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PitCast Episode 194 - "March 2020"

Well look at us!!! We are all being socially distant and trying to help flatten the curve of this COVID 19, but, it can't stop us from putting out a new monthly PitCast for your...

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Update on the Meat-Up In Memphis 3/21

It’s not looking good for our Meat-Up in Memphis but we are not ready to pull the plug yet. Nobody knows what the world will be like by the end of July. Some scientists think...

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Impact of Covid 19 With Jack Timmons of Jack's BBQ in Seattle and Jeff Tracy

Jack Timmons, owner and Pitmaster at Jack’s BBQ in Seattle (So Do) joins JT to discuss the affects that Covid 19 has had on his restaurant business. With restaurants being ordered...

Grills, Smokers, And Other Cookers

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Charcoal Cabinet Smokers, Water Smokers, And Gravity-Feed
Talk about these smokers here until we get individual brands' channels in place.
Topics: 86 Posts: 1,233
86 1,233
Charcoal Grills
Hasty-Bake charcoal grill discussion only.
Topics: 20 Posts: 396
20 396
Topics: 2 Posts: 61
2 61
Napoleon charcoal grill discussion only.
Topics: 1 Posts: 9
1 9
Jim Samuel
Napoleon PRO605CSS Charcoal Grill
Weber Kettle grill discussion.
Topics: 521 Posts: 10,961
521 10,961
PK grill and PK360 charcoal grills.
Topics: 89 Posts: 1,624
Last Post: Hibachi
89 1,624
by Mosca
For any charcoal grill discussion that doesn't fit into the above brands' channels, or for cross-brand general charcoal grill discussion.
Topics: 50 Posts: 1,027
Last Post: Spark Grill
50 1,027
Spark Grill
Charcoal Drums, Barrels, And Bullet Smokers
Topics: 11 Posts: 195
11 195
Brinkmann bullet smokers, such as Gourmet or Smoke'N Grill, often known as "ECB".
Topics: 1 Posts: 8
1 8
Gateway Drum smokers.
Topics: 3 Posts: 53
Last Post: Gateway Drum Smoker
3 53
Gateway Drum Smoker
by phoccer
The Hunsaker Vortex drum/barrel smoker.
Topics: 5 Posts: 122
5 122
Hunsaker Vortex Drum Smoker
Napoleon's bullet smoker.
Topics: 0 Posts: 0
0 0
Topics: 19 Posts: 245
19 245
Oklahoma Joe Bronco Drum Lighting
A.K.A. The "PBC".
Topics: 1,389 Posts: 24,629
1,389 24,629
A.K.A. The "WSM".
Topics: 129 Posts: 2,004
129 2,004
Steve R.
Inanimate objects can hear
For discussion of other drum/barrel smoker brands not listed above, do-it-yourself drum smoker kits like Big Poppa's, other homemade units, or general barrel & bullet smoker discussion.
Topics: 44 Posts: 1,229
Last Post: UDS wheels
44 1,229
UDS wheels
by Hammo
Charcoal Kamados
Akorn kamado by Char-Griller.
Topics: 12 Posts: 137
Last Post: Used Akorn
12 137
Used Akorn
by Huskee
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0 0
A.K.A. The "BGE".
Topics: 36 Posts: 728
36 728
Substitute for plate setter?
by a-baum
Metal kamado by Broil King.
Topics: 6 Posts: 84
Last Post: Broil King Keg
6 84
smokin fool
Broil King Keg
Ceramic kamado by Grilla Grills.
Topics: 2 Posts: 40
Last Post: Misspelled Channel
2 40
Misspelled Channel
by Huskee
For discussion of the new Kalamazoo Shokunin kamado.
Topics: 1 Posts: 20
Last Post: Kalamazoo Kamado
1 20
Kalamazoo Kamado
by Pequod
All sizes of Kamado Joe kamados.
Topics: 17 Posts: 382
17 382
For discussion of the renowned, high-end Komodo Kamados.
Topics: 4 Posts: 57
4 57
Cleared Hot on KK Teak Cabinet
by ofelles
All sizes of Primo kamados.
Topics: 20 Posts: 379
20 379
A.K.A. The "SnSK".
Topics: 1 Posts: 24
1 24
New ABC Kamado cooker
Vision Grills kamados.
Topics: 4 Posts: 58
4 58
A.K.A. The "WSCG".
Topics: 69 Posts: 1,504
69 1,504
For discussion of other brands or miscellaneous/cross-brand discussion such as general tips & tricks with kamados..
Topics: 102 Posts: 2,604
Last Post: MCS strikes again!
102 2,604
MCS strikes again!
by EdF
Electric Grills And Smokers
For discussion of all brands of electric grills and/or smokers.
Topics: 132 Posts: 2,090
132 2,090
Anyone have a Watchman yet?
by JCGrill
Flat-Tops, Griddles, And Planchas
Discussion of flat-top standalone grills & griddles, like Blackstone and Cuisinart for example. For flat top griddle inserts, see Accessories or the grill channel that the insert goes with.
Topics: 155 Posts: 2,976
155 2,976
Looking for a Griddle
by fzxdoc
Gas Grills
Blaze gas grill discussion.
Topics: 10 Posts: 174
Last Post: Blaze Review
10 174
jd myers
Blaze Review
Broil King gas grills, such as Signet, Imperial, Monarch, Regal, and Baron models.
Topics: 13 Posts: 105
13 105
Char-Broil gas grills, including TRU-Infrared and Grill2Go.
Topics: 17 Posts: 214
Last Post: I succumbed
17 214
Oak Smoke
I succumbed
Napoleon gas grills, such as Rogue, Triumph, and Prestige models.
Topics: 11 Posts: 166
11 166
Back in the saddle agin.
by Porkies
Saber infrared gas grills.
Topics: 1 Posts: 5
1 5
Weber gas grills, such as Summit, Genesis, Spirit, and Weber Q portable.
Topics: 110 Posts: 1,452
110 1,452
Firebox out of square.
For discussion of other gas grill/smoker brands, or general cross-brand discussion.
Topics: 121 Posts: 1,896
121 1,896
Gas Grill Suggestions
by glitchy
Gas Smokers
Camp Chef gas smoker, any models.
Topics: 39 Posts: 427
39 427
Broken gas connector on new Smoke Vault 24
by Donw
Char-Broil gas smokers, any model.
Topics: 3 Posts: 12
3 12
Using a water pan for baby backs
by Huskee
Masterbuilt gas smokers, any model.
Topics: 15 Posts: 142
Last Post: Flavor and crisp
15 142
Flavor and crisp
Meadow Creek gas smokers and pig roasters.
Topics: 1 Posts: 4
1 4
Meadowcreek PR42G advice needed
by clb239
Smoke Hollow gas smokers, any model.
Topics: 1 Posts: 10
Last Post: Almost ready to go!
1 10
Almost ready to go!
by Donw
Any other gas smoker brands not listed above, or for general or cross-brand gas smoker discussion.
Topics: 14 Posts: 116
14 116
Log Burners
Horizon standard flow log-burning offset smokers.
Topics: 13 Posts: 371
13 371
Jambo standard flow log-burning offset smokers.
Topics: 1 Posts: 50
Last Post: New JAMBO!!!
1 50
New JAMBO!!!
by SJ9125
A.K.A. the "KBQ".
Topics: 97 Posts: 6,990
Last Post: KBQ ~ has landed
97 6,990
KBQ ~ has landed
by Ernest
Klose offset wood-burning smokers
Topics: 1 Posts: 13
Last Post: Klose 2042 Cook!
1 13
Klose 2042 Cook!
Lang reverse flow log-burning offset smokers and wood grills.
Topics: 29 Posts: 476
Last Post: Clean Fire
29 476
Clean Fire
Lone Star Grillz standard flow offset log-burning smokers.
Topics: 24 Posts: 571
24 571
Topics: 6 Posts: 98
Last Post: M Grills M1 Owners
6 98
M Grills M1 Owners
Oklahoma Joe offset wood burners, like Highland or Longhorn models, etc .
Topics: 25 Posts: 483
25 483
"The Good One" brand log and charcoal smokers, such as the Open Range and Marshall.
Topics: 10 Posts: 397
10 397
Yoder standard flow log-burning offset smokers.
Topics: 14 Posts: 236
14 236
yoder offset stick burners
For log-burning smoker brands not listed above, or other general cross-brand wood burning discussion, advice, tips, etc.
Topics: 202 Posts: 4,508
202 4,508
Multi-Fuel and Other Misc. Grills and Smokers
Use this for anything that spans multiple types of cookers, such as "Help me decide between..." or "Which is better, pellets or gas?" Please do not use this for specific cooker types or fuel types.
Topics: 100 Posts: 2,617
100 2,617
Old Glory
Pk pro or Weber 22” kettle
Open-Fire Grills
Open-style wood burning adjustable height grills such as Engelbrecht, Lone Star Grillz, and others.
Topics: 22 Posts: 705
22 705
Pellet Cookers
Camp Chef pellet cookers.
Topics: 15 Posts: 220
15 220
Green Mountain Grills pellet cookers, such as Daniel Boone and Jim Bowie models, etc.
Topics: 8 Posts: 112
8 112
Davey Crockett up to temp
Grilla Grills pellet cookers, such as the Original round Grilla and Silverbac models.
Topics: 8 Posts: 122
8 122
Grilla vs Silverback
by Tjl52
MAK pellet cookers, such as their One-Star, Two-Star or Three-Star models.
Topics: 12 Posts: 224
12 224
Goodbye Weber SmokeFire, hello MAK 1!
by fzxdoc
REC TEC pellet grills.
Topics: 71 Posts: 1,143
71 1,143
Traeger pellet cookers.
Topics: 15 Posts: 216
15 216
Pro 575 model. A boat anchor
Topics: 29 Posts: 979
29 979
Yoder pellet cookers only. For Yoder log burners, please see the Log Burners channel.
Topics: 7 Posts: 80
Last Post: YS480S Review
7 80
YS480S Review
by ofelles
For discussion of other brands of pellet cookers not listed above, or general cross-brand pellet cooker discussion. For discussion of pellets themselves, please see the Fuels Discussion channel.
Topics: 469 Posts: 8,713
Last Post: Pellet Smokers
469 8,713
Pellet Smokers
Pizza Ovens
Discuss any standalone pizza oven here, all fuels.
Topics: 24 Posts: 428
Last Post: Ooni Karu
24 428
Ooni Karu

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Meat-Up in Memphis

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Order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.

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This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

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BBQ Stars


These are not ads or paid placements. These Are Some Of Our Favorite Tools And Toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use our links when you buy things

Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon




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 $299 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

The Undisputed Champion!


The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  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