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  • Santamarina
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    Welcome from California!

    As EdF mentioned, if my budget could possibly move up to $1500 I’d be looking at the KBQ.

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  • Oozzy
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    Gritty! Welcome to The Pit from Philadelphia.

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  • Miscad
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    After a lot of great advice, I’m now leaning toward a WSCG. Just looking for the best deal now.

  • ComfortablyNumb
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    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.

    And here to enjoy some beautiful sunsets.

    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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  • SipIt
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    Welcome!

    I have a gasser, Weber with a SNS, and a PBC. For me it's the perfect combination and set up. Like others, I live in MN where it gets quite cold, and the PBC has worked perfectly in below zero weather. My one knock on the PBC is the lack of control you have over the temps, but I purchased the cyberQ and that was the perfect solution.

    The Weber w the SNS is perfect for grilling and I also like it when I want some food to have a little less smoke than the PBC can provide (I prefer my chicken to be more of a roasted flavor than smoked).

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  • surfdog
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    Welcome from Sunny SoCal...

    I'm a little biased towards the WSM. Great cooker. Turns out great BBQ...and owners have won lots of awards. The PBC also seems like a great cooker, and some people here love there’s...but I’ve never even seen one, let alone used one. So yeah, the WSM wins that contest for ME hands down. Even with a controller, should you feel you need it, it would come in below budget.

    If I didn’t have my WSCGC, I’d have a 22” WSM in a heartbeat.

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  • Sweaty Paul
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    Salutations from Hays, KS! Great advice above. If you are cooking for 6 you'll need some surface area. That said, I echo the above sentiment to scout out the review sections and check out the various posts on specific cookers you are interested in here. Folks are happy to help!

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  • HawkerXP
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    Welcome to the Pit! I enjoy my kettles and PBC. They all have a place in my outdoor cooking!

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  • CK1
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    First, welcome! Next, I'd say your first thought was the best one for where you are...a Kamodo Joe (or any ceramic like a BGE or Primo) smoker.The ceramics are great smokers to get your feet wet, perfect your fire control skills and they give you the ability to smoke or grill. The quality of Q is really good, certainly an upgrade from your electric. I'd also recommend you pick one up used. I bought my 24" Big Joe for $800 with most of the options included. After using it for a while it led me to my decision to purchase an offset plus keep my gas grill and the Joe too. Best of luck.

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  • KarchyBBQ
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    Greetings from another SEPA native (also MontCo!). I’d add the slow n sear to your kettle and see how that works for you. I use the standard slow n sear 2.0 in my 26” kettle and can comfortably handle cooks for 15-20 people which we do about once a month or so. Beyond that, at that budget number and needing or wanting some lay flat space, a pellet grill with smoke tube could be the most bang for the buck. As you can see though, the PBC is a very popular and effective cooker.

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  • theroc
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    Welcome from southern California. And +1 for the smoke vault 24. I got mine about 8 years ago as a "temporary" first smoker. Still using it and haven't found a reason to replace it!

  • rickgregory
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    So in thinking about it a little more I think I'd do this:

    Get the SNS for your Weber. AND get the PBC. That would give you a TON of capacity if you do a big summer cook (or 3) or you could grill on the weber and gasser while smoking on the PBC or... a lot of things.

    Do you NEED the SNS with the PBC? nah. But it's $100 and so it's not a big additional investment.

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  • ofelles
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    Welcome from the California Delta. As you can see you will get A Lot of advice here. I have found that it can be overwhelming. But it is solid advice.

    I am not the type to dip my toe in to try the waters, I jump in the deep end. Started with a Pit Boss Kamado and found I it didn't work for me. I wanted a pellet grill for the ease of use and got a Yoder YS640 and I love it. Wanted a charcoal grill and got a David Klose 20x42 grill chief grill, love it. Wanting to up my game; I'm waiting on a Lone Star Grillz insulated cabinet smoker, I hope I will love it. Bigger and more is better!

    That being said the PBC, WSM, kettle, Joe and Slow n low kamados are all great cookers and smart choices. Good luck and welcome again.

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  • klflowers
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    Welcome from TN. Only thing I would add is that if you get a wsm get the 22. I have owned a wsm for years and I love it, but it is an 18” and every once in awhile I wish I had the extra capacity. But I have a kettle/sns too and that helps out for larger cooks. Good luck and let us know which way you decide to go.

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  • Donw
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    Welcome from Maryland. Nothing else to add to the conversation that hasn’t already been said.

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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

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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 $299 delivered to your door!

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


The Undisputed Champion!

thermapen

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

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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

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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


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


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


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