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  • Huskee
    Pit Boss
    • May 2014
    • 14521
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

      Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

      Smokers / Grills
      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
      • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
      • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

      Thermometers
      • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
      • (7) Maverick ET-732s
      • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
      • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
      • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
      • Thermapen MkII, orange
      • ThermoPop, yellow
      • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
      • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
      • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
      • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

      Accessories
      • Instant Pot 6qt
      • Anova Bluetooth SV
      • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
      • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
      • BBQ Dragon
      • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
      • Weber grill topper
      • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
      • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
      • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

      Beverages
      • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
      • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
      • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
      • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
      • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
      • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
      • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

      About me
      Real name: Aaron
      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      Occupation:
      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    Sneak Peek: NEW Grilla Silverbac Alpha Pellet Cooker Review, by ME!

    It's been a while since we've posted new content to the public site since we've been saving it up...so what better way to get back into sharing sneak peeks than a review written by yours truly!

    Grilla Silverbac Alpha Wood Pellet Cooker Review, by Aaron "Huskee" Lyons
    https://amazingribs.com/ratings-revi...a-pellet-grill

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  • Nate
    Charter Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 3799
    • Quarantined
    • INFO
      ~Known as: Nate
      ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
      ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


      SMOKERS & GRILLS
      ~Grilla Original Grilla
      ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
      ~Pit Barrel Cooker
      ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
      ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
      ~Weber Q1000


      THERMOMETERS
      ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
      ~Thermoworks Thermapen
      ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
      ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
      ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
      ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
      ~Maverick ET-733
      ~Maverick XR-50


      ACCESSORIES
      ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
      ~Slow 'n' Sear
      ~Drip 'n' Griddle
      ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
      ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
      ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


      DRINKS
      ~Sweet Tea
      ~Bourbon
      ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

    #2
    Well written review Huskee!

    Comment


    • Nate
      Nate commented
      Editing a comment
      Huskee , np ... Here is what I can say. If I needed a second pellet cooker I would buy a SB without any hesitation... based a lot on my experience with my OG.

    • treesmacker
      treesmacker commented
      Editing a comment
      Really well written - I read the whole thing. Checks out to be a fine pellet smoker for the price - seems like a good value! I can only compare it to my Rec Tec Trailblazer which seems like similar construction but without the double wall construction.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Thank you treesmacker I appreciate the compliment.
  • glitchy
    Club Member
    • Jul 2019
    • 389
    • Central IA
    • Camp Chef Woodwind WiFi w/Sear Box
      Weber Summit Charcoal
      Oklahoma Joe Highland
      Weber Spirit E-330
      Weber Q100
      Fireboard w/Drive

    #3
    You're right about the WiFi. I really think these look like great pellet grills, but with just about everyone else offering WiFi, it's pretty much off the table for me and I'm actively in the market for a $700-1200 pellet grill.

    Comment


    • Polarbear777
      Polarbear777 commented
      Editing a comment
      Agreed now that I have Wi-Fi monitoring and control, I’m completely spoiled by it.

    • glitchy
      glitchy commented
      Editing a comment
      Actually, both Memphis and Traeger WiFi work really well. I guess I can only speak for the Traeger for 90 days, but in 18 months with the Memphis, only had to reconfigure it once.

    • aladdin4d
      aladdin4d commented
      Editing a comment
      I'm with Huskee on the WiFi. It's always worked flawlessly on my GMG but I find it to be pointless for the most part. In this day and age who goes through the trouble of developing a "Smart" grill with a companion app but then completely ignores smart home integration? Answer - Apparently everybody making smart grills! Seems pretty stupid to me.
  • Dan Deter
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 340
    • Raleigh, NC
    • Weber Summit S-670
      Thermapen Mk 4

    #4
    That was an excellent review!

    Comment


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Thank you Dan
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 11789
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #5

    good write-up Huskee.

    Comment


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks Ron
  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10366
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
      Instagram: JRBowlsby
      Smokin' Hound Que
      Minnesota/ United States of America

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      Dexter (Beagle mix)
      Kinnick (American Foxhound)
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      Grills/Smokers/Fryers
      Big Green Egg (Large) X2
      Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

      Broil King Keg
      Karubeque C-60
      Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
      Lodge L410 Hibachi
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
      R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

      Weber Spirit Gasser
      ******************.
      Thermometers
      FireBoard (Base Package)
      Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
      Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
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      Accessories
      BBQ Dragon
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      Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
      Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

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      Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
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      Global
      Shun
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    #6
    Great write up Husk!

    Comment


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Thank you good sir.
  • jfmorris
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2528
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

      Cookers
      • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
      • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
      • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
      • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
      • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
      • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
      • Anova
      Thermometers
      • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
      • Thermoworks Dot
      • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
      • Thermoworks RT600C
      Beverages
      • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

    #7
    Great review Huskee !

    Comment


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks!
  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 3950
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    #8
    That was a good read, and an excellent review!

    Comment


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks Henrik
  • Huskee
    Pit Boss
    • May 2014
    • 14521
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

      Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

      Smokers / Grills
      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
      • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
      • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

      Thermometers
      • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
      • (7) Maverick ET-732s
      • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
      • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
      • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
      • Thermapen MkII, orange
      • ThermoPop, yellow
      • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
      • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
      • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
      • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

      Accessories
      • Instant Pot 6qt
      • Anova Bluetooth SV
      • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
      • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
      • BBQ Dragon
      • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
      • Weber grill topper
      • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
      • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
      • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

      Beverages
      • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
      • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
      • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
      • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
      • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
      • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
      • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

      About me
      Real name: Aaron
      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      Occupation:
      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    #9
    Y'all are too kind, thank you so much. 'twas my first.

    Comment

    • ofelles
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 1466
      • Brentwood CA
      • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
        Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
        LSG Insulated Cabinet
        Jumbo Joe
        VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
        FireBoard and Fan
        Thermoworks Signal
        Thermoworks Dot
        Thermopen Mk4

      #10
      Great write up Huskee You may have a future here 😁

      Comment


      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
        Editing a comment
        Maybe Meathead will hire me?

      • ofelles
        ofelles commented
        Editing a comment
        Ya, but I can't guarantee a permanent spot
    • klflowers
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 2747
      • Tennessee

      #11
      Great write up, Huskee. You may have a new future...

      I like their Chimp for it's portability. You think you could get them to send me one to "evaluate"

      Comment


      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
        Editing a comment
        Thanks K
    • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 450
      • Eastern NC
      • 2018 MAK 2 Star
        Charbroil Big Easy SRG

      #12
      When you called Grilla about the higher temps I'm surprised they didn't mention that most of these pellet cookers run a bit high until the internals get a nice seasoning of smoke and grease supposedly due to the radiant heat from the clean surfaces. At least thats what I've seen most pellet manufacturers say on their social media when addressing high heat.

      Anyway, great review. I really like the idea of switching back and forth between control types. I wouldn't use the PID too often, but alot of people would from what I've seen on various posts.

      Comment


      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
        Editing a comment
        This was long after the seasoning process, and only when I was trying to go low at 180 (the lowest setpoint).

      • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
        Editing a comment
        Seasoning or the internals were darkened with stuff? After the initial burn in on my cooker the temps were high for about a month until it really got a good coating. Now it runs pretty dang close to what the controller says it is. Regardless, it's a great value cooker and they all have their own issues at every price point

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
        Editing a comment
        Both. I tested it over ~2 months, 80lbs pellets, and over a dozen cooks plus dry runs, everything from brisket to turkey to burgers to ears of corn. Feed rate adjustment helped in my case considerably.
    • Huskee
      Pit Boss
      • May 2014
      • 14521
      • central MI, USA
      • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

        Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

        Smokers / Grills
        • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
        • PBC
        • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
        • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
        • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
        • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
        • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
        • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
        • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
        • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

        Thermometers
        • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
        • (7) Maverick ET-732s
        • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
        • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
        • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
        • Thermapen MkII, orange
        • ThermoPop, yellow
        • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
        • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
        • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
        • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

        Accessories
        • Instant Pot 6qt
        • Anova Bluetooth SV
        • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
        • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
        • BBQ Dragon
        • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
        • Weber grill topper
        • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
        • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
        • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

        Beverages
        • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
        • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
        • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
        • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
        • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
        • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
        • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

        About me
        Real name: Aaron
        Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

        Occupation:
        • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

      #13
      For those needing/preferring WiFi, a great option to circumvent the lack of WiFi on a cooker's controller is purchasing a WiFi thermometer like the Signals or Fireboard. Of course that doesn't allow you to control the cooker itself, but to monitor things for peace of mind if you need to step out.

      Comment


      • glitchy
        glitchy commented
        Editing a comment
        I have a Fireboard, but it’s the convenience factor and having it available for another cooker. I think this was an awesome review and the Grilla pits look well made, but I’d give the edge to a Traeger or RecTec just to have the WiFi personally. Though there are definitely features on the Grilla that are worth considering like all the stainless parts over a Traeger. Every cooker has itt’s pluses and minuses.

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
        Editing a comment
        glitchy Well said and so true. If any cooker had everything everyone expected or wanted we couldn't afford it or they'd be mocked for being too ritzy perhaps.
    • Troutman
      Club Member
      • Aug 2017
      • 6879
      • Republic of Texallence

      • OUTDOOR COOKERS
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        Weber stainless fish basket
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        For Chicken & other fowl = competition blend, cherry/oak/hickory
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        JA Henckels 15 piece Stainless Knife Set
        Victorinox 12" Fibrox Pro Slicing Knive
        Victorinox 6" Curved Boning Knife
        Set of Dalstrong Japanese Steak Knives

      #14
      Nice job Aaron, good review.

      I'm getting to where Wi-Fi in a pellet grill is not important to me. My controller is similar to Grilla's only my "smoke" setting doesn't function above 250*. If I had the new wi-fi model they have available I'd have to pay upwards of $400 to modify mine. For what? With set and forget you do just that. I can look out the window and see the temperature gage, which is always at the set temp anyway. The only reason I can see having it would be for programming abilities, but I doubt many of them have that anyway.

      Maybe I'm missing something but Wi-fi from my controller is totally unnecessary. Meat temp I can monitor anywhere via my Smoke, Signals or Fireboard.

      Comment


      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
        Editing a comment
        I'm totally with you. It's just not important to me personally. A good working cooker that will last and make great food hassle-free is FAR more important to me. My laptop needs WiFi not my cooker.
    • FireMan
      Charter Member
      • Jul 2015
      • 7126
      • Bottom of Winnebago

      #15
      A job well done Huskee!

      Comment


      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Thank you, and it's not rigged in case you were wondering but too shy to ask...

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    The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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    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 $299 delivered to your door!

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    The Undisputed Champion!

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    The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  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

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    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

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    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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    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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    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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    Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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    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

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    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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    Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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    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.

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    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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