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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.

 


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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

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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.

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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.

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.

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Do I Need a Grill for Camping?

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    Do I Need a Grill for Camping?


    I just bought a Blackstone Tailgater to take camping. It has a grill on one side and a griddle on the other. My question is should I return the Tailgater and just buy a griddle model?

    Is there anything I need the grill for that I can’t do on the griddle? The only thing I can think of might be corn on the cob.

    I tend to figure these things out by doing and that gets expensive so any thoughts appreciated!

  • Top | #2
    Smoke? Grill marks? (No controversy please) two zone cooking? Slower indirect cooking and those types of things.

    Amount and types of food would be the other consideration.

    It’s still gas. Clean up would be easier with just a griddle. I love my Pro Series.

    My one cent worth.
    Last edited by HouseHomey; June 19th, 2019, 01:10 PM.

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    • Troutman
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      I think grill marks are sexy, but I still haven’t met you yet Homey

    • texastweeter
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      no controversy, lol. This is bbq/grilling. Right up there with sex, politics, and religion

    • HouseHomey
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      Troutman True that my friend.

  • Top | #3
    Q: Do i need a grill for...[insert here]

    A. Yes!

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    • Top | #4
      I like the camp chef models - they have lots of accessories and I think the burner BTUs may be higher. On the other hand, it costs more. What kind of camping are you doing? We don't really camp - we are in a RV.

      https://www.campchef.com/catalogsear...fieri%27&q=guy

      The link is to a Guy Fieri bundle; you can get the stoves without all the peripherals.

      Like HouseHomey homey says, you can't smoke anything on a camp stove though.

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      • jfmorris
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        That Guy Fieri bundle is a little pricey, but the video with Guy sure makes me see it would be a flexible setup. I like that the 3 burner stove folds up and would easily pack under most travel trailers. I am hoping to get a travel trailer in the next couple of years, once I get the last kid out of the house and have stopped paying for weddings and tuition.

      • klflowers
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        jfmorris, it is kind of pricey, but I think I have the wife talked into getting it. I have to give up on the Grilla Chimp and roll with the Traeger Scout we already have, though. And that is going to end my MCS for awhile - the foot has been put down.

      • texastweeter
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        explorer klflowers

    • Top | #5
      I usually do bbq chicken breasts, thighs, steaks, burgers, fajitas, breakfast, dogs. When I say grill I mean something like a Coleman RoadTrip or the Blackstone grill box. Nothing I would use for smoking anyway.

      I’m just wondering if given what I make if I should skip the grill box and just go griddle.

      Camping = travel trailer

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      • jfmorris
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        I think you would use the grill box for chicken. The rest of it would work well on a griddle.

    • Top | #6
      Depends on what kind of food you like to have while camping. For me I'd rather have just the griddle. I can use the camp fire for hot dogs. The griddle can do your hamburgers as well. But why the griddle only would be my preference is for breakfast. Nothing like a big sloppy breakfast when camping. Would also be able to cook your own raw tortillas as well. Breakfast burritos are perfect for camping. And as HouseHomey said, clean up would be much easier.

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      • Top | #7
        Chicken. I can't imaging cooking half chickens, or even quarters on a griddle.

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        • HouseHomey
          HouseHomey commented
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          Oh brother, yes we can. Our paths need to cross some day. Too much good Sh** man!! Bone that sucker out!

        • Hugh
          Hugh commented
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          point me to a recipe or give me some destructions please HouseHomey .

          We stayed in an Air BnB a few weeks ago. My job was to cook chicken and all I had for cooking was an induction plate and a fry pan. I was lost. There was a strange silence when I served my bird.

      • Top | #8
        Im loading up for a race weekend with the boys and I'm using a 22" Blackstone, a PBC, and an induction top (for frying). The big part of this answer is wha/how you intend to eat on a trip. As a reference we are having burgers, wings, ribs, hashbrown/bacon/eggs, breakfast sandwhiches, chorizo breakfast burritos, pit barrel beans, and a couple other odds and ends.

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        • xaugievike
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          race camping/tailgating is what got me going on this cooking adventure. but come Monday it'll be salads for a week!

        • Troutman
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          Geez I’ll just show up for left overs

        • JimLinebarger
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          xaugievike All that sounds good for the first morning's meal, but what are you going to have the rest of the trip?

      • Top | #9
        For camping i have one of those cheap ($40) squarish foldup grills for burgers, not dogs, etc. I also have a small BGE for high temps and smoking. Then I have a Blackstone tabletop griddle. Not much need for the stove and oven in the camper. Seems like I meet new people a lot when we camp. The guy behind us a couple years ago got to smell ribs smoking all afternoon. When I took the rack of baby backs off for dinner (1 rack, just me and her) he saw it and said "that's not enough for all of us!". I smiled, said " I know", and sat down to eat. Didn't hear from him again. Hmmm.

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          Does an owl hoot? 🕶

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          • Dan Deter
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            Do bears bear? Do bees bee?

          • JimLinebarger
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            Dan Deter My wife would say yes to the first one. Twice. I would say we just tolerate or put up with for a time.

        • Top | #11
          Sorry I'm late to the party, but the way I was able to justify buying my Camp Chef stove was for a camping trip last year - I was surprised I got away with it! We used one of the burners without the griddle at almost every meal for heating up water for hot chocolate, or using a wok, or something else. It had been really nice to have the flexibility. I'm not sure how the Blackstone works, but if you don't need the griddle space I would stick with what you have.

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