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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.

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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.

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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


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.

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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.

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

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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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  • Centex Hokie
    Former Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 51

    Top | #1

    New House - Outdoor Kitchen

    My wife and I are just starting into the building of our new home. Plans done, going to break ground at the end of the month. One of the things we are building is a covered porch in the back that is 25' wide x 15' and will have a 15' ceiling. I currently use a PG500 Pellet grill, but am thinking about building a complete outdoor kitchen on this outdoor kitchen.
    Budget is in the $15K range. The porch
    is surrounded on three sides by the house so really the opening is on a 25' side. My question is if you were going to do this what would you include in this and should I plan for some time of vent hood for the smoker?

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

    Top | #2
    Personally I would go for a smoker (don’t necessarily need to replace your pellet cooker if you are happy with it), a gas grill, a few side burners, a griddle, and a wood fired pizza oven. If you want everything to be built in (as opposed to on a wheeled stand) that’s fine, but it adds to the cost meaning you have to cut elsewhere.

    Also do yourself a BIG favor. Remember to include electricity and plumbing. You really want a sink. Also counter space.

    Play with your budget. Price out stand alone stuff VS built in stuff, granite VS wood counters, pizza oven or not, and so on. Come up with something you will be happy with and go for it! I wish I had $15 grand to upgrade my outdoor game!

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    • Centex Hokie
      Centex Hokie commented
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      Thanks. I like my pellet grill, it's limitations are those of the cook. I will for sure be adding a gas grill, a refrigerator, some storage and a sink. The electrical, gas, and plumbing are already in the plans and not a part of my budget for this.
  • Attjack
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    • Aug 2017
    • 3259
    • Primo XL
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      - With Grillgrates
      ​​​​​​​ - With Rotisserie
      Weber Q2200

      Blackstone Pizza Oven

      Portable propane burners (3)
      Propane turkey Fryer

      Fire pit grill

    Top | #3
    Check out The outdoor kitchen thread (post your cooking space!)

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    • Centex Hokie
      Centex Hokie commented
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      Thanks. I'll check that out.
  • LA Pork Butt
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 4669
    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

    Top | #4
    I don’t fully understand, but your description gives me Ann image of being very much enclosed like a room with one wall removed. That makes me think you either need to move the smoker outside the room or have a large power driven vent.

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    • Centex Hokie
      Centex Hokie commented
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      Your image is close. One side is completely enclosed by the MBr, the long wall is completely enclosed by the Great Room, and the 3rd side is enclosed except for 3' 9" by the dining room. The other wall is completely open and that is why I am trying to determine if I need a vent.
  • JakeT
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    • Mar 2018
    • 393
    • Northern California
    • KBQ C-60
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    Top | #5
    Oh no, I can feel the MCS coming on...someone quick! Hide my wallet!

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    • CaptainMike
      Club Member
      • Nov 2015
      • 2108
      • The Great State of Jefferson
      • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
        Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
        2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
        20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
        20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
        Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
        36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
        Fireboard
        Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

      Top | #6
      We're doing pretty much the same thing next month. I plan on 2/3 of the perimeter to be base cabinets that I'll build to be weatherproof. If you can, run H&C water and a sink drain to a common wall of the house and freeze protect if that's an issue in your area. At 15' ceiling height I don't think smoke will be much of a problem, but it is something you can address as needed. Our ceiling will be vaulted and have an open gable so I'm not worried about smoke.

      Carefully plan your electrical needs, i.e. plugs, lighting and switches, and appliances. Plan any built-ins and gas plumbing needs if that applies. I'm keeping everything mobile to provide for maximum flexibility and counter space. Think about countertop material. We're going to use some leftover granite from our kitchen remodel and maybe that's something to think about when you plan your house kitchen counters.

      $15K is a reasonable budget. That's about what I need to do the whole job, construction included, but as a contractor who has the necessary tools I do all of my own work. Obviously, the more you can do yourself the more you can stretch that budget. Keep in mind that you only want to do this once. Meaning if you need to invest a little more to get what you want, and get it right the first time, then find a way to scrounge a little more. I cant' count the times I've seen folks settle for less, only to be unhappy and eventually spend the money to upgrade anyway. And that's a lot more expensive.

      Keep us all posted as you go through your build, it's always fun to see what ideas folks come up with. Good Luck!!

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      • LA Pork Butt
        LA Pork Butt commented
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        I had a friend who built a 25’ x 25’ cook hut opened on all four sides and with a ceiling fan. He had problems with smoke. His grills were not on the outer edge of the hut.

      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        If I had to guess LA Pork Butt, I would say the ceiling fan played a role in that. I wouldn't use one for that application as they are designed to circulate air rather than disperse it. We had them on a previous home's porch and they would blow my cigar smoke every which way. Just a thought.

      • Centex Hokie
        Centex Hokie commented
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        Thanks. I have access to lots of metal fabricating capability (I own a machinery manufacturing company) including CNC machines and plan to do a lot of this myself. We are in central Texas so there is some freeze protection needed, but it is minimal. I agree with you that I only want to do this once. Hoping for $15K but willing to go higher to get what we want.
    • CaptainMike
      Club Member
      • Nov 2015
      • 2108
      • The Great State of Jefferson
      • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
        Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
        2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
        20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
        20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
        Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
        36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
        Fireboard
        Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

      Top | #7
      LA Pork Butt, seems like a big enough area to disperse the smoke, I wonder what were the contributing factors. I have smoked on my covered porch for years without a problem. We have a breeze that moves it out nicely, but even when absent the smoke rolls out without creating a problem. You make a good point about a covered 3-sided area though, and perhaps Centex Hokie should study some smoke removal options prior to building.

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      • Centex Hokie
        Former Member
        • Sep 2016
        • 51

        Top | #8
        This is a snippet of the space. The only thing missing from the drawing is that the covered patio will be down three stairs from the family room and the master bedroom due to the lot contours. Click image for larger version

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        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          Concrete or stone floors? That's going to be a nice space.

        • Centex Hokie
          Centex Hokie commented
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          Thanks, The house exterior is Natural Stone, charcoal Leuders, the patio will be slate or stone tile.

        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          Very nice. We have the similar lot issues that are forcing us into a traditional deck. Still trying to decide on composite or wood. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Slate or stone would be my personal preference if it would have fit our application.
      • Fire Art
        Club Member
        • Jan 2018
        • 1050
        • Jackson hole Wyoming

        Top | #9
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        • Centex Hokie
          Centex Hokie commented
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          Thanks. We’re excited and nervous about the build.
      • RonB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 10855
        • Near Richmond VA
        • Weber Performer Deluxe
          SNS
          Pizza insert
          Rotisserie
          Smokenator 1000
          Cookshack Smokette Elite
          2 Thermapens
          Chefalarm
          Dot
          lots of probes.
          CyberQ

        Top | #10
        Are the three sides enclosed all the way to the 15' ceiling? If not, you might not need a ventilation system. You might need ventilation for each cooker if the space is fully enclose on three sides.

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        • bten
          bten commented
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          I have a covered porch and was considering putting a kitchen under it. I moved my grill to where I was going to have the built in, and did a cook. Smoke filled the area up and when we opened the door to the house, smoke went there as well. If you don't have a good cross wind, you will need some sort of vent.

        • Centex Hokie
          Centex Hokie commented
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          RonB yes
          @bten,
          I was thinking about putting the gasser and the smoker at the open edge. The alternative is to pour an extension uncovered
      • Centex Hokie
        Former Member
        • Sep 2016
        • 51

        Top | #11
        After thinking about it for a couple of days, I would really like to be protected from the elements. I've decided to build the kitchen around the fireplace with the smoker and the gas grill under vents that will vent up the same chase as the Master Bedroom fireplace. That is the plus of thinking through it at this stage as all of the possibilities are possible. Probably going to put the sink in the middle between the two grills. Meeting with the builder tomorrow.

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        • cgrover60
          Club Member
          • Mar 2016
          • 267
          • Albuquerque NM

          Top | #12
          I have a similar space that is open (screened in) on one end with a small built in two burner gasser under a very large vent hood. I learned the hard way that when the fan on the vent hood burned out cooking out there while entertaining is difficult since you can no longer see who you are trying to chat with... lol My advice would be to spend every penny you can on decent ventilation. You won't regret it.

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        • Alanside
          Charter Member
          • Jul 2015
          • 2

          Top | #13
          I built a covered outdoor kitchen, polynesian style. The ridge extends beyond the truss, in order to provide covered vents at each end of the roof(see photo). The ceiling fan has two directions. When generating smoke during a cook, I make sure that the fan is pulling air up and out of the open vents at each end. Hope this helps.
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          • CaptainMike
            CaptainMike commented
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            I like that idea, it kind of like a Dutch gable. I'm thinking continuous ridge vents and fans but might incorporate something like this.
        • scottranda
          Charter Member
          • May 2015
          • 1450
          • Charlotte, NC

          Top | #14
          Whatever you build, you need some Hokie memorabilia and send an invite to me!!!!! I’ll bring you something hokie!

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          • Mudbeaver
            Former Member
            • May 2018
            • 464
            • Marathon NY

            Top | #15
            Beer fridge!!!

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