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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

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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

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



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  • Willard
    If the ladies here are reading this thread they are LTAO. They aren’t falling for any of it. Lol.

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  • JimLinebarger
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    I don't care who you are, tha's funny right thar!

  • CaptainMike
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    Along with a new ironing board and vacuum cleaner.

  • klflowers
    Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down...

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  • Ahumadora
    Just buy it and gift it to her as a birthday present.

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  • JoeSousa
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    JimLinebarger Every few months I get an itch to get an offset but then remember proper wood might be hard to come by around here. I would assume there would be places in Greenbluff where you could get some apple or peach from trees they cut down but oak or hickory would be tough to source.

  • JoeSousa
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    And a Ranch Kettle for when stuff doesn't fit into the 26.

  • jumbo7676
    Be careful. That's exactly where I was when I decided I wanted to try something new. Had a GMG Daniel Boone pellet and a Weber Spirit gasser. Decided I needed to add charcoal to the mix so I started keeping an eye on Craig's List and Facebook Marketplace for some Weber kettles and was surprised how often you can find good deals on cookers in good condition. So I added a used Weber kettle premium in decent shape for $50 and a 14-inch Weber Smokey Mountain that I had never intended to buy but decided it was worth the $75. So one more cooker than planned... but once you start looking for those deals each day, it's hard to stop. What if you miss that diamond in the rough?

    I kept checking even though I had no need to buy anything and I found a Weber Performer Premium in great shape except for the one-touch cleaning system that needed to be replaced. I got the price on that down to $100. How could I pass that up?

    Justification for 3 new cookers wasn't as hard as I thought. "I'm just trying out some new toys to figure out what I like and can sell the ones that don't get used often." I may have convinced myself that was true, but I don't think my wife was buying it. Considering how little money was actually spent on it all, she let it slide. Fortunately, she is not a Pit member and had no way of knowing that the fun (spending) had only just begun.

    I found myself with a gasser, pellet pooper, two kettles and a WSM. All the cookers I need, right? Yes, but now I need a Slow n Sear, the must-have for the Weber kettle. Hey, why not get the Drip n Griddle and EasySpin grate while I'm at it? You save a few bucks when you bundle, so how could I not!? That would be irresponsible. Bring 'em on.

    I hear the Vortex does magical things to chicken. I should probably get one of those. With two kettles, the Vortex could go in one while the SnS is in the other. It makes too much sense. Let's do it!

    I'm sorry, sweet Spirit, am I neglecting you? Let's get you some shiny new GrillGrates to show how much I still care.

    I can cook so much food now with all of the extra cooking space, I should get a FoodSaver so I can keep it all.

    My XR-50 can't be used with the GMG on the deck and the kettles on the patio at the same time. FireBoard to the rescue!

    Something about meat spinning above hot coals, basting in its own juices is so incredibly enticing. A kettle rotisserie attachment was high on my list of wants, but I did manage to resist the urge of buying one while giving myself some time to play with all of the other new purchases. Then kill2grill had to go and post about Lamb Shawarma. Now my brain (which seems to defy all known medical science and actually resides in my stomach) is telling me I need to hurry up and buy one for shawarma, gyros, chickens and roasts. So I'll be ordering one of those this week.

    So that's the cautionary tale of how I got from where you are now to where I am today. A gasser, a pellet grill, a desire for something different, and not even the slightest bit of self-control. I'd say I hope you can control yourself more than I did, which really shouldn't be hard for most human beings, but then again I plan on having a lot more fun outdoors this year than I would without all of these wonderful new toys to play with. I regret nothing... as long as my wife doesn't find out I've spent 4X more on accessories than I did on the budget-friendly cookers.

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  • Troutman
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    Yea don't go there, that's dangerous territory.....

  • Troutman
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    "...for so long it's not true. Wanted a new cooker but need to learn how to chew."

  • Beefchop
    Nothing, really. You can grill with the Weber and low n' slow with the Daniel Boone, and it looks like you've chosen equipment that is very user friendly and convenient. I've never owned a gas grill or a pellet smoker. I have eaten food cooked on a gas grill, and it's been just fine, but never had Q from a pellet smoker so I can't say what it is like with respect to BBQ flavor vs. wood or charcoal smokers.

    Are you itching for something more hands on? If so then I'd say skip the charcoal cookers (i.e. Kamado, WSM, cabinet, kettle) and go right to wood cooking. Most charcoal cookers require some learning curve but once you dial them in and perfect your fire management they become pretty much like your equipment, i.e. "set and forget". I'd go with either a Santa Maria grill or a quality offset, depending on whether you like to grill or slow cook your food more.

    The justification is...try something cooked over wood coals!

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  • Bkhuna
    When you add up the yearly costs of all the oil of aphrodite and dust of the grand wazoo that wives buy each year, another outdoor cooker is cheap.

    You didn't hear that from though.

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  • klflowers
    Weber kettle/sns combo. And just tell her "honey, I am the man of the house, and I wanted it, so I got it". Then duck. And run. Fast.

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  • ILikePigButts
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    I just got the new Weber Genesis S-335 last week and love it

  • LA Pork Butt
    Mr. Bones has enough cookers to declare to your wife you are living in poverty. You might try that in the Pit you’re not keeping up with the Boneses.

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