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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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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, this is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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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.

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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'.

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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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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.

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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, (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).

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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  • Top | #16
    “I am able to use both bottom and top grate for cooking area. I have only cooked on the top grate to date.”

    By the bottom grate, do you mean the charcoal grate in the kettle or something else?


    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      Attjack charcoal grate runs about 50F lower in temp than top grate.

    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      Because there is no ash you could probably run a fan in there to circulate the air and maybe make the temps more uniform.

    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      I'm not that familiar with fans and there operation but what I've read here that could work. I haven't checked the variances when the water reservoir is in play may bring a bit more evenness. Mental note to do so on next test. Attjack

  • Top | #17
    Very clever and innovative but is there an advantage?


    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      Well I mentioned I don't like briquettes and want to use wood for my cooks, and until my offset is complete this is an alternative and a learning tool on stick burning fire management.
      It was never designed to have any advantages over the original kettle but I can use both top grate and charcoal grate for more food space for large cooks.
      Lift the kettle off the gizmo and refit the ash catcher (3 bolts couple minutes) and my kettle is ready for normal use.

  • Top | #18
    Really like your idea & execution. This is a good one.


    • Top | #19
      Now that is super cool! I love the stick burner/kettle kombo. And especially that it is reversible in minutes. Thanks for posting!


      • holehogg
        holehogg commented
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        You've been an inspiration with your innovative ideas. Thank you.

    • Top | #20
      Awesome design, love seeing ideas on paper/in our heads make it to reality. Great job


      • holehogg
        holehogg commented
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        So true wish I'd put more of my ideas into practice.
        This one happened because of a passion I've developed for smoking

    • Top | #21
      That is pretty innovative. Somebody else mentioned patent it, that is a good idea.


      • Top | #22
        I love this! Very cool, brotha!


        • Top | #23
          Damn this was a cool DIY-hack for the Kettle.. Very imressive holehogg


          • Top | #24
            Cool idea - Offset Kettle Smoker!

            For folks that may not have the skills or desire to fab up such a thing this might be worth pursuing -


            • Top | #25
              Kettle Mod of the year nominee.

              Amazing Ribs should give out prizes at the end of the year which are based on members votes.


              • Top | #26
                I dig it too