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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.

 


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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

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


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


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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

Click here to order from Amazon


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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  • KBQ is the weekend or a weekday better for you? Just call the main number?

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    • KBQ
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      Weekends or weekday evenings at the number on your Controlbox

  • Tri-tip, corn and anaheim peppers KBQ style!

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    Best Tri-Tip I've ever made. KBQ 200-235 for about 90 minutes to 120 degrees, then basted with a little avocado oil and seared on the firebox for 5-10 minutes. Fantastic!

    I absolutely love that firebox with the lodge grill on it. It's a must for KBQ'ers. Great way to pass the time during a long smoke... reheating/searing leftover chicken wings or whatever you have laying around. Can't wait to try a smoked reverse sear steak on it.
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    • lostclusters
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      Looks tasty! Where's mine?

    • GourmandPhil
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      That tri-tip looks delicious! Will have to get one of those lodge grills until the Sear Grid becomes available.

  • Kaspar Wire Works in Shiner TX, who makes my wire shelves, are sending me a prototype Sear Grid for testing.
    Made of D0.250 304SS. Hopefully loose enough to slide on & off lengthwise but snug enough to not lift off vertically.
    Could be some trial & error to accommodate all the Firebox movement due to thermal expansion ... stay tuned.
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    • JGrana
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      Looks good, can't wait!

    • Bellefonte Smoker
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      Any updates, KBQ?

    • Ernest
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      kbq

  • KBQ I think I got it. Actually just got in from finishing. Took off the blades and cleaned them good with oven cleaner. What I assume is the thermostat element (stainless thing inside of the spring) was actually not even visible it was so gunked up. I thought I was just going to clean the spring and voila - there was something inside. I cleaned it off with a toothbrush pretty good. The only things that really got gunked up were the bottom of the fan blades and that. If that does not do the trick I'll give you a ring. Love the cooker!

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    • KBQ
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      That should do it. Just don't let any cleaner/degreaser run down the motor shafts. It will degrease the bearings, too!

    • JGrana
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      I deep clean the control box a similar way. One trick I did recently - put plumbers putty around the motor shafts. Easy on, easy off. Insurance ;-)

  • Made chicken for the first time in the KBQ. Very juicy at 325 degrees for an hour. The S&G rub works real nice with the chicken. Made a tomatillo salsa for dipping which paired quite well. Hoping to give pastrami a try next (sous vide first and then in the smoker).

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    • Anybody know how many KBQs are currently in the pit?

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    • I finished cleaning my KBQ today. It took about four cans of Easy Off, but it looks almost as good as the day it was delivered.
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      • JGrana
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        Looks great congrats! What are those stainless rods/clamps on the two sides of the KBQ?

      • Ericm
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        Those are a mod I did. They are adjustable legs taken from legs from a floor Tom. Besides the benefit of having the KBQ taller, it also helps when using on uneven ground.

    • OmegaDog12 I dry brine everything!
      I'm old school, I use 225 degrees. Takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours depending on meatiness and marbling.

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      • KBQ Fired her up and working perfectly now.... thanks everyone for the cleaning tips

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        • Spinaker
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          Yo! Good to hear from you again! Been a while........

        • slvance
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          Spinaker it has been awhile - you changed your picture!

      • This might be a dumb question, but for those of you without a side-table near your KBQ, what do you do if you have a thermometer w/ probes like the Thermoworks Smoke? Is the top of the KBQ cool enough to put the Smoke on, or do I need to figure out some way/somewhere to put the Smoke receiver while I'm actually cooking?

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        • Originally posted by krish the fish View Post
          This might be a dumb question, but for those of you without a side-table near your KBQ, what do you do if you have a thermometer w/ probes like the Thermoworks Smoke? Is the top of the KBQ cool enough to put the Smoke on, or do I need to figure out some way/somewhere to put the Smoke receiver while I'm actually cooking?
          Welcome to the Pit! You can put your controller on the KBQ cook box. I did this for a while, I placed a plate setter in-between the KBQ and the controller just to make sure. But careful of falling embers. I found that buying a cheap folding table was a much better option.

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          • Spinaker
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            Good thing about the table is, it folds up and stores in the garage, easily. Out of sight out of mind. krish the fish

          • krish the fish
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            Spinaker good point!

          • lostclusters
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            Mine just sit on the ground, although sometime the cables seem too short.

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          It folds for easy carry and a small storage footprint, plus does the job of holding the temperature monitors and more.
          Named: Outsunny Aluminum Camping Folding Camp Table with Carrying Handle, 23.5-Inch x 17.5-Inch
          Got it for $24.52 and free shipping, but it appears that the original seller has sold out for now.

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          • BBQ_Bill
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            That purchase was made just this last June.
            Looks like the price is considerably higher now...

        • Originally posted by krish the fish View Post
          This might be a dumb question, but for those of you without a side-table near your KBQ, what do you do if you have a thermometer w/ probes like the Thermoworks Smoke? Is the top of the KBQ cool enough to put the Smoke on, or do I need to figure out some way/somewhere to put the Smoke receiver while I'm actually cooking?
          I use these types of magnetic hooks on a few of my grills to hang things on - thermos, tongs, fire poker, etc,:

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          • lostclusters
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            I thought magnets won't stick to stainless steal. Evidently they stick to our KBQs.

          • Histrix
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            There are many "flavors" of stainless steel. Some are magnetic some aren't.

        • krish the fish Hate to say it, because I believe in the value of meat probes, but with the KBQ I just don't bother. The quick temp recovery from opening the door to check with a Thermapen, and putting another one in the hole in the controller for cookbox temp, seems enough. Different approach than for the BGE, but it works. And when the meat is ready, I can smell it without the thermometer.

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          • Spinaker
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            I really didn't either. Until I got my Fireboard. Then I started using it on the KBQ.

          • hogdog6
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            I monitor the meat for long cooks with my maverick. Hot and fast (chicken, etc) I no longer do, just check with the thermopen for doneness. As EdF states and it is interesting I too have noticed that you start to smell the food as it gets close to being done.

        • Originally posted by EdF View Post
          krish the fish Hate to say it, because I believe in the value of meat probes, but with the KBQ I just don't bother. The quick temp recovery from opening the door to check with a Thermapen, and putting another one in the hole in the controller for cookbox temp, seems enough. Different approach than for the BGE, but it works. And when the meat is ready, I can smell it without the thermometer.
          I have a thermapen (actually I think I have two lying around the house somewhere) as well as the Smoke, so maybe I'll end up doing that. I just figured it's a cardinal sin of BBQ to not have temperature monitored, so I got the Smoke to have a constant monitor on the meat. I would have had to pop it open to check the chicken though, so maybe the Thermapen alone will be the easiest method

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