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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



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What to buy??? Stick Burner vs Charcoal vs Pellet

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  • Top | #16
    I’d look into Stumps gravity fed cabinet smokers. If I ever win the lottery, that’s what I’m going to buy.



    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Mixon has a nice one as well

  • Top | #17
    Welcome to the Pit. I have no experience with the cabinet or stick cookers. From what I read that is the direction most are sending you, especially the cabinet type. That being said I have a YS640 and love it. It is probably to small so look at the YS1500 if you want a pellet cookers. Just my $0.01.


    • Top | #18
      My .02

      figure how much you have to cook at one time. Call Ben Lang, and order the next size up.


      • Top | #19
        My $.02, as a fellow WSM owner I would focus on something that uses charcoal. With charcoal you have a high density fuel that offers a constant burn rate when wanted, but is also versatile when needed.

        Someone with more experience please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think you would need to move a far more wood with you then charcoal. Plus each batch of wood would burn differently then the last. Not bad for home use, but would be an unwanted variable in competition.

        In regards to pellets, don’t get me wrong, they’re great for set it and forget it cooking but I think it would be harder to experiment with them on your next “new championship XXXX” if you know what I mean. Then you have to worry about electricity, a generator and a backup generator. I learned a long time ago as a tech diver, two is one and one is none.


        • Top | #20
          I don’t compete so take this with a grain of salt...
          The BIG advantages of charcoal is the consistency AND the fact that it’s readily available year round. And once a cooker is dialed in, it’s nearly set & forget. And it’s a cheap fuel source.

          Stick burners are nice but keeping them fed may or may not be an issue depending on where you are. Here in SoCal I only know of one place that regularly stocks wood. So that’s less than convenient...and depending on the sizes will be inconsistent. Not to mention that it WILL require much more babysitting.

          I’m not a huge fan of pellets cookers. My father’s is the only one I’ve ever used, so I clearly have limited experience. I ALWAYS add a smoke tube, otherwise it’s just too light for my liking. It also requires a power source... Most of the parks & places that host contests don’t have power...and certainly not unlimited power when they do. So that means a generator. One more thing to lug around, one more link in the chain, and one more potential breakdown.

          If I were competing, or still catering, I think I would go with an arsenal of WSMs. Cheap, relatively light weight, easy to control, and multiples for bigger cooks or variety won’t break the bank. I don’t think it’s any wonder why guys like Harry Soo love ‘em.


          • Razor
            Razor commented
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            The more I learn about all of this the more I’m amazed the other manufacturers are able to stay in business. Price, quality, versatility, ease of use, nothing comes close. Add a cheap fan controller and you have everything covered. Best part, if something should happen to the controller in the middle of a cook, no big deal.

        • Top | #21
          Thanks for the input, everyone!!! I still haven't made up my mind but I am seriously leaning towards a cabinet smoker. I have a couple of WSM's and am comfortable with charcoal and wood chunks. I also enjoy my Traeger but there seems to be a noticeable difference in the smoke flavor of the end product. I really love the taste from my WSM's.

          I am pretty sure that the stick burner is out. Not because of the amount of tending that it would require. It has more to do with the availability of wood in my area and the storage space needed for it. I might have to find a smaller stick burner just to play with. I really enjoy tending a cook, tinkering with a vent here and there, watching the smoker. I love being outside when I'm smoking, just something relaxing where I can sit in my driveway, enjoy a drink, maybe a cigar and watch the world go by. So darn satisfying!!!

          Thanks again all!!!!!


          • Top | #22
            I went to my first KCBS 10 years ago with just my WSM 22 and cooked all 4 meats on it. I've been doing comps ever since and have used all types of smokers (cabinets, WSM, drums, pellet, and stick burners). In my opinion, a cabinet smoker (I use a Humphrey's) with an automated temperature controller will be your best option using it in conjunction with your existing WSM and Traeger. At comps, the timing/temps of your cook is really important so you need to make sure you have a sound plan for all your meats. Our team will typically use a WSM, 2 Humphrey's, a Gateway Drum and a RecTec pellet grill during a comp. The RecTec is used to keep food warm or set a glaze and sometimes to cook chicken. Lately, I've been using my WSM to hang ribs in a setup similar to a drum and the last 3 results were top 10 finishes. Anyway, good luck with your decision and first competition.


            • Top | #23
              I use a Yoder loaded Durango 20", and I love it. There is something to be said for the purist natural method. Plus I cut my own wood and season it, so it is a whole process that my family enjoys. Then there is the meat and the cooking fun. You have to be actually engaged through the whole cook! no set it and forget it, that's cheating. Plus the smoke ring, and the flavors seal the deal. Plus you can use direct charcoal in it as well in the main cooking chamber, so it can be dual purpose.


              • Top | #24
                Just scrapped my last 10 yr old gaser. and I am looking for a good one that has a spot for chips or pellets via using a tube. I had to add heavy grates or a griddle/skillet to get a good finish to my stakes. Everything else comes off great but but my GMG uses a lot of pellets on a long session.