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Some Of Our Favorite
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.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

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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Do Gas Grills Get Hot Enough to Properly Brown Meat?

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  • Top | #16
    I had an issue with my gasser not getting very hot it turned out the safety valve on the hose had failed and kept acting as if there was a pressure imbalance and closing down not letting much gas thru. A new hose fixed the problem.


    • Top | #17
      Wow! Thanks so much for all the thoughtful responses. So, it sounds like the first thing I need to do is get objective measurements (even though it seems pretty clear something is wrong), and then I have something I can show Weber customer support. Putting aside for the moment issues of using GrillGrates/skillet and cut-thickness, as those seem like more a of way to improve what you have, but what I have is has a fundamental issue that I need to fix first. Thanks again.


      • Potkettleblack
        Potkettleblack commented
        Editing a comment
        The Genesis II first set ups without the sear burner were kind of notorious for not getting that Warp 10 up to 11. If you have one that doesn't have a sear burner, and a 10-15 minute preheat isn't pinning the lid thermometer at whatever the top temp is... maybe it is what it is, and Grill Grates are in your future.

    • Top | #18
      I have a Char Broil and it easily gets hot enough to sear a steak. I used it to sear a prime rib using Meatheads recipe two weeks ago. I let it heat up 15 mins. with all 3 burners on high.


      • Top | #19
        Also, I do allow the grill the pre-heat for at least 10 minutes before cooking, meat goes on if not at room temperature then at least not straight out of the fridge. I also notice that when I close the unit and turn on one burner to high, the internal temp (measured by the thermometer on the lid) has a hard time getting above 375 F. Yes, I know those thermometers are inaccurate, but still seems indicative of a problem.


        • Top | #20
          Have you tried cleaning the burners and then cranking up to high? You can take out the flavorizer bars and brush the burner ports with one of those regular 'dangerous' brass bristled grill brushes. Just make sure the brush is pretty clean first. I've had the burners look clean but still burn a lot better after doing this.


          • Top | #21
            Originally posted by pearsons_11114 View Post
            ...pre-heat for at least 10 minutes before cooking ...turn on one burner to high, the internal temp (measured by the thermometer on the lid) has a hard time getting above 375 F...
            If your goal is to sear, why are you talking about the temp when running just one burner? That temp quite frankly sounds pretty reasonable (assuming the lid thermometer actually means anything) for just 1 burner. That's nice for an indirect cook setup, but that setup is not going to ever let you sear anything. Even with my new Weber 3-burner with the added sear burner, I need to run the sear burner AND the two adjacent regular burners to actually sear.

            If you want to sear, you need to run all burners. And you may have to preheat longer that 10 minutes. And you may have to use a pan or griddle or GrillGrates -- something with a lot of surface area that can be heated efficiently via radiation as well as convection.

            And before you even get to that point, you may have to do some routine maintenance to ensure your burners are clean and running well, as others are advising.


            • Potkettleblack
              Potkettleblack commented
              Editing a comment
              Very this... run all the burners and let them burn for 15 minutes.

          • Top | #22
            Originally posted by pearsons_11114 View Post
            Also, I do allow the grill the pre-heat for at least 10 minutes before cooking, meat goes on if not at room temperature then at least not straight out of the fridge. I also notice that when I close the unit and turn on one burner to high, the internal temp (measured by the thermometer on the lid) has a hard time getting above 375 F. Yes, I know those thermometers are inaccurate, but still seems indicative of a problem.
            My Genesis II E-410 has 4 burners, but they are the same as your burners, just twice the grill to heat. I reach 600+ degrees on the dome thermometer with a 15 minute preheat on high.

            Check and see if your LP regulator is stuck in bypass mode, using the info under that heading on this page:


            I had the same issue as you with my 2002 2 burner Genesis Silver A, and the regulator often for stuck in bypass mode, and I eventually replaced the regulator. Everything on your grill should still be under warranty.
            Last edited by jfmorris; August 8th, 2019, 06:02 PM.


            • jfmorris
              jfmorris commented
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              I am going to follow up my own comment. I just now see that you are saying you only reach 375 with *ONE* burner on. That's actually really good for one burner! My Genesis 2 burner would not do any better. And I've used my Genesis II 4 burner with 2 of the 4 on, when doing a rotisserie, and don't think it got any hotter either. How hot you get with BOTH burners on high for 15 minutes is the real question.

            • pearsons_11114
              pearsons_11114 commented
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              Thanks! I don't think this can be it, as the temperature gets to 375 on one burner and over 500 on two.

          • Top | #23
            You've gotten some great suggestions here, pearsons_11114 . It would be great if you would post again on this topic when you discover what the problem turns out to be and have fixed it. I'm curious to know!



            • pearsons_11114
              pearsons_11114 commented
              Editing a comment
              I'll try to follow up to everyone here. Not the regulator, burners are clean. Weber said my temps were correct, as others here have said. Operator error I think is the culprit. I did not realize that you need to run both burners. I figured for _direct_ heat, all that matters is what is directly under the meat, but apparently not.

            • fzxdoc
              fzxdoc commented
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              Thanks so much for giving us the outcome, pearsons_11114 . At least operator error is quickly resolved, plus it's always good to learn something new.


          • Top | #24
            My old gasser was a no-name from Home Depot, I could sit on the left grill comfortably while grilling and melt horse shoes on the right grill.
            Changed burners, can't sit down anymore and see gets into the 7-800's easily now which was good enough for me.
            Lots of great suggestions here, one fix is bound to work.
            Good luck.