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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

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.

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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!

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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    Sweet beans

    1# navy beans- soak 12 hrs. in good water with tablespoon of salt. Drain, add more water and boil for 1/2 hr. Drain and set aside.
    In a crock pot a quart and a half of canned Dole's Pineapple Juice- 2-1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar- 8 whole cloves. About a pound of a good smoked ham (Smithfield, Cook's ect.). Spiral ham is easiest to work with. Trim all the fat off the edges and freeze what you don't use for next batch.
    Put on high for 2 hrs. then turn to low for another 6 hrs.
    Take out meat and set aside. Pour liquid through strainer and refrigerate until fat forms at surface ( 6-8 hrs.) Skim fat and discard.
    Put beans and liquid on low for 6-8 hrs. Last 2 hrs. add meat. I chop it up and never use it all. The leftover meat is sandwich fare or ham and eggs ect. Stir every hr. It will thicken and turn a nice rich brown.

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    I love navy bean soup but had never even imagined making a sweet variety. Thanks for opening my horizons to a new take on an old friend.


    • mad mike
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      I'm a big fan of real homemade Navy bean soup. I make a real good one.

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    Kinda, occasionally, likeys me some beans, now, an then....

    Yers sound delish, an I would love to try em!

    Way out on a limb, but wonderin if yer dealin with extreme dietary (fat) restrictions, as millions are / do?


    • Mr. Bones
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      Oops, btw; got any pics? Might help justify my droolin...
      mad mike

    • mad mike
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      Don't have capability to post pictures.

    • mad mike
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      No Fat problems

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    Not dealing with a diet or fat problems. These beans are mostly fat free if you trim the fat off the ham then refrigerate overnight after cooking and skim off the fat that gets hard at the top. Not much of that but I do it anyway. I also love Navy bean soup but this is a whole different animal.


    • Top | #5
      Cool beans, Amigo! mad mike Thanks fer yer response!

      I'll be tryin these beans soon, as I said, previous^^^^Loves Me Some Beans, as might be readily evident!

      Reason I asked was: I was summat mystified by yer method/ intended results from:
      Trim all the fat off the edges and freeze what you don't use for next batch.
      Pour liquid through strainer and refrigerate until fat forms at surface ( 6-8 hrs.) Skim fat and discard.

      simply tryin to unnerstand yer reasonin to do so...

      Sounds like/seems like that would take quite some time investiture...

      If one was harvestin from th cook, to flavour th next batch, then I do that, alla th time, like many, of course.
      (reckon if I was a doin that, why, I'd take ~half th trimmed fat, leave half, so this pot could be as flavour-rich as th next one...) Fat is Flavour.

      Reckon my main curiosity was whether alla that trimmin/drainin/chillin/skimmin was intended to reap a significant fat reduction, an what might necessitate such measures. As initially said; I do unnerstand some folks have extreme dietary restrictions.

      Accordin to Th Bean Institute, Navy Beans have 0.6g fat per 1/2 C servin...

      1# dry beans = 12 1/2 C servins, so...54 calories of fat per servin...

      Accordin to Smithfield, their smoked spiral cut ham has 130 calories per 3 oz servin...divide by 3= 43.33 calories per oz. times 16/12 =57.78 calories per bean servin, but we were talkin bout fat...

      Calories from fat=63 per 3 oz servin...divided by 3=21 per oz. times 16 divided by 12=28 calories per 1/2C servin of beans...

      I estimate trimmin alla th edge fat from a spiral cut ham to mebbe remove, 3-7% fat, let's be generous, an calculate 10%. fer science's sake...

      54 cal beans+28 cal ham/fat= calories per servin=82 calories-10%(8.2), so a reduction of 8.2 cals / serving=73.8 cals / servin, generously a 10% fat reduction, vs effort expended...

      Smithfield Ham, as shown, is 0.48% fat, so my reasonin fer not trimmin offa th edges was (is) that a (generous)10% reduction in fat is not, to me, worth alla th effort/labour involved, unless there are circumstances which medically required such...

      I am lookin forward to tryin this bean receipt out, bein under no such restrictions!
      Many Thanks fer sharin, Brother!

      Please, be aware that I am, in no way, shape, or form questionin what yer doin, simply tryin to wrap my brain around it all...

      Have a Great Weekend, Brother!