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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.

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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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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.

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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 9 delivered to your door!

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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).

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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Rancho Gordo Beans and Bean Club

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  • Top | #31
    I used the Raquel Beans that came with my Rancho Gordo Bean Club delivery to make a modified version of Bourbon Pork Pinto Beans found in The Great Big Pressure Cooker Cookbook . Raquel Beans are described here. To me they look sort of pinto-ish, just larger.

    Anyway, it turned out pretty good. I liked the recipe, especially with my modifications (bacon instead of ham, for instance). It had some interesting ingredients that I had not used before with beans.

    Instant Pot Bourbon Pork Pinto Beans (original recipe modified)

    2 cups dried pinto beans (Raquel beans if available)
    1 medium naval orange
    12 oz sliced bacon cut into 1/2 inch lengths
    1 medium red onion, chopped
    1/2 sweet red pepper medium, chopped
    1 Tbl minced garlic
    1 tsp dried rosemary
    1/2 tsp ground cloves
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/4 cup bourbon
    1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
    6 Tbl canned tomato paste
    2 cups homemade chicken broth
    1 cup water from the soaked beans

    1. Soak the pinto beans as directed, usually 12-16 hours. Soak the (fresher) Raquel beans 6 hours.
    2. Remove the zest from half the orange and chop finely.
    3. Peel the orange and chop the orange sections, removing any seeds
    4. Set the pressure cooker to Saute on High.
    5. Brown the bacon; remove and drain on a paper towel
    6. Add the onions and peppers to the bacon fat. Saute until the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes
    7. Add the garlic and saute until just fragrant, about 30 seconds
    8. Add rosemary, cinnamon, and cloves and stir to combine
    9. Add the bourbon and let cook for 1 minute.
    10. Add the bacon, brown sugar, tomato paste, minced zest and chopped orange. Stir until everything is well coated.
    11. Add the drained beans, the broth and bean water.
    12. Place lid on cooker and set to High Pressure (9-11psi) for 18 minutes for pinto beans 35 minutes for Raquel beans.
    13. Use the quick release method. Test beans and add cooking time if necessary.
    14. Take 1 cup of the cooked beans and mash with a potato masher in a small bowl. Add back to pot.
    15. Heat for 2 minutes longer then serve.

    Serve with hot sauce or chopped jalapenos for folks who like a little heat with their beans.
    Salt and pepper as needed.

    Last edited by fzxdoc; June 8th, 2018, 02:10 PM.


    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Sounds fantastic, Kathryn!
      Thanks fer sharin yer receipt!

  • Top | #32
    Another simple bean recipe. From what I understand, Queen of Rancho Gordo Beans is the Marcella Bean, named for the famous Italian cook, Marcella Hazen. It's a Tuscan-style white bean with a very thin skin.

    I found the perfect way to cook these Rancho Gordo Marcella Beans (similar to cannellini beans) in the Instant Pot.

    My goal was to have perfectly creamy beans (without a single underdone one) while maintaining the bean shape--no split beans.
    • 1 lb dried Marcella beans, well-rinsed and checked for debris
    • Place beans in medium size bowl. Add water to cover them by 1-2 inches.
    • Soak for 4-6 hours. Add more water to keep the beans covered if necessary.
    • Add beans along with their soaking liquid to the IP. Add more water (or broth) to fill to the 2.5 liter mark. (IP half full)
    • Saute 1 small onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, ground black pepper and any herbs that sound good to you. I like to add parsley because it would go well with other fresh herbs that I might add later as I use the beans for salads, soups, etc.
    • Don't add salt until the beans have finished cooking, then add salt to taste.
    • Instant Pot settings: High Pressure. 25 minutes cook time.
    • Allow for natural release. On my IP, that takes about 45 to 55 minutes.

    The end results: melt-in-your-mouth creamy-textured beans in a yummy simple broth.



    • fzxdoc
      fzxdoc commented
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      So far (two servings--one right from the pot and another reheated) they've been perfect, ColonialDawg. They need a lot of salt (for my taste) added just before eating. I was going to make a white bean salad with some of them for supper (https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/17...te-bean-salad/ ) but they taste so good just simply warmed up and salted that I hate to spoil the simplicity.


    • ColonialDawg
      ColonialDawg commented
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      I bet they would be good on some crusty bread and a little olive oil.

    • HouseHomey
      HouseHomey commented
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      I think those are the one we use at work. Those and another giant black/brown bean. I don’t use them in my food but I’m always almost knocking them over.

  • Top | #33
    I'm still a member of the Rancho Gordo Bean Club and enjoy the quarterly deliveries of heirloom beans it provides. You can buy many of these heirloom bean varieties right on their website without being a bean club member. A lot of top notch chefs (like Thomas Keller) source their beans from Rancho Gordo.

    Anyway, I got an email today from them, describing some of their beans, providing recipes and information about their cooperative project with a group of Mexican farmers to bring good quality Mexican oregano to the US. This is a wonderful video (pretty short but impactful) that shows these farmers making a meal and describing their oregano crops. Heartwarming is a word I would use.



    • Top | #34
      fzxdoc I can’t join that club, since my family is not as enthusiastic about bean dishes as I am (wife really hates them). I’ve bought from Rancho Gordo before. In fact I won’t make cassoulet without their beans! There’s just no point. It’s a great business & worth every penny.

      Look up the America’s Test Kitchen articles on brining beans. It might help your problems with having to add tons of salt after cooking your Marcella beans. There are a lot of incorrect folk tales out there for beans; salt does NOT harden them. Acid will, but not salt. America’s Test Kitchen and a few others (Kenji Lopez) have applied a really stunning amount of scientific testing to the humble bean. Old recipe books can be awful for perpetuating bad practices, such as adding baking soda.

      I’m glad to hear you have a pressure cooker. I went on a quest for authentic black bean recipes by asking every Hispanic person I knew for their family recipes. The finding: only English and Americans soak their beans. Latins “just throw those suckers in a pressure cooker and crank up the heat.” Quote from a Cuban co-worker. . In fact it’s necessary for real black bean sauce, since soaking them will strip out color. I have three or four different sizes of stovetop Indian pressure cookers just for bean.

      Fun stuff! I look forward to hearing about some of your discoveries.
      Last edited by Anton32828; June 16th, 2019, 07:27 AM. Reason: iPhone predictive text screws up again.


      • Anton32828
        Anton32828 commented
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        I should add: sometimes soaking beans does make sense for a recipe (or for brining them). But a pressure cooker then makes very short work of cooking them, versus the usual recommendation to soak overnight and then simmer for a few hours.

    • Top | #35
      Rancho Gordo does not recommend soaking for their beans, since they are fresher (a few months old) than the ones we find in the grocery stores (often a few years old). At most, a 2-3 hour soak is "allowed", but again not necessary. If RG beans stay in water too long, they'll begin to sprout!

      I seldom soak my Rancho Gordo beans; sometimes I do it to remind me that I've got to get the pressure cooker going before the other suppertime preps.

      Interesting about adding salt to beans. If I soak, I add the soaking water to the Instant Pot along with the beans. So perhaps I'll add a bit of salt in the soaking water and see how I like it--when I soak, that is. I'm wary about adding salt in the beginning because it concentrates as the cook progresses. But I'll give it a try and see if I like it better.

      Disclaimer: I love salty foods, and can eat them because I typically have the blood pressure of a snake (read: low), but my husband needs to watch his salt intake, so I'm sensitive to that in my cooking.



      • Top | #36
        Rancho Gordo is a great source. I have been using them for many years. Good for other product than beans also. Oregano Indio, hominy, pop corn, etc.
        Not a member of the club but frequent buyer.


        • Top | #37
          We use their popcorn and some beans.


          • Top | #38
            Thanks for sharing this fzxdoc . One of the first things I saw was this recipe https://www.ranchogordo.com/blogs/re...asted-tomatoes and I said I got to try some of these.