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Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

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

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

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Rancho Gordo Beans and Bean Club

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    Rancho Gordo Beans and Bean Club

    Well, after being on a wait list for a year or more, I've been ushered into the Rancho Gordo Bean Club to the tune of $40 quarterly. For that I get 6 varieties of beans and grains not often available on the website to non-members plus free shipping on any one order per quarter.

    I signed up and didn't tell my husband yet. He'll think I'm nuts for subscribing to a quarterly bean club, I'm thinking (although I was a proud member of a bacon-of-the-month club for quite a while. He didn't say anything about that. )

    Anyway, if there are Rancho Gordo aficionados out there, tell me I made a wise move. I know they have heirloom bean varieties that are not usually available which has piqued my curiosity, but are they worth the investment?

    Good thing is that I can quit at any time if we get inundated by beans or don't like what we get.

    Kathryn


  • Top | #2
    Hmmm, interesting. The love of beans is not a love I've ever considered kindling, although I love black beans in anything you can put them in. I am however a quarterly member of Flaviar, an online spirits outfit.

    I look forward to any new recipe ideas you may have with new beans!

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    • Mr. Bones
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      I'd like an email too, please...
      When ya git a chance, Brother!

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      W.A. Sephon dahcopilot Mr. Bones Sure thing guys....I can't find it (of course) but I emailed them asking for the code/invite whatever it is! I'll send it out as soon as I hear back.

    • Huskee
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      W.A. Mr. Bones dahcopilot Sephon Sorry guys I completely forgot about this! I emaled "Valerie" at Flaviar shortly after my promise to do so, and she said they don't have an actual referral system in place yet, but if any of you do sign up, if I tell her your name/email and she verifies you DID sign up, I get a pat on the back. SO...if any of you signed/sign up please let me know!

  • Top | #3
    Well, Huskee they're supposed to be a healthy alternative to all the meat I eat, although no bean will ever make the grade for a true carnivore like myself. Not until we can reverse sear them without grillmarks. Hahaha.

    I'll keep you posted.

    Kathryn

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    • Mudkat
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      Don't forget to wrap them in bacon!

  • Top | #4
    well i know which household to go to get my hot air balloons filled.

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    • Top | #5
      Beans beans, good for your heart, the more you eat, the more....well I’m sure you all know the rest. 😂
      Last edited by DWCowles; April 12th, 2018, 12:31 PM.

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      • Mr. Bones
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        Toot!
        Ain't it???

      • Mudkat
        Mudkat commented
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        You smart?

      • gcdmd
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        Mr. Bones Yes, but then you have to start out "Beans, beans, the musical fruit..."

        I taught my grandson that version when he was about 11 or 12, and he loved it.

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      Hahaha. I just knew I'd get a lot of hot air comments from you guys.

      K.

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      • Steve R.
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        True story, my first thought was actually more like "First rule of Bean Club: we don't talk about Bean Club. *Second rule of Bean Club: we don't talk about Bean Club! " 😄

    • Top | #7
      I too am intrigued by the concept of heirloom bean varieties, but cannot attest to any experience in something that wasn't from a typical grocery store. Fzxdoc, you are embarking on a pioneering journey! Please enlighten us when you get your shipments!

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      • Top | #8
        Kathryn, you will now be known as the Bean Queen!
        Congratulations Your Highness of Beans!

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        • Top | #9
          I'm in a quarterly extra virgin olive oil club. I like it. I'd do a bean one too!

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          • RonB
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            There are soooo many jokes that spring to mind , but this is a family site, so I can't post 'em...

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          Well fzxdoc , if your husband is an accountant, he may take notice....

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          • Top | #11
            Beans have a shelf life of about 4 generations don't they? So it's not like you have to use them up or let them accumulate in the freezer. I think I have a bag of red beans in the pantry of about a year now waiting for me to get around to making the red beans and rice recipe I've been wanting to try.

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            • gcdmd
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              If you store them for too long they get so hard that no amount of boiling will tenderize them.

          • Top | #12
            According to Steve Sando, the owner of Rancho Gordo, most dried beans in grocery stores are several years old. Fresher ones, like those from Rancho Gordo, don't need to be soaked before cooking and taste better than the old ones.

            Most beans, even the years old ones, will probably sprout should you want to grow your own.

            If you're a frugal person, you might go to a Mexican grocery store - they usually have a bulk bin with pinto beans in it. They turn over pretty quickly and they are much cheaper than bagged beans, or Rancho Gordo's. On the down side, these stores tend to only have pinto beans, so for other beans I'm still ordering from Rancho Gordo.

            fzxdoc - please let us know how the club works out for you, I'm tempted but not quite ready to put my name on the waiting list.

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            • Top | #13
              I’ve ordered from Rancho Gordo a few times and really like their beans. Definitely superior to grocery store stuff. I didn’t realize they had a club, though. Not sure that will replace any of my wine clubs, though.

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              • Top | #14
                Katheryn - are you just eatin', or are you growin' too?

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                • Top | #15
                  Sounds like a sweet deal. We definitely eat more beans in the winter, but I could really see some of these fresher beans being excellent with summer type salads! I’m definitely pursuing this,thanks for the info.

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                  • Mr. Bones
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                    All kindsa Summer bean options out there, I grew up with many of these, Summertime treat!
                    Three bean was th most common, good stuff, Maynard!
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