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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Full Packer Briskett in Matawan NJ?

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    Full Packer Briskett in Matawan NJ?

    Hey guys, I am looking to smoke a brisket for Easter, does anyone know a good meat shop in the Matawan area? Also, I am choosing the Full Packer since that the whole brisket right? If your smoking a brisket, this should really be the only type to get right?

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    If you have a costco near you, I would recommend that. They have great prices and they carry Prime briskets. Yes, many like to smoke whole packers, myself included. But that doesn't mean you have too. You can easily cook a "flat". They are much more readily available at meat markets and grocery stores. These types of places will rarely have "Full Packers" for sale. You will pay more for just a flat. I am talking three time as much per pound. I never buy flats. I can buy a full packer for almost the same price and more times than not, its a PRIME packer and a opposed to a Choice flat. With a full packer, you get a "point" and a "flat". IMHO, the point is the best part of brisket anyway.

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      Thanks for the response Spinaker. I got ribs last weekend from them and they were GREAT. The only thing I was disappointed in was they were already seasoned. I was short on time and had to get them anyways. Dont get me wrong they were amazing, but I am in the process of trying to perfect my own rub. Thats good information about the brisket. I didnt know the flat was more expensive per pound. I agree that the point is the best, thats why I wanted to try a full packer. I never cooked one before let alone smoke it so Im excited and nervous! With a full brisket, would you inject any broth in it before smoking? Any other tips you may have? Thanks again!

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      • Butchman
        Butchman commented
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        I do not like the rub Costco uses on their ribs. Much better to buy unseasoned ribs and apply your own rub.

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      I know a good butcher but he is about 1:30 hrs away from you. The name is Brimhurst Meats in Berlin NJ. I go there for most of my meats. Just get there early.

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      • Top | #5
        If have access to someone who has a membership card (think Costco), Restaurant Depot carries full packer briskets. You can choose between choice and Angus. Prices are pretty reasonable as well.

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          Not many East Coast Costcos carry full packers, so call if you are making a special trip. I understand that Costco Business Centers may carry the full packers, but, again, call first. The closest Business Costco to you is in Hackensack. That's also the closest business center to me and I'm in VA.

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            I've not checked out business Costco but regular Costco in NJ doesn't carry brisket. Restaurant Depot does but you need to be a member. I had my butcher order me a couple and ordered online once. Good luck Tony7781, let me know where you end up getting it. I'm in Jersey City

          • JCBBQ
            JCBBQ commented
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            I'm talking about full packer in NJ. Costco carries brisket flat

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          EdF is sort of near you, maybe he'll chime in w a source.

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            Originally posted by Tony7781 View Post
            Hey guys, I am looking to smoke a brisket for Easter, does anyone know a good meat shop in the Matawan area? Also, I am choosing the Full Packer since that the whole brisket right? If your smoking a brisket, this should really be the only type to get right?
            The nearest COSTCO to me is on 35 in Hazlet. Went in last week. All they had was choice flats at $4.99/lb

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            • Spinaker
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              Thats cheap for flats around here. They are about $7.99 at Costco. Packers are $2.89/lb

            • EdF
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              Sorry, now that I'm thinking of it, it could have been $7.99.

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            I think that it's important to ask the head butcher if they can get them. If you just look and leave, they will continue to think there is no demand for prime full packers. I do have to admit that it has not worked for me so far, but there are at least 5 Costcos in VA and NC that at least occasionally have full packers at less than $3/lb. So ask when you go in.

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              Tony7781 - Your best bet in the short time between now and Easter may be Walmart. Try entering your zip code in the Walmart Grocery website, and you can search for beef brisket. If they have a store in the area where you could "pick up", that store will also have some that you can go pick from at the store. I put in the Trenton zip, and got a positive hit.

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                Walmart doesn't carry packers in NY/NJ. They only get the boxed meat they can sell and you are lucky if you can find a flimsy flat. Sam's Club doesn't even carry flats. No packers at BJs or Costco here either. You have two options: find a local butcher to get you one (probably not enough time to do that) or go to Restaurant Depot. There's one in S Plainfield and one in Neptune. I'm sure there's some way you can convince them to give you a day pass. Wear a warm coat. It's cold in the meat warehouse.

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