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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 Pitmaster Award winners or Gold Medalist, listed by price.

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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

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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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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


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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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.

Click here to read our complete review


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'.

Click here to read our detailed review


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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The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, this is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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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, our Pitmaster Award 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 Gold Medal.


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

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  • Top | #1

    Thermostatic Masterbuilt Smoker Price Keeps Crawling Up??

    Ever since I saw the review for the Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker Review I started having grand visions of finally getting a smoker that I can set and forget. I love my Smoke Vault and everything, but it'd be nice to not have to fiddle with the propane knob every five minutes for an hour at the start of my cooks. And it was only $250! Time to start cooking up ideas to give the wife to justify having two smokers...

    Then the price changed to $350. Then I go to Amazon today and it's... $428. At least it has Prime shipping I guess? Guess I'll just have to set a price watch on camelcamelcamel. Really kicking myself for not pulling the trigger at $250.

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    Not sure if this is the same one, Looks similar, sometimes Cabela's hides the ball a little with manufacturers for some reason:

    https://www.cabelas.com/product/Mast...4.uts?slotId=3

    Lot of masterbuilt stuff on sale at Cabela's right now

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    • Max Good
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      That is the first version of ThermoTemp. It is the same smoker with a different logo than the new models.

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    One thing I've noticed is that the end user reviews on various websites for those Masterbuilt thermostatically controlled gas smokers don't seem to be nearly as good as I would hope to see. Then again, many people only bother to post something if they have a problem too...

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    • Murdy
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      People with a problem definitely have the most motivation to post. On the other hand, the other group that posts, especially with more expensive items, tends to look at the purchase through rose colored glasses trying to justify a significant expenditure. Either way, doesn't do much for the reliability of customer reviews.

    • Huskee
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      Totally agree Murdy That's the problem with reviews indeed!

    • daleodden
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      Just got the Masterbuilt 340 Thermo Temp in propane. It was unbelievably well packaged. Not a dent or scratch. I spent a little over 3 hrs on assembly. I found a youtube on assembly that was really helpful with the manual. It cranked right up on the test burn and thermostat was right on. Can't wait to cook something. And Oh, it was $339.00 from Walmart delivered free to my home.

  • Top | #4
    Good find, thanks Murdy! Right after I posted this I started going down a rabbit hole of thermostatic propane valves that I'm thinking I could just install between my propane tank and Smoke Vault. Found an old link with a dead site where a guy says he found something like that for $25. Trying to hunt one down now...

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    • Top | #5
      Find an old water heater.. all you need to run a smoker on propane thermostatically is the aquastat and valve body from a water heater..actually pretty simple..

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      • MattSayar
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        I looked for a while but I can't find a reasonable guide to do this. I'm not mechanically inclined enough to be able to figure it out

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      • Top | #7
        For what it's worth Amazon's prices can be all over the board like that, even on cheap items. I've seen $4 items become $10 for a few months (Weber starter cubes). Just two days ago my wife sent me a link to vacuum filters she needed, her screencap showed $10.99, I opened it the next day, $12.99. I wouldn't resign myself to Amazon's pricing to necessarily reflect that smoker's actual current cost.

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        • Potkettleblack
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          There's apparently an app for that. Honey or sth.

        • MattSayar
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          I use CamelCamelCamel. Let's you set price watches for your whole wish list. It's good stuff

      • Top | #8
        Check out the Home Depot: the MPS 340 G is cheaper than on Amazon ($349.97), free shipping, and if you have a HD credit card you can get 12 month interest free.

        Link to HD page: https://www.homedepot.com/p/MPS-340G...sc__WA54993417

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