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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.

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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.

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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!

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The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers


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


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.

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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

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.

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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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  • Top | #1

    First pellet grill recommendations

    First off, sorry if this has already been discussed previously in other threads. My older sister (who is a red seal chef by the way) is considering purchasing her first smoker this summer and since I'm available I'm tasked with doing all of the research. I've been reading countless reviews and top 10 lists and have talked to a local barbecue store called Barbecue World here in Whitby Ontario Canada and it would seem that a pellet grill is the best option. She wants to hot and cold smoke and I am not sure if cold smoking can be done in a pellet grill. I'm looking for something that is easy to use and is reliable with good customer service. A good warranty wouldn't be a bad thing either. We are complete newbies when it comes to smoking so any help would be appreciated. Price point would be $1000 and under. I should mention that I'm totally blind and with the wifi feature that some grills have maybe I could program it and monitor a cook from my iPhone which talks. Thoughts?

  • Top | #2
    I haven't actually purchased anything yet, but have been doing a lot of research myself. With tons of excellent assistance from people on this site, I'll be purchasing a Rec Tec Stampede 590 in the next few weeks (aka once I clean out the years of junk from the garage). Seems to have everything you're looking for.


    • ken g
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      I've had my Stampede for a few months now. You won't be disappointed.

  • Top | #3
    Or maybe a traeger of some kind..


    • Top | #4
      Hello, My recommendation would be a REC TEC bull 700 pellet smoker. It is a little higher priced than your price point, but it has an amazing cold smoke box add on, it has a full 6 year warranty and the customer service is based right out of their office in Atlanta, they are 2nd to none. Has wifi, the barrel is all stainless! That would be my choice. I own the larger 2500 that we bought this year. We are competition bbq and have always used stick smokers,but we needed more space for catering and was getting tired of babysitting long cooks. Could not be more impressed with REC TEC as our first pellet smoker and as a company. Good luck on whatever you choose! Al


      • BigD
        BigD commented
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        Northern lights smoke, how are you liking the 2500 BFG? Looks like a fine piece of equipment but some reviews out in the interwebs scare me with the temp fluctuations that some people have been having. Care to share your experience with it?

      • Northern lights smoke
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        BigD we have not had any of those problems. REC TEC has been able to help those people who have had those issues by having them simply slowing down the auger speed. If that didn't work they would send new controller. Our first KCBS contest we placed 5th overall with it. Love all the space,wifi, all stainless 304, and especially the customer service including the owners phone number. For our first pellet smoker we could not be more pleased! This BFG is a beast. + a six year full warranty!

      • pkadare
        pkadare commented
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        A little higher priced when you look at the price in USD. Over $1500 when converted to CAD.

    • Top | #5
      Yoder YS640S, you won't regret it.


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    • Top | #6
      Get ready - you will probably get lots of recommendations. We have a small Traeger Scout that we travel with, but if I was going to get a larger pellet grill I would probably go with a Grilla Silverback Pro. Headquartered in Michigan (where I am from); they have a pretty good reputation.


      • Top | #7
        Based on your budget that excludes the Yoder YS640s, which is what I would buy today if I wanted another pellet smoker. I owned a Traeger for about 10 years, it was a great cooker, but not without it's issues. They are mechanical and will break. But to their credit, they always sent replacement items and were good to deal with over the phone. I've seen good reviews on Rec-Tec and Grilla Grills. Traeger just recently re-tooled their line up and have added lots of nice features, particularly your need for wi-fi connection. Check out their Pro or Ironwood Series. Good luck

        By the way, you can absolutely cold smoke on the pellet cookers. I found it best to utilize an amazin tube smoker and a bowl of ice water (in hotter weather). My old Traeger would get down to 180*F, which isn't exactly cold smoking, thus the need for the smoke tube.....


        • Top | #8
          You're in Whitby? Is that 1000 CAD or USD? How badly do you really want to pay shipping for American product (Rec Tec) and then go through the hassle (and/or expense) of getting it through customs? Grilla is available in Canada but only in the Calgary area. Do you really want to pay to ship a grill 1300 miles? You're further ahead to see what is available at your price point locally and go from there. You'll get more relevant responses to your situation.


          • Jade
            Jade commented
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            Oh geez, I didn't even think of that. It would probably cost me a small fortune to import a grill from the states with the exchange at this juncture. Although, shipping from Calgary to Ontario might not be too bad.

        • Top | #9
          I'm a huge Grilla fan and, in addition to their smokers being physically available in Airdrie, AB, they now ship to Canada.

          Note that Grilla does not yet offer WiFi for their smokers.

          Here's a link to their "Canada" page with info about how to proceed: https://grillagrills.com/canada-shipping/
          Last edited by MBMorgan; June 26th, 2019, 01:41 PM.


          • klflowers
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            Wife is making me choose between a chimp and a camp chef griddle set up. Since she likes the camp chef, looks like the chimp is out for now.

        • Top | #10
          I bought the large Green Mountain Grill a few years back and it seems to do what it is supposed to do. When I have to replace it I may just try using my stainless steel gasser and a pellet/chip tube I have not yet tried my tube in the gasser but I am going to give it a try before spending that much for a second grill.


          • Jade
            Jade commented
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            How do you like your Green Mountain? They seem to have a lower price point compared to Yoder, Rec Tec, etc. What's their warranty? If I'm not mistaken, they are headquartered in Alberta.

          • THE Humble Texan
            THE Humble Texan commented
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            Everything they claim seem to be correct. I would pay more money for one that was all stainless steel. I have not had any problems to know how they react to problems.

          • dahcopilot
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            i have had a daniel boone for about 3 years, so far it has performed flawlessly. feel like i have gotten my moneys worth out of it already, about 500 bucks

        • Top | #11
          Many pellet grills have WIFI capability and apps that go with that. My questions is, will the app you use to have the phone talk to you and you talk to the phone work with the apps that run the pellet grill? The apps are usually free from these grill sites and can be downloaded from the app store so you could test them out. When you narrow it down to a few grills, you could contact their customer service and talk to them about this feature. Also, for cold smoking, you can purchase a Smokedaddy cold smoker (they have 3 sizes) that can also be attached to a pellet grill. Smokedaddy also sells pellet grills that are cold smoker ready as an option. These cold smokers produce more smoke than A-maze-N tubes, but do require electricity for the air pump. So, little more to them than the tubes, but it is an option.

          I, too, am looking for a pellet grill but am trying to save up some money to give myself more options and not just lock myself into smaller rigs. The rigs suggested already - Traeger, Green Mountain Grill, Grilla Grills, all have grills under $1000 but not all are WIFI capable.


          • Jade
            Jade commented
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            Yeah that's going to be the challenge. I use Apple's builtin screenreader called VoiceOver which reads me all text that is on the touch screen and it allows me to navigate the screen and apps just as long as app developers have allowed for accessibility. That's why I was thinking the wifi enabled grills might be a better choice because I won't be able to navigate the touch pad or temp knob without sighted assistance.

        • Top | #12
          Get the very best you can. Do not go cheap. Some are basic smokers, some can grill also. The higher the price is not always an indicator of the quality. Traeger to me is over rated, especially in there lower priced grills. I had a Grilla that was a jewel but it cost over $1000. I am still not sold on the technology I gave away the Grilla.

          Good luck on your search and hope you find a good one.


          • Jade
            Jade commented
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            I'm assuming that you don't have a pellet grill then? I'm not necessarily aiming to get the cheapest model, but realistically I should stay around the $1000 price point given that this would be my entry into this market.

        • Top | #13
          Way back when they launched Grilla Grills, the Original Grilla (OG) was priced around $1600. Today, even after many improvements, there is no Grilla smoker priced above $1000 USD.
          Last edited by MBMorgan; June 26th, 2019, 09:23 PM.


          • Top | #14
            One thing about the WIFI....while it will talk to you, don't plan on getting too far away from home in case you wind up with a bridge in the pellet box that prevents the auger from feeding the burner. The only thing that I can figure will save this problem is an stirring mechanism like in your fridge ice maker. It would only need to stir every 20-30 minutes IMO


            • Top | #15
              If your in Canada, if I recall correctly, Broil King is a Canadian company (somebody correct me if I'm wrong, please). Should be able to get their stuff up there, I'd think, without having to worry about the exchange rate. I have a Broil King made gas grill, and really like it. They came out with a pellet grill not too long ago I think, I cannot speak to it's quality, but maybe some else on here can.