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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.

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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.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker


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


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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    Will make a stick burner cry....and it's not smoke

    So most everyone here knows I live in the Okanogan Valley, which is known for apple, cherry, and pear production. The market is in turmoil, trade wars and new varieties are driving down prices of older varieties and small orchards are choosing to get out of the business rather than go through the expense of trying to change over. The result is they are bulldozing down their orchards. Heavy equipment is brought in and the trees are yanked out of the ground and shoved into piles, to be set on fire once the weather changes. One orchard about a mile from me has tree piles taller than a house, and several of them. My neighbour across the road had his orchard done last spring, below are pictures of when it was done and what it looks like now. All that fine smoking wood will just go to waste.

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    Not a stick burner bu'm still crying!

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      Man, does bring a tear to my eye.

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      • Top | #4
        @ComfortablyNumb, I also cry with you. We have a second home in Hood River, and I drive by the pruning piles in the valley. Most of the larger cuts are spoken for by the wood fired pizza establishments (stop at Solstice Pizza near the Hood River Waterfront Park & try the 'Country Girl' Bing cherry and Mexican chorizo pizza there; the combo is a delicious celebration of flavors and cultures. Finish with a Cici gelato at the tiny stand next door.)
        I know an orchardist who lets me pull from his burn pile. Dirty work, in 90F weather, yellow jacket nests, and sorting out the farm workers' debris (old cabinets, construction debris, etc.). However, I can fill my old Safari with forearm and larger sizes of cherry, apple, pear. It's also a great size for the KBQ. I would almost drive to the Okanagon for the opportunity to take some of those trees!

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        • ComfortablyNumb
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          Love Hood River. Used to stop at Bette's Place for breakfast when passing through.

        • new2smoking
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          Bette's is a great place for a trucker or farmer!

      • Top | #5
        A travesty

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        • Top | #6
          All of Johnny Appleseed’s work going up in smoke. I suspect he might think this trend is a sack of .......

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          • Top | #7
            Any idea what they are going to do with the land?

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            • ComfortablyNumb
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              Where they had taken out some trees is already in alfalfa hay, probably will put the rest in as well.

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            won't let you "glean" some?

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            • ComfortablyNumb
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              Probably will because I'm a neighbour and his son-in-law cuts my hay. I don't know if they would let just anybody because of the litigious society we find ourselves in. But my foot and a million other things to do has kept me from having time to go over.

          • Top | #9
            That looks like work, that makes me cry

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            • ComfortablyNumb
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              My favourite Ronald Reagan quote: “I've heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?”

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            I'm actually more concerned with the food production going to waste than the smoking wood. It is sad. But at least if they're using the land to feed cattle that should drop the price of briskets & steaks, right?.. so let's go with that if we have to

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            • Timcee
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              ComfortablyNumb ... Big players like Monsantos?

            • ComfortablyNumb
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              Timcee No, the large growers, the biggest name in the valley is Gebbers, a name you may be familiar with as they also do beef. They have their own packing shed and a fleet of retired school busses to move their workers around their vast acreage of orchards.

              http://www.gebbersfarms.com/

              https://www.gebberscattle.com/

            • new2smoking
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              In the Hood River valley, and on the Washington side of the Columbia as well, orchards are being pulled out and replaced by vineyards. I guess it's all fruit. But, the vineyards won't produce the nice piles of wood for smoking or pizza ovens. However, I do love my wine.

          • Top | #11
            Screw the new. Anybody buy a tomato (blueberry, melon,.... ) at the store lately? Has no taste. But it doesn't get bruised during shipping!

            Apples are another one. Prices are to high! Nobody buys them, they rot and get chucked.

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            • ComfortablyNumb
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              Many of the new varieties are patented and the packing sheds that own the patents only allow so many acres be planted to keep the prices high. It is a huge investment to graft an orchard and production is lost for a few years.

          • Top | #12
            I feel for you. As recently as the mid '80s, around here was citrus groves as far as the eye could see. The citrus is basically all gone now having been replaced by concrete and plywood abominations.

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            • mrteddyprincess
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              I remember going up in the Orange Tower on vacation about 1983!

            • johnec00
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              mrteddyprincess - If you meant the citrus tower in Clermont, I grew up about 3 miles from it.

            • mrteddyprincess
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              That's it! The Florida Citrus Tower. Rode to the top and then drank free orange juice at the bottom. My aunt lived in Orlando and we visited frequently.

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            Saw the piles (barely) in the original photo but wouldn't have guessed in a million years. Too bad. I do like some of the new apple varieties, but I am tired of fads. Nobody uses their own brains to decide what they like anymore, they just follow the herd.

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