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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.

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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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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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Veterans, Stand Up & Be Counted

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  • Top | #46
    A sincere debt of gratitude to all that have served!

    My paternal grandfather served in the Army Air Corps. during WW2.
    My maternal grandfather served in the US. Navy during the Korean War.
    My dad was US. Navy during Vietnam on the USS Kittyhawk.
    I served in the US. Navy from 04-08 active 08-12 reserve as a Mineman 2nd Class (SW) and Search & Rescue Swimmer with 3 deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.


    • Top | #47
      US Army 1985-1996, SFC (ret) - Retired medically

      Army Cavalry Scout and Army Tank Crewman 19D, 19E, 19K

      11th Armored Cavalry in Fulda, West Germany
      1-33 Armor Battalion in Fort Lewis, WA
      1-64 Armor Battlaion in Fort Stewart, GA (and Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Somalia)

      Every generation of my family since they got here has served in the US Army in wartime. It’s just what we do.


      • Top | #48
        I have always admired the way Americans recognise the efforts of their service men and woman in military and civilian causes. Sadly not always the case this side of the pond. Consider my tongs "tipped".
        Last edited by MeatMonster; February 11th, 2019, 06:50 AM.


        • CaptainMike
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          We know who keeps the wolf from our doors and it ain't our politicians or celebrities. That thin line is universal.

      • Top | #49
        US Army, 91-95. Infantry (mortar). 82AB, Fort Bragg and 1st AD in Germany.


        • Top | #50
          Currently active duty USAF civil engineer! Been in six years this May.
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          • Top | #51
            I couldn't edit my post to add pictures .... so added a second post with the pics

            East German wall, 1986 .... I was in 11th Cavalry, walking border patrol :-)

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            1989 .... my tank crew and I (I'm the guy in the middle) in Yakima Firing Center
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            My driver and I (I'm on the left) repairing broken track in the desert .... yeah, we were studs
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            Christmas 1990, somewhere near the Iraqi border
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            • Mr. Bones
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              Great pics, Brother!
              Thanks fer sharin!

              I remember that Christmas, rather well...

            • Willard
              Willard commented
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              Great stuff! Weren’t we all skinny studs at one time?

            • CaptainMike
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              Eric, we will always be young and skinny, proud and strong, forever Americans.

          • Top | #52
            Thanks for your service. My Uncle Willard was a Lt. in the Army during WWII and was killed in combat in France. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. My grandfather was an Army Col. My Uncle Alec was an Army Sgt and served in Vietnam. Although I was born Willard also I actually go by Bill. I use Willard for my screen name to honor my Uncle Willard. I served in the Air Force.


            • ecowper
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              thank you for the honor to your own family and for your service