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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 Pitmaster Award winners or Gold Medalist, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

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

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

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 readers only

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

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

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 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.

Click here to read our detailed review

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, our Pitmaster Award 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 Gold Medal.

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


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  • Top | #16
    Lots of people do use social media. And they can only collect what you tell them. Don’t want FB to know your birthday? Don’t give them one. Or make one up.

    At the end of the day you boil down to a number. Not even a name. Just some binary code number. One of BILLIONS. Nothing special. Nobody is looking specifically at you.


    • SmokeyGator
      SmokeyGator commented
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      I just don’t worry about such things. Yea, I see fhe bar too. It’s easy enough to ignore. And someone might actually like it.

      Now if there is a system to exclude paying pit members, that’s one thing. All for that. But if that isn’t possible then the free site has to earn its keep somehow.

      That’s my only point. Everything “free” gets money from selling you as a viewer to someone else.

    • Nate
      Nate commented
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      Again I don’t care so much that the tool exist but more so the annoyance of a section of it not retracting like it is supposed to and blocking content.

    • Murdy
      Murdy commented
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      "Don’t want FB to know your birthday? Don’t give them one. Or make one up. "

      I wouldn't be quite so complacent about things like this. A lot of those "terms and conditions" statements that are so long that even the average lawyer wouldn't read contain permissions to share data, and sometimes that encompasses a friends data.

  • Top | #17
    I deleted my social media accounts last year and have loved it. This forum is my go to and would not have it any other way. However, I would venture to say that like it or not social media and the buzz it creates helps to support this platform and helps to keep it profitable.


    • Nate
      Nate commented
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      Again though this isn’t a post debating the merits of social media but instead addressing a feature on the main site that is not functioning properly and blocking content hence creating a poor customer experience.

  • Top | #18
    Submitted, thanks Nate.


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Nate but you know, you could just ignore social media altogether, some folks like it .... Just kidding, had ya didn't I? ....

    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Poor Nate, he's just so misunderstood

    • Nate
      Nate commented
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      Well played Huskee ...

      Troutman unfortunately it seems so.

      Maybe I should go post about it on Facebook or whatever kids are using in the interwebs now a days.

  • Top | #19
    Originally posted by Nate View Post

    i have tried to ignore this but it still bothers me. It is annoying enough that every time you go to a new page in the site that the bar pops up (like when paging through reviews) but now the little tweet thing stays there too.

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    Hi. We've noticed that this happens sometimes on newer iPhones but not older ones. Can you give me some more details to work with? We need the phone model, OS version and browser you're using.

    We're sorry that you are having this issue. Meathead also had it himself for a while. As for the Social Media icons tracking you that's can't happen unless you use them to share the article. We created our own icon bar. There is no tracking info being used.

    We value all members and visitors and we will try to identify the issues you are having. Social sharing is vital to the continued existence of the website and Pitmaster Club. When a member or visitor shares an article or review that is the best recommendation of our content to the world.

    Thanks for your help


    • Nate
      Nate commented
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      Thanks for getting back:

      iPhone SE
      iOS 12.1.4

      I greatly appreciate you looking into this.