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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

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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.

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.

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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

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

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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  • Top | #31
    Made a lot of progress this morning. Putting it back together once it was on the cart was a lot easier. I started by cleaning the area in the corners of the firepot. Having a good high temp silicone seal is critical:

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    The bad thing is that Yoder states that it has to set for 24 hrs before lighting the pot. Maybe I will get to fire it up tomorrow.

    I probably read 90% of the posts on the internet. There were a couple of things that I picked up that I took care of during this cleanup.

    One of them was to put some high temp silicone on the lid behind the ledge at the bottom, see the area in the black square:

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    while this is upside down and inside the lid, what this does is direct any condensation to the inside of the grill and keep it from going down the front. (if you need more information, let me know).

    The next thing I did was to install a gasket around the lid. Yoder started doing this after my grill was built. They do, however sell a kit (~$17) that include shims for the upper hinge on the door, and the gasket material. It also included longer screws. The kit and shims fit perfectly. I wasn't that worried about smoke coming from the sides of the doors, the gasket prevents metal to metal contact, and this has been an area where the Yoder would easily get chipped paint.

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    Another idea I read about was to put some of this gasket material on the back of the counterweight where it normally contacts the pit. There was a little left over from the gasket kit so I used it there:

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    I still have some work to clean up the second shelf and seasoning, but it is almost finished:

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    I am glad it is done, it was a lot of work, but I feel it was worth it. I like the idea of recovering something and bringing it back to life!





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    • CandySueQ
      CandySueQ commented
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      I am so stealing the counterweight pad! My Yoder Cimarron hits my logo every time opened. Thanks bunches for sharing bten!

    • JimLinebarger
      JimLinebarger commented
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      Absolutely fantastic!

    • gcdmd
      gcdmd commented
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      I can relate to that, being an antique car nut.

  • Top | #32
    Really well done!

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    • Top | #33
      Awesome, Just awesome. Having done the same thing, I saw some ideas I can use. My profile picture was purchased used, sand blasted and painted. A labor of love.

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      • Top | #34
        Thanks for all the nice comments

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        • Top | #35
          Oh man - nice work. Was fun to follow along - I sense some serious cookin’ about to happen. Enjoy the well-earned fruits of your labor.

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          • Top | #36
            I have done my first cook after seasoning, time to close out the thread..

            But wait!

            I need to show pics of the food to do it right.

            Here are the ribs done, on the pit:

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            They really came out moist, with a good smoke ring:

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            My first impressions are that the ribs were moist, more so than the the ones I did on my camp chef. I got a good smoke ring, and the ribs were very tender and flavorful. I think there was a bit more smoke flavor as well. I really, really, like having the shelf on the front, to handle the food and wrapping. I did not think it would be a big deal, but it is convenient.

            I like having the extra space.

            I saw some temp swings, but it looks like it is caused by opening the lid more than anything else. The temps did settle down when I left it alone.

            I think I have a winner here. I am happy with the YS-640.

            Now I can close the thread 😁

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            • Spinaker
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              Tremendous job! Thanks for all of this great info. This will help anyone that is looking to do the same. We appreciate it! Enjoy that YS640!!

          • Top | #37
            Great thread. Thanks for sharing

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            • Top | #38
              That was a good thread. I read the original part then kind of forgot to follow. Just read through the whole thing. Only question I have is you went to all the trouble of buying new stainless grates for I assume the bottom rack, then you cooked on the expanded metal rack (which I assume is the top rack). Didn't want to mess up your new grates???

              And by the way the ribs look like they turned out really good. For some reason I really like ribs on my pellet pooper, I think it's because the smoke profile is lower and just about right for my taste.

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              • bten
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                I saw that everybody on youtube uses the top grate, so I thought I would try it. And yes, I didn't see any reason to leave them in if I wasn't cooking on them!. I did season them, but am way too lazy to dirty them for no reason....

                I have cooked ribs on my gasser (see my gif), but they never were as good as on my pellet smokers.

              • Sweaty Paul
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                I use the top grate to help keep the heat directly off the meat and give a bit of space when I have the opportunity to make that work. Saves me from having to rotate food as much.

              • CandySueQ
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                I think it renders more fat out of the ribs to cook them up there. Spraying them every 15 minutes during 2nd hour helps too.

            • Top | #39
              Great thread and job!

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