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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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Highly Scientific S’mores Test

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  • FishTalesNC
    Club Member
    • Dec 2017
    • 905
    • Durham, NC

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    Top | #1

    Highly Scientific S’mores Test

    I’ve told my daughter since her birthday we’d do s’mores on the grill some time. My wife worked today so we made burgers on the grill, then while the grill was still hot we made s’mores!

    Carefully toasting her marshmallow first... Yes, I had a snafu emptying the ash pan. And yes, I’ve taught her to wear something more than flip flops by the grill. We’re living dangerously today! 😜

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    Putting it all together and enjoying the fruits of her labor.

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    If it’s not a mess you’re not doing it right!

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    Now I experimented with mine... For my first one I put it all together and then wrapped it in foil, then left it on the covered grill for a few minutes. Turned out like this, the chocolate was totally melted which was killer but the marshmallow was just not as melty as I expected.

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    Next one I did the traditional way toasting the marshmallow first.

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    I definitely liked it better the traditional way. The toasted marshmallow actually has a better flavor than one not toasted. And it’s melted enough that when you bite down it smushes and the graham cracker doesn’t crumble nearly as badly. Only downside is the chocolate doesn’t really melt at all, even after I let the hot toasted marshmallow sit on it for a minute. But the gooey marshmallow stays in place much better than melted chocolate which drips off, causing lots of additional scraping and finger licking.

    Now I get to wait for my wife to come home after a 12 hour shift and tell her I made us cheeseburgers and s’mores... wish me luck!

  • Red Man
    Club Member
    • May 2018
    • 564
    • Western Washington

    Top | #2
    Try it with Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of the chocolate bar.

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    • Red Man
      Red Man commented
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      Backroadmeats Baileys and kahlua 😋😁

    • ofelles
      ofelles commented
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      The bar has been set!

    • JoeSousa
      JoeSousa commented
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      I love smores with Reese Cups. And to take it to yet another level use a Cadbury Creme Egg.
  • MNKennicutt
    Club Member
    • Mar 2018
    • 62
    • Rochester, MN
    • Andy K.
      Cookin' in Southern Minnesota

    Top | #3
    Great fun with the kiddo! I do the same with mine.

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    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 10879
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        SNS
        Pizza insert
        Rotisserie
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        Chefalarm
        Dot
        lots of probes.
        CyberQ

      Top | #4
      That looks like a load of fun.

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      • wu7y
        Club Member
        • Oct 2017
        • 68
        • Gillette Wyoming

        Top | #5
        I like the properly melted chocolate in your first experiment. With the marshmallow not quite as melted a you like could a judicious (careful) brush with a propane torch take care of that? If it works I'd think it would be just about perfect. IMHO that is. Good job! It looks like you had a lot of fun with your daughter and that is the important thing however it turned out.

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        • FishTalesNC
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          Thats a great point, I'm sure that would work. I actually pondered toasting the marshmallow before wrapping the whole thing in foil and putting it on the grill. I think you'd get the best of both worlds, but at that point I was too full to try a third one! 😂
      • Spinaker
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        • Nov 2014
        • 10151
        • Land of Tonka
        • John "J R"
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          Minnesota/ United States of America

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        Top | #6
        IMHO, there is no better desert to be had!!!

        Thanks for sharing!

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        • FireMan
          Charter Member
          • Jul 2015
          • 6688
          • Bottom of Winnebago

          Top | #7
          Myth busting good science! Gimme mo!

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          • FishTalesNC
            FishTalesNC commented
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            I clearly need further tests with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Cadbury Eggs!!! Relying on my kiddo to get good "loot" this Halloween to support our experiments, ha!
        • binarypaladin
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          • May 2017
          • 254
          • Weber Original Kettle Premium 22 (black)
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          Top | #8
          Ha! One of the main reasons I got a Jumbo Joe was to make s’mores when staying at a cabin with the kids. I have the SNS charcoal basket and go all two-zone on it.

          I smoke the crackers and the chocolate for a bit and then we toast the marshmallows over the coals. The main thing, and you’ve pointed this out but I want to emphasize it, is that you need a drip accessory. Melted chocolate or marshmallow getting into our below the charcoal greater is really annoying to clean up.

          And yes, you must toast. The flavor profile just isn’t the same without it. (Too bad too because microwaved s’mores are so convenient.)

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