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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


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


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'.

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.

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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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Weber Summit Charcoal or Weber Performer Deluxe (w Slow n Sear) AND WSMS??

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  • Top | #16
    Originally posted by eschmid2 View Post
    All, thanks so much for all of your advise and knowledge so far, thought this was all leaning towards the WSCG until jfmorris post, that got me back to rethinking the 2 cooker option and all the accessories .... still undecided at this point, and happy to know ebay is a place to watch for good deals. Again thanks so far for everyone's feedback, really appreciate all of you!
    I've seen some recommend the 26" kettle. My son in law and daughter are planning a home purchase, and I've been discussing this very issue with him. He had been talking about either getting a Performer Deluxe like I have, or building a custom table for a BGE. I've about convinced him to get a 26" kettle and build a custom table for it, as I don't think he will be smoking in sub freezing weather too often down here in Alabama, to where the Kamado will buy him a lot. He's seen me using the Performer with the SNS for a couple of years, and knows how well it works.

    I cannot stress how nice it is having that table to use while cooking. I use my Performer table even when cooking on my other grills, as their side tables (or front table on my offset) pale in comparison. If I went with a 26", I would have to build a custom table for it to sit in I think, with casters. For most cooks, I personally find the 22" Performer more than adequate - I can smoke 2 butts (3 or 4 if I put some down at the charcoal grate level and rotated them mid cook), a 14-16 pound brisket, or 5 slabs of ribs. With the Grillgrates allowing use of the full cooking grate I can cook 4 chickens at once (split or spatchcocked), or a mess of burgers or chops or wings.

    The main time I find the 22" kettle confining is when I am cooking stuff like burgers or dogs or wings for a large group. For example, I recently did chicken kabobs for 60 people, and I ended up using the Performer (with the grillgrates installed), the Genesis II E-401 *AND* my old offset in grill mode (24x36 inch grate there). For a cook of that magnitude, I don't think 26" versus 22.5" kettle size would have mattered. Where I think the 26" kettle would help you is if you want to smoke larger briskets (20 pounders), 3-4 butts, and so on. And if you had a WSM to supplement the kettle, that would not matter.

    My next cooker will be a WSM 22", as that will give me a ton of smoking capacity when I need it, beyond what the Performer gives me, with a level of ease of use not offered by my offset.

    If it helps, I got my 2007 model Performer Deluxe *WITH* a cover and a full set of Grillgrates for $100, used, a couple of years ago. It was in pristine condition, and part of the reason it was such a good deal is that the friend I got it from had to get rid of a cooker before his new Yoder arrived (SWMBO commanded him that a max of 5 cookers was allowed on the patio). So good deals are out there if you can find them.
    Last edited by jfmorris; August 15th, 2019, 07:36 AM.


    • jfmorris
      jfmorris commented
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      Razor yes - I started with the Performer with Grillgrates, and the offset, which has a 24x36 grate, with the full set off my Genesis II E-410, which was an almost perfect fit. That way I could do charcoal direct grilling, without burning anything up (the offset has poor temp control as a grill). We ended up firing up the Genesis II as well (without Grillgrates), as we had way too many kabobs and party time was approaching.

    • Beefchop
      Beefchop commented
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      This is the one thing I'm missing - a good table next to my equipment.

    • Craigar
      Craigar commented
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      jfmorris I have both the 22 and the 26, and if I had it all to do over again I would opt for a second 26. Don't get me wrong, the 22 is great and you can't go wrong with it combo'd with the SnS. I just prefer the 26 for the extra space.

  • Top | #17
    WSCG, if ya can’t swing it then 26” w/SnS. There will be no regrets with the summit.


    • Top | #18
      I have quite a collection of cookers and use them all regularly. With that said, my WSCG w/SnS is my go to when I'm not using the Santa Maria grill. I've done moderate sized briskets 2 at a time, hot and fast anything, Friday pizza night, tandoor style cooking, and baked bread in it. Temps can get to 0 here and it keeps on chugging. That thing does it all and I can't recommend it enough. If it fits your budget, you won't regret it. Ever. Add a digitally controlled fan to it and you're done.
      Last edited by CaptainMike; August 15th, 2019, 12:40 PM.


      • Top | #19
        Why an either or? How about getting all 3 of them? MCS and all that...


        • FireMan
          FireMan commented
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          I stand corrected. Yassir!

      • Top | #20
        Can I say WSCGS and WSMS? I love my kettle, but I’d replace it with the WSCGS in a second. Pop the extra $300 or so for the dedicated smoker, and you’ll be cured of MCS, for a few years anyhow.


        • Top | #21
          I would definitely go for the Summit if you can swing it.


          • Top | #22
            Hi Everyone, thanks for all of your advice! So here is my plan after reading all of your feedback ... start out with a WSMC 22.5" and get a digital controller with fan (thermoworks signals with fan looks very nice). Step 2: Hold out for a deal on the WSCG without table hoping to find something for < $1000 including shipping (if anyone seens anything online please let me know!), I've already set an email alert on eBay. If I have to wait for a while that's ok as all your comments have made me realize that the WSCG is worth the wait. Appreciate all of your feedback! Thanks, Eric


            • Top | #23
              This thread is causing a huge MCS flare up. I absolutely do not need another grill, but I'd love to have a WSCG.


              • JeffJ
                JeffJ commented
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                Yep. Same here. I recently sold my electric smoker and moved my Weber Performer to my parents' place "up north" to make room for my OKJ. Nevertheless I've been lusting after the Summit ever since it was introduced and still want one. Bad.

            • Top | #24
              most definetly the Weber Summit given the choices you've outlined.


              • Top | #25
                A belated vote for the 22" Weber Performer package (or the 26" if you can swing that with a table) and the 18" WSM.

                BTW, I ran my WSM stock for 10+ years and it cooked like a champ. Overnight cooks (12 - 14 hours) on one load of fuel with very little fire maintenance or management on my end. No fan or temp control equipment. But that's summer/fall in south Louisiana and moderate weather in Maryland, so YMMV.


                • Razor
                  Razor commented
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                  Do you even need to use briquettes during summer/fall in south Louisiana? 😉

                • Beefchop
                  Beefchop commented
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                  Razor you need something to keep the mosquitoes off your meat!

              • Top | #26
                I run my Jumbo Joe w/ sns and a PBC
                the Jumbo is perfect fer me and my honey
                Have smoked chicken thighs and reverse seared some great beef on the lil rascal
                If I’m gonna smoke some thing bigger than some thighs etc I luv the PBC and can smoke just enough,,,ribs,brisket,butt,chicken or lots more if I want to feed the neighbor hood
                My Delta Heat gasser has drifted to a short and sweet quick ( not even a beer ) git’er done mode


                • Top | #27
                  jfmorris touched on it up-thread - having multiple cookers is really nice. Sometimes you'll finding yourself cooking multiple dishes and it's not necessarily that space is an issue, it's temps - one dish is optimal at one temp and the other is better cooked at hotter temps. For as versatile as the WSCG is I don't think it can pull off multiple temps at the same time.


                  • jfmorris
                    jfmorris commented
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                    Yeppers - so many times I've been smoking a butt or brisket (12+ hours) for tomorrow, but we needed to eat something quick today (burgers, chicken, etc). July 4th is a good example - I'll run a big charcoal grill for chicken and brats, while doing smash burgers on the flat side of the grill grates on my Genesis.