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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.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

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


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.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


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.

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order



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    Labor Day Party and No Menu

    Having a Labor Day party for about 20 people and at a total loss on the menu. It is a close friends party and most have had my usual fare and according to their feedback they love everything BAT does with the outdoor kitchen, but also they have all had the typical stuff (not that it's a bad thing).

    Just got in a half pig and have a huge un-cured ham (about 15 lbs.), originally was going to smoke it but thinking do I really want to make a "smoked pork roast" and don't really want to waste it for pulled pork. The next choice is to cure it (not opposed to doing this at all), did the calcs and do not have enough time for that.

    So... do I just say screw it and do something typical like brisket, pulled pork, etc? Or is there a better idea for about 20 guests?



  • Top | #2
    If you you are up to cooking the picnic like Cuban Pork you can serve Cubano sandwiches which would probably be new and different. I think the picnic would be more than enough meat.


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      Originally posted by LA Pork Butt View Post
      If you you are up to cooking the picnic like Cuban Pork you can serve Cubano sandwiches which would probably be new and different. I think the picnic would be more than enough meat.
      OOOOH, one of my favorite sammies!!! This is the kind of out of the box inspiration I am looking for.


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        I would just say screw it and do something typical like brisket, pulled pork, etc. Most of us get bored cooking that stuff, and it just seems mundane after awhile. Folks who don't cook their own don't have that problem.


        • Top | #5
          Have you smoked chuck roasts for your friends? There are so many things you can do with that. Sammies of course, but tacos are great made with smoked beef as are burritos. I like pot pies, but it's probably too much work to make 20 pot pies - no matter how good they are. Maybe beef stroganoff. If you have a griddle, steak and cheese sammies and you could add peppers and onions if desired. I'm sure others will have more suggestions.


          • Top | #6
            What is "the usual"? Have you done ABT's (https://amazingribs.com/tested-recip...poppers-recipe)? Bacon wrapped blasphemy ribs (like this but wrapped in bacon: https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...blasphemy-ribs)? I am sensing that I need some bacon...


            • Top | #7
              You do have a chunk of uncured pork! I like LA Pork Butt ‘s idea of sandwiches and for a slight change of pace:

              We did a gathering based on Rick Bayless’s grilled tacos al pastor. Had all the pork cut and marinaded before hand and it was simple to cook the meat and heat the tortillas. https://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/g...cos-al-pastor/ Everyone liked them, it was easy to cook, and easy cleanup. It was setup as a taco bar. Added a bunch of side dishes too. What I liked was enjoying the party and not spending all my time as the cook.


              • Top | #8
                Steven Raichlen has a great number of recipes on his web site. https://barbecuebible.com/


                • Top | #9
                  Or you could just say screw it & order pizza! 🕶


                  • smokin fool
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                    Somebody up here is selling a pulled pork za….give that a go.

                • Top | #10
                  Bat it looks like everyone else has good ideas about the meat. For side dishes you might choose potato salad, coleslaw, or any other salad, maybe some grilled veges/potatoes.

                  For desert you might want a cobbler, pumpkin or sweet potato pie, and one thing I found out to be a huge success (especially for the ladies) were small ice cream cones at the end.

                  It sounds like you will have a great party there. I wish you much success and fun!!


                  • Top | #11
                    BAT my so sent me this take on a Carolina Cubano dubbing Mustard BBQ Sauce for the Mustard.

                    See next post.

                    Last edited by LA Pork Butt; August 25th, 2019, 01:19 PM.


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                      beef ribs


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                        Sorry can’t get by he Pic uploaded.

                        i guess I did.
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                          chicken quarters with alabama white sauce might be different to most ! with roasted red potaotes!!!


                          • Top | #15
                            Our last party I cooked 5 different types of sausage and had them sliced up along with some sliced pork belly. Had some beans and slaw and a veggie/cheese board. Very easy and there was something for everyone.