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Tools And Toys

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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

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.

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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.

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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  • Top | #1

    choices other than electric

    Most people on this site don't recommend electric smokers, so I am looking at anything that will be good for my elk saugage that I make. I want to start at 100 degrees for an hour than go up to 120 for 2 hours than at 170 degrees till the saugage reaches 160 degrees internally. I see the masterbuilt electric will do this and has a small external unit that will supply all the wood smoke I need. Thanks

  • Top | #2
    Not sure what you are asking. About purchasing a smoker or how to use one or one that you have. Also, in my recollection, there are recommendations for all sorts of smokers & electric aren’t necessarily dissed. You have what you have, use it. If it smokes, good.


    • Willy
      Willy commented
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      Shouldn't you be on the rotisserie channel? ;«)

    • FireMan
      FireMan commented
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      Can’t get there from here.

  • Top | #3
    My Kids (Son, an DIL) have a Masterbuilt, an it has actually produced some purty decent foods.

    Many, many of us have / have had electric smokers, an I don't recall anybody talkin any serious smack on any of em.

    Ya can make Great Food on purty much any cooker...

    Here's mine, (R2D2) as livin proof...still have it sittin in th corner of my motor garage.

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    • Chief1232
      Chief1232 commented
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      I have one of those! I'm actually getting rid of it because I need more room... 2 Traegers, a Blackstone and a few Weber gassers take up a lot of space...

    • klflowers
      klflowers commented
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      Take the cord off, and that is my first smoker - a Brinkman charcoal water smoker. I wore a couple of those things out.

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Yessir klflowers , also worn some of these out,my dang self.
      I also have a 'cordless', as well, (R3D3) sittin outside, in th driveway...

  • Top | #4
    If you already have, use it. Next in terms of ease of use is probably a propane smoker, then charcoal. All will produce great food. A head to head taste comparison might have a slightly different flavour profile, but if you only have one, people will love your food.


    • Top | #5
      Dance with the one you brought


      • Top | #6
        I had an electric smoker. Still do in fact. It isn’t necessarily “bad”, it’s more like “not as good as”. My charcoal Primo can run hotter, do indirect or direct, and since it actually burns wood chunks I get a better smoke flavor. So it is “better”, but that doesn’t mean my old electric is bad.

        For what you want to do, the electric might actually be ideal. My Primo would be tough to hold at 100, but not an electric. Add a smoke generator and there you go. Raising the temperature? Adjust the thermostat. Done.


        • Top | #7
          A buddy of mine that makes a ton of sausage actually swears by the electrics for sausage making - his use sawdust as the smoke source. His stuff is very very good, so he's got to be on to something?


          • Top | #8
            Thanks for all the reply's I really wanted to know if a propane or pellet smoker could go to these low temps and hold it for a long time.


            • Top | #9
              It’s a give and take thing. Propane or electric. Both will have to have smoke added, electric has a cord, propane runs out. If ya wanna take it camping etc.
              for me it’s whatever suits my needs. i would say propane has an advantage of being portable more and if your power goes out mid smoking yer in trouble with electric. Propane can reach low to high temps with a turn of the knob.
              Shoot charcoal could also if ya know how to control yer flame

              it just comes down to personal preference.
              I myself have not played with electric cookers. Heck my better half won’t let me have access to our oven cause one time(and only 1 time) I tried to smoke some fish in the oven with some wood chips while she was sleeping to surprise her for breakfast. Well it wasn’t the type of surprise I was expecting with all the smoke detectors going off. (Just kidding. Ya get the jist).
              Seriously she won’t let me have access to the oven cause she believes that I would attempt it sooner or later. (She is acutely aware of my Mcs syndrome)


              • Top | #10
                I think my pellet smoker might be able to get that low...it’s lowest setting is 170, but I have seen set ups on the internet for cold smoking where they put the meat in the warming drawer with ice pans on top to help keep it cold. If you google PG1000 cold smoke salmon and watch that video (skip to like the 3:30 mark) you can see the set up. I have not tried this myself, but it looks possible, especially in winter if you live in a reasonably cold environment.


                • Top | #11
                  Electrics are GREAT for fish and jerky. Bet they would do sausage or any other charcuterie great. Can run really low with minimal fuss.


                  • Top | #12
                    Personally I like fire. But I know an electric oven is probably a better performer than a gas oven. So I would imagine an electric smoker could also perform well.


                    • Top | #13
                      A used file cabinet and an A-Maze-N maze might work better. Might not. You’d get the benefit of real combustion, but you’d lose the thermostat.


                      • Top | #14
                        I don't think any charcoal or pellet fired smoker is going to reliably hold those low temperatures, unless it has a cold smoking attachment of some sort.


                        • Top | #15
                          Let me offer the obligatory AR warning: smoking foods in the temperature "danger zone" range (40°F to 140°F) can be, well, dangerous to your health. Be sure you know what you are doing.

                          That out of the way, I used my Brinkmann (same model as Bonesy) with a dorm room type hot plate to cold smoke (not at a controlled temperature though) jalapenos. I just placed wood chips in a small cast iron pan and put it on the hot plate.

                          Also, I turned out some dang good Q (pork ribs and butt) on that Brinkmann long before I stumbled across AR and learned the good science and proper techniques.
                          Last edited by Willy; January 12th, 2019, 01:48 PM.