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Gold Medal Gift Guide

Gold Medal Gift Guide

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 Pitmaster Award winners or Gold Medalist, listed by price.

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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

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

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, this is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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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

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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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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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

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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

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

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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    How the Pitmaster Club Forum is Structured, How To Navigate

    How is The Pitmaster Club forum structured?

    The Pitmaster Club forum has channels such as General Discussion, Recipes and Techniques, Grills and Smokers, etc. (To access the full channel list in The Pit, click the Channels Page tab in the red menu bar, then scroll down through them). These channels can contain sub-channels (more specific subject areas).

    In the picture below, the main channels are the bold red text (with a brief description of the channel below its title), and the sub-channels are highlighted in yellow in this sample picture. Posts can be made in both the main channel & the sub-channel, unless mentioned otherwise in the channel's description. If your topic fits best into a sub-channel, please place it there instead of the main channel.


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    Channels & sub-channels contain topics (conversations or discussions) which are made up of individual posts (where a member writes something). Each topic starts out as a single post and grows as replies and comments are added by different members, and these conversations collectively are often called threads.

    You can easily change the order of viewing threads, for example to have the topic with the most posts at the top. Simply click on Filter menu at the top right of the topic list. The Filter menu will provide you with the options you need to sort the current page.

    Sticky topics are topics determined to be important by moderators or administrators. They are listed at the top of the topic list and remain stuck to the top of the listing, even if they haven't had any posts recently. Their purpose is to keep important information visible and accessible at all times, even if there hasn't been recent activity in that topic.

    Featured Posts are topics that mods or admin feel are unique, exciting, or otherwise important enough to feature. Most often this is new content here or on AmazingRibs.com, such as sneak peeks at new recipes and reviews, the latest PitCast, etc. Featured Posts will appear in a slideshow marquee at the very top of the Channels Page.




    Multi-page views

    When there are more topics to display than will fit on a single page, you may see the 'Page' box, which contains page numbers. This indicates that the list of topics has been split over two or more pages. This method of splitting lists of items over many pages is used throughout the community.

    In the pictures below, notice the arrow pointing to the 'Page' box at the top of the topics list in any channel that has more than 1 page. The second picture shows the pages list at the bottom of the topics list in any channel that has more than 1 page.



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    Finding new content


    Recent Posts

    Most members log in and click on the Recent Posts tab. This shows you the last 24 hours of conversations (or 7 days, 30 days, etc) in descending order, most recent at the top, regardless of which channel they're in. You might say it's the list of the hot conversations of the day. For many, this can be the most convenient way of exploring the Pitmaster CLub forum, as it aggregates all recent activity in one place.


    Where You Left Off

    While viewing topics in any channel, members will see a small blue icon immediately to the left of a topic's title in the case of unread topics, as shown by the red arrow below. Clicking this icon will take you to the first unread item in the topic (in other words, where you last left off).



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    To skip ahead and see the most recent (latest) post in any topic, click the blue icon on the far right, as shown here. The member who made the last post, and when, is shown on the right side.
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    Clicking the title itself will open the topic at the first item. Each entry in the list also shows the following information:
    • The topic title
    • A read / unread icon that indicates whether the topic contains content you have read or not
    • A small icon that links directly to the first unread item in the topic, as mentioned above (if the topic contains unread content)
    • Name of person who started the topic
    • Date and time the topic was started
    • Any prefix associated with the topic. Clicking on the prefix will show you other topics with this prefix
    • Total number of posts in the topic
    • Total number of likes within the topic
    • Name and avatar of the last person to post to the topic
    • Date and time of the last post to the topic.




    Additionally, at the top of the list of topics, there are two filters that enable the viewer to sort the results according to their preferences.


    Have I Been Here Before?

    To see at a quick glance if you've read a topic, commented in a topic already, if a topic has new posts that you haven't read yet, or if a topic is completely unread by you, there are some color-coded clues!

    Bold titles means there's unread content in that topic.
    • A bold blue title means you have not opened that topic, therefore it is all unread by you.
    • A bold red title means you've read it previously, but there's new posts inside that you haven't read yet.
    • A red regular font title means you've read it and there's nothing new.
    • A paper icon with a green arrow on it means you've commented somewhere in that topic already, as shown here:



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    Last edited by Meathead; September 1st, 2018, 11:37 AM.
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