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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

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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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).

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.

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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.

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'.

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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

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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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  • Jon Solberg
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 5194

    Top | #1

    Sad news: smarkley

    It is with heavy heart that inform the Pit Nation of the loss of one of our own. An original pit member. Steve Markley "smarkley".
    Steven Markley
    October 25, 1953
    May 23, 2016





    Steve Markley died the evening of May 23, 2016. At his side as he passed from this Earth were his forever friend and love, Suzy, and his adored daughter, Annabelle. Steve was born October 25, 1953, in Fremont, Ohio, to Robert and Sylvia Markley. He graduated from Fremont Ross High School with the class of 1972. Steve was joined in marriage with Sue Pasch, May 25, 1974. They moved from Ohio to the mountains of central Idaho in April 1975.
    For Steve, there followed many jobs and avocations: cook and bottle washer at a family resort on the Salmon River, miner for Stauffers Chemical Corp. in southwestern Wyoming, journeyman electrician in the family business, Markley Electric, sporting goods store owner in Stanley, Idaho, river guide on the Salmon River and Middle Fork of the Salmon River. His favorite job was as bass guitar player in his wife's band, Suzy Markley and the Hired Hands. Their music was mainly performed in Stanley, Challis and Sun Valley, Idaho, but was also performed in other places. Country-western, folk, rock, rhythm and blues and semi-classical, you name it, they could play it!
    After daughter Annabelle's birth in August 1984, Steve continued to juggle his many jobs including city councilman in Stanley. Always ready for a new challenge, Steve entered college in his 30s and studied technical fields related to manufacturing systems. He was hired by Micron Technology in 1993 necessitating a family move to Boise, Idaho. In another change in 2007, Steve pursued an opportunity to work for the State of Idaho, serving as a Senior Systems Analyst. He was fortunate to work with people he cared about in a job he loved until his death.
    We cannot forget Steve's many interests (not to be called hobbies) because whatever he chose to do he did with perfection! He was an award-winning beer brewer, fly fisherman, master gardener, bread baker and outdoor chef – Steve was wicked with a barbecue and Dutch oven.
    Steve leaves his wife Suzy; daughter Annabelle (Josh) Harrison and granddaughter, Brianna Harrison; his parents Robert and Sylvia Markley; sister, Carol (Mike) Willard; brothers Robert (Carlene) Markley, Leonard (Julie) Markley, Michael (Beth) Markley; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Dianna Kroeger, Deborah (Rick) Grine, David Pasch, Ron (Marge) Pasch, Dick Pasch and many other loving relatives. Steve is also mourned by the many friends that enriched his life.
    The family was blessed to have Steve for as long as we did. We will share a Celebration of Life this summer in Stanley, to be announced.
    - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/the....gSLZ7Ylz.dpuf

    http://www.challismessenger.com/stor...ory-8-20160609
    Last edited by Jon Solberg; July 11th, 2016, 05:46 PM.
  • ecowper
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2752
    • Maple Valley, WA
    • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
      Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

      Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
      Thermometer = Maverick ET732
      Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
      Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
      Thermapen Classic = Grey
      PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

      Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
      Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
      Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
      Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

      Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


      Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

    Top | #2
    Sorry to hear that.

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    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 5723
      • Colorado
      • > Weber Genesis EP-330
        > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
        > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
        > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
        > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
        to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
        > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
        > Thermoworks Smoke
        > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
        > Thermoworks Thermapen
        > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
        > Anova sous vide circulator
        > Searzall torch
        > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

        > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
        > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
        > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

      Top | #3
      RIP smarkley
      Last edited by MBMorgan; July 11th, 2016, 04:58 PM.

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      • ribeyeguy
        Charter Member
        • Jun 2015
        • 1286
        • S. E. Wisconsin
        • Weber Platinum Performer, 18"WSM, Smokenator, Slow 'n Sear.

        Top | #4
        Man, that is more than sad, he was one of my favorite members. A good man gone way too soon.

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        • Potkettleblack
          Club Member
          • Jun 2016
          • 1835
          • Chicago, IL
          • Grill: Grilla Original / Weber Genesis EP-330
            Thermometers: Thermapen / iGrill 2 / Fireboard
            For Smoke: Chunks / Pellet Tube / Mo Pouch
            Sous Vide: Joule / Nomiku WiFi
            Disqus: Le Chef - (something something something)

          Top | #5
          I did not know him being new here, but am saddened that this community has lost a valuable member with such varied interests.

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          • LA Pork Butt
            Charter Member
            • Dec 2014
            • 4675
            • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

            Top | #6
            Sorry to hear. I suspected his absence from the Pit meant his health was failing. Thanks Jon Solberg for letting us know. Are you okay? Your frequent posts have been absent from the Pit.
            Last edited by LA Pork Butt; July 11th, 2016, 06:12 PM.

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            • David Parrish
              Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
              • May 2014
              • 5354
              • Charlotte, NC

              Top | #7
              smarkley is one of our orignal charter members. He will be missed.

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              • Powersmoke_80
                Founding Member
                • Aug 2014
                • 928
                • Bay City, Michigan
                • Vintage Brinkmann Longhorn Offset Stick burner (newest addition)
                  Weber 22 w/SnS
                  Brinkmann Pellet Grill W/ Ortech TR-100
                  Vermont Castings, gas
                  Masterbuilt smoker, gas
                  Future build, 80 gallon tank hybrid, pellet/stick burner
                  iGrill black, dual probe thermometer
                  Thermapen instant read
                  Polder,Speed Read instant thermometer
                  Favorite Beer, Yeungling Black&Tan

                Top | #8
                Sympathy to his family, he was missed here. RIP smarkley, aka the "Dutch oven King"
                ​ps. Thanks for posting Jon Solberg

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                • Jon Solberg
                  Jon Solberg commented
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                  I never owned a dutch oven before I meet Steve. I'll think of him when ever I see or cook in one.

                  He was a great man.

                • ecowper
                  ecowper commented
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                  Jon, I didn't realize that ... I love cooking in Dutch ovens ... And I'm glad you got learn about them from Steve.
              • Koy Schoppe
                Charter Member
                • Feb 2015
                • 153
                • Greensboro, NC
                • Name:
                  Koy

                  ​Location:
                  Greensboro, North Carolina

                  Grills:
                  22" Weber + Slow N Sear
                  Pit Barrel Cooker

                  Thermo's:
                  iGrill 2
                  Thermopop

                  Drinks:
                  Mainly beer, preferably local: Karbach, Southern Star, Lone Pint, and anything else made in Texas!

                  Cooks for:
                  Wife, 2 kids (9 & 5), 2 doodle dogs, and whoever smells the smoke and comes on over

                Top | #9
                RIP smarkley You will be missed around the pit.

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                • cstrfd4
                  Club Member
                  • Dec 2015
                  • 182
                  • Utica Wi

                  Top | #10
                  Heavy heart for the family

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                  • Breadhead
                    Banned Former Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 2

                    Top | #11
                    That's a damn shame. I really, really liked smarkley . Bless his soul. I'm wiping my eyes now.😂 He really was one of our finest Pit members that contributed lots of very valuable information. He loved cast iron cooking outdoors. I thought he would wind up as a Pit moderator covering outdoor cooking with cast iron.

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                    • DWCowles
                      Founding Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 10247
                      • Smiths Grove, Ky
                      • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

                      Top | #12
                      R.I.P. smarkley I will missed you my friend

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                      • HorseDoctor
                        Charter Member
                        • Sep 2014
                        • 1150
                        • Central Iowa

                        Top | #13
                        RIP Steve... May the Good Lord bless you and keep you...

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                        • boftx
                          Founding Member
                          • Jul 2014
                          • 963
                          • Las Vegas, NV
                          • CharGriller Pro COS
                            Oklahoma Joe COS
                            Maverick 732 thermometer
                            Red Thermapen
                            Favorite beer: Scotch

                            I know I make damn good BBQ cause my 3 dogs have NEVER said no to it. (OTOH, my 13yr old says no to just about everything, except my ribs.)

                          Top | #14
                          R.I.P. Steve. We are less than a month apart in age. If this is an omen, so help me I'll hunt you down and douse your pit fires, my friend.

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                          • ecowper
                            ecowper commented
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                            You're gonna be around to remind us "barely younger" types how to do it right for years and years.

                            And yeah ... RIP Steve, you will be missed.
                        • Danjohnston949
                          In Memoriam
                          • Dec 2014
                          • 4630
                          • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

                          Top | #15
                          Jon Solberg, To quote Someone else I considered Steve, One of the Best Friends I Never Met! Better Days to Steve's Family and May the Good Lord Bless and keep Steve!
                          Jon thanks for the news! From Fargo ND, Dan

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                          • Breadhead
                            Breadhead commented
                            Editing a comment
                            "One of my best friends I never met"

                            +1 on that...👍

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