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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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POLL: Ketchup & Mustard Brands?

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  • Top | #1

    POLL: Ketchup & Mustard Brands?

    When you buy ketchup (or catsup, if you insist on that spelling) or yellow ballpark hotdog mustard, do you look for a specific brand or do you just buy the cheapest because they're all the same?
    Ketchup (catsup) and mustard MUST be my favorite brand, no generics allowed
    Ketchup brand matters, but all yellow mustard is the same
    Mustard (yellow) brand matters, but all ketchup is the same
    I don't notice a difference so I always grab the cheapest of either
    I'll buy the name brand if I see it, but the generic is fine too I suppose

  • Top | #2
    I gravitate toward Heinz ketchup, but if I'm in a bind or let's say camping and need some, I will buy generic w/o a second thought. Mustard to me is all the same so I look for the cheapest $.99 or less bottle.


    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      How can you say that? Yellow, dijon, spicy brown, wine mustard, creole, stone-ground, whole grain, English mustard, German mustard, Chinese Mustard, Swedish Mustard, honey, horseradish, balsamic, and on and on.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Attjack I thought it was implied, but I'm referring to standard yellow ballpatk style, not the fancy stuff

    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      Yeah, I guess you did say "(yellow)" but all I could think of was real mustard. My bad.

  • Top | #3
    Pretty much word for word what Huskee said.
    When Heinz closed they're ketchup plant in Leamington and moved everything to the US there was a big Trumplike move to buy French's ketchup, a Canadian brand that took over the Leamington facility.
    French's did put a big dent in Heinz's business but we always seem to gravitate back to Heinz.
    Old habits die hard.
    Another consideration is most generic brands are probably produced by Heinz, Hunts or French's and packaged as generic.
    May add eye of newt, wing of bat or a coupla toe nails change it a bit but....
    Last edited by smokin fool; August 15th, 2019, 07:10 AM.


    • Top | #4
      I try to ensure that i have my fav brand at all times.. but it's not the end of the world if i have to use a generic brand..


      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        I’m with you 👊

    • Top | #5
      I usually buy Heinz or Hunts ketchup, but i gotta have Gulden's spicy brown mustard.


      • shify
        shify commented
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        Agreed. Got no use for yellow mustard. Gulden’s for the win

    • Top | #6
      I try to stay with Heinz or Hunts for ketchup, but personally care more about the mustard and mayo as condiments! Dukes is my new favorite mayo, after reading about it here, and I'll take about any brand of dijon mustard (doesn't have to be Grey Poupon!). After that would be Goulden's spicy brown, and French's yellow.


      • Top | #7
        My family is annoyed that I don’t care what brand of ketchup or mustard we have. I rarely use the red stuff so no big deal. Mustard tastes the same to me.

        Now mayo, it’s gotta be Duke’s.


        • Top | #8
          Heinz ketchup and Frenches yellow mustard, but I also like spicy brown mustard and like to try different brands.


          • N227GB
            N227GB commented
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            Same here with Heinz and French's and Publix has a BOGO on them on a regular basis so the pantry is always stocked.

          • treesmacker
            treesmacker commented
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            Yep - Heinz (and we prefer "Simply Heinz" - sugar instead of corn syrup). French's for yellow mustard though we like a variety of mustards as well.

        • Top | #9
          Ketchup: Heinz, Hunts in a pinch. Mustard: Gulden's spicy brown, French's yellow, dijon I'm flexible on, other types depends on what I can find when I need it. Yes, SWMBO does complain about how many different mustards I keep...


          • Top | #10
            About the only thing I use ketchup for is fries. Otherwise I don't have much use for it. When I make a bbq sauce I generally start with a prepared sauce (which has a lot of ketchup I suppose), so it's not something I buy a whole lot of.

            Mustard, on the other hand, comes in so many different types, grinds, amount of heat, etc. If you just use plain old yellow mustard (boring to me) then you're missing out on a whole world of varying flavors. Compare Colman's English yellow mustard to good old French's and experience a world of difference just as one example. Not sure there are too many blends of ketchup that even come close to the variety of mustards out there.


            • Dan Deter
              Dan Deter commented
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              Somehow I forgot about Coleman's. Always have a can in the cupboard.

            • Huskee
              Huskee commented
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              I just mean regular yellow hotdog mustard

          • Top | #11
            This is sorta like "how much smoke flavor is too much?". I'm not much of a ketchup guy, use it more as a sauce component than as a straight condiment, but still a lean toward Heinz. As for yellow mustard it's gotta be Plochman's . Dijons and brown we move around trying different stuff whenever needed.


            • ComfortablyNumb
              ComfortablyNumb commented
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              Had to look that one up, website says their new flavour is Fig Mustard.

            • Uncle Bob
              Uncle Bob commented
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              Yeah, haven't got on board with their flavored stuff, just the mainline yellow.

          • Top | #12
            Whataburger ketchup/mustard are the only brands worth buying...


            • mnavarre
              mnavarre commented
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              Not a ketchup guy (it's an ingredient, not a condiment), but Whataburger's ketchup is pretty damn good, as far as ketchup goes.

            • tstalafuse
              tstalafuse commented
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              Probably just me or my imagination or the voices in my head, but their mustard seems to be more mustardy than others I have tried as well, for what it is worth.

          • Top | #13
            Red Gold ketchup for me. My great-grandfather, Scott Prather, used to grow tomatoes that were processed at the original Red Gold canning plant in Trafalgar, IN. I think Red Gold might be a regional brand. it's not that different from the national brands, but it comes down to a loyalty thing for me.

            For mustard I tend to buy "styles" of mustards rather than name brands. Chinese, German, chunky, brown, Dijon, etc. The style is more important for the particular use. So I probably have four or five different types of mustard in the fridge.


            • IowaGirl
              IowaGirl commented
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              Red Gold canned tomatoes are sold in our local groceries -- good brand. Hadn't noticed their ketchup on the shelves, but I haven't really looked either. I'll pay more attention now.

          • Top | #14
            I have a strong preference for Heinz ketchup, but will buy Hunt's or Del Monte occasionally, and try to stay away from generics. Mustard is such a diverse category, it's hard to generalize. I buy mustard more for the type (brown, stone ground, Dijon, horseradish, sweet-hot, etc.), except that if I limit my answer to yellow mustard, I can say that I haven't noticed a huge difference in the various brands. (Based on the above, I want to try Coleman's know, though)


            • Top | #15
              Ketchup - Heinz ketchup when available. If not, anything other than Hunts.
              Mustard - Been making my own dijon-style mustard for a couple of years (it is incredibly easy), so that's my go to. If I need a different style, I don't have much of a brand preference.