked?

    • Polarbear777
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      Yep 15# spatchcocked in the 26 is no problem. Could probably fit more but then again the really big ones take longer to cook and are harder to cook evenly anyway.

  • Top | #20
    20 lb packer brisket in the 26”.

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  • Top | #21
    As my son noted above I have quite a few Webers and a Pitt Boss Tailgater pellet smoker. I also have a large vertical Oklahoma Joe, a 36 inch Blackstone griddle and a Hibachi. The pellet smoker is my most used cooker. Convenience, flavor, and temperature control are the reason why. I still use a couple of my Webers occasionally especially when cooking steaks, sausage, or seafood. Need the heat and searing ability of charcoal. If I could only keep one of my many cookers and if I would never cook for a large crowd I would choose my modified Weber Smokey Joe. Made a "Smokey mountain" add on for it so it serves as a wonderful high heat cooker for steaks, pizza, etc. As well as a dedicated smoker. Can't speak to the smoke n sear but the Smokenator for the Weber (reviewed on Amazing Ribs) makes a 22 inch Weber a great smoker.


    • Top | #22
      I’ve just acquired all the stuff to smoke simply on my Performer but haven’t done it yet because the pellet grill is too easy. I’ve never had a stick burner, but my Pellet grills put as much smoke flavor on as my first gas and electric cabinet smokers did. I have noticed the pellets make a big difference. CookinPellets 100% hickory give the cleanest burn and most smoke flavor of anything I’ve tried.

      I probably overlooked your budget, but what about a cheaper pellet grill and a 22” kettle with slow n sear. My first pellet grill was a Traeger Junior/Tailgater and you’d be surprised how much you can fit on it. A smaller packer or a couple butts pretty easy. Used pellet grills and Weber Kettles can be had pretty cheap on Craigslist or FB marketplace. Kettles in my area are often like $50. A coworker of mine has no controller and smokes just following the Slow ‘n Sear suggestions and has shown me some pretty impressive Fireboard graphs of steady temps. He just has to add charcoal and stir every 3-4 hours on long cooks.

      I use my pellet grill a lot because it’s fast as easy. I’ve acquired the Slow ‘n Sear and Fireboard drive so I have a backup, overflow, and ability to do cooks at two different temps simultaneously since I’ve downsized to one pellet grill.


      • Top | #23
        If you get a Weber Summit Charcoal Grill, you have the entire 24" space for Kamado cooking and can also use the Low-Profile SnS with it (if you can find a used one) or use the snake method in Kettle mode for smaller cooks. It's perfect either way.

        You'd think that something built to be both a kettle and a kamado might have some shortcomings, but it's a great piece of BBQ equipment: portable, great quality build, and makes delicious food. I heart mine.



        • Top | #24
          Thanks everyone for all the help. About a month ago, I purchased the RecTec Stampede. Did a pork butt and short ribs on it (will post about that when I can), and I loved it. Used BBQr's Delight hickory pellets, and I thought the smoke profile was just enough for me. Did a few chickens with apple pellets, and I couldn't really taste the smoke, but that's okay. I'll stick with the hardwoods from now on. Considered getting the 26" Kettle with the SNS, but instead I just bought a medium Vortex for my 18 WSM. Smoke on the WSM using a fan controller, then wrap the meat, take apart the WSM, and add hot coals into the vortex and get a fantastic sear. Certainly not as efficient as getting a Kettle w/SNS, but until MCS hits me again, it'll do just fine.


          • pkadare
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            As an FYI all fruit trees are hardwood.

          • Smoking77
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            Thanks pkadare!

        • Top | #25
          Originally posted by Smoking77 View Post
          Thanks everyone for all the help. About a month ago, I purchased the RecTec Stampede. Did a pork butt and short ribs on it (will post about that when I can), and I loved it. Used BBQr's Delight hickory pellets, and I thought the smoke profile was just enough for me. Did a few chickens with apple pellets, and I couldn't really taste the smoke, but that's okay. I'll stick with the hardwoods from now on. Considered getting the 26" Kettle with the SNS, but instead I just bought a medium Vortex for my 18 WSM. Smoke on the WSM using a fan controller, then wrap the meat, take apart the WSM, and add hot coals into the vortex and get a fantastic sear. Certainly not as efficient as getting a Kettle w/SNS, but until MCS hits me again, it'll do just fine.
          Congrats and welcome to the wonderful world of pellet cooking! I also have and enjoy my 26 kettle, but the pellet cooker definitely is my daily driver