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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

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.

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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

the good one grill

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


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).

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


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'.

Click here to read our detailed review

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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The Etymology of Handles

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  • pkadare
    Club Member
    • Jun 2019
    • 343
    • Bobcaygeon, Ontario
    • My gear:
      22 Weber Kettle
      Napoleon PRO Charcoal Kettle Grill
      Broil King Keg
      Traeger Pro 34
      Napoleon Prestige Pro 500
      Pit Barrel Cooker

    Top | #1

    The Etymology of Handles

    A lot of folks here have very interesting handles and I thought it might be kind of fun to start a thread where those who are so inclined could post a short note about how they chose their handle or what it means, or how it relates to them, that kind of thing. Unfortunately, as a starter, mine isn't very interesting as pkadare is simply my first and middle initials followed by my last name. I may have a good sense of humour, but my imagination can be somewhat lacking.

    Who's next?
  • DiverDriver
    Club Member
    • May 2019
    • 172
    • Fort Wayne Indiana

    Top | #2
    Love driving my car on track... though been a while and scuba diving in tropical waters as often as possible.


    • ofelles
      ofelles commented
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      DiverDriver Open tracking. Love it! Too much fun.
  • texastweeter
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 1970
    • Republic of Texas

    Top | #3
    Well, I know this may come as a shock to many of you, but I'm from Texas, I know, I know, most of you probably thought I came from NYC or Jersey, but it's true. Lived here all my life. And the second part, well it's a nickname I may have picked up back in the day that relates to a character in a movie about Texas high school football.


    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      New York City??? Git a rope......
  • JPGators17
    Charter Member
    • Jan 2015
    • 450
    • Orlando, FL

    Top | #4
    Well, I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, so you know...Go Gators!


    • JPGators17
      JPGators17 commented
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      oh, and the JP is obviously my initials and 17 was my high school football number. That's everything.

    • DiverDriver
      DiverDriver commented
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      You mean Vols?

    • JPGators17
      JPGators17 commented
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      LOL, I'm actually starting to feel more pitty than hate for the poor vols, but it was great being up in rocky top last year.
  • klflowers
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 1976
    • Tennessee

    Top | #5
    Initial and last name. I wish I had been a little more imaginative.


    • Texas Larry
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 643
      • Wilson County, TX
      • PrimoXL
        Maverick 732
        Thermoworks 2K Themocouple
        Weber Go-Anywhere (for the beach!)
        Dreaming of a really good stick-burner...
        Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

      Top | #6
      Well, mine, which I don’t really like, stems from who and where I am, and a lack of imagination.


      • Thunder77
        Thunder77 commented
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        You can actually change your username. Just email or message one of the moderators.

      • Texas Larry
        Texas Larry commented
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        Yep, thanks. I was aware of that, but I would still have to solve the imagination problem🤣🙄. Guess I’ll keep it.
    • ComfortablyNumb
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 2567
      • Northeast Washington
      • KBQ C-60
        Thermoworks Smoke
        Thermoworks Thermopop
        Thermoworks Dot

      Top | #7
      A bunch of them here: https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...ur-screen-name


      • ComfortablyNumb
        ComfortablyNumb commented
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        Murdy Well, I can honestly say I haven't seen it there either.

      • texastweeter
        texastweeter commented
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        I'm not sure, but I think that having a handle that is that affluen sounding would not cover up the ignorance portrayed by my vernacular or my selection of monosylibilastic verbiage...or my poor spelling.

      • JimLinebarger
        JimLinebarger commented
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        texastweeter You have subtitles to go with that verbage?
    • ofelles
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 734
      • Brentwood CA
      • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
        Klose Charcoal Grill
        VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
        Maverick ET-733
        Maverick PT-75
        Thermoworks Signal
        Thermoworks Dot

      Top | #8
      I am a charter member of the creatively challenged club so initial and last name.


      • holehogg
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 1471
        • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

        Top | #9
        My surname is Hogg and I usually go the whole hog when it comes to getting involved with anything. I then often find myself in a hole.
        HoleHogg is appropriate.


        • Troutman
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          The first native born governor of Texas was James Stephen Hogg. He went on to become a very wealthy businessman and is still regarded as an icon here in Houston. He had several sons and one daughter. He named her IMA. Of course that story carries with it so many connotations, but he had heard the name Imogene, liked it so much, he named her that. Ima was her nickname. Thus some Texas lore !!!

        • texastweeter
          texastweeter commented
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          Troutman been to Varner Hogg many times myself.
      • xaugievike
        Club Member
        • Jan 2017
        • 571
        • Chicagoland
        • Weber Genesis 300 series
          Weber Summit Charcoal With custom grill center
          Weber Performer w/SNS
          Blackstone 22" TableTop Griddle
          Ooni Pro Pizza oven

        Top | #10
        "X" as in ex as in former

        "Augie" = Augustana College

        "Vike" = Viking

        It was a fun handle (nearly) 20 years ago when I graduated....Now im just too lazy and not creative enough to conjure up something different.


        • Sandpaper
          Club Member
          • Jun 2019
          • 34
          • Pasadena, CA

          Top | #11
          Sandpaper is the handle I quickly came up with when I joined Badger and Blade (a shaving forum) a million years ago. Has to do with my beard growth. Now I'm just too lazy to come up with new handles.


          • Oak Smoke
            Club Member
            • Aug 2018
            • 220
            • Comanche, TX

            Top | #12
            Most of our property is covered in huge old live oak trees. Before I can mow I have to go on stick patrol and end up with a pile that has to be burned at least twice a year, with plenty left over for the smoker. Thus oak smoke.


            • Troutman
              Member Recipe Director
              • Aug 2017
              • 6294
              • Republic of Texallence

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              Top | #13
              I feel like this is a 'been there, done this' moment, but hey I'll play. Been my nickname since the late 1990's, I love to bay fish here on the Texas coast and in the bay systems, the Speckled Sea Trout being synonymous with that activity. Been my handle ever since.


              • pkadare
                pkadare commented
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                Yeah, sorry about that Troutman I missed the original thread entirely.

              • Troutman
                Troutman commented
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                Oh don't worry about it pkadare, we've all had similar thoughts. I threw down a couple early on that I got lambasted for, but in a nice way !!! It's sometimes good to do these every now and again for new folks to intro themselves.
            • Jetski
              Club Member
              • Apr 2017
              • 144
              • St. Louis

              Top | #14
              Back in high school I had a teacher that couldn't pronounce my last name so he called me Jetski all year. It kind of stuck.


              • FireMan
                Charter Member
                • Jul 2015
                • 6686
                • Bottom of Winnebago

                Top | #15
                I bumped the old thread & with out the word etymology in it, yup.




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