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Tools And Toys

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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.

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.

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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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order



Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

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  • Top | #16
    Looks delicious! Lately I'm finding myself preferring my brats as a patty rather than a link. The browning on the surface adds more complexity to the flavor profile than you can get from a cased link.

    Also, that's an impressive lineup of cookers you have there!


    • MattTheGR8
      MattTheGR8 commented
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      I've been making my own brats for years, so the patties show up during a stuff whenever the casing runs out before the meat. Lately, though, I've been setting aside meat just to make patties since they're so good.

      You've got me beat on cookers just with that lineup, I can only imagine the rest of your collection!

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Makin my own is definitely where I'm headed, small batch wise...gots me a grinder fer my KitchenAid, nope, it ain't no dedicated LEM, but will serve my purposes until / unless I outgrow it, later on...

    • MattTheGR8
      MattTheGR8 commented
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      The Kitchenaid grinder is all I've ever used. It will work great for you as long as you keep the meat cold and trim out the gristle before you grind.

  • Top | #17
    i can't believe how good those look


    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Me, neither, Amigo! I must be one Lucky Ba$tard!!!

      Thanks fer them kind words!

  • Top | #18
    Mr. Bones so how does one obtain bratwurst burgers? I’m used to the regular links like Johnsonville. Do you just grind them up and make a patty, or does someone sell these patties pre-made? These look great, and I’m just getting my gears turning on how to make it happen...


    • mnavarre
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      Johnsonville makes brat patties. I think I've usually seen 'em in the frozen section, but haven't looked for 'em in a while. Might hafta, though.

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Sorry, been workin outside all day, only git a spare minute, at breaks to git on my phone, check Th Pit...
      Thanks fer yer kind words, Brother!
      I buy th brat burgers at my local HyVee; they make summat like 27 varieties* of brats, an brat burgers, though mostly I git jalapeño cheddar...dang, are they ever GOOD!!!

    • Mr. Bones
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      * some I've had / can recall: bacon cheddar, beer, jalapeño cheddar, fresh pineapple, fresh pork, green onion pork, pizza seasoned, chorizo seasoned, Budweiser Discovery Reserve, Hatch chile pepper jack, several yardbird varieties, etc

  • Top | #19
    Had a few left over, fer later/ work lunches...
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    Lunchtime jcbb, with side salad, peppercorn ranch, parmesan, an pizza...
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    gotta watch my weight, yall...
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    Dang good sauce; Justin B. brought it in, available at Aldi's...I usually don't sauce, but it was a great pairin, with my burgers, so I dunked a few bites...mmmmm! ...
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    • Top | #20
      I'm on the hunt now for those brat burgers. You've made them look so delicious, Mr. Bones . Thanks for inviting us to peek into your cookout and onto your plate. It was a yummy excursion.



      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
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        So they're all sausage--not sausage mixed with ground beef. Am I getting closer to understanding the components of this elusive delicacy? FireMan and Mr. Bones


      • Mr. Bones
        Mr. Bones commented
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        Yes'm, all sausage was what I cooked up, here...they also have several yardbird varieties, but I rarely git those...no ground beef is involved with these, jus brat mixture, that is pattied up into burgers, instead o stuffed into casings...
        Sorry to have seemed elusive, or mysterious, I jus A$$umed these were commonly seen, everywhere...
        fzxdoc Milady

      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
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        Thanks for the further clarification, Mr. Bones .


    • Top | #21
      Mr. Bones sadly I’ve never seen that brand. The nearest Hy-Vee to Alabama is probably Kansas or Missouri....


      • Top | #22
        Hy-Vee definitely makes some of the best BROTS you will ever eat.


        • Top | #23
          I need to make some brat patties again.. I made a bunch of spicy pizza brat patties years ago that were really good.. they a a nice heat to them and mozzarella cheese..I also bought a patty maker a few years ago and have not used it yet.. hopefully my meat locker is up soon so I can try it out. Click image for larger version

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          • Backroadmeats
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            Benn trying to build it for three years.. jumping through hoops for the county the health Dept. And the USDA.. concrete is supposed to get formed today ..sign all the final papers on Thursday or Friday.. then it is a race to get it up by deer hunting.. that patty maker is supposed to crank out 1200 1/4 pound patties an hour with patty paper between them..

          • holehogg
            holehogg commented
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            Nice hope all works out.
            Is the patty maker pneumatic?

          • Mr. Bones
            Mr. Bones commented
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            Wowzers!!! I can fully appreciate alla th red tape involved, an th physical / financial barriers involved with construction. Watch "The Money Pit" sometime, lol!
            Havin worked many years on production line / factory automated equipment, natch th first thing I thought of was "What a Shiteful mess that patty-maker'd be, if it funks up, mid-run!!!!"

        • Top | #24
          NOW a question for our resident brot expert Mr. Bones.
          I broke down and bought a 17'' Blackstone Griddle.
          Brot burgers on the grill are freaking awesome but wondering what they would be like on the griddle SMASHED!
          This little griddle has kind of disrupted my grilling the past few weeks as smash burgers seem to be in demand at my house.
          Brot smash burger worth a try or a hard no?


          • Mr. Bones
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            To paraphrase my friend, David Lindley, in a non-profane way that'll be acceptable, here...
            Note, Dave was usin his very best, an a truly credible Jimmy Stewart

            Wail...Harley...Are ya ready???
            >answer:Yeah, Dave...
            Wail, then, Harley...Let's Us Do This, Then...
            > Okay, Dave...
            An, an..., an....
            >What, Dave????
            Let's us, Let's us jus do th @#$% outta it, okay??? I mean...
            >Kay, Dave...

            Reckon, mebbe ya hadda be there, but it was one FUNNY moment, an yall know I grade TOUGH, huh??? :

          • Mr. Bones
            Mr. Bones commented
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            Smash them Bad Boyz, an give us all pics to drool over, sittin on th Edge of my seat, cause I jus knows ya gonna right slamma jamma me some Kaycee-Moe, all up in heah, Brother!
            btw: I certainly ain't no credentialed, much less self-acclaimed expert, at nuthin that I can discuss, publicly...nuther 3 decades, reckon all yall might, finally hear what we done...

        • Top | #25
          I had th last of them jcbbs Sattiday, an it was still mighty dang good, lotta juice an flavour...
          Here it is, right outta th icebox, afore a hot date with some brief, gentle reheatin, an flippin in th nukerator...
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          After reheatin...still very moist an juicy...
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          though I ate ~half of it plain, I used some spicy brown mustard to dip in, as well...
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          Th mustard was a very good choice...
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          • Top | #26
            Last of th bite pics...
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            Good thing I haveta hit th store, tomorrow...


            • Top | #27
              fzxdoc , I can’t speak for Bonsey’s territory / Hy-vee concoction. But in these parts there are no brat hybrids. A brat is a brat, pattie or link. Now one can sprinkle other goodies in like jalapeño or habanero (which I just had & were outstanding) or cheese/pepper and call em Packer brats or whatever else you have. But a brat is a brat. Now, them over there in the heartland callin em burgers just might be a language thing or maybe it may have a little beef in it. If it had beef in it around here you would be arrested, tried & convicted & receive 40 strokes with a long string cheese.


              • RickyBobby
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            • Top | #28
              No beef, here, jus pattied up brat mixture...


              • Mr. Bones
                Mr. Bones commented
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                Whew, thanks, Brother!
                I'll readily admit was gittin bout as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room fulla rockin chairs, listenin to em poundin away, nailin up that brand-spankin new gallows, right outside my window...

              • FireMan
                FireMan commented
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                Always willing and ready to come to the rescue. Matter of fact, it’s my middle name FRM! 🕶

              • Mr. Bones
                Mr. Bones commented
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                I promise not to genericallly, at least intentionally, include this in my posts, from henceforth, until such time as it might, suddenly, become financially viable!
                (Re: Middle (R) Initial) ...^^^^^^
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