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Some Of Our Favorite
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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.

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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

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.

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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


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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.

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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    Fire starters. Paper, charcoal bag, Weber cubes or Quickfire.

    Well, after making a comment on an old thread regarding a bazillion dollar grill I hereby make a review/comment on firestarters. It’s been discussed about a week ago about what kind of paper cuz some kind of newspaper wasn’t available any longer. The Washington Post was brought up. Then many ensuing suggestions of types & styles of paper. Which I found extraordinarily mundane yet interesting. Which led to a comment I made of a product someone mentioned here a month or so back. Quickfire firstarters. I like the little buggers. Now I’m old school, I just started using a lighter last year from matches. Which makes me almost backwards. Well Quickfire was mentioned and I thought I’d give em a try. I ordered them & even got a thank you letter from the chief fire starter. I’m easily impressed. Just a pic or two of them in action & even my adept agility when I dumped some of them. Just put em back. Also a little comparison of the messy competition. Click image for larger version

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  • Top | #2
    I would use this QuickFires, and then when I was done with them, I would fill that nifty container up with Weber starter cubes.

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    • Top | #3
      I ordered them based on the post a few weeks back. They work as advertised and I also got a nice letter. However I am a bit nervous about the plastic wrapper. I didn't want it to contaminate my food.

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      • Steve R.
        Steve R. commented
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        According to the manufacturer, the wrapper is actually made of vegetable oil. I have used these before and there was no black smoke and nasty smell like you would get from plastic.

      • FireMan
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        Steve R. Yup! Burns right up.

    • Top | #4
      I may have used every method except QuickFires.

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      • Top | #5
        I’m getting my quickfires in the mail today. I just moved into a community where the houses are squished real close together. I’m hoping the chimney will smoke less with these compared to oiled paper towels but I know it probably won’t make a difference. I had a neighbor a couple of years ago who complained any time I fired up the chimney starter. Anything to avoid a repeat of that experience.

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        • jhapka
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          It was just bad luck of the draw. He was “worried” that one of these days my house would be on fire and he wouldn’t be able to tell if it was just me grilling... 🤨

        • crazytown3
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          Homes on fire smell different.

          EDIT: grammar correction

        • jhapka
          jhapka commented
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          crazytown3 oh believe me I told him that but he wasn’t the type of person who reasonable explanations resonate with

      • Top | #6
        Sorry, KBB bags work for me. I don't live in combustible area.

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        • Mudkat
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          Wait until Saturday. We'll all be on fire! Heat index 108.

      • Top | #7
        I’m back using newspaper.

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        • Top | #8
          As I've posted before the Rutland fire starter squares work great and aren't messy at all.

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          • Mosca
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            When I start the fire manually, this is my favorite.

        • Top | #9
          It’s summer in Eastern Washington, we use lightening strikes.

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          • FireMan
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            Yessir, a manly starter, LIGHTNING ! 🕶
            Yahoo! Cinder me britches.

          • JoeSousa
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            ComfortablyNumb In a couple weeks we can just put some meat on the back porch and let all the smoke in the air cold smoke our meat.

          • ComfortablyNumb
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            JoeSousa Unfortunately so. Has been pleasant so far.

        • Top | #10
          If I can get the wife mad enough, spontaneous combustion.
          Otherwise, Zip cubes with a dash of starter fluid.

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          • Top | #11
            Weed torch hooked to my spare LP Tank for my Weber Gasser. Charcoal in chimney + Weed torch = Done in 1 minute.

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            • Top | #12
              Mostly those ad newspapers for me. Off the driveway and into the chimney starter. But I think I'll try those when my messy a** Weber cubes are gone.

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              • Top | #13
                Once I started using the Weber cubes I don't think I ever used any other method again.

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                • Top | #14
                  I keep a pack of Weber cubes around, but mostly use them to start my fire pit. With power outlets available on both my porch and patio, I amost always start my coals with an electric coil or the Looftlighter. I also have a Coleman portable gas burner on which I can set my chimney to give the coals a propane start.

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                  • Top | #15
                    Never used the Quickfires. In fact I've never seen'um. I LOVE the Weber cubes though. I take them to fish camp, regular camp, the bonfire pit in the backyard, and even my cookers! They light when wet, and light with just a spark too, done that a few times both for fun and out of necessity when my lighter was empty. I order a few boxes on Amazon at a time as an add-on when making other purchases.

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                    • Steve R.
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                      Have you found a way to "recycle" all those little crumbs that break off the cubes as they punch through the foil? I love those starter cubes, but I don't love all the little white flakes they leave behind. Maybe I should just rip off the whole sheet of foil from a new box and dump them in a jar or plastic container with snap on lid.

                    • Huskee
                      Huskee commented
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                      Steve R. No, lol, and my wife reminds of that weekly. I just leave them in the drawer that the boxes stay in, and any that make it to the countertop I sweep up with my hand. On drawer cleanout day they get vacuumed up. One downside is they are very crumby.

                    • JoeSousa
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                      I have the Weber cubes on Subscribe and Save on Amazon. 3 packs every couple months holds me over well.
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