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Some Of Our Favorite
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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

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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.

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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

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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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  • Top | #16
    It is sort of interesting with everyone's listing there favorite brats. I had to go up to my Stuffer's sausage recipe book and check how many they had in it. There were 5 different ones in it. Austrian, German x 2, white, and Wisconsin. All are different with different herbs and spices and different grinds.

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    • Top | #17
      I really like this topic. There are many variations of Brats. Polish, German, Austrian, Wisconsin and variations within each country. I went to my Stuffer's sausage recipe print out and it had 6 recipes. Austrian, Polish, 2 German, a white and a Wisconsin. Each is different and I have made three of them.
      Keep true to your taste and enjoy what you like. I like blood sausage which some of you might abhor.
      Last edited by mountainsmoker; July 14th, 2019, 10:49 PM.

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      • pjlstrat
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        No argument here, I love blood sausage. The brits call it black pudding and serve for breakfast. Yummy!!

      • Bkhuna
        Bkhuna commented
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        I too like morcilla. Thankfully, there are boat loads of Puertorriqueños in the area, so it's easy to find.

      • texastweeter
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        hot guts, hot links, anduille, and boudan are my sausages of choice. I like brats, but my wife abhors them, so they are a rarity in my castle.

    • Top | #18
      Some of the best brats iv had are made in Elmswood Wisconsin called Sailers Meats. Otherwise my next favorite are johnsonville.

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      • Top | #19
        we found a small butcher near our summer haunt that makes casing-less brats that are just out of this world (my humble opinion). I hadn't even heard of that before finding these.

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        • Top | #20
          What is your view on Ketchup on brats?

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          • Greygoose
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            Blasphemy

          • Mr. Bones
            Mr. Bones commented
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            Reckon I don't do it often, but if it was what I was hankerin after, at that moment, then that's what I'd do...I don't spend (waste) no time, worryin if somebody else approves of it, or not, cause, when it's all said an done, it's my food, not theirs...

          • Bkhuna
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            Greygoose - I feel the same way, I was just wondered if some folks like to ruin their brats like the ruin the franks.

        • Top | #21
          Grew up in Wisconsin. Brossman's in Racine, Maplewood meats in Green Bay, Helds in Slinger best wieners summer sausage also..... But it is all about the prep boil in beer and caraway.... Thats it now I am starving.

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          • ribeyeguy
            ribeyeguy commented
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            How about Helds beef jerky, ever tried that? It's out of this world.

          • DiverDriver
            DiverDriver commented
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            No, ribeyeguy but next time For Sure! They do a great job.

        • Top | #22
          jalapeno cheddar at hy-vee is pretty darn good

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          • Mr. Bones
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            Agreed, I eat these at least weekly, have 8 standin by, in my fridge, at th moment!
            I've posted tons of HV JCB cooks here, glad to know somebody else likes em, as well!

        • Top | #23
          I'm from Alabama, so I'm in no way a brat connoisseur, but my local butcher (he's cajun) makes some mean sausages. I find his brats to be pretty good......But I can't help but buy his andouille sausages. They are the best I've ever eaten. So, I say that to say, we like a brat around my house, but tend to lean towards conecuh smoked sausage or his Andouille when we want to grill/smoke some sausages.

          https://www.thecajuncleaver.com/

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        • Top | #24
          Wurst Kitchen in Aurora IL is the Best (sorry for the pun). Actually, having grown up in Wisconsin, I could point to a number of very good brats up there, but my info is a little dated.

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          • Top | #25
            I could arguably post a picture of my kids. But they are spoiled brats.

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            • pkadare
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              We have a sign up here that says, "I wouldn't be so spoiled if someone would spank my grandparents."

            • Spinaker
              Spinaker commented
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              Yes! Yes! Yes! Always willing to slide a Dad joke in there! You are the man!

            • RickyBobby
              RickyBobby commented
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              Lol, well played sir. Well played.

          • Top | #26
            Brats are probably my favorite food to be grilled. I absolutely love them. My favorite commercial brand is Johnsonville. They are always good and very consistent. I can't get enough of those!

            For a more local flavor, I love going to Kramarczuk’s!!! To me, they have the best variety, flavors and combos that I have ever seen. It is an amazing place to visit, even if you don't end up eating or buying anything. If you are ever in the Twin Cites, 1) Look me up! 2) Let's go party at Kramarczuk's!

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            • Mr. Bones
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              Yup, I'd haveta agree;I grill/smoke brats even more than burgers, an yall know I loves me some burgers!

            • DiverDriver
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              Whoa now that is a sausage kitchen! I love sausage and honestly cannot make half as good a places like that.

            • Spinaker
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              It is one of my very favorite places! Great people too! DiverDriver

          • Top | #27
            I’m pretty sure that if I lived up that way, I’d be even more brat-shaped than I am now. Sounds like kolbassi shops here in NEPA: we have stores that only sell different types of kolbassi.

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            • Top | #28
              We're lucky enough to have two butcher shops within 5 miles of our home and they both make their own brats, probably 30 or 40 varieties between the two.

              As far as mass produced supermarket brats go, Johnsonville makes a limited release Queso and Pepper Jack brat that is just unbelievable. They only release them to the stores for a few weeks in May and they're gobbled up (literally) as soon as they hit the freezer cases. My wife happened to be grocery shopping one day shortly after they came out this year and grabbed the last package that they had, we were both floored by them. We've since checked every store in the area but it's the same story, sold out until Spring 2020.

              Between now and then I have to develop an "in" at the local stores so I can get advanced notice.

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              • Top | #29
                How about fresh brats vs. precooked? I have a strong preference for fresh, but wouldn’t turn away from precooked.

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                • jfmorris
                  jfmorris commented
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                  Fresh!

                • Polarbear777
                  Polarbear777 commented
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                  Definitely fresh. Controlling the minimum cook temperature is important to me.

                  There’s a big difference between the 180F brats of my youth and the ones I make now.

                • Murdy
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                  Both. I generally buy fresh, but then do the boil in beer thing, so by the time it hits the grill, its no longer "fresh." I used to work in a couple places where we took our fresh brats and smoked them, and they were good, so that would be a cooked product.

              • Top | #30
                I had a woman come in once while I was stocking fresh brats into the case. They had been frozen, which she asked about. I tried to explain the difference between what fresh means to a butcher, fish monger, or most people for that matter, as opposed to how sausage makers use the term. I'm pretty sure she thought I was lying to her.

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