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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.

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


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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Spatchcocked Tandoori Chicken

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    Spatchcocked Tandoori Chicken

    I use “Tandoori” loosely here, as this was not cooked in a tandoor oven and no traditional spiced yogurt marinade was used (got to keep things dairy free for a while). But it was seasoned with Penzey’s Tandoori seasoning (coriander, cumin, sweet paprika, garlic, ginger, cardamom and saffron) so Tandoori I shall call it.

    This was a disappointing cook, even though the final product turned out good.

    I got a fresh 5-lb chicken from a local farm on Thursday. Saturday night, I spatchcocked it, dry-brined with a mixture of salt and baking powder (3:1) to help crisp the skin, and put it in the fridge on a wire rack to dry until ready to cook the next night.

    Sunday night, wife was out, kids were in bed. Fired up the pellet pooper to preheat to 375, mixed some tandoori seasoning with olive oil, rubbed the paste under and over the skin of the bird and took it out to the grill. I saw that one side was running hotter than the other. I thought I probably had the heat diffuser slid over a little too far to one side, but decided it wouldn’t be a problem. I could just put the legs towards the hotter side, thinking that the lower temp on the left would help keep the breast from drying out. Put on the chicken, poured some Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye (local distillery), grabbed a seat, and enjoyed a beautiful evening… for a few minutes.

    The hot side was getting hotter while the cooler side was staying put. I dropped the temp to try to cool the hot side and it wasn’t going down. Even if I open the lid to let the heat out and then close it while keeping the grill from firing back up, the heat wouldn’t drop. At this point I’m thinking that maybe there was some grease/fat that had dripped from my previous cook that I didn’t see and it had fired up since I was cooking at a higher temp (which I rarely do on the GMG). If that was the case, I knew there couldn’t be much since I gave this thing a thorough cleaning and the only cook I did since was a short smoke of some short ribs that I was cooking SVQ. Still, not wanting to risk anything bad happening, ranging from ruining my bird to burning down my house, I killed the GMG moved the bird inside to the oven. Kept a close eye on the GMG temp to make sure it was dropping (which it did slowly but surely) knowing that I had a fire extinguisher handy for that freak chance of something going wrong, and all ended well. The chicken came out pretty good and probably pretty close to what would have come off of the pellet grill since at those temps I wouldn’t be getting much smoke anyway.

    Lessons learned:
    1. Always check the bottom of the grill, especially before a higher temp cook, even if I don’t expect anything to be there.
    2. Baking powder in the dry brine DEFINITELY helps with crispy chicken skin.
    3. Using a wet rub under the skin was delicious. And since it was oil, I'm guessing helped further crisp the skin. At the very least, it didn't stop it from getting crispy.
    4. I need to let loose with the spices. This was good, but more seasoning would have been even better.
    Got pictures of a plain raw bird and a seasoned raw bird, but forgot to photo the final product.

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    Sounds like a good cook, with lessons learned. I too often forget to attach finished pics.....because it's time to eat!


    • Top | #3
      Nice. But you need a few additional ingredients for a true Tandoori chicken. Here is my recipe. https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipe...chicken/print/ I use Penzy's spices but some of there mixes do not go far enough. You can use an equal amout of the Penzys for the spices in the recipe that would make it even better and more realistic.

      Just cook it to 165 in the thigh not when the juices run clear per recipe. And do get your grill as hot as possible.


      • jumbo7676
        jumbo7676 commented
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        I can't use yogurt right now. Wife is temporarily dairy free.

      • mountainsmoker
        mountainsmoker commented
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        Look in your dairy section, I saw an ad for soy yogurt.

    • Top | #4
      Looks excellent. I've been wanting to do some poultry with some different flavors, this may be my next attempt.