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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!

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

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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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.

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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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  • Top | #1

    B&B Char-logs

    Does anyone have much experience with these? Academy had them on sale for 12.99 for a 30lb bag so I picked up a couple. Just wondering if I should use a full bed of these or mix with briquettes?

  • Top | #2
    Those look great. I have not used them, but they say the are solid charcoal with no additives, so they will be like any very good charcoal like Stubbs, etc. You might want to open the bag and see how many full pieces, broken pieces and dust you have. Then just burn it like regular charcoal, that gets hotter than BBB.

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    • Top | #3
      I just finished up my first bag and will be ordering more through my local Ace Hardware. The one thing I noticed is they take just a little bit longer to take off, but once they do they will burn for a long time. Yesterday I smoked 3 racks of STL ribs and 4.5 lbs. of pork belly burnt ends on the 22.k" Weber with SnS on one load of the char-logs. Temps ranged from 275-300 and ran for 8 hours without having to reload. Once everything was done, people were hungry and I neglected to "turn off" the grill. By the time I had remembered, it had been another 3 hours when I went back outside. To my amazement the charcoal was still burning and the grill temp had only dropped to 225. The charcoal was pretty well spent, but it definitely beat the snot out of KBB and Kingsford Professional when put in the same situation. What I liked about this particular charcoal is the fact there is very little, if any, dirty smoke when you first fire it up. There have been times where I have lit the charcoal with my torch, went back in side and came out 15 minutes later thinking the fire went out because there was no heavy white smoke like what I'm used to with the Kingsford products. Much to my surprise the charcoal was burning and burning HOT!

      Now to your question, I mixed with regular briquettes when I was doing quick cooks on the 26.75" Weber. I probably didn't need to, but it was just easier to grab and dump the regular briquettes instead of breaking up the big logs so they would take off faster. There's just something about the square briquettes where the edges seem catch quicker than the char-logs.

      $12.99 is a great price for a 30 lbs. bag of charcoal, especially for charcoal of this quality (I paid $19.99, but I'm just happy B&B is being sold in my area). It might take a little practice to get used to its little idiosyncrasies. For long cooks I will be using this more in the future. Hopefully this helps.

      ~Craigar
      Last edited by Craigar; August 12th, 2019, 07:20 AM. Reason: EDIT: I neglected to mention we received 2.10" of rain yesterday morning, so it was very muggy all day with very little wind.

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      • au4stree
        au4stree commented
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        Good to hear you like it, I’ve been enjoying the B&B briqs but never can pull the trigger on the logs. The only knock I’ve heard on the logs is they produce excessive ash. Has this been your experience?

      • Bkhuna
        Bkhuna commented
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        How much ash was produced? More or less than Kingsford?

      • Craigar
        Craigar commented
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        Ash - A little more than the regular B&B briquettes, but still less than any Kingsford product. Maybe because they are logs and will hold their shape after they have been used it seems like they produce more ash. All I know is it is quite a bit less than Kingsford...in my humble opinion.

    • Top | #4
      Craigar Great information thanks! Happy to hear you feel it makes less ash than KBB. IMO KBB is making more ash than ever.
      I use RO briquettes for hot and fast cooks with great results and when I can find Weber briquettes I use those instead of KBB. I like B&B lump so I’m hoping their briquettes and char-logs will be just as good.

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      • au4stree
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        Since Weber and Stubb’s briqs are not available, I’ve moved on to the B&B briqs. They have been great, I think you’ll enjoy the consistency. They do well in my PBC, PK360 and WSCGC alike.

    • Top | #5
      According to their website. Our local ACE hardware store carries this product. I'll be picking up a bag this week.

      H/T to Craigar for mentioning ACE.

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      • Craigar
        Craigar commented
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        Lucky you! But, be careful as I went to one of the many local stores in this area because the web site said it was in stock. I get there and they had never heard of it. Hence why I ordered it and had it delivered to the store.
        Last edited by Craigar; August 12th, 2019, 01:18 PM.

      • JeffJ
        JeffJ commented
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        Craigar Good to know. Fortunately this particular ACE store is in the same strip as the Grocery store I'm going to on Wednesday to purchase food for our annual BBQ this Saturday. So, I won't be making a special trip.

    • Top | #6
      I really like them. I’ve tested them and found they can produce equivalent heat for equal period of time with far less product.

      They are not however, IMO a general replacement for all situations. They take way too long to get going & go for too long for a quick hotdogs/hamburgers or reverse seared chicken breasts on a weekday. (Overkill & not worth the effort basically)

      Below is a cross-post of my testing in the PBC. The pictures make it very obvious how effective Char-logs are for the volume used.

      PROS
      1. All hardwood charcoal with no filler, not a huge deal for me but many care about this.
      2. Consistency - they burned very consistently for a long period of time, the thickness reduced the surface area of the charcoal compared to a standard briquette
      3. Heat to volume ratio - As you can see in the picture below, I filled the PBC basket with a single layer of the Char-logs and added 40 KBB briquettes. This was a disconcertingly small amount of charcoal, when compared to KBB/RO filled level with the rim. But produced equal or better results. This becomes more significant when there are greater space limitations than we have to deal with in the PBC. More applicable for us is the opportunity to really get the heat high for crisping poultry skin.
      3b. Price - @ ~$14.5 per 30lb bag at Academy = ~$0.48 per lb, whereas KBB is selling for ~$25 for 36.75lbs at Lowe's = ~$0.68 per lb. While using significantly less product per cook.
      4. Smell/taste - It smells clean when lighting and produces very little smoke when compared to KBB/RO, as in I had to pick up the chimney and check to make sure it was actually started.

      CONS
      1. Not as easy to light as standard briquettes.
      2. It's burn profile is different from what most are used to and will necessitate a learning curve
      3. Ash produced: to quote Chernobyl "Not great but not terrible", I'm stretching a bit here to say this is truly a con as it's no worse than KBB. And in fact is quite a bit better. But if this is a big factor for you such as BGE owners, then it's certainly not better than lump.

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