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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!

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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.

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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.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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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!

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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).

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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'.

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Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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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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At high temps, what is the difference between a pellet grill and a gas grill?

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    At high temps, what is the difference between a pellet grill and a gas grill?

    Been doing a lot of research because I'm going to add a new cooker soon. It's definitely the most fun I've ever had studying for anything. In reading posts, it seems that at higher temps on a pellet (350 or higher), you don't get much (or any) smoke. Assuming I can regulate my gas grill's temp for consistent cooking, would there be much of a difference in taste? As always, thanks for the knowledge.

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    On a pellet smoker, you'll always get some smoke ... but at high temps, let's just say it's "subtle". I have the Original Grilla (a.k.a. "OG" ... the one that looks like R2D2 wearing a Darth Vader disguise) and if I'm looking for a heavier smoke profile, I make sure that whatever I'm cooking is very cold when I put it on the OG. I let it smoke at or below 250F for the first hour or so then crank it up to a higher finishing temp ... like 375F for chicken.

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    • THE Humble Texan
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      ditto> You cant get the heat of a gasser with the pellet, at least not with a GMG. I am going to start trying to add a tube for more smoke with I need to go high or just add a tube to my gasser.

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    MBMorgan That's exactly what I wanted to hear. Thanks.

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      Regardless of temperature and degree of smokiness, the combustion gases used in cooking on a pellet cooker have a true wood base, while the same gases on a propane or natural gas cooker are simply that. Flavor from smoke is subtle, as was said, in a pellet while flavor from drippings in a gasser is about all you're going to get out of it.

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      • Top | #5
        Gasser will get much hotter than a pellet, and are better at searing, pellet grills are better at smoking. Or are you talking about a pellet gril/smoker Vs a gas smoker?

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          Originally posted by texastweeter View Post
          Gasser will get much hotter than a pellet, and are better at searing, pellet grills are better at smoking. Or are you talking about a pellet gril/smoker Vs a gas smoker?
          texastweeter No, just a regular gas grill (which I already own). If I bought a pellet and got Grill Grates for it, would that help with the sear?

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          • texastweeter
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            It would help, but still will not sear as well as gas or charcoal.

          • Smoking77
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            My gas grill gets decently hot. Was going to get some Grill Grates for that. If that solves the issue, seems like the right/easy thing to do.

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          If you are getting a pellet, you likely need a searing solution. Directly searing over a fully lit charcoal chimney will do just fine for $20, or you can spring for an IR propane grill or sear box.

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          • Smoking77
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            Did that for the first time yesterday for a lamb burger. Wow, that got seared real quick.

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          I'll add to the discussion about searing on a pellet smoker (I refuse to call them grills ).

          In my experience, a pellet smoker is about as good at searing as a gas grill is at smoking. Even if you equip a pellet smoker with Grill Grates and crank it up to maximum (around 500F) for searing, you'll still be using what amounts to an outdoor convection oven (albeit a smoky one) and as a bonus, you'll be burning through pellets at the rate of roughly 2 to 2.5 pounds per hour.

          You'd probably be better off getting Grill Grates for your gasser (especially if it doesn't have a good sear station/burner) for searing what you smoke on the pellet rig.

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          • Smoking77
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            Yeah, that's what I was thinking of doing. Going to measure my gasser now. Thanks!

          • texastweeter
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            very well said

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          You can always add a smoke tube to the pellet grill when cooking at higher temps. That will give you ample smoke. It will still be milder than charcoal or wood. The only drawback to a smoke tube is the amount of creosote that can build up. Not a huge deal. You'll just have to crank it up and scrap the inside of the lid once in awhile.

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            Thanks!

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          FWIW, I've heard that not all pellet smokers will work well with a smoke tube. Apparently, some are so starved for oxygen (I'm told that the Original Grilla (OG) might be one of them) that the smoke tube won't stay lit. I haven't tried using a tube with my OG yet ... but someday ... just maybe ...

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          • Top | #11
            I think I'm ready to buy some stuff. Want to get The Pit's opinion/suggestions. Should I ask on this thread (it includes a pellet), or start another one?

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            • Top | #12
              If what we've been discussing here helped guide your decision(s), I'd just keep this thread going ...

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                On the other hand, I added a sear box to my pellet grill. I have a Camp Chef LUX. For $200 I added a propane fired 900 degree sear box that allows me to reverse sear everything.

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                • Top | #14
                  Thanks for everyone's help. Here's what I think I'm going to purchase. Please let me know if I have covered all my bases for everyday cooking (also looking for recommendations for a pellet). I already own a 18.5 WSM and a gasser. The gasser gets hot, but I'm going to add Grill Grates to one of the burners for better searing. So here's what I was thinking of buying:

                  1. A 26" Kettle and add a SNS to it. I already have a CyberQ for my WSM, so I was going to install that as well.
                  2. A pellet grill for easier cooking. I was looking at the Silverback, Traeger 575, RecTec Trailblazer and Stampede, and the Camp Chef Woodwind with searbox. I really like the idea of the WIFI with the RecTec and the Traeger, but I don't want that to be the only reason for the purchase if something else is better quality. All these pellets are under $1000.

                  How am I doing? Suggests for the pellet smoker?

                  Much much appreciated.

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                  • Top | #15
                    Check out the warranty details for the pellet cookers you are leaning towards. Rec Tec has a 6yr warranty. I don't think anyone else comes close to that.

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                    • treesmacker
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                      The Rec Tec Trailblazer only has a two year warranty. Being a small chamber, it can get quite hot if you want, but still no direct flame under the food - a hot convection smoker, like others have mentioned. One thing to beware with it - not a lot of head clearance for tall stuff I noticed this with my recent cook of chicken legs - see my June 1 post...https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...ng-2019/page50

                    • Smoking77
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                      Thanks for the link. Those were good lookin' chicken legs.
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