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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!

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

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

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.

Click here to read our complete review

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

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!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

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.

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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

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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    BBQ pits in the GTA

    Figured its about time someone listed BBQ pits in the GTA for AR members who live in the GTA and for AR members who may visit the GTA.
    Unlike Troutman down in Houston where there`s a pit on all four street corners in every intersection it seems, options up here are severely limited, so here`s a list of places I`ve been to, hopefully other GTAers will add to this.

    1. Memphis Fire BBQ Co in Winona - The place as far as I`m concerned. Set in a 50s diner, everythings top notch and the line ups to get in prove it. Get there early or prepare to line up. Ample portions for a fair price.

    2. Hungry Hollow Smoke House in Georgetown - Real good BBQ. Small hole in the wall, could be great in a larger premises. Does huge catering. Ample portions for a fair price.

    3. Camp 31 BBQ in Paris - A spin off of the original Camp 31 in Alabama. Real good BBQ. Ample portions for a fair price.

    4. Big Bone BBQ in Milton and Whitby - I`ve only been to the Milton Location and that was when it was Memphis BBQ before it sold out to Big Bone, friends have been to the Whitby location and rave about it. Real good BBQ. Lots of seating. Ample portions for a fair price.

    So AR members in the GTA, lets hear where you`ve been.

  • Top | #2
    Was an article in a culinary magazine a while back that claimed that the BBQ in Texas gas stations was better than most BBQ in other places restaurants, lol. Guess is Texans take it for granted. I can't imagine living somewhere where I had to drive farther than about 20 minutes to find some good que that I didn't smoke myself.


    • smokin fool
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      I`m so lucky to have family in Dallas, Frisco and San Antonio so I get my fix of Texas BBQ every year.
      Your magazine article is not far off, pits up here are good with the Winona pit being excellent.
      Something I`ve learned to live with and a reason I`m honing my craft on my smoker with your help.

    • texastweeter
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    • smokin fool
      smokin fool commented
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      Thank you, interesting article.
      I brought my airline ticket last week to DFW for Sept 27-29 for Texas A&M vs ARK at Cowboy stadium. My nephew gets tickets every year with access to a concourse that serves unbelievable, to me anyway, Texas BBQ.
      He usually gets me to 5 or 6 pits that weekend then medivacs me back home.
      I can hardly wait.

  • Top | #3
    Bein’ a bit older and bein’ from ,I hate to say it , Massachusetts, I was driving truck and the best place I ever wanted to go back to was down in Brownwood,Texas.
    Small little BBQ place goin into town,,,maybe next town over,been awhile,but to this date, the brisket and beef ribs ,a few chips and salsa still make me drool
    I miss those days


    • smokin fool
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      I never did any cross border trucking just local city bulk.
      The tales of BBQ I could tell if I did though....

    • Oak Smoke
      Oak Smoke commented
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      I only live 19 miles from Brownwood. If you ever remember more on the location please let me know. We retired to a place just west of Comanche last year from the Texas panhandle. We love it here, but haven't found all the good places to eat yet.

  • Top | #4
    When I lived in Mississauga, back when dinosaurs ruled the earth, we didn't have a clue about southern BBQ. I remember the first time I saw pulled pork on the menu when I was across the border. I didn't order it because they didn't say what they pulled the pork out of.


    • Top | #5
      Add this to the list
      Cherry Street BBQ in the Portlands area of east Toronto.
      Had they're award winning brisket on a tray with pork side ribs with a side of brisket beans and potato salad.
      Ample portion that both my wife and I ate from one tray.
      Good really good for BBQ in Canada.


      • smokin fool
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        Greater Toronto Area...named for the great urban sprawl this city has become

      • Greasy
        Greasy commented
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        Keep them coming. I grew up East of there and never really thought of BBQ while visiting.

      • smokin fool
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        There's a place called Big Bone in Whitby, I've never been there but friends of mine out that way rave about it.
        Pulled pork and ribs, have never mentioned brisket.
        Its on my bucket list too.

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      Coupla pics for today’s adventure
      Attached Files


      • Top | #7
        Pardon my ignorance. What is the GTA?


        • Steve R.
          Steve R. commented
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          Grand Theft Auto, probably. Or Greater Toronto Area.