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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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.

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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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Weber Kettle Thermometer Wire Question

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    Weber Kettle Thermometer Wire Question

    For the past 5 months, I've been using a 2002 Weber OTS that was left behind at a house we bought in early Spring. The kettle is in decent shape, although the lid does not seal especially well to the base. I've had some success improving the lid seal with binder clips. I've added a SnS and a Thermoworks Smoke. I like the grill (and love the SnS!), but not as much as my 16 year-old OTG that we left behind when we moved. So I will be upgrading. Experience with this grill along with my previous OTG, helpful comments from the Pit, and the space available on our patio, have me inclined to buy a new Weber Performer Deluxe.

    My questions/issues have to do with routing of temperature probes while maintaining a seal between lid and base in a Performer Deluxe. It would be helpful to get some input from the Pit before I acquire a new kettle.

    One option is drilling holes for grommets. After reading about Pit members adding WSM grommets and other drill-related solutions, I followed the suggestion (and video tutorial https://vimeo.com/134139647) from former member Jon Solberg. I drilled two 3/8" holes (about 1/32" larger than Smoke probe transitions) in the OTS. That seems to work well enough.

    Another option is to install a gasket.

    Should I drill holes? Install a gasket? Both? Other suggestions?

    1. Will a lid gasket accommodate temperature probe wires and maintain a tight seal between lid and base?
    2. Is a lid gasket preferable to drilling probe holes in the kettle's base?
    3. Will the integrated table on the Performer Deluxe get in the way of binder clips, if they are needed to seal the kettle?
    4. When is the best time to install a lid gasket? Before the initial use of the kettle? Or does that matter?
    5. Lava Lock's seller on Amazon suggests that their "Fireblack" gasket is better for the Kettle than Lava Lock. Any comments?
    6. What is the preferred location for the SnS in a Performer Deluxe? 12 O'Clock? 9 O'Clock? ?

    Thanks for any advice.

  • Top | #2
    As soon as you start cookin' on a new grill, grease and creosote will start to build up on the lid. You will have to remove it all to install a gasket. So it seems to me that installing the gasket first would get the best seal from the adhesive. The problem is that you don't really know if you need a gasket until you cook on the kettle. I think you should be ok if you cook once to see if you need a gasket, and if you do, clean the area where the gasket attaches with something like acetone.

    I drilled one hole, (5/8" if I remember correctly), and put a brass close nipple in it. I also found a brass threaded cap to close the hole when not using a probe. I also had to grind the nipple shorter on both sides so that L-shaped probes would fit through the opening.

    If you use a gasket, try running the wires between the base and lid to see if you are getting leaks. If you are, you can just cut small notches for the wires. A little smoke will not hurt.

    The table does interfere with clips

    Location of the SnS depends on your cookin' style. I have mine at 9:00 and t hat works for me. YMMV


  • Top | #3
    I've always run my wires under my lids on all my cookers. I don't have the heart to drill holes since that's a permanent action. The amount that this affects your temps, if even measurable, is inconsequential. Don't slam and jam and it won't damage your wires either. But of course, different strokes for different folks. Gaskets are always a good idea, although I still haven't gone the gasket route myself on any of mine.


    • Rolo Tomassi
      Rolo Tomassi commented
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      Thank you Huskee.

    • Razor
      Razor commented
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      Glad to see I’m not the only one. I figure for what those wires are built to withstand a little possible weight from the lid isn’t going to hurt them as long as you aren’t slamming it down.

      I bought some gasket but I keep going back and forth on that. The leaks are so small now, I’m afraid of making them worse by messing up the gasket job, lol. If those leaks were that bad I’m guessing Weber would make gaskets part of the grill in the first place.

  • Top | #4
    I forgot - another option is to use a file to make a groove in the lip of the base so that the wire is not crimped.


    • Rolo Tomassi
      Rolo Tomassi commented
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      I’ve seen that in a related thread, but had forgotten about it. Makes sense — smaller hole/slot, since it only has to accommodate wires. Thank you.

  • Top | #5
    I just drilled a 1/2 inch whole with no nipple. Till I get four wires through it for my Maverick and DigiQ they pretty well block any air into or out of the Weber,


    • Rolo Tomassi
      Rolo Tomassi commented
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      Thank you mountainsmoker.

    • mountainsmoker
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      Your welcome I drilled my hole right above the food grate, as all the probes go above the grate. The grate is far enough down your not drilling in the lid.
      Last edited by mountainsmoker; August 12th, 2019, 09:14 PM.

  • Top | #6
    I run them under my lid, I have seen people use lamp fittings (like the brass area that the pull cord pulls through, I have seen people cut a small notch (I think that is worst thing), and the rubber gaskets. I guess if I did one of them I would choose the rubber gasket. My wsm has that, I think I prefer that, but, I have not damaged a lead in the 5-6 months that I have been using temp probes (on my kettle), my wsm is significantly heavier, maybe it might be worse on that. p.s. I would never put the gasket in the lid, you take that on and off to much, the leads would be a pain in the ass, if I drilled a hole, I would drill it right under the grill grate, never in the lid.
    Last edited by Richard Chrz; August 12th, 2019, 08:36 PM.


  • Top | #7
    Drill for a grommet in the bottom of the kettle, near the lid, right at grate level. That’s the money. Just be aware of it when lighting the fire. Hot side/cold side and all of that.


  • Top | #8
    Or you can add a fan control. Below is my set up. There are several of us running this way. I just smoked a couple meatloafs Sunday on my 26" and had three probe wires running under the lid. Zero issues. Sure they created leaks, but it doesn't matter with the fan control. Ran rock solid at my set temp.



    • Rolo Tomassi
      Rolo Tomassi commented
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      Thank you Rod. That’s a great guide to your setup.

  • Top | #9
    Invest in one of these step bits, you can get one for around $9....

    ...drill a pilot hole then open it up to 1-1/4". Be careful to get it as close to that size as you can. Take a small rasp and dress up you hole and smooth it out. Then buy a Weber probe bladder.....

    They can be a little tricky to get on, one trick is to use some vaseline, seems to slip on a little easier. I like this because you can fit 4-5 wires through the slit part, and just stick your temp probe into the small hole on the top, no need to have that wire within the kettle.


    • RonB
      RonB commented
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      If I ever replace my kettle, this is what I would use.

    • Woodson
      Woodson commented
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      This is exactly what I did. I would send a picture, but my Weber is in my comp trailer on a storage lot. Have an extra grommet or two on hand, also.

    • Woodson
      Woodson commented
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      And be careful to the shards of ceramic coating flying off.