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These are not ads or paid placements. 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.

 


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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.

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

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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).

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

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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.

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


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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.

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

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  • Smoke Trails BBQ
    Former Member
    • Aug 2019
    • 4

    Top | #1

    Albertan doing his homework assignment

    Hi everyone,

    Step 4 of the new members' homework assignment is to introduce yourself, so here it goes!

    My name's Steve and I'm from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I've been BBQ'ing for just over a decade and always looking to up my game and learn new skills.

    I'm a military veteran (Served in Afghanistan in a tank regiment in 2008 during the war on terror), former corporate lawyer and currently I'm a marketing professional and content creator at a home visualization and design company. On the side I run a youtube channel called "Smoke Trails BBQ" - I found that putting myself out there, asking questions and teaching what I know really helps me to consistently be better at BBQ.

    I found this site while doing some research and I thought I'd get involved and see what it's all about. Looks like a great community.

    I've done some BBQ catering for large events (up to 100 people) and I've also entered into my first KCBS BBQ competition later this month with a crew of friends.

    Looking forward to getting involved and learning more!

    Equipment:

    - MES 30
    - Oklahoma Joe's offset (Highland)
    - Blackstone griddle
    - Gas Grill
    - Thermapen instant read thermometer
    - Various wifi and wired meat probes
    - Amaz'n pellet smoker

    (next on the wishlist is a kettle, pellet smoker and egg)

  • ofelles
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 739
    • Brentwood CA
    • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
      Klose Charcoal Grill
      VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
      Maverick ET-733
      Maverick PT-75
      Thermoworks Signal
      Thermoworks Dot

    Top | #2
    Great to have you in the Pit. Welcome from the California Delta.

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    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Thanks ofelles for the warm welcome
  • Mr. Bones
    Birthday Hat Master
    • Sep 2016
    • 8124
    • Kansas Territory
    • Grills / Smokers
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      Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
      Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
      Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
      Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
      Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
      Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
      Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
      Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

      Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
      Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
      Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

      Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
      Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
      Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
      Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
      Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
      (Lime Green)
      Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
      Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



      Thermometers:
      *********************************************
      Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
      Maverick ET-732, (Black)
      Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
      ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
      Blue ThermaPen Mk4
      Orange Thermapen Mk4
      Pink Thermapen Mk4
      ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
      ThermoWorks Smoke
      ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
      4 Pro Series cable extensions
      Smoke Gateway

      Accessories:
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      2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
      BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
      Warming shelf
      MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
      Backyard Grill marinade injector
      Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
      Bear Paws
      Meat Rakes
      BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



      Cookware:
      Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
      G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
      '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
      60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
      50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
      Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
      Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

      Cutlery, etc.:
      Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
      Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
      Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
      Multiple steels, from all over the planet
      Crock sticks
      Diamond stones, various
      Lansky Sharpening System

      Tableware
      Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
      Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
      Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

    Top | #3
    Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!

    Lookin forward to hearin more from ya!

    Comment


    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Thanks Mr. Bones, looking forward to contributing.
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 10881
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    Top | #4
    Welcome to The Pit Steve.

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    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Cheers Ron, thanks for the warm welcome.
  • ComfortablyNumb
    Club Member
    • May 2017
    • 2568
    • Northeast Washington
    • KBQ C-60
      PK360
      Thermoworks Smoke
      Thermoworks Thermopop
      Thermoworks Dot

    Top | #5
    Welcome to the Pit from the Okanogan Valley of Washington state. Along with tips, techniques, and recipes about BBQ we have a lot of fun.

    If you like music, go to this thread to hear what others are listening to and share what you like.

    For jokes, go to this thread.

    Go to this thread to post where you work and what your hobbies are and get to know other members here.

    We are happy to have you along and looking forward to your participation.

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    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Thanks ComfortablyNumb, I was born in Kelowna BC which is in the Okanagan valley in BC. I wonder if they are connected with Washington?

    • ComfortablyNumb
      ComfortablyNumb commented
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      Smoke Trails BBQ Indeed they are, the Okanogan Valley continues south into the States about another 100km where the Okanogan River empties into the Columbia. I've been to Penticton, in fact have a couple of pics of it in the 'KBQ Tradition' thread.
  • jgreen
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 2473
    • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
    • Cookers:
      Broil King XL
      Broil King Smoke
      Weber Kettle 26
      Grilla Pellet smoker
      Capital 40 natural gas
      Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

      Thermometer:
      Maverick 733
      Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
      Thermo works DOT (or two)
      Fireboard (probably my favourite)
      Thermworks Smoke (or two)

      Accessories:
      SnS (original, plus and XL)
      DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
      Vortex
      Grillgrates
      and, maybe some other toys as well

    Top | #6
    Welcome from Winnipeg.

    Comment


    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Cheers Jgreen, a fellow Canadian
  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 6690
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    Top | #7
    Well, I was gonna hang a good on on ya with the homework thing, but, after some strong consideration, I’ll go easy on ya & save it for later, when the initiation rite is enacted. Welcome, eat good and have fun!

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    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Thanks Fireman, hope it doesn't involve paddling
  • Donw
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 1951

    Top | #8
    Welcome from Maryland

    Comment

  • Rob Johnston
    Club Member
    • Apr 2018
    • 185
    • Pittsburgh, PA

    Top | #9
    Welcome from Pittsburgh!

    Comment

  • Skip
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2397
    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
    • Memphis Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates

    Top | #10
    Welcome from Minnesota.

    Comment


    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Thank you Skip, I appreciate the warm welcome
  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 3672
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    Top | #11
    Welcome to the Pitmaster Club, thanks for joining up!

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    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Thanks Henrik, I appreciate it!
  • Texas Larry
    Club Member
    • May 2017
    • 647
    • Wilson County, TX
    • PrimoXL
      Maverick 732
      Thermoworks 2K Themocouple
      Thermapen
      Weber Go-Anywhere (for the beach!)
      Dreaming of a really good stick-burner...
      Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

    Top | #12
    Welcome from south Texas! Looks like we’ll be learning from you, too.

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    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Thanks Larry, appreciate ya!
  • klflowers
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 1984
    • Tennessee

    Top | #13
    Welcome from TN! Took a quick look at your you tube channel - looks entertaining. I did't get a chance to watch the videos, but I will put it on my to do list.
    Last edited by klflowers; August 8th, 2019, 09:33 AM.

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  • holehogg
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 1474
    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Top | #14
    Greetings from South Africa

    Comment


    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Cheers holehogg! Love learning more about braai
  • LA Pork Butt
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 4678
    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

    Top | #15
    Welcome to fun in the Pit from Dallas, Texas, USA!

    Comment


    • Smoke Trails BBQ
      Smoke Trails BBQ commented
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      Thank you LA Pork Put. Great to be here!

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