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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!

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

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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.

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.

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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!

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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Harry's Farmers Market in Marietta, GA or any Whole Foods store

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  • billg71
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 452
    • Acworth, GA
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    Harry's Farmers Market in Marietta, GA or any Whole Foods store

    I've been very happy with the meat from my local Harry's/Whole Foods store, the meat is all hormone-free and if you want to spend a little extra grown in a natural environment.

    This may be controversial but after reading Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" I haven't eaten industrial meat for at least the last 4 years. I've also been off the high-power BP meds since around that time. "You are what you eat"! I found that the $150/month I used to spend on BP meds got me a lot of tasty meat that didn't screw up my health and made me a good deal happier in the ingesting.....

    But YMMV.

    Best,
    Bill

  • Breadhead
    Banned Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2

    Top | #2
    My personal opinion... Whole Foods is way, way over priced!!! They sell my favorite bread flour from King Arthur flour company, a 5lb bag for $8.99. I buy it at Albertsons 2 blocks away for $6.49. However... Recently I started buying it on AmazonFresh.com for $3.49 for the exact same 5lb bag in the same blue bag.

    Whole Food's price for Prime grade Ribeye's is $21.99 per pound and Costco's Prime grade Ribeye's is $15.99 per pound.

    Whole Foods is for those that believe the hype that farmer's are killing you. Prime grade beef is prime grade beef!!!
    Last edited by Breadhead; June 5th, 2015, 11:20 PM.

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    • richinlbrg
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1870
      • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
      • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

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      billg71 what other changes did you make to get your BP down? More exercise, weight change, anything?

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      • billg71
        billg71 commented
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        I went on the Atkins diet as well. Although I've fallen off that wagon more than a few times, I climb back on and ride as long as I can. I also have pretty much given up eating anything with wheat in it except for the occasional hamburger bun and avoid HFCS like the plague.
    • richinlbrg
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1870
      • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
      • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

      Top | #4
      Thanks for the info, billg71!

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      • _John_
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        • Jul 2014
        • 2539

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        I haven't tried Whole Foods yet, been through a few while at work though.

        As a side note for anyone interested, it is illegal to use hormones in chicken. I find it amusing that they still have to put that on the packaging because so many people freak out.

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        • billg71
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          • May 2015
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          • Acworth, GA
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          Originally posted by Wartface View Post
          My personal opinion... Whole Foods is way, way over priced!!! .......

          Whole Food's price for Prime grade Ribeye's is $21.99 per pound and Costco's Prime grade Ribeye's is $15.99 per pound.

          Whole Foods is for those that believe the hype that farmer's are killing you. Prime grade beef is prime grade beef!!!
          OK, without spending a couple hours typing I'll first of all agree with you that Whole Foods is overpriced. I buy nothing there but meat, organic fruits and vegetables that I can't get anywhere else and some spices and sauces that aren't available in the regular grocery stores. The rest of my shopping I do at BJ's, Target or Publix/Kroger as a last resort if BJ's or Target doesn't stock it. I draw the line at WalMart although when Sam was running the business I shopped there often.

          And you're right again: according to the USDA, prime beef is prime beef. If it meets visual standards for appearance and marbling and isn't abscessed it's prime beef. But that's as far as they go, if it looks good it must be good.

          What you get for that extra $5.00/lb from Whole Foods that Costco doesn't offer is meat from an animal that was pasture-raised(all beef except for veal is, BTW), humanely finished in a pasture, not a CAFO, wasn't shot full of growth hormones to make it larger and antibiotics to keep it alive while it was being fed grain(essentially poison for a cow) while "finishing" in a CAFO in shit up to the knees crowded in with a few thousand other cows into a pen that maybe encompasses an acre. And the Whole Foods beef is much less likely to be harboring E.coli which we all know isn't a Good Thing.

          I grew up in rural South Carolina, we raised pigs, cows, chickens and tobacco and had a large garden for veggies. Every one of our animals had a name(except the chickens, who can keep up with individual chickens?), was fed off the land, given decent shelter and treated with respect as we depended on them for our livelihood and sustenance. We sold enough to pay the bills and ate the rest. You don't mistreat an animal you know you'll be eating in a few months, you want that critter to be fat, happy and to only have one bad day in its' life.

          You really ought to read "The Omnivore's Dilemma", you might learn something.

          Best,
          Bill

          P.S. The farmers aren't killing us but the industrial food corps that tell them what they can grow and how they have to grow it to make a living are. Their responsibility is to their stockholders, not their customers and whatever they can do to increase the bottom line is OK, never mind the effect on the customers who eat their product.

          Although I have a bit of trouble calling someone who runs a full-time business in Georgia and claims to be a "farmer" because he controls over 300,000 acres in Iowa and flies out a couple times a year in a private jet to make sure everything's OK. No shit, I know this guy. Not what I'd call your stereotypical farmer but sadly typical.
          Last edited by billg71; June 6th, 2015, 07:11 PM.

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          • Medusa
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            I was stationed in Beaufort SC 79-81 (... Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea; 26 miles from Yemassee...) and lived in Columbia until 2001.
        • ABCBBQ Dave
          Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
          • May 2014
          • 5354
          • Charlotte, NC

          Top | #7
          Great discussion. Keep #4 in mind: http://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/for...pdated-10-1-14

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          • billg71
            billg71 commented
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            Thanks for the reminder David. I'll keep the soapbox tucked into the closet from now on.

            BTW, the link in #4 is broken, I did a search and here it is: http://amazingribs.com/tips_and_tech...nd_health.html

            Best,
            Bill

          • ABCBBQ Dave
            ABCBBQ Dave commented
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            No worries and thanks for the heads up! The offending link has been cruelly punished until it started working again.
        • Breadhead
          Banned Former Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 2

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          @billg71... I understand your position and completely respect your personal feelings on those issues. What you put in your body and why is your choice.

          Costco's merchandizing approach has always been to offer top of the line products in every category and sell bigger quantities for less. I've personally sold them product before. That's why you rarely find select grade meats at Costco. I doesn't meet their quality standards.

          That said... I will confidently continue to purchase the vast majority of my beef, pork, chicken and fish at Costco.

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          • billg71
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            • Acworth, GA
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              ThermaWorks Smoke
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            Originally posted by Wartface View Post
            @billg71... I understand your position and completely respect your personal feelings on those issues. What you put in your body and why is your choice.
            ....
            Wartface,

            Well said and I'm happy to extend you the same courtesy. No offense meant, I hope none was taken. I still suggest you read Pollan's book

            My best to you and yours,
            Bill

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