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Some Of Our Favorite
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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.

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


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.


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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


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.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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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

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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.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


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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  • Top | #1

    The single best use of cherry tomatoes

    If you are swimming in cherry tomatoes, or their cheap price at the farmer's market tempts you, here is the way to make amazing Smoked Cherry Tomato Raisins. May be my alltime favorite thing from the smoker. Really!
    Very short video from BBQ Stars


    The recipe/technique:
    https://amazingribs.com/smoked-cherry-tomato-raisins

  • Top | #2
    Getting done next weekend! Wonder if you can pressure can them in oil, or is botulism too easy? I would hope the acid would negate that risk.

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    • CaptainMike
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      If you're pressure canning you should be fine, I'm thinking of doing the same thing. We just water bath can our crushed tomatoes with a couple of Tbsp of lemon juice to bump the acid up. Going to have to do a little research on oil packing.

    • Meathead
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      I don't see a need to. I toss them in the freezer. If freezer space is at a premium, then CaptainMike may have the right idea, but packing in oil is always riskier.

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    Very timely, we tried a new-to-us variety called grappoli this year. Slightly bigger than a cherry and very sweet. They are coming on like gang-busters right now and I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them all. Now I'm sure, thanks MH. Fruitwood seems like the right choice, any other suggestion?

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    • texastweeter
      texastweeter commented
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      bet maple or grapevine would be good!

    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      I just use whatever is on hand.

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    I can think of another one. Ya just need a tennis racket. 🕶

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    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      It's jus like ya to be so immature, Brother!

      (Actually, I was gonna suggest Wrist Rocket, til I read yers! )

    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      LAO too

    • HawkerXP
      HawkerXP commented
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      We used to launch the left on the vine tomato's with a whiffle ball bat. Frozen ones would really fly.

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    Do I want a drip pan or sth underneath?

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    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      Gosh, I have never noticed a drip problem. Most of the moisture evaporates.

    • Potkettleblack
      Potkettleblack commented
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      Cool.

  • Top | #6
    These are really good! I heard Meathead on the BBQ Central show a few weeks ago and tried the recipe that day. They didn't make it to the freezer all eaten. Made with sungold which I'd never dreamed could be improved. Excellent recipe. 👍🍅

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    • grantgallagher
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      Michael Brinton did you put them on anything? Id be worried about them falling through as they shrivel up.

    • Meathead
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      Yes. They need to go on a grill topper. I think that is in the recipe.

    • Michael Brinton
      Michael Brinton commented
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      grantgallagher I don't have frogmats so I used tin foil, lightly greased. I did another batch where I was pressed for time so I got some smoke on then for 1 1/2 hours then moved them to the dehydrator. It's also a really nice way to use up any split tomatoes, you don't even have to poke them.

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    well, i know what im doing this weekend

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    • FireMan
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      Buying a tennis racket?

    • CaptainMike
      CaptainMike commented
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      Bwahahahahaha.......!!!!

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    Seems to take about 7+ hours but they are good.

    I don’t one know why anyone is concerned about storing these. I think they’ll keep longer than the 5 seconds they last.

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      I was 11 or 12 years old at my friend Darin's house. His brother had a friend over too. A squabble over something meaningless led to a 2-vs-2 war that destroyed his mom's cherry tomato patch and stained everything we were all wearing.

      But this recipe is a good alternative for pacifists.

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      • ScottyC13
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        That reminds me of the epic Walnut Battle of 1971 between my brothers and I. Did not know that walnuts could dent inexpensive wood doors!

      • FireMan
        FireMan commented
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        History, love me some history, the “Infamous cherry tomato patch war” & the “Epic Walnut Battle of ‘71’. 👍 🕶

    • Top | #10
      I've made these after @Meathead's post too. They are great IMO! Planning to do more tomorrow.

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      • Top | #11
        Great idea!

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        • Top | #12
          I have a neighborhood potluck next week. It's on a Friday, so I won't have time after work to do much prep/cooking and was looking for something to make in advance. This has me thinking smoked tomato bruschetta. I can smoke some tomatoes Thursday (I work from home Thursdays) and toss with garlic, olive oil, basil, salt, pepper. After tasting, I'll decide if it needs some balsamic. I'm not sure it will be necessary with the concentrated flavor in these tomatoes. Will let it sit in the fridge overnight so all of those tasty flavors can get to know each other a little better. Nothing left to do Friday except maybe slice some bread, brush with olive oil, and toast it. Seems like a good, cheap way to contribute to a potluck.

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