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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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Problem assembling my new PK360

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    Problem assembling my new PK360

    I finally broke down and ordered a PK360, imagine my frustration when it arrived tonight and I can't even get past the first step in the assembly! The instructions say to slide the mounting post (the "Tube") down into the hole in the base. Sounds easy, right? The official PK video on Youtube also shows the Tube easily dropping into the mounting hole. But trust me on this one, the Tube that came with my grill isn't going to "slide" into the base. The fit is extremely tight - it's beyond tight - and the only way the Tube is going to fit into the base is if I pound it. I have so far resisted the temptation to try pounding on the Tube, I'm worried I may end up damaging the Tube or the base.

    In the picture below, the bottom of the Tube is simply resting on top of the base, there was enough of a friction fit in the first 1/16" to make it stay put without falling over. But, as a I said, it's not going further down into that hole without some serious force being applied.

    Has anyone else had this problem? How did you solve? I'm going to call PK in the morning but am hoping someone here can help.

    Thanks in advance!

    El Vez

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    It's been a couple of years since I put mine together, and I'm lucky to remember where I was five minutes ago, but I don't recall having any trouble putting mine together. I just went and took the body off the pedestal, turned it over and took a picture. The tube sets to the bottom, and a tab fits into a base with four screws. I wouldn't force it, talk to PK first.

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    • Top | #3
      My first thought - are both ends the same diameter? And that leads to did you insert the right end into the base? Sorry, but I thought I'd get that out of the way...

      Time to call PK.


      • ComfortablyNumb
        ComfortablyNumb commented
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        My thought too, and I don't remember if I had to put the top on or if it were already attached. A single screw holds it in place, so it would be easy to tell which end is up, tab to the bottom and set screw hole at the top.

      • El Vez
        El Vez commented
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        The two ends of the Tube are totally different, there's no mistaking which end goes into the hole in the base. The top of the Tube (i.e., the end that does not go into the base) has a massive collar that fits into the bottom of the body of the grill. The bottom of the Tube (the end that supposedly, allegedly "slides" into the base) is plain and smooth except for a small notch that helps align the Tube and base.

        Time to call PK.


    • Top | #4
      Hope you get it resolved quickly, El Vez . BTW I like your member name and avatar. I'm a real Elvis fan, especially of his bluesy earlier songs. A playlist of Elvis' early stuff and Patsy Cline is often on when I'm housecleaning--a great distraction from the job at hand.



      • Top | #5
        It could be as simple as to much paint. But...….. call.


        • HawkerXP
          HawkerXP commented
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          See below at post #7 mrteddyprincess Aircraft years ago were left unpainted. Save on weight which saves money. Now a days with acid rain not to mention all other chemicals/salt in the environment aircraft operate in they need to be painted and closely inspected for corrosion. I see newish aircraft based in China that will spend way to long in maintenance because of this. We've also had issues with to much paint on flight control surfaces. la la la...….sorry

        • mrteddyprincess
          mrteddyprincess commented
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          I asked you this question because of post #7.

          I still take your word on it. :-)

        • HawkerXP
          HawkerXP commented
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          Ahhh. mrteddyprincess I would imagine the post and post base hole were made to a close tolerance fit. You wouldn't want the whole thing rocking around every time you opened the lid. So as paint is needed for protection, to much is no good either.
          If you look up at ComfortablyNumb picture you'll see surface corrosion forming on the bottom of the post centering plate from 12 to 3 o'clock. Rust never sleeps.
          Last edited by HawkerXP; August 22nd, 2019, 06:42 AM.

      • Top | #6
        Yeah, give em a call. When I got mine, I could not for the life of me figure out how to attach the shelfs. Looked at the instructions, played with it and was convinced they had drilled the holes wrong. A simple call and I got them on.


        • Top | #7
          I called PK today. Turns out HawkerXP nailed it. They had some QC issues with some of the bases, too much paint was applied to the interior of the hole and then the Tube would not fit. The lady at PK said they thought they had pulled all of the bad bases out of production, but mine apparently slipped through. They are Fed Exing a new base to me. Will report back later.

          Thanks everybody!


          • mrteddyprincess
            mrteddyprincess commented
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            So did this get resolved?

        • Top | #8
          PK seems to have a lot of QC issues lately. There’s more than a few reported on their FB group. I have a problem with my PKTX closing properly.


          • Top | #9
            PK QC issues is right on. I bought a PK360 and when I opened the box they had sent the manual for the smaller one. Completely useless. Fortunately, there was a good PK 360 assembly video on YouTube.