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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.

 


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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


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


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


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.


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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.

Click here to read our detailed review

Click here to order from Amazon


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


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


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

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    VA/MD Meat-Up Follow Up



    It’s hard to have a bad time at a river with four cooks and pile of cookers. And boy the James River did not disappoint! HawkerXP (Gerry), clb239 (Chris), myself, and Randy (a friend of Hawkers) made the trip. The wind and rain on Friday gave us plenty to do in fits and spurts but for the most part it let us get on with our cooks.

    The weather the rest of the weekend was a pleasure to just hang out in, cook, chat up new friends, and even do some fishing. There wasn’t much action on the banks but we did get our lines wet. The stars were out in full bloom on Sunday night and Hawker and I took a walk and enjoyed their company.

    We had a good representation of cookers at the sites. Chris got there early Thursday night and picked out two perfect sites next to each other. We had our own little corner of the world with great river views and the sweet heat smell of smokers in the air. Yes sir. Pour a nip from the cooler and you got yourself a VA/MD Meatup- Pit member style! Here’s the cookers that made the trip.

    PBC - 2
    Smokey Joe - 2
    Weber Kettle
    Lodge Cowboy Tripod
    Dutch Ovens - 2
    Cast Iron/ Carbon Steel skillets - Assorted
    Coleman Stove
    Small Coleman Single burner.
    And special guest star - Blackstone Flat Top

    We used all of them while we cooked. Chris started us off Friday afternoon with pork belly and we had something going until Hawker finished off the trip with an egg and bacon breakfast on Monday morning.

    Here’s what was on the menu. If I forgot anything I apologize boys.

    PBC Pork Belly
    Dutch Oven Jambalaya w/cornbread
    Blackstone Eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes.
    PBC Bacon wrapped goose poppers with horseradish cheese
    PBC Smoked glazed spiral ham in a raisin sauce
    Dutch Oven Scallion dijon mashed potatoes
    Dutch oven cherry cobbler and ice cream
    Blackstone Blueberry pancakes with Chambord/blueberry syrup
    PBC Three racks of ribs with three different rubs
    Smoked BBQ beans
    Homemade pimento cheese

    MMM… MMM…. MMM… slurpalicious!! Thanks for the great food and great time Gerry, Chris, and Randy!

    Here’s a montage of pics to prove it happened.




  • Top | #2
    Damn..
    Thanks for the after action report and video!

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    • Mudkat
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      You betcha!

  • Top | #3
    That sounds like a great time.

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    • Top | #4
      That's wonderful, looks like it was a great time. Thanks for sharing.

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      • Top | #5
        It was a great time with a lot of amazing eats...Hopefully next year we can get a few more people involved.

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        • Top | #6
          It would be nice to have others join us. We're thinking maybe Rappahannock River next year.

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          • Top | #7
            Happy times and good food on the banks of a river is hard to beat.
            You can always consider the Gamtoos river here in the Eastern Cape as a possible next meet up and I'll be there to share in the festivities

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            • holehogg
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              Most are tired of local cusine so we locals are safe make no promises as far as international vistors are concerned but then who doesn't enjoy foreign food now and again. CaptainMike

            • Mudkat
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              Wait. What? I was considering it but wait, what? Eat or be eaten.

              Wouldn't that be great holehogg Looks like a Meat Up kind of river!

            • Donw
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              “I give you now Professor Twist
              The conscientious scientist.
              Trustees exclaimed, “He never bungles”
              And sent him off to distant jungles.
              Camped on a tropic riverside
              One day he missed his lovely bride.
              She had, the guide informed him later,
              Been eaten by an alligator.
              Professor Twist could not but smile.
              You mean,” he said “a crocodile.!”

              Ogden Nash 🙂

          • Top | #8
            Looks like a great time. And great food.

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            • Top | #9
              Looks awesome! That potato green pepper scramble looks delightful, but really everything did. Thanks for sharing. Who is everyone in the group pic at the end?

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              • Mudkat
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                Execellent question Huskee!

                From left to right:

                Chris, clb239 = Jeans and brown shirt
                Randy, guest = turquoise shirt
                Rick, Mudkat = Blue shirt
                Gerry, HawkerXP = Brown shirt and shorts

            • Top | #10
              That all sounds amazing.

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              • Mudkat
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                It really is a great time! Sometimes HawkerXP gets a little out of hand but food coma's calm him down. Heh heh heh. I apologize for that. 😃

            • Top | #11
              Good company, good food, good time. Clearly a successful camp and cooks.

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              • Top | #12
                A fine looking bunch. I just gotta laugh though, bunch of fellas hangin' around and cooking for each other. Did ya'll end up waddling home ???

                Seriously, wish you guys were in Texas on the Pedernales River. I'd be there with bells on !!!!

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                • Mudkat
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                  I'm still waddling! 🐧🦆

              • Top | #13
                Wonderful. I hope to be able to join one of these days.

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                • Mudkat
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                  Where abouts in Va David?

                • DavidNorcross
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                  Lynchburg area

              • Top | #14
                Was a great time! Like already said, looking forward to next year and bigger turnout!

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