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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.

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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!

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If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

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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.

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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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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.

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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

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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do any of you guys pool together to buy whole pigs, cows, etc?

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    do any of you guys pool together to buy whole pigs, cows, etc?

    I was thinking this site may be good for folks who are local to each other to do some bulk purchasing - I probably couldn't do justice for a whole cow, but I'm sure I could make a dent in some of one

    anyone doing this kind of thing? local-sourced - not frozen and shipped around...

    cheers!


  • Top | #2
    Not a whole animal, but a buddy and I go in together to split a Happy Meal.

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      • Top | #4
        I wait for my dad to kill his fat calf...then reap the rewards of yet another animal I never met.

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        • Top | #5
          We raise em from scratch quite often.

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          • Top | #6
            I just as soon go to the market buy what I like but that’s just me

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            • Top | #7
              Yes, I’ve gone in with my neighbors to split a cow from a local rancher. I’m still making my way through it all. I found once you get a rancher you can work with, people to share aren’t hard to find.

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                Originally posted by snowswamp View Post
                Yes, I’ve gone in with my neighbors to split a cow from a local rancher. I’m still making my way through it all. I found once you get a rancher you can work with, people to share aren’t hard to find.
                yeah, I guess I need to find a rancher near me... (NorCal)

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                • kenrobin
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                  Where in No. CA are you seeking?

                • Toadster
                  Toadster commented
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                  Folsom, CA

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                I have thought about it before but first I would need to get a new freezer. But like Fire Art said I would probably rather just buy the cuts I want when I want and not get stuck with a bunch of stuff I am not really interested in cooking.

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                • JoeSousa
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                  Totally understand the freshness aspect. But do I really want 50 pounds or round? I might want to cook a roast from there every now and then but I would probably go through 20 tri tips or 40 ribeyes in that time. And I still might do it someday as there are a bunch of quality ranches around here.

                • Backroadmeats
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                  Have the round ground into burger.. that's what I do. You can always sell the burger and keep the steaks for yourself too!!

                • Backroadmeats
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                  The last half beef I got I had all the steaks.. about 12 lbs of roast.. a few packs of tenderized round steaks and 125 lbs of burger. Made #25 lbs of bacon cheeseburger brats.. only thing left is a couple packs of steaks.. that was 9 months ago I got it..

              • Top | #10
                In our area- you can buy a 1/2 or 1/4 of beef or a 1/2 of hog from the butcher shops that actually kill and slaughter the animals. Cut as you request. Packaged as you want. Most of them offer curing of hams and bacon if doing pork.

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                • Top | #11
                  There's a website called Eat Wild that I used to find a local farmer here in Louisiana when I bought my last split of beef. I took the liberty of choosing California when supplying the link below:

                  http://www.eatwild.com/products/california.html

                  Good luck!!!

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                  • Toadster
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                    nice! I found 2 places within an hour of me

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                  I used to be really interested in this, until a local friend got a side of grass fed certified Black Angus to fill up his deep freeze, only to find out that this particular grass fed Angus must have had a taste for wild onions, because every bite of beef from that cow tasted like onion.

                  I'll take my beef finished on grain or corn please!

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                  • jfmorris
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                    Yep Dan Deter - they say you are what you eat! I don't want to eat onion beef is my fear of the entire grass fed movement. I would end up with a freezer full of it like my friend did. For now I will go to Sam's or Costco or Fresh Market for my beef, and just get the cuts I want to cook.

                  • Backroadmeats
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                    Yup.. it should be finished on corn in my opinion.. it also takes longer to finish a beef on grass which makes them tougher..

                  • Beefchop
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                    If I'm honest the grass fed beef cow split we bought had a very pungent and strong flavor in the fat. It can be hit or miss flavor wise.

                • Top | #13
                  I used to buy halfs all the time but I thought in the long run wasn't worth it just for me and my wife

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                    My uncle is a hog farmer in Eastern Iowa. His hogs are all free range. He still sends them out into the field after harvest to clean up the grain the combine missed over hundreds of acres.. (Not real common any more.) They also eat grass, acorns, pears, apples etc in the along the edge of the fields and think it makes a difference. They are also just happy pigs!

                    So I always have a hog of his in my freezer. Guys in my office also pool and buy hogs from him through out the year. I make the trip down to help him out with chores, maintenance, harvest etc. And My truck is always packed with coolers of meat for the orders from my office.

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                    • Henrik
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                      Now that is THE way to raise pigs. Love it.

                  • Top | #15
                    One sister raises animals and I routinely split pigs with my other sister who lives nearby. The first sister may start raising cattle too which would be awesome.

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