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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.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

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

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.

Click here to read our detailed review

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.

Click here to read our detailed review

Click here to order from Amazon

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

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

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 Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

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.

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

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

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 readers only

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


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January 2019 Gold Medal Giveaway Winner!

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  • Top | #31
    Congrats! Can't wait to hear what you pick.


    • Top | #32
      Awesome, congrats to a fellow old timer!


      • Top | #33
        andersj55 Congradulations! I look forward to seeing what you pick and cook!


        • Top | #34
          Happy New Year and congratulations. You can't go wrong with any of the choices!!


          • Top | #35
            You know he was lurking with the intention of winning, and now we'll hear no end of Anders.

            Fortunately, he won and I don't have to make a choice again. Thank you.


            • Top | #36
              I'm just glad I never have to decide on which prize I'd like.


              • Locotech
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                Me too, it'd be a tough choice.

            • Top | #37
              Congrats! Can't wait to see what you pick


              • Top | #38
                I always make light of the possibility that the winner won't claim the prize and we all might get a second chance. But really would be terrible if someone missed out on one of these prizes. I really do hope he or she claims it in time.


                • Troutman
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                  Snuz you loose ... I got no problem getting back in line

                • Potkettleblack
                  Potkettleblack commented
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                  A few folks have in the past. I think we had a month where they had to go with the third string pick.

                • Steve R.
                  Steve R. commented
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                  It got to be so common, that I started actively cheering for it half-jokingly. I would still be more than happy to be the second or third pick and score a Hasty Bake Gourmet.

              • Top | #39
                Originally posted by Steve R. View Post
                I always make light of the possibility that the winner won't claim the prize and we all might get a second chance. But really would be terrible if someone missed out on one of these prizes. I really do hope he or she claims it in time.
                Agreed. And I’ll add that I don’t actually need anything. It would be great to win, but the truth is that I’m set. We’re probably better off without another cooker taking up space on the deck.


                • Troutman
                  Troutman commented
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                  Hey speak for yourself ... you being employed by my wife ?????

                • Potkettleblack
                  Potkettleblack commented
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                  There's always the food, or the option of switching out... The Blaze or the MHR would work better in my current setup than the Genesis, but I'd never part with Gene for one of them if I were paying.

                • Mosca
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                  I'd take the food. I wonder, does it have to be those specific items, or just that amount as a gift certificate?

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                • Top | #42
                  Happy new year winner!


                  • Top | #43
                    Congrats andersj55 !! Enjoy your new Q!


                    • Top | #44
                      Patiently waiting ..... as Goldberg used to say, "who's next ???"



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