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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.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


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.

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

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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).

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

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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.

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


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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.

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.

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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

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.

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Is Blackstone the only griddle grill to consider?

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  • sos2979
    Club Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 135
    • Lubbock, TX
    • Deep in the MCS zone.
      Currently have
      Gas: Weber Genesis 330
      Charcoal: Weber 22 Premium
      Smoker: PBC
      Toys: DigiQ, Thermapen thermometer, Lodge Griddle/Grill
      Looking to acquire: SNS, and one of everything else

    Top | #1

    Is Blackstone the only griddle grill to consider?

    While I don't have the funds or space for one yet, the MCS is kicking hard for a flat-top griddle. Seems every other article is talking about griddles and it's almost always Blackstone. Made me wonder if they are that much superior to others or is it just a lack of competition/pricing? Does anyone have experience with both a Blackstone and one of the others like a Camp Chef, Blue Rhino, Royal Gourmet, etc. What particular features of Blackstone make them better than the rest?
  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10147
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
      Instagram: JRBowlsby
      Smokin' Hound Que
      Minnesota/ United States of America

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      Assistants
      Dexter (Beagle mix)
      Kinnick (American Foxhound)
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      Grills/Smokers/Fryers
      Big Green Egg (Large) X2
      Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

      Broil King Keg
      Karubeque C-60
      Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
      Lodge L410 Hibachi
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
      R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

      Weber Spirit Gasser
      ******************.
      Thermometers
      FireBoard (Base Package)
      Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
      Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
      **************

      Accessories
      BBQ Dragon
      Big Green Egg Plate Setter
      Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
      Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

      Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
      Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

      Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
      Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
      Eggspander Kit X2
      Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

      Finex Cat Iron Line
      FireBoard Drive
      Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
      Grill Grates
      Joule Water Circulator
      KBQ Fire Grate

      Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
      Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
      Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
      Large Vortex
      Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
      Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
      Smithey No. 12
      Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
      Stargazer No.10, 12
      Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
      Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
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      Fuel
      FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
      Kingsford Blue and White
      Rockwood Lump Charcoal
      Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
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      Cutlery
      Buck 119 Special
      Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
      Global
      Shun
      Wusthof
      *******
      Next Major Purchase
      Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

    Top | #2
    I like the Blackstone because of the rear grease trap. It makes it easy to clean, and you are not pulling grease towards you as you cook. I don't find the body of the Blackstone to be anything special. The griddle is what really matters to me.

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    • Huskee
      Pit Boss/Manager
      • May 2014
      • 14004
      • central MI, USA
      • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
        Smokers / Grills
        • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
        • PBC
        • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
        • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
        • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
        • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
        • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
        • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
        • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
        • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


        Thermometers
        • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
        • (7) Maverick ET-732s
        • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
        • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
        • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
        • Thermapen MkII, orange
        • ThermoPop, yellow
        • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
        • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
        • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
        • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well


        Accessories
        • Instant Pot 6qt
        • Anova Bluetooth SV
        • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
        • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
        • BBQ Dragon
        • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
        • Weber grill topper
        • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
        • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
        • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter


        Beverages
        • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
        • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
        • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
        • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
        • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
        • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
        • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


        About me
        Real name: Aaron
        Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

        Occupation:
        • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

      Top | #3
      I can't help with your direct question, but thought I'd ask a counter-question. If you don't want to make the price or space commitment on a standalone griddle, have you considered the Drip 'N Griddle pan from ABCbarbecue.com, or even the 22" Arteflame griddle insert for your kettle? Might be a less expensive way to ease into griddle cooking.

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      • sos2979
        sos2979 commented
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        I do have a lodge griddle I use on my Weber some and have been pretty happy. It just doesn't give you as much space. I also used it for my wife's fish so I think it is going to become my fish griddle and will need something else for meat.
    • xaugievike
      Club Member
      • Jan 2017
      • 570
      • Chicagoland
      • Weber Genesis 300 series
        Weber Summit Charcoal With custom grill center
        Weber Performer w/SNS
        PBC
        Blackstone 22" TableTop Griddle
        Ooni Pro Pizza oven

      Top | #4
      you've identified the competition and got a couple other ideas....on the space front, I got the 22" Blackstone and store it in my camper...I have adored that thing from moment 1 and used the hell out of it this summer.

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      • SmokeyGator
        Club Member
        • Jul 2016
        • 800
        • Miami, FL
        • Primo XL
          Cyberq controller
          Sierra Nevada IPA

        Top | #5
        I have a blackstone 36. What I liked about it over the others (Camp Chef):

        1. Lower price
        2. Front lip, rear grease drain.

        Now is is it “better”? I think so. Because the price is on average $60 less. The Camp Chef comes ready to use as a grill without a flat top.....but I don’t consider that to be a big deal because as a regular grill it will get a lot of flare ups and you have to find a place for the big heavy top.

        However both are proven as great griddles.

        I would avoid the Blue Rhino griddle. It’s the same price as Blackstone but lacking the reputation. Not saying it isn’t good too, just that for the same price as a blackstone it offers no advantages.

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        • PBCDad
          Club Member
          • Jan 2016
          • 336
          • Seattle area
          • Pit Barrel Cooker - 2015
            22" Kettle + SnS - 2016
            Maverick ET-732 - 2016
            Thermapen - 2016
            Jambo 24x48 offset smoker (Big Tex) - 2017
            Camp Chef Denali griddle - 2018

          Top | #6
          I recently got a Camp Chef 3 burner off of Craigslist. Right now I only have a griddle over one burner, but I plan on eventually getting griddles to cover the other burners as well once it goes on sale. Frozen Smoke pointed out to me a big benefit to the Camp Chef, you aren't stuck with a standalone griddle. While I wouldn't use the normal grates as a gas grill, it works really well as an outdoor stove. I used it camping and we always had a pot or pan over one of the other burners for hot chocolate or something else. I also plan to use it for frying or other smelly cooking when I don't want to stink up the house. Lastly, while it certainly isn't small, the legs come right off and it does store fairly flat.

          As a final benefit, there are a lot more options for Camp Chef to be found on Craigslist than there are Blackstone. I recommend getting a 3-burner 16" model like the Expedition or Denali (same model) like I got

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          • Frozen Smoke
            Club Member
            • Nov 2017
            • 1615
            • Northern Mn

            Top | #7
            Once I really did the research I realized all the advantages of the camp stove and griddles. Portability was so much easier than a dedicated flat top. The versatility of mix and match griddles, pots and pans or grill and pizza boxes made it a no brainer for me! You will enjoy your purchase PBCDad

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            • jgreen
              Charter Member
              • Oct 2014
              • 2470
              • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
              • Cookers:
                Broil King XL
                Broil King Smoke
                Weber Kettle 26
                Grilla Pellet smoker
                Capital 40 natural gas
                Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

                Thermometer:
                Maverick 733
                Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
                Thermo works DOT (or two)
                Fireboard (probably my favourite)
                Thermworks Smoke (or two)

                Accessories:
                SnS (original, plus and XL)
                DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
                Vortex
                Grillgrates
                and, maybe some other toys as well

              Top | #8
              I just got the 36 inch Blackstone with the rear grease trap a short time ago but really love cooking on it. I think I blame Mr. Bones as he got one first. Made me really want one.

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              • Mr. Bones
                Mr. Bones commented
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                Entirely my fault, Brother! Congrats!
                At least, I usually do, (blame me), so ya can go right on ahead, blame me, an I'll jus add it to th list.
                Last edited by Mr. Bones; August 12th, 2018, 04:18 PM.
            • Fire Art
              Club Member
              • Jan 2018
              • 1050
              • Jackson hole Wyoming

              Top | #9
              I have a camp chef double burner and use it for camping seen all this commotion about flat tops so I went and bought camp chef it 14” x31” flat top grill for it and I have a 14” w 14” grill and gribble so can use the other burner for any thing I want. As I type this I can now see I need a wok so I can stir fry and do fried rice 🤔

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              • allsid
                AmazingRibs.com's Head Fire Starter
                • Apr 2017
                • 367
                • Missoula, Montana USA
                • Check me out on Instagram:
                  @GrillingMontana

                Top | #10
                The difference is personal preference and what I like to think of as rear view mirror syndrome. Get what will work for you with the space you have available and budget so you don't always second guess if you should have chosen another manufacturer. They are all quite similar.

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                • texastweeter
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2017
                  • 1970
                  • Republic of Texas

                  Top | #11
                  i like the versatility of my camp chef. it usually stays rigged as a pizza oven though.

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