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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!

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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.

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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.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • holehogg
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 1474
    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Top | #1

    Butter question / help

    This side of the waters butter is for some reason very expensive and more so spreadable butter. There are times I manage to find standard butter at reasonable pricing and stock up.
    Does anybody know of a method to make normal butter more easily spreadable.
    Suggestions like nuke it or leave it out of the fridge will not be considered as good advice.
  • MBMorgan
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    Top | #2
    Never tried it myself ... but if you google "make butter more spreadable" you'll get hits on plenty of how-to articles.

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    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      Good advice. Now I will admit to being a little less keen on Google - ing recipes though I should have on this as it is far less complicated than I expected it to be. Made a mental note not to be so lazy in future.
  • pkadare
    Club Member
    • Jun 2019
    • 350
    • Bobcaygeon, Ontario
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    Top | #3
    https://food-hacks.wonderhowto.com/h...rself-0154046/

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    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      Thanks did the a search and this is the site that came up on my search.
  • mountainsmoker
    Club Member
    • Jun 2019
    • 1303
    • Bryson City, NC

    Top | #4
    Despite your disclaimer. It is very safe to leave it out of the fridge for up to a week. Keep it covered in a good butter crock or stick holder. After a week freeze to kill any buggies it may have picked up and start over again. Never gotten sick doing this, but then never had to refreeze any either.

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    • JCGrill
      JCGrill commented
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      I may be playing with fire, but my butter dish sits in the cupboard all the time. When the stick is gone, wash the dish and begin again.

    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Growing up my old Mom never refrigerated butter. Like JCGrill says, when used up, throw on a new stick. Of course butter never lasted more than a few days anyway so it wasn't like it sat there for a month.
  • RichieB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2018
    • 685
    • Western Mass

    Top | #5
    Ever since my son married a woman from Northern
    VT., I have not refrigerated butter. That's about 8 years now. Her father is a CEO of a dairy co-op. They know dairy. Me as her father, grandfather who was a dairy farmer and a lot of other Vermonters are alive and kicking consuming room temp butter.
    I didn't look at the links in the thread but a simple hack, leave it in the pantry.
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    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      I wonder sometimes at the quality of some of the butter on our shelves. I can taste the difference between the cheaper brands and the likes of Kerrygold for example. I wonder about some of the butter sold here and how pure it is. I wouldn't trust leaving it out. I purchase middle of the road butter made by big brand names mostly, but do spoil myself from time to time.
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    Top | #6
    Yes, 50/50 with olive oil in a blender or food processor.

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    • Ahumadora
      Ahumadora commented
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      Also when frying with butter you can add a litte oil to raise the burning point.
  • RonB
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    Top | #7
    You should make your own. It's very easy. All you need is a pint of cream, a pinch of salt and something to mix it in. You can use a jar with a lid, but that will take a while. It takes about 15 min in a stand mixer, and quicker still in a food processor. Here's an article from Serious Eats.

    https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/...ys-butter.html

    And this one is safe to leave out if covered.
    Last edited by RonB; September 14th, 2019, 02:37 PM.

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    • JCGrill
      JCGrill commented
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      Used to do this when we were kids. Pretty amazing flavor.
  • DiverDriver
    Club Member
    • May 2019
    • 172
    • Fort Wayne Indiana

    Top | #8
    In prior career bus boy we would whip real butter 5lbs. in a mixer with wire attachment. It made butter go much further on the tables as a spread.

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    • Steve B
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      • Jun 2016
      • 2635
      • Rockland county New York
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      Top | #9
      I might be talking out of my uhm? IDK
      But what I know is the reason you need to refrigerate butter is because of the milk solids in it. That’s what spoils.
      So turn the butter into ghee. You remove the milk solids this way, and thus you remove the potential for the nasties. Ghee does not have to be refrigerated because of this. And at room temperature it’s easily spreadable.
      Just my thoughts.

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      • DiverDriver
        DiverDriver commented
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        yuppers you are spot o. But I love butter. Ghee to me is butter lite. A gift without a bow.
    • shify
      Club Member
      • Jun 2017
      • 261
      • Westchester County, NY

      Top | #10
      Stainless steel will defrost things faster than a normal plate so if you want cold pats of butter to soften quicker, put them on a stainless baking sheet. After a few min, should be spreadable.

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      • Dewesq55
        Dewesq55 commented
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        Aluminum works for this, too. Even better, I believe. When I'm defrosting stuff, I put it on an upside down aluminum baking sheet.
    • Bkhuna
      Club Member
      • Apr 2019
      • 291
      • Merritt Island Florida

      Top | #11
      Ahumadora - The "raise the smoke point of butter with oil" myth has been debunked many times. You can't raise the physical properties of a substance (milk solids) by diluting it.

      For example: https://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/...oke-point.html

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