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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.



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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Upgrading to better lump charcoal?

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  • Top | #16
    All the kamados I've owned have been very tolerant of any lump I use. The"cheap" stuff, and the "premium" both work well. I've never had rocks and stuff in any lump I bought. Just lucky, I guess. I've been toying with the idea of making my own, as I have the stuff, I just need to find the time.As, alas, have to fix my porch from the earthquake damage last fall...

    Anyway, for non kamado grilling, I like the premium a bit better, as they seem to have larger pieces, which helps. For my kamado(especially my little one), smaller is actually better, at least for the way I'm cooking. Some premium pieces are too large to use in the little guy. All had good flavor, no real difference, aside from different flavors due to wood species. By using flavor chunks, chips, etc., I can nail whatever flavor I need.

    So, use what 'ya got. Try everything to see if YOU like it. Not if so and so hypes it, or whatever. This will help you develop your own "house" flavor. Then people will ask YOU what you did, which is fun.


    • Top | #17
      I use Royal Oak mostly followed closely by FOGO. I don't like the taste Cowboy leaves in the food. Check out the lump reviews at http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm.


      • Top | #18
        Originally posted by Keiferr View Post
        I use Royal Oak mostly followed closely by FOGO. I don't like the taste Cowboy leaves in the food. Check out the lump reviews at http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm.
        Thanks for that link - really interesting. I might end up with a new hobby trying out all these varieties.


        • Top | #19
          Super premium! Getting classy around here. Hopefully I'll get to try it tomorrow
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          • Top | #20
            I go back and forth with a few Kamado buddies about lump. I have been a FOGO guy for a bunch of years because RO and Cowboy are just 30-40+% dust and not usable. Like (I think) radshop mentioned there are some huge chunks in the FOGO bag. This is a blessing and a curse I can elaborate on another time if anyone reads this... I find the cheaper, box store charcoals to have too much waste, acrid flavors if used for slow-n-low and tons of sparks. However, premium and super-premium products are expensive. I tested a bag of Jealous devil last year when we had a deal with them and loved that product. Bottom line is budget divided by waste. If you have a lower budget than you should account for some waste.


            • Skemo
              Skemo commented
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              Just picked up a bag of Fogo Super Prem and I think I know what you mean. My first experience with really large chunked lump and I found it harder to get going and get to the temp I wanted. I found myself looking for smaller chunks to get things going faster. Learning experience, but I'd rather have more large chunks than vice versa.....

            • allsid
              allsid commented
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              way back Skemo I would supplement the box store lump with some of the Fogo. It worked well, but so does a hammer.

          • Top | #21
            Originally posted by Keiferr View Post
            I use Royal Oak mostly followed closely by FOGO. I don't like the taste Cowboy leaves in the food. Check out the lump reviews at http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm.
            The above website is a great place to start exploring lump based on the characteristics you like. There are things like burn time, lump size and ash to consider.

            Recently my local Walmart has been carrying 30# bags of Royal Oak @$16.97 which seem to have more large pieces and fewer small ones. The have also been carrying bags of Extra Large Royal Oak.


            • Top | #22
              I use fogo super in my green egg and barrell house cooker..fogo black bag in my pk orginal with no problem at all ,the barrell house is the only one that i have not been able to save charcoal for another cook.


              • Top | #23
                I have had really good results using Rockwood charcoal, in both my Akorn and Primo Junior. The last bag of Cowboy I bought had some stuff that I would swear is scrap tongue and groove flooring. Not buying Cowboy anymore.


                • Histrix
                  Histrix commented
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                  Any bits of flooring are raw offcuts from early in the manufacturing process. They are not stained or painted or varnished - it is just raw wood and is therefore just fine to use for making charcoal.

              • Top | #24
                I use primarily R/O in my large BGE and have good luck. Wally World has the 15 lb. for $5 right know and they haven't been too bad. From what I hear on the BGE forum Rockwood is the way to go, but I can't get it in my area


                • Histrix
                  Histrix commented
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                  Rockwood is one of the best lumps available. It is now available in California and can be ordered at any Ace Hardware store. It is in their system so if they don't have it on the shelf they can get it in store in a few days.