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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.



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


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.

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


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



Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

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New Traeger Models Recently Announced

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    New Traeger Models Recently Announced

    Has anyone bought or used one of the new Traegers with the Direct Drive and Arc Controller with WiFire? Regardless of how you feel about Traegers, it's good to see they are trying to improve their line. Also, it would be great to see a review here on the site. Let me know.

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    Just got one of the new Pro models with DC and WiFire Controller. Stay tuned.


    • CaptainMike
      CaptainMike commented
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      Great, I have a friend that is considering one, I'll tell him to hold off until we see your review.

    • dshaffes
      dshaffes commented
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      Great to hear! I'll look forward to the review. I'm wonderIng if they will make the WiFire controller available for older models.

    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      WiFire is currently not available for older models. I have an inquiry to their App guy to see if they have plans to offer this down the road.

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    What impressed me was I recently realized the fact that they have a whole new ownership and they aren't the same old Chinese made tin cans they once were. I was listening to a Malcom Reed podcast and they were invited to some big shindig out in Utah for the unveiling of the new line of Traegers. They seemed to really like them, and he also owns a Memphis which he compared favorably to !! There may be some light at the end of the tunnel for Traeger, maybe worth another look see !!!

    I'll be interested in your diagnosis Dr. Good !!!


    • CaptainMike
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      I called their support about a year and a half ago and in our conversation the woman helping me said that a couple of the Traeger kids were getting really involved in refreshing their quality and reputation. I've shared this before, but my '90s model is built like a tank and I don't ever see getting rid of it or "upgrading". I doubt they're going back to that style, but it's cool to see them trying new things.

    • HouseHomey
      HouseHomey commented
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      Malcom just did a thing on ribs with the new line.

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    Good news!!
    I just saved 15% on my car insurance!!


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        I guess this thread is a few months old but I just got one of the new ones. A 780 pro with the wirefire and updated direct drive. I can't compare to the older ones as this is the first Traeger I've owned. Several people I know that have them and absolutely swear by them. Some who I read online swear at theirs. I'm coming from a kettle with a S&S, which I really enjoy using & my trusty 25 yr old Weber gasser. I set this one up night before so have only used it 4 times so far. Pizza, chicken breasts twice & some porterhouse steaks. All were great. Nice although mild smokiness compared what I get from my blue bag Kingsford but no complaints at all. I see the possibility of picking up a smoke tube if next weekends brisket is lacking. The temp control is good, not as spot on as my IQ gives me in my kettle but close enough. Tons more capacity than I'm used to and the app makes it a game changer for me.
        I've read about people having a tough time getting it to link up with their wifi. My router has a 5g & a 2.4g to pick from. The Wirefire wants the 2.4g but after linked, is running fine on 5g.


        • W.A.
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          Try different pellets. I have been using Lumberjack from Dicks (ugh I know). Traeger adds fruit wood flavor using oils from what i heard.

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        I might do that, thanks!


        • Top | #8
          Try CookinPellets Hickory. Traeger Pellets are 70/30 blends of Oak or Adler with the flavor wood. CookinPellets are 100 percent flavor woods. Lumberjack are Ok, but they use the bark in their pellets too, so can burn dirtier.


          • Top | #9
            It will be good to see Max’s review as mine just gave up. Debating on whether I should buy a new one. I have replaced all the parts and temps at 225 still vary between 180 and 270 then after about an hour it shuts off. Hopefully their quality will improve as mine was only 6 years old. Luckily after months of reading on this site I purchased the slow n sear for my old Weber.


            • Top | #10
              My experience with my Traeger was fantastic. Owned many years cooked on heavily and then sold it for a great price when I decided to try something different. I loved it.


              • Top | #11
                I had a new Pro 575 for about 3 months, it was a great grill, but there was a problem with the software and the RTD was off 30 degrees at 250, 50 at 350, and 80-100 at 450. It was a very widespread problem and Traeger CS was not acknowledging it. The morning after I returned mine, they released a firmware update that fixed the issue. The new D2 models don’t have the temp swings and the WiFi is pretty cool.