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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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  • fkrall
    Club Member
    • Jan 2017
    • 81
    • Northern NJ

    Top | #16
    As others have said, they now ship and appear to do so intelligently. Not sure about shipping pricing though--worth a call to find out. Their meat prices look reasonable to me, especially for prime.

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    • grantgallagher
      Club Member
      • Feb 2018
      • 665
      • NJ

      Top | #17
      Prices look great. Prime whole packer brisket for $62 + tax. They are a tad smaller at average of 9 lbs but the picture looks like it is fully trimmed. I checked a few things into my cart and shipping was $25 ups ground 1-3 days which isnt the cheapest ive ever seen but it isnt too bad either.

      Dammit, i do not need more places to spend money online!

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      • panteracfh3
        panteracfh3 commented
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        Not sure how it works with delivery if you can request a larger size but I’ve called them with a few days notice and asked for a 12 pound brisket (post trimming) and was no problem at all
    • pjlstrat
      Club Member
      • May 2019
      • 202
      • Massachusetts
      • Grills
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      Top | #18
      Ok I went there today, about an hour drive for me. Let's start with the bad:
      They have about 10 people working there but one of the owners is the only one who knows how to cut meat and the only one who knows how to take a party deli order. I wanted a prime chuckie and a prime tri tip. They had no chucks in the case so I had to wait on the owner. He was with an older couple ordering 20 sandwiches. The couple was very interested in the type of bread and the condiments and cheese on each and every sandwich. The owner was great with them and very understanding, I was not in a hurry so it was not a big deal but it did take forever. They ended up not having a prime chuck so I took a choice and they had no tri tip at all. So not great from that standpoint.

      The good:
      The owner did ask the couple to wait and ran back and cut me a chuck. He then yelled up to the cash register and told him to give me 15% off my order due to the wait. Class move. I bought some prime steak tips that looked good and my wife likes chicken breast so I got her cilantro lime marinated breast.
      I spoke to them for a while and the good news is they can get whatever you want. Plate ribs, prime brisket, whole hogs and even Berkshire stuff with enough notice. They also have an awesome deli and they make their own roast beef and pastrami. Also they sell frozen game meat, elk, venison and bison

      All in all I loved the place. I now have a local butcher where I can get whatever I need and I am happy to support local business. I will post pics of the cooks and the meat, but I was happy with how it looked.

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      • pjlstrat
        pjlstrat commented
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        Here is the cook on the steak tips.....Chuck roast done later today.

        https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...431#post712431

      • panteracfh3
        panteracfh3 commented
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        Glad you liked. It’s definitely a small, family run operation but the beef is quality. As you point out, they can get you whatever you need with a little lead time.

        Glad they gave you the discount. They’ve done that with me as well. One of the perks of being a family business

        I work nearby and go there for lunch often. Would rather support them than the cafeteria in my building. They also have an iPhone app to order stuff too

      • pjlstrat
        pjlstrat commented
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        I didn’t mention it above but I got a roast beef sandwich and it was outstanding. They make their own ciabatta bread every morning .
    • Old Glory
      Club Member
      • Feb 2018
      • 447
      • Northshore MA

      Top | #19
      Will have to get up there thank you for the review pjlstrat

      I usually get my Tri Tip from Porter Road but it looks like they raised the price from $21 to $31 per piece.

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      • panteracfh3
        Club Member
        • Jul 2018
        • 263
        • Tewksbury, MA
        • "Jump in the fire!" - Metallica

        Top | #20
        I wanted to give this thread a bump to share a cool story.

        I ordered and picked up a brisket at Alpine last week to cook for my labor day cookout. It got to temperature in the time I anticipated but I noticed that the fat hadn't really rendered that much. I thought this was odd but whatever. After cutting it and eating, it was definitely tougher than the briskets I'd bought there in the past. Still good but not that usual tender meat I'm accustomed to.

        Today I went in there at lunch to pick up a sandwich I ordered online and talked to the owner about it. I told him all that had happened and he apologized greatly. He then told me to wait at the counter for a second. He walked over to the cash register, went in it, and gave me my money back. I told him I wasn't looking for a refund. I just wanted to let him know in case he changed suppliers or whatever. He said it was the same supplier but sounds like I just got a tough brisket. He also said we want our customers to be 100% satisfied so he refunded me the entire amount! He even offered to pay for my sandwich but I had already prepaid.

        So long story longer, they have a life long customer in myself for such excellent customer service that you just don't see in this day and age any more.

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        • ScottyC13
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          • Jul 2019
          • 114
          • Boston Area
          • Name: Scott, Chemical Engineer

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            Want to get into BBQ and Smoking.

          Top | #21
          Originally posted by panteracfh3 View Post
          Located on the line of Lowell/Chelmsford, it's a great family owned business. All of their beef is USDA Prime. I bought a brisket from there over the weekend and it did not disappoint.


          Click here for the link to their Website!
          Are they better than J&B Butcher? There’s one near me in Stoneham. I went in a checked it out and it looked OK, but didn’t blow me away.

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          • panteracfh3
            panteracfh3 commented
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            There’s a J&B near me in Tewksbury and I like alpine better. I think there’s a better selection and better quality IMO

          • ScottyC13
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            Thanks
        • 58limited
          Club Member
          • Dec 2018
          • 264
          • SE Texas
          • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." ~Benjamin Franklin

          Top | #22
          Looks like a good place, prices are better than a lot of other online suppliers. I'm only seeing beef on the mail order site, need to ask them if I can get some lamb thrown in when I order.

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          • panteracfh3
            panteracfh3 commented
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            The online site is fairly new I believe. Couldn’t hurt to call and ask if it’s possible. I’ve never tried but don’t see why it couldn’t be possible

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